Does Hypnosis Work For Weight Loss
Want to know, secrets of Hypnosis and also that Does it actually work for weight loss? Then you’re in the right place because in this article you are going to read briefly about hypnosis and how you can apply it to weight loss or any other goal. If you don’t want to read in brief then you can directly jump to Does Hypnosis Work For Weight Loss? Or Actionable Hypnotherapy Techniques and Tips for Weight loss. But it is recommended to read the full article because it is going to benefit you immensely. So now without wasting any time, let’s begin.
Understanding Human Mind
Before going to our actual question that does hypnosis work for weight loss, we will try to understand the human mind. The human mind is divided into two major parts that are the Conscious Mind and the Sub-Conscious Mind.
The conscious mind is our thinking mind or you can say it educated mind. One can also say that Conscious Mind is the intellectual mind where we gather all the knowledge from different sources. The conscious mind has the ability to choose and it also has the ability to accept or reject. Whenever we have a certain goal to achieve and our perspective is that this goal is difficult to achieve then we decide with our conscious mind that we cannot accomplish it. The language of the Conscious mind is the logic. But the Real You lives in the level below the Conscious mind, that is the Sub-conscious mind.
Our habits are part of the Sub-conscious mind. Not only good, bad or ugly habits but practical habits are also part of the sub-conscious mind. Practical habits are those which we do even without thinking about it like answering the phone, biting nails, turning hair etc. Our emotions are also in the Sub-Conscious mind e.g. love, hate etc. Our logical Conscious mind has no control over our emotions and it is left to our child-like sub-conscious mind. The third part of Sub-conscious is Permanent Memory. Everything that happened in your life is recorded here in the sub-conscious including sights, sounds, smells and even feelings. That is why during Hypnotic Regression, you can relive any memory from your life vividly even if you do not remember it consciously.
Why are we unable to adopt new Habits?
Now another part of the Sub-conscious mind is the Security and Protective part. Our personal security is the number one job of our Sub-conscious mind. The language of the sub-conscious is imagination. The only communication between the Logical Conscious mind and Imaginative Sub-conscious mind is Will Power. We use willpower to suppress our emotions or control habits. But unfortunately, Will Power is temporary and suppressed emotions sooner or later get redirected in a negative manner by causing stress or can be causing illness. In most cases, the habit returns sooner or later. Remember the language of Conscious mind is Logic, and language of Sub-conscious mind is Imagination. When Logic and Imagination conflicts, Imagination wins every time. As the language of Sub-conscious is Imagination, it cannot tell the difference between that what is real and what is not real. Everything is real or true for the Imaginative Mind. If it believes it to be true then it is.
What is Hypnosis?
Now you understand the human mind so now let’s explain hypnosis in simple terms. Normally the Conscious mind is in the front and the Sub-conscious mind is in the background. In between these two minds is a filter that we called Critical Faculty. This part is critical of information before we let it enter our powerful Sub-conscious mind or our belief system or our permanent memory. So you were taught something that you thinks crazy, your Conscious Mind will filter it out and will not allow it to enter your belief system or your programming.
Children from the age of 0 up to 7 years are in their Sub-conscious 100% of the time. This is why the child’s mind is a fertile ground. Whatever seed you plant in it is what is going to grow. So these children do not have the Critical Faculty yet.
Hypnosis is a state when the Conscious Mind moves aside and the Critical Faculty is by-passed allowing your Sub-Conscious mind to be receptive to positive suggestions for change. So these positive seeds or suggestions get planted in your Sub-conscious Mind.
Entering into hypnosis happens to you on daily basis. Hypnosis is the natural state that you have experienced thousands of times before. Whenever you feel sad or cry after watching the movie. Your logical mind knows that it’s only a movie and knows that it is not real yet you still feel sad and maybe even cry. This happens because while you watch a movie, the conscious mind got disappeared and you are not thinking about work, family or friends. While you are watching a movie, that thinking mind has disappeared and that Critical Faculty has been bypassed and you are in your Sub-conscious Mind.
With Hypnosis we do the same thing. We move the Conscious Mind aside and bypass the Critical Faculty in order to plant positive seeds of change into the Sub-conscious Mind. In Sub-conscious these newly planted suggestions grows and cause incredible changes in our believes, thoughts, habits, behaviors and even our health. These suggestions can be given by professional hypnotist or you can give it to yourself by practicing self-hypnosis.
Forms of Hypnosis And Brain Waves
There are two forms of hypnosis that take place.
The first form of hypnosis is a form that you might be familiar with called Stage Hypnosis and that’s where you see people barking and doing silly things. That form of hypnosis has a lot of entertainment value but it doesn’t do anything to change your habit.
The form of hypnosis that you want to use to change behaviors as a form of hypnosis which is called therapeutic hypnosis or you can also call it Hypnotherapy. A lot of people don’t realize that you actually go into hypnosis all the time.
Let take an example; when you go to sleep at night and right before you fall asleep, you go into a state of consciousness known as an alpha state that’s considered a state of hypnosis. When you wake up early in the morning, even then you are in that state. A lot of people uses hypnosis for weight loss, changing eating habits, quit smoking and to change many other bad habits.
During hypnosis, the body becomes more and more relaxed and the brain enters changing levels of brain wave pattern. There are four main different brainwave patterns when looking at hypnosis. These are Beta Wave Pattern, Alpha Wave Pattern, Theta Wave Pattern and Delta Wave Pattern as measured by an EEG.
