As much as one-third of Americans are overweight, and that number keeps growing. In fact, obesity has become such a problem that it’s been declared an epidemic by the World Health Organization. Many people who are overweight exercise and diet maniacally, yet, despite their best intentions and effort, many still struggle to stick with their regimen, which creates the frustrating cycle of weight loss and weight gain.
Hypnosis for weight loss, when combined with nutritional guidance and regular exercise, has been proven to be a helpful tool when it comes to breaking the cycle of yoyo dieting. It allows those who truly want to change their habits to stay motivated, which can help create significant weight loss that lasts. In fact, studies in reputable scientific publications such as the International Journal of Eating Disorders and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology all show an increased success rate for those who incorporated hypnosis into their treatment, compared to those who did not.
When it comes to dieting, many people manage to maintain their focus and willpower when they have an upcoming event that mandates that they lose weight. We’ve all seen that one excited bride who managed to drop 30 pounds before her wedding, or the guy who drops some weight before an upcoming reunion. These major calendar events motivate us to adhere to our weight loss routine until the goal is reached. The problem with this approach is, though, it only works in the short term, because eventually the wedding, reunion, swimsuit season, or whatever event it is, passes and with it goes that motivation. As a result, the weight comes roaring back.
Many people think that being hypnotized means being trapped inside of an inescapable trance without free will. But the reality is, when you are in a hypnotic state, you’re simply in a highly relaxed and focused state of mind. In fact, we go through this state frequently throughout our daily lives, such as when we get engrossed in a great book or movie.
In this focused state, you are highly receptive to hypnotic suggestions, which, when provided by a clinical hypnotist, can be taken to heart in order to influence behavior and perceptions in many positive ways. Hypnosis works for weight loss by helping people maintain motivation in the long term. For instance, instead of picking a date by which you need to be X lb. lighter, your goal is being at that ideal weight for the sake of it, along with all the positive effects that come with it, such as how it’ll make you feel, both physically and emotionally. This goal is not limited by a calendar date on which to stop, which helps minimize the risk of yo-yoing.
When it comes to longterm weight loss, there is no magic pill. The best solutions are the simplest: eat less, exercise more, and, finally, don’t drop the pounds for the sake of a single day. Instead, lose weight for the sake of your longterm health and self confidence.