Many people are aware that hypnotherapy (the therapeutic application of hypnosis) is effective at helping people lose weight. Most people don’t know how it achieves this. The normal laws of physics suggest that the weight cannot magical disappear with a click of the fingers. This is true. So how does hypnotherapy work? Let me explain.
Hypnotherapy is all about talking to the subconscious part of the mind. This is the part that is responsible for our automatic habits and urges. It is responsible for our automatic fear responses, our yearnings for something, and even our sweating and breathing.
A hypnotherapist will typically guide a subject into a hypnotic trance. This is not as difficult or as mystical as it may appear. A trance state is rather like a daydream state of mind, like when you are deeply engrossed in a good book of film. Your conscious mind is ‘tuned down’ a little, allowing for more access to your subconscious mind. You can snap out of it any time you choose, although it is usually so pleasant and relaxing that you choose not to!
Once the subject is in trance, the hypnotherapist will talk to the subconscious mind and attempt to convince it to change. For a person wishing to lose weight, a hypnotherapist might explain the their subconscious mind that eating less, or choosing to eat lower calorie foods, is a good option for them. They may also convince the subconscious mind to take more exercise. Once the subconscious mind is convinced of these changes, weight loss will naturally follow. A person will feel more naturally compelled to live that different lifestyle. The weight won’t fall off magically the next day, but over time the subjects new habits begin to show on their body.
To make a lasting and permanent change, it is important to talk to the subconscious mind. Typically, well-meaning friends and family may talk to a person who is overweight and tell them that they are harming their health. This is a conversation taking place between their conscious minds. The person is likely to already know the dangers of being overweight. They may agree and thank their friends or family member. They may even commit to make some lifestyle changes there and then. However rarely does this last more than a day or so.
This is because although their conscious mind is aware that changes are needed, their subconscious mind is not. Since the subconscious mind is the part that creates the automatic habits and urges, it is this part that really needs convincing.
It is the reason why a person on a diet can walk into the kitchen, open the cupboards, and start preparing some food without even consciously realizing it. A smoker quitting can literally open a packet of cigarettes, put on in their mouths and light it, before realizing what they are doing. The subconscious mind can literally get us to such things with no conscious involvement.
Once the subconscious mind is communicated with, the person wishing to make that change has a much easier time of it. The automatic urges are seriously reduced, leading to a change in their habits and routines, which has tremendous knock on effects. Of course the subject must still remain committed to change. If they really want to they can eat a whole cake, or smoke a dozen cigarettes. However it will be far easier for them to consistently avoid these things once they have received hypnotherapy.
So if you wish to lose weight permanently and with minimal fuss, I would recommend you try hypnotherapy. The weight will not magically fall off, but your mindset will magically change. This will help allow you to live the lifestyle you need to live in order to see the results you want.
Jon Rhodes is an experienced and popular hypnotherapist from the UK. As well as a thriving practice, he also treats people all over the world with his unique hypnosis audio sessions. A former professional musician, Jon has combined his two talents of music and hypnotherapy to great effect. Please click here for details of his instantly downloadable hypnosis (Hypnosis Busters) audio sessions.