Weight loss hypnosis functions through the premise that manipulation of the subconscious will help alleviate food cravings. Hypnosis is a mental state of relaxation that heightens focus and suggestibility. In weight loss, it could lead a person towards a clearer focus on one’s goal to lose weight. It also helps defeat unhealthy cravings through suggestions of better alternatives. Suggestibility also allows for weight reduction to become second nature, instead of needing effort.
We are constantly entering the hypnotic state every day. Every time we allow ourselves to relax, listen to music, or even simply walking down a street, we already enter this state of relaxation. After all, our minds are not in constant alert mode, for such would be a very tiring experience and in fact, impossible. We are even constantly hypnotising ourselves. We do this by reinforcing certain ideas about ourselves until we believe them and it becomes second nature or habit. That is exactly how hypnotism is believed to work.
Weight Loss Hypnosis
In weight loss hypnosis the person is led to ignore food cravings and adapt healthy eating habits. Some even completely remove any desire for unhealthy, fat-inducing treats and food. The effect is that no matter how a certain kind of inadvisable food is offered to you, you would feel no temptation at all. And if it is administered and followed through correctly, its effects could be long-term.
In most advertisements, hypnosis is also given as healthy and safe, particularly when compared to other ways to reduce weight. This is because no drugs are involved and the method itself is natural. Hypnosis could also be self-administered or by a professional. Either way, it is shown to be safe and relatively cheap.
However, the effects of hypnosis are often exaggerated. Some advertisers would tell you that even a single session of hypnosis could lead to big results. Unfortunately, studies have shown that this is not so. There is no method that is instantly effective, and hypnosis is no different. Aside from that, self-hypnosis could be dangerous. Even an amateur hypnotist could cause risks. Many misconceptions have been built around weight loss hypnosis, and one needs to be careful about it.
One such misconception is the idea that anyone could be hypnotised. Hypnosis could affect everyone, given that we do it to ourselves every day. However, some people are less open to suggestibility. The problem is that it suggests otherwise and some would even apply hypnosis to groups. Nevertheless, a truly effective weight reduction hypnosis method needs to be designed for the individual.
It is also touted to be fast and supernaturally effective. This misconception lies solely on the fact that hypnosis still couldn’t be explained completely. This is because the direct effects of hypnosis lie in the mind, and the mind still requires more research to be understood. As for its quick effectiveness, studies have shown that weight loss method does not take effect within a session or two, much less losing a substantial number of pounds. Hypnosis, like any other weight loss method, needs to be practised within a significant amount of time.
Weight reduction methods are rarely effective by themselves. Each method may offer advantageous and effective ways but lack in some other area. Dieting is often difficult because it needs tremendous effort and self-control to be truly successful. For hypnosis however, dieting becomes less of an effort and more of habit.
Thus, there are other weight loss hypnosis methods that suggest combining it with other methods of reducing weight. With the more intense focus that hypnosis causes, a person would find it easier to follow the plans that another method of weight reduction suggests. In effect, the other method provides the plan, while the hypnosis strengthens the will to follow through that plan.
Weight Loss Hypnosis Books – Do They Really Work?
Weight loss hypnosis books would rank third when compared to audio programmes and face-to-face therapy. If you expect to read a book and be cured of your obesity without doing anything else, then I think you will be disappointed with a weight loss hypnosis book. If however, you understand that such a book can teach you valuable techniques that you can use on yourself at home, then a weight reduction hypnosis book is something that could have valuable information.
Weight loss hypnosis books are at a disadvantage to audio weight loss sessions and face-to-face sessions only in flexibility. While it is possible for reading to have a hypnotic effect, it is harder to hypnotise people through print. The reason is simple, there is no human to human interaction. You can’t hear the other person’s tone of voice, you can’t witness changes in breathing rate and rhythm. Your only means of output and reception are words on a page. This doesn’t mean that weight reduction hypnosis books are worthless… they could be a source of life changing information.
You just have to understand that when choosing a weight loss hypnosis book or e-book you are really choosing to do the hypnosis yourself. If the book is good, it should focus on teaching you the basics of Self-Hypnosis. It should include information on relaxation, breathing, and give you a wide range of self visualisation exercises. A book that will really help you lose weight will teach you effective self hypnosis. Be sure to choose an author with established results and one who covers all their bases.
If you learn how to lose weight from a hypnosis book, then you can do anything with the tools and techniques you learn from the book. In this way learning from a book can be more beneficial than “being hypnotised for weight loss” because it teaches you the tools of self-hypnosis that can be used in all aspects of your life. It’s the difference in learning to do hypnosis yourself and ‘having it done TO you’ and you know what He said “Give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.”
This article was written by Taylor Stewart, a hypnosis and NLP trainer with over 10 years of experience helping clients, teaching students, and training professionals to be more effective communicators.