Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss
Hypnotherapy could help you achieve your weight loss goals and keep it off!
Hypnotherapy for weight loss uses hypnosis and current knowledge of how the brain influences our bodies in both weight gain and weight loss.
Sessions will target changing your behaviour towards eating and dealing with any emotional triggers that damage your weight loss goals. So not only may you lose weight, you may also benefit from increased confidence and reduced anxiety too!
Please contact me to book an appointment or find out more about how hypnotherapy could help you.
Does hypnotherapy for weight loss work?
It’s been found that hypnotherapy may improve weight loss, particularly when it’s combined with a diet and exercise approach. The 2009 Cochrane Review found that a combined approach was more successful than diet and exercise alone.
Tips for weight loss and maintenance
There’s no shortage of information available about nutrition and exercise plans. Whatever your plan, remember that quick fixes won’t last. Losing weight and keeping it off will involve a lifestyle change. You have to change the way you eat and the food choices you make, otherwise you’ll end up back where you started. That’s where hypnotherapy can really help.
Here are a few other helpful tips for weight loss and maintenance:
- Remember, weight management is like owning a dog, it’s for life and not just for Christmas! Whatever approach you choose, you need to find one that can be sustained over a life time.
- People who lose weight and keep it off, exercise regularly. Try to include an hour of exercise each day. This could be brisk walking, an exercise class, or whatever takes your fancy.
- If you’re a woman, research suggests that you will burn more fat if you eat first before you exercise. Whereas, if you’re a man, you’re better to exercise before you eat. This is due to the different way in which men and women metabolise fat and carbohydrates.
- Build up your muscles with weight training or strengthening and toning exercises. You don’t even need to go to the gym to achieve this, follow this exercise plan for increasing muscle strength suggested by the BBC Trust Me I’m A Doctor team. You’ll burn around 14 calories a day for each pound of muscle you have. Whereas, fat cells only burn around 4 calories per pound. Every little bit helps!
- Aim to reduce your calorie intake by a small amount. Just 250 calories a day less could add up to a loss of around 26 pounds over a year. Or even more if you increase your exercise.
- Choose lean meats and poultry and increase your vegetable intake to fill you up.
- Fat is not the enemy! The right fats, such as those found in olive oil can help to reduce your risk of cardio-vascular disease. Fats are also important for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K.
- New research suggests that eating your breakfast 90 minutes later and dinner 90 minutes earlier (no snacking or drinking afterwards) can help you lose fat and achieve a healthy change in your fasting blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It appears that these results are due to the known beneficial effects of periods of fasting (not eating) and eating in accordance with our natural ‘body clocks’.
- Avoid over-eating at night to compensate for not eating during the day. Our bodies don’t process food so efficiently in the evening.
- Stop thinking of pasta or rice as the main part of your meal and increase the amount of vegetables, pulses, beans, etc.
- Swap dairy products to the lower fat varieties. Watch out for hidden sugars!
- Order your latte coffees ‘skinny’ (with skimmed milk).
- If you want to reduce your chocolate cravings, read this article from Natural Therapy For All
- Get a good night’s sleep! There is increasing evidence that suggests that chronic lack of sleep (less than 7 hours a night) is associated with increased risk of obesity.