We’ve agreed that hypnosis helps weight loss, but how does it help, we don’t hypnotise you into not eating!  So how do we work at Old Town Hypnotherapy?

In my last blog Does Hypnosis for Weight Loss Work? I talked about two distinctive parts of the brain, our Intellect which wants to eat sensibly and gives us a hunger signal only when we need to take on board fuel (food) and doesn’t obsess either way about food and the Primitive part of our brain, which is where we hold our eating template, and has a tendency to take precedence when our anxiety levels increase.

But of course, there are lots of factors involved here, so lets have a look at some of them and understand -how does hypnosis help weight loss?:-

Chemical Balance

As humans we are made up of 80% water and as such, many messages travel throughout body and mind chemically – we’re basically a chemical melting pot of hormones and neurotransmitters.  What we introduce into our bodies and how we think and act will have an influence on our chemical balance which in turn determines how we feel and behave.  In summary, how we think determines how we feel which determines how we behave which determines how we think and feel etc etc – get the picture?

chemicals-1 Anxiety

When we go into the Anxiety zone, we create stress hormones, Adrenalin and Cortisol: Adrenalin activates our flight fight response which refers to the hippocampus for instructions of what to do in this situation and finds our eating template and, if this matches the emotion or circumstances we experiencing, we will be compelled to eat.  Cortisol is a hormone which will bind itself to fat cells to reserve energy, so instead of losing weight, as soon as we eat something, it gets stored as fat ,so instead of losing weight when we’re crash dieting, we end up retaining it, or putting it on faster than before from what we do eat.


If we fall below the ‘normal’ line and go into depression or feel miserable, we’re not producing any chemicals at all, so again, an alert is set to our flight fight response with a request of what action to take.  It refers to the hippocampus, finds our eating template which says ‘we eat’ when our energy levels are low and it refers us to fast energy foods – sugars and simple carbohydrates which send a sugar into our blood, altering the balance of our blood sugar levels and then crashes quickly sending us into a never ending vicious cycle of high and low blood sugars.


When we are producing sufficient levels of seratonin we are able to stay in the ‘normal’ zone, or the middle and when we are there, we are in control, calm and coping with life, but perhaps most importantly for those of us who struggle managing weight, seratonin is the OFF switch of our appetite.  Seratonin is perhaps the most important neurotransmitter of all, bridging the gap between neurons (brain cells) and forming neural networks, hence keeping us working from our intellect.  Our intellect doesn’t obsess about food, it craves the foods and nutrients we need and only sends hunger signals when we need to take on fuel.  Our intellect is not the emotional part of our brain, so if you are prone to emotionally eat, stay on your intellect and you won’t feel the need to.


So, if you’ve been following that, you will have made the connection that if you produce seratonin, you stay in the normal zone and you don’t over eat and you can lose the excess weight because you’re not producing the stress hormones which want to hang on to it.  The big question then, is how do you consciously and actively produce seratonin?


Being positive essentially.  Positive thinking, positive interaction with the people and positive activity will all produce seratonin which keeps us in this essential central or ‘normal’ zone where we function efficiently as humans.

If you would like to learn more about how to produce seratonin or where to start, book a free initial consultation at Old Town Hypnotherapy and we can help you step out of the YoYo dieting cycle where obsessing abut food is a thing of the past and your weight will normalise along with your own chemical balance.

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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.

‘The Therapy’

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


Time :

Every Tuesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Next Start Date :

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Cost :

£20 per session

(payable in 4 week blocks in advance)

Location :

Kingshill House, Kent Road,

Old Town, Swindon SN1 4NH

Maximum Course Size:

20 Delegates

Workshop Instructor :

Emma Triplett DHP HPD MNCH(Reg)

Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist

‘The Hypnosis’

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.

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