Can you hypnotise yourself thin?
We all know the rules for losing weight – decrease your processed food intake and increase your water, vegetables and exercise levels. But if we all know this incredibly basic formula, why are so many of us struggling to lose and keep the weight off?
Sydney-based weight loss motivation expert and My Mind Coach owner Kylie Ryan says hypnotherapy could be the key to treating the underlying causes for weight gain, that can’t be treated with diet and exercise alone.
“Even if you don’t know why you eat a packet of biscuits when you’re not hungry, your subconscious mind does and it is driving your decisions. Hypnotherapy can train your subconscious to make better decisions for your health.”
Hypnosis has been proven in clinical studies to improve weight loss results dramatically (double in some cases) compared to a control group. The group using hypnosis slimmed down almost double the results of the control group.
How does weight loss hypnotherapy work?
Clinical hypnotherapy is quite different from stage hypnosis for entertainment. The person being treated retains a relaxed level of consciousness and is always in control of their own decisions throughout the session. Your mind is in two places at once, you’re inside the world of your imagination as well as being aware of your surroundings.
Weight loss hypnosis works so well because it addresses the underlying mental and emotional reasons a person became overweight in the first place. It can be used to resolve distorted unconscious associations and beliefs, like “I’m not worthy”, “skinny girls are bitches”, “I’ll never lose weight” “it’s unsafe to be slim”, as well as unresolved negative emotions like anger, shame, sadness, embarrassment, fear and past trauma.
Kylie’s process of hypnosis and coaching does all of this as well as more tactical weight loss based auto suggestions like, “I want to eat crunchy greens, and healthy, whole foods.”, “I have an itch to exercise each morning”. If you just do the suggestions without resolving the underlying reasons the success may only be short-lived.
What is the hypnotherapy for weight loss process like?
The process of hypnosis for weight loss can be done in private sessions with a hypnotherapist, or by listening to hypnosis recordings. With a private hypnotherapist the sessions will involve coaching and deep questioning around the issues, and then customised hypnosis sessions for the specific challenges that the person faces. You can expect a portion of the session to be discussion together, and a portion to be relaxation while the hypnotherapist talks during the hypnosis. Hypnosis feels like relaxation, being aware, and very, very relaxed.
How many hypnotherapy sessions are required?
Ideally 10-12 sessions over time if working privately, but Kylie says you can expect results to be noticed immediately. Recorded hypnosis should be listened to regularly over the entire period of the change.
Hypnosis is most useful when it is used repeatedly over time to embed and reinforce the positive messages in the subconscious mind.
Who is the ideal candidate for weight loss hypnotherapy?
The ideal candidate can easily enter a state of trance or follow instructions well. A simple test is if you are able to lose yourself in a good movie or book. Everyone is able to learn to enter trance through hypnosis if they want to.
Kylie Ryan is Australia’s leading weight loss motivation expert. Having lost 30kgs and transformed her own life, Kylie knows firsthand how to make a lasting change from fat and frustrated to slim and sexy. Kylie inspires women around the world via her weight loss mindset blog mymindcoach.com.au and creates transformations through her Goddess Body Quest 8-week mindset program.
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Julia has lived and worked in London, Amsterdam, and New York, and is obsessed with food. She's either cooking or thinking about what to eat next. Follow Julia on Twitter.