Losing weight in a healthy way takes effort and time. When working towards this goal, most people find it necessary to engage in regular exercise. They also make conscious choices on when, what, and how much they eat.
But besides exercise and diet, the mental and emotional state play of a person plays a critical role in the weight loss process. This is where self-hypnosis comes in handy.
Although hypnotherapy alone cannot produce the weight loss results you desire, it can support the weight loss process by altering emotional connections and beliefs that hinder your ability to follow your exercise and diet routines effectively.
It boosts self-control before meals and reduces obesity by keeping leptin levels low while increasing adiponectin hormones. Leptin is a hormone that’s linked to obesity, while the adiponectin hormone protects against obesity.
If you’re on a mission to reduce weight, here are five ways self-hypnosis can help you achieve this goal:
Resolving Emotional Conflicts
Self-hypnosis can play an important role in empowering you to address unresolved emotional issues that hinder your ability to lose weight.
For instance, if you’ve experienced abuse, trauma, or chaos previously, it may be difficult to see how these past experiences may be undermining your current efforts to maintain a healthy weight. Self-hypnosis can help you heal from that trauma so that you can release the excess weight.
Correcting Detrimental Beliefs
Self hypnosis can aid weight loss goals by correcting faulty beliefs and cultural perceptions that stand in the way of realizing healthy weight. This is because hypnosis challenges the perceptions that people have about their physical appearance.
For instance, in the American culture, having a thin body is considered better. As a matter of fact, people find such bodies being healthier. Through self-hypnosis, you can learn how to appreciate the changes that happen to your body due to aging or childbirth.
This enables you to relieve stress and the perceived perfection that’s associated with it. Whether you hypnotize as an individual or as part of a larger group, hypnosis will push you into revising beliefs that don’t support your weight loss goals, like the perception that food is a reward.
Reducing Food Cravings
Once you set off on a weight loss challenge, self-hypnosis can become an effective tool for reducing the deep desire for unhealthy foods. If you join a hypnosis program, the therapist will most likely use guided imagery to discourage dietary choices that can undermine your weight loss goals.
As a matter of fact, guided imagery can do a long way in helping you reduce food cravings that are problematic significantly. This enables you to focus on your weight loss goals without being distracted by food.
Most importantly, self-hypnosis enables you to reduce your intake of unsaturated fats that result in weight gain. These include trans fats that are used in processed foods like frosting and margarine.
Improving Body Image and Self Esteem
The other way that self-hypnosis can aid in weight loss is by improving body image and boosting self-esteem. If you experience body-shaming from those who are close to you, your self-confidence will be affected significantly.
In fact, most people who develop compulsive behavior around food do so to overcome feelings of guilt and shame that result in low esteem. During hypnotherapy sessions, therapists focus on empowering people to overcome low self-esteem by changing the way they view their bodies through hypnotic suggestions, positive affirmations, and daily journaling.
Encouraging Behavior Change
Where you self-hypnotize, you’re highly focused and attentive. This increases your ability to listen as well as respond to behavior change suggestions, including the need to eat a healthy diet and exercise daily.
Together, these changes enable you to lose weight faster and with ease. Inability to sleep well can also affect your weight loss goals negatively. If you self-hypnotize, you’ll be able to fall asleep faster and longer.
This allows you to get enough rest, which allows your body to shed off the excess weight over time.
Most people set weight loss goals. However, only a few realize those objectives successfully. To achieve the weight loss results you desire, significant emphasis has been placed on performing regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet, but these aren’t the only things that you need.
Your emotional and mental state plays a huge role on how well you lose weight. Practicing self-hypnosis can help you address the emotional and mental challenges that may be keeping you from realizing your weight loss goals.