You may have heard about a hypnosis gastric band or think you can be hypnotised into not eating cake or simply heard that hypnotherapy can help with weight loss – but what is it all about and does it work?
Before I answer, or at least give my opinion on whether they actually work, we should perhaps have a look at why people are looking for weight loss solutions in the first place. We are assuming in this instance that we’re talking about those people who actually do need to reduce their weight, not people with other issues or disorders which makes them just think they need to get thinner, and if people do actually need to lose weight, we have to also assume they have eaten too much in the first place or the wrong types of food with a heavily bias on bad fats and sugars. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but be honest with yourself – is it true? I have fallen into the trap myself; 5 years ago, I was three stone overweight and I know it was because my calorie intake exceeded the calories I was burning during the day – simple maths.
So the question is why does someone overeat in the first place – well it’s not usually because they are simply greedy, more often it’s emotional eating. Eating when bored, stressed, miserable, guilty or eating to procrastinate or for reward. How many people had mums who said when you were little “If you’re a good girl/boy you can have an ice-cream” I have known many people who have come to see me for hypnosis to lose weight who tell me about going to a slimming club, being please at losing a few pounds, then rewarding themselves with fish and chips – where’s the sense in that!! It’s not rational thinking is it?
And that’s largely the point, when we emotionally eat it doesn’t come from the rational, logical part of the brain, it’s happening in our primitive, irrational, emotional part of the brain. The part that in primitive times would have gone through constant cycles of feast and famine, but in our first world countries in these modern times, there isn’t much natural famine (the diet phase of the YoYo, or in extremes eating disorders such as anorexia). People tend to constantly feast and the compulsion to do so is due to the primitive brain being in control and taking precedence over our intellect which will give us a genuine hunger feeling when we need to take on fuel.
So, does hypnosis work for weight loss? Well there is no doubt that for some people being hypnotised into thinking they have had a gastric band operation does help and we can use suggestion hypnosis to convince someone that they don’t like chocolate or cake for example, but unless whatever is causing the primitive brain to step in and take precedence in the first place is not resolved, then at some point there is a high possibility that they will relapse and turn back to the old habits which made them overweight in the first place.
As with YoYo dieting, people can lose weight relatively quickly, they feel good, confidence levels go up, they start socialising more, maybe take up some exercise and all is good, but having created a template of ‘food helps when things go bad’, it is always going to be there and old habits will return. It’s not like a smoking template or habit which is man/woman made and can be irradiated completely, we need our eating template, so it is much more effective for a long term solution to learn how to manage which part of the brain we are operating from.
Solution Focused Brief Hypnotherapy teaches you how to stay in the intellectual part of your brain and how to create seratonin which is the off switch for our appetite. When you operate from your intellect you are happy, calm, relaxed and in control and, most importantly for those people who struggle to manage their weight, you don’t obsess about food, you can take it or leave it, you are genuinely not fussed about that biscuit or sandwich if you don’t need it. It’s not a struggle or forced control to leave extra food alone, your body simply doesn’t ask you to feed it when it’s not needed AND what’s even better is that you will want to eat foods which are good and healthy for you, it doesn’t crave bad food. How wonderful is that?
The result is feeling good and the extra weight comes off gradually, naturally and steadily and most importantly, is sustainable. You’re not putting your body into shock and your metabolism will normalise instead of slowing down to reserve energy stores.
Yes, hypnosis helps for weight loss and you have a choice, you can go for the quick fix which removes any responsibility from you, but doesn’t address making changes that give you the tools to prevent getting fat again. Or you can learn how to loose the whole food centred life that is either obsessed with eating and feeling guilty about it or obsessed with not eating and what you eat and let the fat just fade away.
Lose weight with hypnotherapy
Most people can lose weight “when they put their mind to it” – if that statement resonates with you, then this 12 week course is for you.
The question you need to be asking are
- ‘Exactly how do I get in the right frame of mind any time I want?’
- ‘How do I stop myself from relapsing into binging on unhealthy foods or ‘cheating’?’
- ‘How can just eat healthily without trying?’
Answer these questions then losing weight and sticking with a healthy lifestyle becomes easy.
Weight loss with hypnotherapy takes a completely different approach from any weight loss group or programme you might have encountered before. We don’t focus on the food, we focus on the psychology because the decisions of exactly what and how much to each come from your mind. Master your mind and the rest falls into place.
As with all animals, we are all born with a behavioural template to search out food and eat. In primitive times this template would have been programmed to feast when there was an abundance of food or to cope with a fast in times of famine.
In our modern ‘western’ world, famine is uncommon, but with constant availability of food, it is not surprising that this template gets distorted and there is a tendency to overeat. Weight and overeating are rarely about the food it’s often triggered by associations with other emotional issues or feelings of being out of control in other areas of your life.
The Weight Loss Workshop addresses the psychology of eating from yoyo dieting, learned behaviours, food addictions, attitude to habits and associations.
You will learn about vital chemical and hormonal imbalances that cause you to retain fat,
You will discover the secret of your appetite ‘off switch’ and how to activate it.
When you learn how to lose weight with hypnotherapy, you also learn how to make the adjustments necessary to easily manage your weight permanently. You lose weight naturally and safely – no more damaging yoyo-ing.
Number of Weeks
Every Tuesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Next Start Date :
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
£20 per session
(payable in 4 week blocks in advance)
Kingshill House, Kent Road,
Old Town, Swindon SN1 4NH
Maximum Course Size:
Workshop Instructor :
Emma Triplett DHP HPD MNCH(Reg)
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist
Hypnosis is a natural but nonetheless powerful tool in helping you to let go of unwanted unhealthy habits and set positive intentions at a subconscious level.
Each session concludes with a relaxing hypnosis session that helps motivate you in your goals and keep you on track. You will leave each session feeling relaxed, happy, content and motivated instead of diving into the first chip shop to reward yourself for losing 2 lbs.
Every delegate also receives hypnosis tracks to use at home in between the weekly sessions
“I had been considering Hypnotherapy for weight loss for some time and a friend recommended Emma, although I was initially nervous it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I’ve had a constant battle with my weight for years and i could get so far on my own and then the weight would slowly creep back on. Emma helped me to learn why my brain works the way it does and what I needed to do to keep myself on track.
The hypnotherapy itself is the most amazing feeling and every week i would leave feeling 10 feet tall and ready to tackle anything, if Emma could bottle this feeling she would be a millionaire!!
My weight is steadily coming off and I’m well on my way, and I know if I stumble with my new positive attitude I can get straight back on it.
I cannot recommend Hypnotherapy enough and especially with Emma, go on give it a try!!” Louise*
* Individual results may vary, please read our disclaimer page for further details.
You need to book your place because numbers are limited, but you can attend the first session and decide at the end of the first ‘therapy’ section it if the Weight Loss Workshop is something you want to continue with. If not, you can leave before the first hypnosis session and not pay at all.