How Does Hypnosis for Weight Loss Work?
You may have tried to switch to a healthy diet many times. Some of these attempts may have been somewhat misguided like when you’re trying to adopt a ‘fad diet’ that leaves you craving foods essential to your wellbeing (e.g. carbs). Others might have been genuine attempts at eating healthily and exercising regularly. If you’re reading this, I gather that you failed at least most of those times. Why is that? Are you lacking will power?
Not necessarily. When we consciously decide to do something, while subconsciously wishing for the opposite, our conscious and subconscious minds engage in a tug-of-war.
If you tend to treat food as a source of comfort your subconscious will demand it’s fix as soon as you feel emotionally hurt or drained. Your subconscious is very much like a three-year-old and prone to throwing tantrums whenever it doesn’t get what it wants. What hypnosis for weight loss does, is allow you to access your subconscious directly and switch the negative patterns for more positive ones.
‘If only I lost weight, I’d be happy’
A new survey has recently shown that only 3% of women in the UK are happy with their bodies and an astonishing 73% obsess about their size and shape daily.
Personally, I find this news quite disturbing – especially that the women surveyed where on average 33 years old and the majority of them fell within the normal weight limits for their height.
So what went wrong? Obviously we can blame the media or peer pressure for creating unattainable standards for weight and shape. But surely, women in their thirties should be able to distinguish facts from Photoshop-enhanced fiction?
Well, not necessarily. From a very early age we are taught to crave approval from our environment. What naturally follows from that is the feeling that if we model ourselves on the people who already have this widespread approval (i.e. celebrities) we will become more successful in life.
This strategy works – but only up to a point. With hoards of Z-list celebrities enjoying their less than 15 minutes of fame and the standards of ‘good looks’ becoming increasingly unrealistic, most of us find it impossible to cope.
65% of the women surveyed said that they feel that their lives would improve considerably if they were happy with their bodies. Over half of the surveyed women associated quality of life with looks. Please bear in mind that we are not talking about clinically obese people who do need to lose weight to improve their wellbeing. These women had a relatively healthy weight.
The impossible trap
Blaming the subconscious for our irrational behaviour, we sometimes forget that our subconscious mind can be very logical. It is not that it doesn’t realise that the standards it makes you strive for are unattainable. It’s just that sometimes it thinks that they are more attainable than other things you may want to go for.
Once I saw an existentialist play in which two characters – a poet and a soldier – found themselves stranded in a remote inn and incapacitated by a sense of all-encompassing futility. While the poet resigned himself to a life in depression, the soldier fell victim to a particular idée fixe. He made himself believe that if he succeeds in mastering the violin, he will be able to ‘snap out of it’ and resume the life he led before he came to this doomed place. The soldier was tone-deaf, so it would be impossible for him to learn to play the violin. It nevertheless gave him an illusion of an attainable goal and an explanation for his failure to accomplish other goals.
If only I were slimmer…
Our subconscious often works in a similar way. It redirects our ambitions and aspirations towards goals it sees as more attainable. After all, how difficult is it to follow a simple 4-step diet plan? Surely, it’s much easier than finding lasting love, forwarding your career, or following your life-long dream. You may be telling yourself – just like 65% of the women in the survey – that if you lose weight it will be easier to get a new job, or that people will treat you with more respect.
The truth may be that you might be wasting your resources on trying to fix something that doesn’t need fixing.
If this is the case, hypnosis for weight loss will help you see the real issues behind your dissatisfaction with your body and help you redirect your energy towards goals that will truly make a positive difference in your life.
If , on the other hand, you do need to change your attitude towards food, hypnosis for weight loss will let you change destructive patterns of behaviour and replace them with a rational drive towards a healthy diet and lifestyle.
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