How Hypnosis Works to Help You Lose
by Rita MIlios, LCSW,
The Mind Mentor
of carrying around those extra twenty pounds? Sick and tired of diets that
don’t work? Are you ready to shed that flab once and for all? Hypnosis may be the answer for you.
not if you’re expecting miracles.
is not a magic bullet. It cannot make you stop craving potato chips or never
feel hungry again. It can’t make you exercise or make you like vegetables or
make you do anything.
then, can hypnosis do that “will power” can’t?
a state of deep relaxation and intense mental focus, can help you “re-program”
old attitudes and beliefs about eating. While in the state of hypnosis your
subconscious (inner) mind is more available to you, more open to receive
suggestions that will then become a part of those messages in the “back of your
mind” that nudge you toward new behaviors. Like a modern day Jimminy Cricket,
hypnotically implanted messages urge you to “do the right thing” - to follow through
with the changes that you decided to
make in your life.
messages that suggest new attitudes like “You eat small portions of food and
feel completely satisfied. You eat only in response to your body’s natural need
for food as fuel,” can help re-program bad eating habits. Repetition of such
suggestions, especially if listened to regularly on a taped message, can boost
your determination and enhance your conscious “willpower.”
however, such messages alone are not enough. It takes a combination of
behavioral modification (watching your diet, learning how to eat healthily,
exercising regularly) and psychological education (understanding why you have
certain eating patterns and how to change them) in order to achieve permanent
weight loss. A good hypnotherapist will address both these issues as well. Not
only should you receive mental suggestions for behavioral and lifestyle
changes, your hypnotherapist should explore with you any emotional connections
to food and eating habits. Once you realize why you are eating when you are not
hungry (and if we all ate only when we were hungry there would be no need for
any weight loss programs) you can begin to change that behavior.
good hypnotherapist will work with positive programming, using your own success
to spur you on and not rely on “aversion therapy” or “negative conditioning” to
achieve results. Suggestions that stress positive changes (looking the way you
want to look, feeling the way you want to feel) and that increase self-esteem can
help you succeed not only in your weight loss, but in other areas of your life
imagery is another important part of hypnosis. Using hypnosis for weight loss,
after achieving a deep state of relaxation your hypnotherapist might lead you
through an imaginary journey where you might envision yourself wearing a dress
or suit you’ve grown out of. You might imagine the positive comments of your
friends or co-workers. You would be encouraged to use all five senses in your
imagery, seeing and feeling yourself grow thinner, stronger, more healthy and
vital. Studies show that the more real your inner experience, the more likely
the final results will match your mental “program.”
used as a part of an overall program of behavioral modification and attitude
adjustment, hypnosis can be the extra dimension that your weight loss program
needs for long term success. While not magic, hypnosis can provide powerful
tools to help you fight the battle of the bulge, tools that just may make the difference
between success and failure.
Rita Milios, LCSW, The Mind Mentor, is a psychotherapist
and author from Hudson (Tampa Bay) FL (Inner Peace Professional
Counseling—727-860-5675). She often writes on topics of mind and behavior.