Can You Rely On Hypnosis For Weight Loss? — All You Need To Know

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Hypnosis For Weight Loss

A lot of people keep on asking if hypnosis for weight loss really works, and can it be relied on?

It’s worth first highlighting that “hypnosis” is a centuries-old therapy that has been used to successfully treat numerous deep nagging and stubborn problems people face. 

From childhood traumas, smoking addictions, all the way down to weight loss, hypnotherapy can really help you take control of unwanted behaviors you may want to change.

The reality is that hypnotherapy is a great tool for weight loss, because it allows you to take a deep dive into your subconscious mind.

“What exactly is your subconscious and why is it so important?

The Cambridge dictionary defines ‘subconscious’ as the part of your mind that notices and remembers information when you are not actively trying to do so, and influences your behaviour even though you do not realize it.’

Basically, what this means is that there are other things happening in your mind that are potentially influencing you to behave a certain way, even if you are not aware of it. 

 A classic example that demonstrates the differences between your conscious and subconscious mind at work is when you lose your keys:

  1. You begin looking for them all over the house and can’t seem to find them anywhere.
  2. You use your “conscious mind” (the mind that is aware) to try to think and remember where you put them last, but with no luck recalling anything.
  3. You give up and focus your mind on making yourself a cup of coffee, and out of nowhere, bam! You suddenly recall “The keys are over the counter on the kitchen table!”

When you tried to think where they were consciously you got nothing, but when you let it go and focused your thoughts on something else, it somehow came to you without any effort. 

That is because what you think you are focused on at any given moment is usually your conscious mind at work, not your subconscious. Once you start thinking about something else, it allows your subconscious to bypass your conscious awareness. Your subconscious mind is like a giant library or vault, storing every bit of information, but it is not always as easy to access.

Like in most cases, the very root of traumas, addictions, habits, or any kind of behavior, tends to be buried deep within the subconscious mind.  Since hypnosis opens a doorway to your subconscious, it enables you to address the issue at the root cause.

Making smarter and healthier food choices and exercising are obvious components when trying to lose weight, and you definitely should not ignore them.

However, maintaining long term success with weight loss requires getting rid of the deep emotional and unconscious factors that have been preventing you from losing weight.

The reason why most diets do not work and people put on the weight straight back on is that they do not deal with the underlying cause. That is because you are fixing the surface issue (your weight for example) and not the real underlying problem that you may not even be aware of. 

That’s precisely where weight loss hypnosis comes in and why it’s so effective.

In this article, we are going to talk about the truth behind hypnosis for weight loss and provide examples of how it works. We will also be answering many of the most common questions that people ask when exploring various weight loss hypnosis therapies.

Does Hypnosis Work For Weight Loss?

When it comes to hypnosis, it is important to understand that this isn’t just another form of dieting, but rather a tool to help you be aware of your eating habits and your relationship with food.

Using hypnosis to lose weight can also help you experience what it feels like when you are strong, healthy and in control. 

These higher positive states can be very empowering and motivating. As a result, over time you will be able to overcome the mental barriers to achieving your goals. 

In most cases when you boil it down, it’s your ”unconscious mental barriers” that turn out to be what was holding you back. 

What does it mean when we say “unconscious” mental barriers?

Think about your mind like a giant iceberg. Your mind is a deep and complex place, what you experience on the surface level of awareness is just the tip of the iceberg. And when we talk about the “unconscious” part of your mind, we are pointing to the deepest part of the iceberg.

In psychology, the unconscious mind is understood to be the primary source of human behavior. And just like an iceberg, the biggest and most important part of the mind is the part you cannot see.

Your mind has ongoing processes that are inaccessible to your consciousness that influence your judgments, feelings, and behavior.

Weight loss hypnosis helps people resolve unconscious and underlying psychological problems that may be the cause of why they experience cravings, night time binge eating, or mindless eating. 

This is where using hypnotherapy to work with your subconscious serves as a great tool. Because it helps you identify certain behavior triggers that you may not even be aware of, and disarm them.

Trigger behaviors can be when a person habitually reaches out to eat junk food after a stressful day at work. It comforts them somehow, which is why junk food is also referred to as “comfort food”.

One of the triggers here is the “stress”, and weight loss hypnotherapy can work to help you release your stress in a more healthy way.

