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One of the most
frequent reasons people visit a hypnotherapist is to lose weight! This
is not surprising as hardly a week seems to go by without a magazine
or breakfast TV article praising the results obtained from hypnotherapy
treatment for slimming and obesity, especially if a well known celebrity
The mind has a tremendous
amount of power over our eating habits and body weight. Something inside
your mind actually controls your appetite, your eating habits, patience,
and your determination. Hypnotherapy is a way of harnessing this tremendous
power of the mind in order to help you become and remain the slimmer
person you wish to be.
People come to me
for weight loss having, typically, tried everything else - diets, pills,
slimming clubs, you name it, and have either failed or just put the
weight straight back on again.
with the root causes of overeating and the wrong kind of eating habits.
Its aim is not to be a temporary fix but to be more like 'throwing a
lever inside the brain' to permanently change eating habits for the
better. You will not normally be advised to go on a strict food reduction
diet. Such dieting simply does not work. Instead the hypnosis will be
used to allow you to eat 'normally' - in other words to eat the amount
that slimmer people enjoy which will enable you to lose weight steadily
and permanently without all the hunger pangs and misery. This is the
true way to weight loss success. This approach avoids all the terrible
hunger of crash and gimmick diets that always end up with the weight
going straight back on.
You have the power
to change and hypnotherapy will release that power. Many people turn
to hypnotherapy having almost given up hope, or having become dispirited.
Sometimes they are a little apprehensive about hypnosis (there is no
need to be - see my hypnotherapy
page) Those who come to me as a result of personal reccommendation are
alway very keen to get started right away. The transformations I have
witnessed are remarkable. Not long after I first opened my hypnotherapy
practice in Ealing Broadway, a local dentist came to see me. She had
seen an article about my success with slimmers in the local paper which
had appeared right next to her own advertisement for dentistry. Although
she was a little sceptical about hypnosis she had decided to take the
plunge. A year later she reappeared to show me her new, slimmer appearance
and I was delighted to see how radically she had changed. Not only was
she now slim but she now had a new air of self confidence and contentment,
which carrying all the excess weight had held back.
treatment looks at YOU as an individual because there are so many
reasons for weight problems. People who sustain excess weight usually
eat unnecessary food when they are not truly hungry. They tend to
fit into one or more of the following eating categories:
- comfort eating
(stress, boredom, unhappiness, guilt, failure etc.)
- eating big
portions; leftovers, eating while cooking
to finish whats on the plate
- sweet tooth,
excess cakes, chocolate etc.
- excess of
fatty and savoury foods
to a particular foods or tastes
- excess sweet
drinks or alcohol
or categories you fit into, you will find that hypnosis has a powerful
influence on appetite, cravings, speed of eating, motivation, determination,
patience, stress and boredom levels - even metabolism. In addition
to this it can also be used to actually put you off the taste of
certain foods that you have decided to avoid or cut out completely.
It may be used to focus on getting you to enjoy the taste of fresh,
healthier foods. Most of all it is simply designed to put you permanently
in control, not the food. Of course there will still be ups and
downs in your life, as there are in everyone's life to some degree,
but once you notice this new control you will very likely cope better
with every aspect of your life.
some cases it may be necessary to look at and treat the underlying
reason(s) for the weight problem, such as emotional upset, insecurity,
worry, boredom and low self esteem. The trouble with low self esteem
is that it becomes a vicious circle. When you over eat or stray from
a diet you may feel so bad about yourself, that you comfort those
feelings by eating more food, and so on.
may appear to the individual that there is a different part of them
that takes over, often an impulsive or rebellious childlike side
that comes out, gives in to temptation and eats what it wants
- letting you down (it is interesting to note how often we refer
to being 'good' or 'bad' about what we have eaten, instead of being
wise/foolish or strong/weak). The more this 'bad' part lets you
down, the more you push it away, as if it really were a child. Most
of us will admit that there are different parts to our personalities
and during hypnosis It may be appropriate to communicate directly
with the part that is causing the eating problem, and I may get
you to try to understand and gently negotiate with it. Only when
this part of you feels forgiven and understood instead of loathed
and rejected, only when it also fully realize you are better off
avoiding unnecessary food will it ever become integrated and controllable.
If this integration never takes place, you may carry the excess
weight for the rest of your life, as so people do many do.
the mind has a tremendous amount of control over our eating habits
and body weight. There is a force inside your mind that actually
controls your appetite, your attitude to food and even your sheer
determination. Hypnosis is a way of persuading the mind to use that
force to work for you rather than against you. You've always had
the power to lose weight permenantly - it has just been lying dormant,
deep within you, never properly released. Hypnosis can help you
release that power and make losing weight so much easier and more
successful for you. It will help you to create a brand new frame
of mind so that you lose weight at a rate which is sensible, easy
and achievable for you, and once achieved, enable you to retain
you new body weight.
How many sesssions?
lasts about an hour and a half, and some people need only come once
or twice, however, to be realistic if you really wish to finally
clamp down on your weight problem then you should expect to come
for two or three initial weekly sessions and then return for the
occasional follow up, at say monthly or two monthly intervals. Of
course there may still be barriers over time, but hypnotherapy will
be there to help you overcome them. Imagine seeing yourself in the
future, slimmer, wearing much smaller clothes sizes and feeling
so much better. You will never regret the time and investment.
To discuss whether
hypnotherapy could help you, or to make a booking, call now on 020
8840 9961 e-mail
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