By Alena Ciriello, Certified Hypnotherapist
Hypnosis is very effective tool for changing poor habits. Why don’t more people know this? For one, permanent weight loss is costly to Big Pharma and does little to keep you purchasing shakes, supplements and the like to keep the Weight Loss Industry in business. It also takes a little involvement from you – chiefly willing to sit for an hour and acknowledge what comes to mind. This can be painful for some people as well as startling – “I didn’t realize I hated my body that much!” These thoughts which zip around in our brains at lightening speed undermine our goals and our ability to succeed. Eighteen hypnotic studies showed that patients who learned self-hypnosis lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t (and, in one study, kept it off two years after treatment ended).
The subconscious mind is considered to be the source or root of many of our behaviors, emotions, attitude and motivations. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for redirecting subconscious patterns towards more fruitful thoughts and behaviors.
In this day and age of scientific breakthroughs, people think, “why can’t I lose weight effortlessly?’ People don’t realize that for permanent weight loss, they need to change what is going on outside as well as inside. It’s not just about food and exercise , but many other things such as motivation, stress reduction, habit control, self-love, worthiness, beliefs, relationships, old associations to food and comfort, and many more.
Hypnotherapy can assist you to build your motivation and determination, acknowledge your resistance, identify your stumbling blocks and create solutions that work for you. Hypnotherapy can also help you to reprogram your unwanted habits into good ones, like craving healthy foods, rather than high calorie alternatives. Lack of exercise is a struggle for almost everyone. Hypnosis can help you to develop the motivation you need to start exercising and instill in you the habit needed to continue to exercise.
Another effective method of using hypnosis in weight loss is imagery. It will help you train your subconscious mind to see yourself as a thinner, healthier person, which will increase your motivation, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Your entire mood and self-image will gradually change. This will increase your success rate and before you know it, you will achieve results that you have been visualizing.