Hypnosis has also been proven to work well in several scientific studies. In fact, a controlled trial on the use of hypnotherapy for weight loss as an adjunct to dietary advice, “produced a statistically significant result in favor of hypnotherapy”.

How Does Hypnosis For Weight Loss Work?

We explained earlier the meaning behind the subconscious and its importance. But before we get into other examples of how hypnosis can help with weight loss, let’s go one more step and define what we mean when we use the word “unconscious”. 

The unconscious mind envelopes all the processes that occur automatically and are available for thought to the conscious. It includes thought processes, memories, drives and motivations.

Your unconscious mind is very comfortable with the point of where you are at right now. This is referred to as your homeostasis, and it’s one of the main reasons why you keep backsliding.

Another name for your homeostasis is your “comfort zone”. This “comfort” is the setpoint of where your mind and body considers itself to be safe and ideal because that’s all it’s known for a very long time. 

Over time it grows accustomed to that state as being “normal” to you, therefore, setting that point as your default homeostasis.

Breaking your mind and body’s homeostasis is not a quick fix. In fact, it is an emotionally laborious process that requires you to work with your subconscious mind – “changing your psychology.”

This is because, when you start to work on the root of your problem on a subconscious level, almost automatically the actions that will take place ‘consciously’ will begin to correspond and align with what your subconscious is ultimately trying to achieve

Another thing to consider is that every behavior you do is because you personally feel like you gain something from it. Either it makes you happy or brings you some sort of joy or comfort, these feelings to you are positive gains. 

However, not all gains are created equal and not all gains are obvious. 

What are weight-related secondary gains, and how hypnotherapy for weight loss helps you identify them

For many of us, we all have different reasons for why we’re putting on weight or believe we can’t lose weight.

Aside from genetic factors, there are other deeply ingrained psychological factors called “secondary gains”.

“So what are secondary gains exactly and why are they important?”

A “secondary gain” is usually the reason why you believe you’re doing everything possible to lose weight but for some reason, it’s still not coming off.

A “secondary gain” is usually the reason why you believe you’re doing everything possible to lose weight but for some reason, it’s still not coming off.

That’s because you’re not dealing with the underlying issue, which is essentially your secondary gain.

Secondary gain is a “secondary unconscious reason” you’ve given yourself for keeping your weight on. It could take any form, one example is not wanting the attention to your sudden weight change and just wanting to blend unnoticed.

Another more common reason for some people is when they’ve been labeled as ‘overweight’ or ‘fat’ during their development years from early in their childhood. 

They grow up self-identifying with that constant reinforced belief system. Over time they develop an unconscious secondary gain that if they change and lose weight, they lose the identity of who they are.

It may not immediately seem obvious to you that this could be a problem, but imagine this for a scenario…You’ve self-identified your whole life as being overweight and that’s the only version of yourself you’ve known.

It can be very hard to consciously let that part of you go.

The reason why hypnosis works very well with weight loss is because you work with your secondary gain and learn how to release and let it go.

Additionally, you also learn how to eat more mindfully, put your needs first and stop putting other people’s needs ahead of your own. 

Is Weight Loss Hypnosis The Fastest Way To Lose Weight?

The short answer is “no”, there is no magic happening in weight loss hypnosis, nor is it the fastest way to lose weight. It requires long term commitment and work on your part.

Weight loss hypnosis is there to serve as a tool to help you tackle and take control of a problem that you’ve tried your whole life to fix, yet can’t seem to shake off. This usually points to something deeper than just eating habits, which is why hypnosis is so much more effective than any kind of dieting.

Hypnosis gets your mind into a relaxed state of focused awareness where it can easily accept suggestions. 

There is a form of weight loss hypnotherapy called regression therapy, which has helped address weight loss struggles with many people.

What is regression therapy for weight loss?

  • Regression therapy is a method hypnotherapists use to address the core underlying reason that may be preventing you from losing weight.
  • Once the core issue is found and addressed, the hypnotherapist then helps reframe the relationship your subconscious has with food. 
  • Over time, this will create new and potentially healthier habits and behavior around food. 

An example of regression therapy at work:

Let’s say that since childhood your mom constantly scolded you for whatever bad behavior you had and bans you from sweets. 

