Let’s dive into this subject with a case study. In February 2019, Georgia Keating, who works at a beauty retail store, went viral for recording an outstanding success with weight loss. Georgia, from London, was diagnosed with chronic depression and an eating disorder in her teenage years. As a result of binge-eating, her body size ‘ballooned’ from size 4 to 22. By 2015, Georgia weighed 127kg (20 Stone).
After struggling with insecurities, exhaustion, and severed relationships for years, Georgia took her first step towards getting back in shape. Several months passed, littered with unsuccessful attempts. However, with persistence, she finally met her big break. By January 2018, Georgia was weighed 63.5kg (10 stone), half her original size. As you may have guessed, her breakthrough came only after a meeting with a hypnotherapist. What’s even more remarkable is she achieved this after only two sessions.
Now, we’ve established that hypnotherapy is indeed a helpful tool for weight loss, but how does it work? That question is what this article tries to address.
The importance of weight loss can hardly be overstated. In addition to keeping health conditions such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes at bay, those who have gained and subsequently lost weight often report feeling more energetic and less lethargic. There are a number of things a person can do when trying to lose weight, but pretty much everything falls under one of the following two categories: Burning Calories or Reducing Calorie Intake.
Burning calories is basically exercising. Many people achieve their weight loss goals by increasing the number of calories they burn. Aerobic exercises are most effective in this regard, and it is advised that you perform some form of aerobics at least three times a week. Typically, each aerobic session should last at least 30 minutes and including some weight training exercises afterwards will also help build muscle, giving you a well-defined physique.
By reducing calorie intake, you cut down on the number of calories you consume per day. Dieting is a popular calorie-cutting method and dictates that you change your eating habits, letting go of some of your favourite snacks and beverages. Some people even resort to taking dietary supplements to curb their appetite. However, this is not recommended because it is not effective in the long term.
The most effective and sustainable way of achieving and maintaining your weight loss goal would be a combination of reducing and burning calories as part of a profound and long-term lifestyle change. Enacting such a change can be difficult, however, and many people struggle to find the right balance. Fortunately, things can get even better with self-hypnosis.
When you think of hypnosis, do you picture the classic goofy-looking circus act in Hollywood movies who makes people do the chicken dance and say weird stuff on stage? Well, while Hollywood has made a lot of portrayals about hypnosis, hypnosis is much more than party tricks and dark intentions.
Hypnosis, medically called hypnotherapy, simply helps you achieve a state of heightened focus and enhanced suggestibility during which guided imagery and positive suggestions are used to help individuals conquer their physical and mental challenges. Since the 18th century, hypnosis has been adopted for a variety of conditions such as addictions, insomnia, and obesity, among others. It continues to get more popular as the years roll by.
From the story of Georgia and several other living testimonies, hypnosis has proven very instrumental in achieving weight loss. What’s even better is that over the years, it has gotten so convenient that you no longer need the physical presence of an expert.
You can get all the services of an expert remotely, using a technique called self-hypnosis.
In simple terms, self-hypnosis is a form of hypnotherapy in which you achieve a level of heightened focus and improved suggestibility without the physical aid of an expert. In other words, self-hypnosis is hypnotherapy, without the physical presence of a therapist. Using self-hypnosis for weight-loss will condition your mind to be able to eat healthier and also burn calories the right way.
With respect to eating habits, we all know that getting out of bad eating habits can be tough and that’s why self-hypnosis downloads aimed at weight loss take a non-aggressive approach to it.
When your body gets acclimated to binge-eating or other forms of unhealthy eating habits, the sight or even smell of food may cause a rise in dopamine levels, and you find yourself always looking to keep your mouth filled. Just like other forms of addiction, stopping binge-eating can be challenging. However, with self-hypnosis, you can gradually overcome the challenge.
Even though it can be used for a dozen purposes, self-hypnosis has the same mechanism at its core. During self-hypnosis, your mind gets cleared of all thoughts as you navigate to your subconscious. Once at this stage, you will be in a trance-like state where your mind can be recalibrated. Positive, result-oriented words are then administered to your subconscious to effect the changes you want. After a few sessions, results should become noticeable. With respect to binge-eating, you will feel less drawn to unhealthy food and your brain will no longer trigger that familiar crazy dopamine release every time you come close to junk food.
There are several effective self-hypnosis tracks designed for specific dieting needs. For example, if you originally hate eating fruits and vegetables, there is a self-hypnosis track to address that. If you have unhealthy cravings for chocolate or are a victim of binge-eating, self-hypnosis will help you fix that. Other bad eating habits that can make weight-loss harder, such as cravings for sugar, cheese, fried food, red meat, etc., can be addressed using self-hypnosis.
As already established, for an even better and faster result, you will need to combine regular exercise with healthy eating. Understandably, for someone who isn’t used to routines like hitting the gym or going for a jog, it is going to be challenging to kick off, and even when you start hitting that treadmill, it gets even harder to maintain consistency. Indeed, the 80/20 rule for weight-loss—80% dieting and 20% exercise—is valid. However, the importance of exercising cannot be neglected or underestimated.
Exercising does not just speed up the process, it also puts you in overall good physical condition. If you are at that stage where you lack the motivation to exercise, self-hypnosis can bring that boost to you. Usually, there comes a time when your exercise begins to feel too easy and boring, and you feel the need to increase the intensity of your workout. While you may understand that you need to crank up your routines, doing so may not be as easy as you imagined. However, this is not beyond self-hypnosis. You can always get juiced up with a self-hypnosis track specifically tailored for this purpose.
Weight-loss does not have to be so tough to achieve. With healthy eating and proper exercise, supported by a good dose of self-hypnosis, you will be on a fine track to getting back in shape. While this will not happen overnight, it will not take as long as you may fear. Just ensure you’re adequately prepared. Stay focused and consistent, and you will soon be sharing a story just like Georgia Keating.