Most people understand how to lose weight and they know what they should be eating. They also know that they should be exercising. The problem is not actually what to do but in fact, the problem is actually implementing it long enough to see results. Implementing and sticking to an exercise routine and healthy eating habits is really tough for some people just because of their perception. Most of the time we have our Conscious thought which is, I want to lose weight. Whereas our Sub-conscious in the background says I’m bored, stressed, I like to eat, I don’t like exercise and food is my comfort. So when you consciously want to lose weight but your Sub-conscious Mind in the background says that it’s very hard. Sub-conscious is 10 times more powerful than our Conscious Mind, so it wins most of the time and we quit exercise or dieting. So the goal of hypnosis for weight loss is to align these negative Sub-conscious habits with what you actually want. So Hypnosis for weight loss is incredibly effective and it definitely works.
Here are few tips for you that help you the most out of your hypnotic sessions:
- Be ready, Close your eyes and see yourself in your ideal body. See yourself happy and energetic, slim or whatever you want. See it in your mind because by visualizing it, you are guiding yourself naturally in that direction to have that body that you desire
- Realize that hypnosis is not a one-and-done sort of thing. It’s a process and not a magic and it takes many sessions to accomplish your desired result.
Hypnosis has 93% of recovery rate which is very high but that takes almost six sessions. Some clients probably will not need a full six sessions.
Hypnosis can be done in two ways; either any professional hypnotherapist will hypnotize you or the other way is you can practice self-hypnosis. In this article, we are going to discuss only self-hypnosis. We will discuss how you can hypnotize yourself and get benefited in your weight loss goal. If you really want to lose weight using hypnotherapy, follow some basic principle of guided hypnosis.
You Must Believe That Hypnosis Actually Works
The first thing to remember is that you must believe that hypnosis actually works. You can’t expect anything from something in which you don’t believe. You can make your belief stronger by reading true stories about people who actually get benefited from Hypnotherapy. Keep reading such stories or you can also watch YouTube videos of Hypnotherapy results. This technique will make your belief stronger in hypnosis.
Try Small Hypnosis Experiment Before Trying Actual Hypnotherapy
Before trying Hypnotherapy for weight loss, just try this small experiment. You can even try this experiment right now. It is perfectly ok if you are sitting on a chair. This experiment can be done either seated or standing. Be assured that nobody will disturb you while performing this experiment.
Extend your arms in front of you, palms down and just close your eyes. Now just feel every part of your body relaxed. Relax your body as much as you can. Now in this relaxed state just Imagine, that you have a huge helium-filled balloon tugging at your right wrist, and a ten-pound lead weight is pulling at your left wrist. Imagine it as vividly as you can, really vividly. You can feel your right arm getting lighter and lighter and lighter, while you left arm gets heavier and heavier and heavier. You can feel your right arm floating upwards, while your left arm starts to sag under a load of that lead weight.
Most people will slowly lift their right arm and slowly lower their left, though most will not be aware that they are doing so and are astonished when they open their eyes! Try this now and see if it actually worked and if yes then please comment below about your experience.
Self Hypnosis Suggestions For Weight Loss
Now you believe in hypnosis and you tried some small experiments, it’s time to use hypnosis for weight loss. There are different things to do which you need for weight loss like Doing Exercise, Eating Healthy Food, Stop Comfort Eating, Stop Night Time Snaking, Quit Sugar etc. First of all, make a list of the habits which you want to adopt and also a list of habits which you want to drop. Keep one thing in mind that you must have to focus on adopting one habit or dropping one habit during a particular time period when you are trying hypnotherapy for weight loss.
- During the first month try Hypnotherapy which is focused on, Quit Junk Food.
- Second Month Focus on Motivation of Exercise.
- Third Month Focus on Improve Your Body Image.
And so on, you can also make your own plan according to your habits. Remember that the suggestions which you give to yourself must be in positive form. Following are some examples of suggestions which you may use during your self-hypnosis.
Example 1- When you want to Stop Eating Junk Food, you can use following suggestions:
- I eat fresh fruits.
- I eat healthy food.
- I always choose Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to stock in my refrigerator.
- I provide best possible nutrition for my body.
- I take care of my body by fueling it with only fresh foods.
- I take my health very seriously now.
- It’s time to stick to the plan.
- I made the decision that health comes first.
- I am now a healthy eater.
Example 2- Suggestions for Exercise Motivation and Following Workout Routine Regularly
- When I exercise, I feel good.
- I am full of energy.
- When I exercise, I feel a rush of endorphins.
- I feel strong and full of energy.
- Exercise make me look and feel great.
- Exercise makes my body look more attractive.
- I feel happy after exercising.
- I am able to push myself to reach my goals.
- I enjoy exercising as often as possible.
- I am full of positive energy.
- Exercise makes me healthy.
- I have the motivation to reach my full potential.
- I always find time for exercise even in busy schedules.
Hope you now understand the concept of hypnosis clearly, and if not you are free to ask anything in comments below. If you not comfortable to actually practicing self-hypnosis then you can Sign up for the “Fitness Success Titanium Series” and in this program, you get one New Hypnosis Audio every month that promotes your fitness success. You may also visit your local hypnotherapist to help you in achieving your goals. I wish you get your best and can achieve your goals.