You behave over the next week, and as a reward, you get your nice sugary goodness of sweets back, and in turn, you feel good!

Over the years this positive reinforcement of your good behavior rewarded with sweets results in you having a positive relationship with sweets and junk food whenever you feel bad. 

You basically end up using junk food as a crutch to make you feel good when you’ve had a bad day.

A certified hypnotherapist can work with you and help locate the core problem that led you to form this bad habit relationship you have with junk food.

Hypnotherapist and Founder of Rapid Transformational Therapy, Marisa Peer, has over 30 years’ experience in helping people free themselves from unwanted behaviors and habits. 

During her hypnosis sessions, subjects can take a trip deep into their subconscious to eliminate beliefs and habits that may be detrimental to their everyday life. 

This is why hypnosis is so popular for those seeking to lose weight.

What are the long term benefits of hypnosis for weight loss

Where hypnosis really helps is in the long run. It helps you shed the weight and keep it off, because you’ve dealt with the core of the matter and not just the surface. 

This is where many people end up yo-yo dieting their whole life, and they do so because there is a bigger underlying issue that they’ve not looked into yet.

Forcing yourself on a restrictive diet does not work and it can actually have the opposite results. Because when you deny yourself from something, by nature your mind and body want it more.

— Marisa Peer, Hypnotherapist and Founder of Rapid Transformational Therapy, and creator of the Hypnotic Weight Control Audio

Can You Hypnotize Yourself To Lose Weight?

Another way of explaining how weight loss hypnosis works would be by giving you a classic example of how motivation and your mind work together.

Have you ever heard of someone envisioning their goals and achievements every morning when they wake up?

These practices are called visualizations and affirmations, and they are said to help you achieve the goals you set for yourself or even big life plans. 

Bill Gates, for example, was famously quoted for his vision of “A computer on every desk and in every home”. 

“Why does this practice work so well?”

You hear of many reasons why affirmations and visualizations work, but one of those reasons is because it is basically a form of self-hypnosis. Some people use this practice of self-hypnosis for effective weight loss too. 

The gist of it is, you start to understand what your deepest drives and motivations are, then keep yourself motivated towards your deepest desired goals.

Practicing self hypnosis for weight loss daily through affirmations and visualizations can start to get your subconscious mind geared on track to lose weight.

Self hypnosis is powerful. You may not believe this but hypnotizing yourself is much easier than you think, and you would be surprised with the results.

It all comes down to programming your subconscious.

If you think about it, that is what the advertising industry does to you almost every time you are shown an advert.

The advertising industry uses all sorts of clever psychological tactics to get you to buy into a product or a brand without you being aware of it. 

One such tactic is “Affective Conditioning”, which is when advertisers put their product next to something you already have positive feelings about, which in turn begins to make you unconsciously project those feelings onto their product. 

You can actually use these tactics on yourself in self-hypnosis because it’s all about tapping into the power of your mind to reprogram itself to whatever desired behavior you want to achieve.

During hypnotherapy, you are guided into a state of deep relaxation. 

This puts your mind in a highly suggestible state, in which it’s much easier―using visualization and guided imagery―to reprogram negative, destructive behavior and eating patterns into positive thoughts that can help achieve your desired change.

— Marisa Peer, Hypnotherapist and Founder of Rapid Transformational Therapy, and creator of the Hypnotic Weight Control Audio

So when it comes to self hypnosis for weight loss, you can use it to reprogram your subconscious. 

One of the best ways of doing so is to regularly practice ten minutes of visualization on your weight loss goal every morning.

You can also incorporate affirmations. Affirmations are basically short phrases or statements you tell yourself about what you want, and you say them as though you’ve already achieved it.

You can try practicing this using any of the Marisa Peers, Hypnotic Weight Control Audios.

Give it a try and practice affirmations and visualizations every morning to see the results for yourself. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

As Marisa Peer says, ‘the mind learns through repetition.’ The more you repeat a thought, the stronger it becomes as the stronger the neural pathways in your mind. 

The simple truth of the matter is that repetition is known to be one of the ways we can work with the subconscious mind

Psychologists, behavior analysts, and hypnotherapists all use this same basic technique because the fact of the matter is, it works.

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