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7 Reasons Why Hypnotherapy Works for Weight Loss

What Is Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss?


Hypnosis is the method of putting a client into a trance like state. In a hypnotherapy session, the client relaxes deeply and tunes in to the voice of a hypnotherapist who will utilise verbal cues and mental images to help achieve a hypnotic state. When in this state the therapist can communicate powerful information to the client’s subconscious mind. The subconscious section of our mind lies behind our conscious mind and cannot typically be reached in typical day to day life. The subconscious mind is typically accessed when daydreaming or under hypnosis.

How does it work?


During hypnosis the mind is typically more receptive to suggestion. A Stanford University medical study showed that interesting changes occur in the brain throughout hypnosis, allowing you learn without thinking critically about the messages received. As a result, hypnosis can help breaking down barriers that might have prevented a client from losing weight in the past.

Repetition is important for success and this is why a good therapist should send recordings of the hypnotherapy performed on you to listen between sessions. Barriers in the mind are strong and through repeated work one can re-frame these sometimes long held beliefs. Research suggests that hypnosis is very effective for weight loss, a 2014 study undertaken by the University of Salento in Italy revealed that women trying to lose weight who received hypnotherapy lost significantly more weight than those who tried to lose weight without intervention. The women also reported improved eating behaviour and enhanced body image.

7 Top Reasons to Use Weight Loss Hypnotherapy


1 - Escape the diet treadmill: Building a healthy relationship with food

Some hypnotherapists work with clients who are on a diet or weight loss program,  however many people are now realising, that diets simply don’t work for the majority of people in the long term. This is illustrated in research by Latrobe University, Australia. When on a diet we become overly responsive to the food that we desire and that looks good, our metabolism slows, and we become hungrier. Consequently, many hypnotherapists, including myself advocate an approach that allows clients to occasionally have the foods they desire but in moderation.  Simply by allowing a little of you want can really get things back to a healthy balance. This was one of the most powerful tools that I used when finding peace with food.

2 - Resolve emotional issues

Hypnotherapy can help clients in the resolution of underlying psychological issues leading them to detest exercise, have intense cravings, binge or eat mindlessly. It helps isolate triggers and disarm them. Hypnosis works for weight loss because it allows a person to separate food and eating from their emotional life.

Many hypnotherapists may offer tips and techniques to deal with intense emotions that may previously have triggered the action of self- medicating’ with food. I often teach clients a simple tapping exercise that is taken from the Emotional Freedom technique, which can be an excellent way of restoring emotional balance and therefore reducing cravings.

Here is a great YouTube clip from Julie Schiffman, an EFT Practitioner of Dr. Mercola's Center for Natural Health that illustrates the technique.

3 - Curb overeating

Weight loss hypnotherapy allows the client to move away from ‘I see, I eat’ mentality to a more measured way of eating that registers messages from the body telling you it’s full. This can also be complemented and strengthened with mindful eating practices which have shown to be effective in achieving a healthy weight.  Mindful eating can have multiple benefits as highlighted in a 2010 pilot study where overweight participants were taught a 6 week program centered around mindfulness.  Results indicated improvements in eating behaviour, weight loss and increased well being.

4 - Banish Snacking

Mind conditioning hypnotherapy allows people to move away from unhealthy snacking or ‘treating’ themselves with cakes or chocolates on a regular basis. Hypnotherapy retrains the brain to visualise an ideal body shape and then acts as a catalyst to kick start the client’s motivation. Visualisation techniques enable the client to glimpse future results and think about how it makes them feel.

5 - Feel great about eating less

Hypnotherapy helps people to make good choices about portion size at meal times, since incorrect portion sizes are one of the largest factors in weight gain. You don't have to feel hungry on a regular basis, simply satisfied and balanced both emotionally and physically.

6 - Motivation mindset

Many clients come in search of an altered mindset around food. However, as their confidence in behaviour change and general levels of positivity grow, clients often naturally embrace the multiple benefits of increased physical activity.

