We all know the basic rules for losing weight and staying healthy: eating natural, whole foods and exercising daily. But if we all know this simple formula, why are so many people around the world still battling obesity?
In spite of the billion-dollar weight loss industry bombarding us with products, programs, shakes, pills, books and diets, obesity levels continue to rise around the world. There is a huge gap between what we know we need to do to be slim and healthy, and what we actually implement in our lives.So how do we close that gap?Subconsciously, if we all know what we should be doing, hypnosis could be the answer.
Many studies have proven hypnosis to be a successful weight loss tool. The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology reported that hypnosis subjects lost up to 30 times the weight of the control group on the same weight loss regime and in follow-up managed to keep the weight off or lose more after two years.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is defined as “an artificially induced state of relaxation and concentration (trance) in which deeper parts of the mind become more accessible.” It is a state of altered consciousness similar to sleep, where the unconscious mind is more receptive to suggestions.
Hypnosis began as a field of study and practice in the 18th century under Franz Mesmer. Mesmer had a flair for the dramatic and ever since his spooky sessions, hypnosis has had a public perception of being ‘woo-woo’, ‘occult’ or simply a bit ‘strange’. However, in spite of this, it’s grown and developed in style, scientific validation and popularity simply because it produces such startlingly effective results.
The purpose of hypnosis is to induce a state of trance; the relaxed state where the gateway between the conscious and unconscious mind is open and relaxed. Trance isn’t an unusual state; in fact, most people are in a state of trance many times every day: when you lose yourself in a good book or TV show, when you daydream, and when you are in the ‘zone’ in the spin room or on a run.
Trance is simply being relaxed and aware on two levels. When you are reading, on one level you are aware of your body in the room reading the book, and on another you are aware of the story of the book happening like a movie in your mind. The state of trance is a somewhat magical state; your mind is focused but also open and relaxed. Hypnotherapy is simply the conscious utilisation and creation of this state for the purpose of creating positive change.
How safe is it?
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. Many people are nervous to try hypnosis as they think they will fall asleep, lose control or be made to do silly things - this is untrue. Clinical hypnotherapy is very different from the stage hypnosis shows which are created for entertainment. People who end up on the stage dancing like chickens have been selected based on their high suggestibility and extroverted natures during early audience tests.
Your mind is incredibly powerful and can never be made to do things under hypnosis that you wouldn’t otherwise do on a dare or while a little bit drunk. You could never be hypnotised to do something that conflicted with your values or morals. In fact, you can’t be hypnotised at all unless you choose to be.
How will hypnosis help me lose weight?
We are all creatures of habit. Thoughts lead to decisions which lead to actions; the decision to go to the gym or not, make your own clean lunch or get takeaway; the decision to go to bed early or watch late night television. All of these actions begin with a thought. It has been estimated that up to 90% of the thoughts you think are the same thoughts you had yesterday! Hypnosis helps to rewrite the unconscious patterns from which your thoughts arise, thus changing the habits that you live by.
When a person struggles with their weight and with maintaining healthy habits, it is mostly not for lack of conscious effort or willpower, but a deep inner conflict that the person may not even be aware of. Many times the self-sabotaging behaviour will occur just as the person gets close to their goal or sees positive results. This indicates that there is a subconscious conflict with the goal. A skilled hypnotherapist will work on two levels. They will use hypnosis to embed and suggest positive thoughts, beliefs and habits that are aligned with the person’s goal, as well as uncover and release subconscious blocks and barriers such as negative beliefs, emotions or maybe even past trauma that are preventing the person from achieving and living inside their ideal body.
Hypnosis is often used in conjunction with coaching to assist with transformational change because it is so effective at getting to the underlying causal issues. If deep down in your subconscious mind you feel unsafe or unworthy being slim, then no matter how hard you try consciously at making the change, you will continue to struggle. You have to address those inner beliefs and make a change at the subconscious level. Hypnosis is one of the few ways to get that kind of deep inner change quickly and painlessly.
Your ability to achieve results with hypnosis hinges on two things: your desire to make the change and your relationship with the hypnotherapist you work with. If you decide that you want to use hypnotherapy to assist in your weight-loss goals, make sure you investigate a few options: talk to the therapists and find one that you connect with, like and feel that you can trust. Also, look for someone who specialises in working with weight-loss or health; has the relevant qualifications; and has a history of results and client testimonials.
Of course, becoming slim and staying slim is a huge lifestyle change that takes action, commitment and dedication. Hypnosis is not a magic pill. You still have to follow the basic recipe of whole foods and activity, the difference is when you have shifted your mindset with hypnosis these things become actions that you want to do instead of something you just tell yourself you should do.
Kylie Ryan is Australia’s expert weight loss motivation coach & hypnotherapist, leading the revolution of inspired, action-taking women creating health from the inside out. Kylie teaches women who’ve “tried it all” why their past diet efforts end in self-sabotage at the bottom of the biscuit tin, and how to finally to kick judgment to the kerb and begin a romance of self-loving kindness. Having lost 30kg and transformed her own life, Kylie knows first-hand how to make a lasting change from fat & frustrated to slim & sexy. Kylie is a mindset specialist, writer & teacher who has helped hundreds of women change their bodies and their lives. Based in Sydney with her husband and baby daughter, Kylie inspires women around the world via her highly successful weight loss mindset blog mymindcoach.com.au, and creates mind-blowing transformations through her comprehensive http://goddessbodyquest.com/ mindset & hypnosis online coaching program.