Diet, Exercise, and Hypnosis

hypnosis for weight loss

If you want to lose weight you will undoubtedly use some combination of diet and exercise. Right? Most people do. Ideally this combination should help you accomplish your goals. A lot of times it does. A lot of times it doesn’t. I know first hand. I have dieted off and on for as long as I can remember. Why is it that we know we want something but we have a hard time sticking it out? And what can we do about it?

Our subconscious mind plays a huge role in our lives. We don’t even realize the impact that it has. We tell ourselves that we are going to eat this or do that exercise and for some reason we simply fall short. The reason is likely due to what is playing behind the scenes in our subconscious. The habits we don’t know how to break. The thoughts we don’t know how to turn off. The feelings we’ve associated with certain behaviors. Maybe eating certain foods give you some sense of satisfaction or comfort. Hey, it’s called comfort food for a reason.

Our subconscious mind can work for us or against us. Unfortunately, a lot of times it works against us. When did we come to associate eating with satisfaction and comfort? There were times in my past when I had a boring day at work and I rushed home to indulge in something delicious. My day didn’t satisfy me so hopefully my dinner will. Where do we turn when we realize this association is detrimental to us? What do we do when we are in need of comfort, satisfaction, or <insert feeling here> and it conflicts with our goals to lose weight and be healthy?

If losing weight with diet and exercise alone was easily achievable we wouldn’t have a billion dollar supplement industry. It’s hard. It’s hard not because it doesn’t work. Burn more than you eat and you’ll lose weight. That’s a simple formula. It’s hard because of all the factors below the surface, inside the subconscious mind that are self-sabotaging our efforts.

That’s where hypnosis can be of value. Hypnosis can help reprogram your subconscious, help you break the habits holding you back and find new associations for your feelings. By working on the aspects of you that prevent you from sticking with the right diet and exercise regimen long enough to see results you can accomplish your goals.

If you went to a hypnotist for weight loss they might have you imagine the weight falling off your body. You may put your cravings or overeating on a cloud or a bird and watch it fly away. Other techniques may include affirmations – “My body is getting healthier” , “I only eat when I am hungry” or “I can’t wait to exercise.” You might even visualize yourself in your workout clothes exercising.

Ultimately, hypnosis can help you control your mind and direct your thoughts. Sometimes when we really don’t want to know something we know we should do we make up excuses. “Oh, it looks like it’s going to rain. I better not go for that run.” You know the drill. By reprogramming your mind and shifting the habits you have running on autopilot you can eliminate these excuses. Hypnosis can help you get up and go for a run each morning by habit. You don’t even have the opportunity to make up an excuse. Better yet, you look forward to that daily run.

So what do you think? Will you be adding hypnosis to your weight loss program anytime soon?


Why I Studied Hypnosis

Hypnosis

 

– Lose weight

– Quit smoking

– Overcome alcoholism

– Overcome fear (of flying, dating, taking a risk)

– Remove limiting beliefs

– Change your thought patterns

I could go on and on about the benefits of hypnosis. A lot of people think hypnosis is about giving up control when in fact it is about gaining control. You won’t be barking like a dog or walking like a chicken (unless you want to, of course). You’re in complete control the entire time you are under hypnosis.

I often wonder, why do we do things we know we shouldn’t do? Why do our decisions at times not align with our goals? We often fight ourselves on the way to transforming our own lives. We can be our biggest obstacle. Sometimes despite our greatest effort we can’t move out of our own way. Why is that?

Our subconscious mind operates our lives behind the scenes. If you can remember when you first learned to tie your shoe you were so thoughtful and focused on tying your shoe laces. You concentrated deeply, meticulously made the perfect bow, and took your time. Today, you tie your shoes so fast you don’t even remember actually tying them. Or you unplug the iron so instinctively you wonder 30 minutes later in the car driving to work if the iron is unplugged. If you’re like me you turn around and check because you don’t want to be worried about the house burning down all day! And most likely the iron is unplugged.

Our subconscious mind is like a help mate. It takes those routine events like tying our shoes or unplugging the iron and automates them so to speak. Our conscious mind has so much to think about and process it couldn’t handle all the thoughts, actions, etc. we have a day. So it delegates. To the subconscious that it. In a lot of ways this delegation makes our day run more smoothly. Do we really need to be in deep thought for ten minutes to tie our shoes? Of course not.

The problem is when we’ve delegated things to the subconscious mind and those things start to hold us back. Our conscious mind isn’t involved in these decisions or thoughts. These can be important, impactful things. If you’ve delegated your relationship with your partner to your subconscious which in turn put it on autopilot you’re going to start to feel a disconnect. Relationships can’t thrive on autopilot. If you’ve put your eating and physical activity on autopilot with your subconscious mind you may have a hard time losing weight. Accomplishing goals can’t happen on autopilot. If your business is on autopilot you’ll struggle to grow. Growth can’t happen on autopilot.

Our subconscious mind doesn’t think and process information the way that our conscious mind does. It just acts. It repeats a process, a thought, a belief over and over the same way each time. Our conscious mind does all the thinking and processing. This is where hypnosis comes in. Hypnosis can help re-program the subconscious. It can help take back control of those important areas of our lives that were delegated to the subconscious. Or it can change that thought, behavior, belief that’s on autopilot. For an example, if your subconscious automatically feels fear when speaking in front of a crowd, hypnosis can help reprogram the subconscious to feel confidence and excitement.

So why did I study hypnosis? For all the reasons above. I saw so many people being held back in life and I wanted to help. I’ve observed enough to know that transformation isn’t easy. Sometimes all the goal setting in the world can’t transform you. Sometimes what’s driving your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors is below the surface. Hypnosis can get below the surface with the subconscious and make meaningful change.

People who have been hypnotized have said it changed their lives. They’ve finally been able to lose the weight. They feel more confident. They’re relationships have improved. That’s why I study hypnosis. Success stories like these.