Obtaining and maintaining a healthy body is an American obsession. A $20+ billion weight loss industry promotes products and services including weight loss programs, drugs and surgeries, gyms memberships, workout regimes and endless new diets. With 40%+ of Americans overweight, each new year finds millions making resolutions… once and for all…to lose those extra unwanted pounds. About 20% are successful.
What is hypnosis for weight loss?
The goal of hypnosis for weight loss is to shift away from dieting, restrictive eating and cycles of weight loss and gain in order to connect with your inner guidance system that innately knows just how to keep you healthy and at the correct weight for you. Hypnosis can help you jump-start new natural healthy habits of eating and physical exercise. Hypnosis shares a few therapeutic aspects with meditation – reducing stress and increasing mindfulness or awareness which can only help to recognize destructive eating habits, click the pause button and allow you to make a new better healthier choice.
Hypnosis is an effective approach for weight loss because it works with feelings, emotional patterns, and subconscious motivations. Hypnosis works directly and effectively with the automatic programming of the subconscious mind to shift, reframe or reprogram feelings and behaviors that previously sabotaged weight loss goals. Hypnosis is a highly focused state of mind in which the client is open, suggestible and receptive to their own desires.
At her New York City office, Joan works with her clients to identify unhealthy eating patterns and bring about symptomatic relief. Sometimes it can be be necessary to delve deeper to discover the emotional root cause. Root causes are subconscious and can include: a stressful event happens and the intake of certain sugary foods increases feelings of comfort and decreases the unwanted emotions of anxiety, anger, worry, guilt or sadness; automatic response of using carbs and sugars as a treat/reward for good behavior; remaining overweight as a positive identify with other family members and friends who are also overweight.
Together, consciously we develop a plan for healthy habits. In hypnosis the goal is to get the subconscious to accept and associate the new healthy habits with desirable feelings, replacing the old negative feelings. With repetition and reinforcement in hypnosis, the new healthy habits become automatic response. Amazingly, the subconscious cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality, so the hypnotist makes use of the creative subconscious imagination of the client to emphasize and even exaggerate desired results. Just imagine food cravings floating away or falling into the ocean where they can no longer affect you. Imagine preparing exotic and wholesome food with ease and creativity. Imagine envisioning yourself with a slimmer, more fit, more confident healthier you. Joan also offers hypnosis for anxiety, hypnosis to stop smoking, and hypnosis for sleep in NYC.
Does hypnosis for weight loss work?
Yes, it can. Change can happen on many levels. In hypnosis, awareness is heightened, self-confidence and motivation are enhanced, and goal completion imagery are happening all the while we are diminishing receptiveness to old beliefs and emotions. Many studies show that those using hypnosis with a weight loss plan are more motivated to succeed and maintain their goals.
Hypnosis is not an elixir. A few essential elements are needed to succeed:
- Truthfulness – Take a good honest look at yourself and mentally accept the change is needed and some actions are required. Truthful and inward focus will be rewarded with outward physical results.
- Responsibility – Knowing you are responsible to yourself and becoming aware of your actions and reactions to all things, choosing to make a newer better choice remove blame and open up to becoming in control of your life emotionally, physically and spiritually.
- Develop an Inner Knowingness and Strength – The practice can only increase self-esteem and motivation, guiding you easily through life’s challenges.
- Committing or believing the possibility of change is real and expecting results. The magic occurs when you apply a daily practice or implementation suggested by the hypnotist. One cannot rely on hypnosis solely. Hypnosis opens a door and can be magical fix if you partake equally.
Success rate of hypnosis for weight loss
For many years, studies have shown success with hypnosis for weight loss. Again more importantly, hypnosis has the ability to reinforce and empower the client to succeed and reach the goals that they have already said yes to.
Joan Teasdale is a Consulting Hypnotist in New York City offering hypnosis for change. She’s a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in California, and a Certified Therapeutic Guided Imagery Facilitator. Joan offers hypnosis sessions at her West Village NYC office as well as via Skype. Joan shares her skills at various Wellness Retreats from St Barth’s to Seattle.