7 - Unexpected Perks

Another added perk that my clients often report is that the meditation aspect, aids stress reduction and boosts mindfulness. This not only assists weight loss but improves general levels of wellbeing and relaxation. Clients are often so pleased and motivated by the behaviour changes in relation to food that it creates a domino effect in other areas of their life that they wish to improve.

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5 Reasons to Keep a Food Diary

You may be asking yourself, What is a food diary?  Why do you need one? What use is it to me?

So lets look at why I believe a food diary is a great tool to track what you have eaten each day and what your feelings were at the time.  If you attempted to remember all that you consumed yesterday , the likelihood is that you wouldn’t remember everything and that is the same for all of us. Its easy to forget about the biscuit at work, the sample at the supermarket or my worst habit of nibbling whilst cooking!  Chefs always have to taste the food- right?  The issue is that these bites here and there can add up and potentially hinder our weight loss goals and this is where keeping a food diary can help.

After you have tracked your food intake for a few weeks, you will be able to analyse your food diary to determine if any unhelpful patterns are emerging. When we have identified patterns from and cause and effect relationships, then we can then decide how best to tackle the unhelpful behaviors that you may be experiencing.  Even the simple act of keeping a food diary and holding yourself to account can encourage you to eat fewer calories, WebMD even goes further to say in some studies it has been shown to double your weight loss!

5 Reasons why to keep a Food Diary

Here are some of my favourite tips on why a food diary is important for you!  Read my 5 tips further down or watch the video now!

1 - Lose more weight

Recording your food and drink intake can double the amount of weight you lose according to a Kaiser Permanente study involving more than, 1,600 people. It was one of the largest weight loss maintenance trials ever conducted. “The more food records people kept, the more weight they lost” said lead author Jack Hollis Ph. D., a researcher at Kaiser Permanente’s Centre for Health research.

2 - Identify Emotional Triggers

In addition to recording what and how much they eat, I ask clients to record how they feel emotionally before and after eating as well as employing a mindful eating strategy. This helps them recognise that often the impulse to eat is prompted by emotional triggers such as stress, anxiety, sadness or boredom. Others notice that they eat to pass time or in my case I found that I was tempted to snack when watching TV – especially when I watched cooking shows! The food diary creates awareness of unacknowledged habits and creates access points to find non- food ways to cope with emotions.

3 - Stay Motivated

For many clients, just the thought of having to write down everything they have to put in their mouth is a fantastic deterrent for over indulgence. Accountability is a huge part of any behaviour change and having someone to answer to, even if that person is you is very compelling.

4 - Understand Your True Eating Patterns

You can’t change what you don’t know about! I often hear my clients say, “I eat lots of fruit and vegetables” or “I don’t drink that much”. However, when they start to track, they realise how different their perceptions are from reality. The objective of a food journal is not to police yourself but to learn about yourself which is the first step towards implementing changes that will stick long term.

5 - Connect the Dots Between Food and Your Physical & Mental Health

Some foods may make you feel energised, while others drain you. Some foods may lift your spirits and others might bring you down.  By reviewing your journal, you can learn about how food affects YOUR body and mind.

Ready to start your weight loss journey?

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How to stay in touch ?

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Mindful Eating – My 5 top strategies to power your weight loss journey

Having learned a lot about improving my own eating habits and helping others using hypnotherapy, I wanted to share some of my top tips for acquiring and maintaining a healthy weight through the use of mindful eating.  

Eating is supposed to be an enjoyable and natural activity for meeting our energy and nutritional needs.  However, many of my clients face a battle with food as result of emotional triggers that they are not aware of that leave them feeling helpless and unable to change.  Mindful eating is about the creation of access points so that you can ask “Am I hungry for food or is it an unmet emotional need”.  New research shows that this awareness can revolutionise your relationship with food and promote an ideal body weight.

I have put together my top 5 strategies for mindful eating success to help kick start your weight loss journey,

1-Sit down and Unplug

Your mind and body need a break, so make time to sit down and eat and savor your food. Avoid watching tv, texting or talking on the phone when you are eating and instead focus on your meal and enjoy!  We have do so much multitasking in a day but try to take time for yourself and really focus on eating during meal times.

Benefits - Eating without distractions allows you to pay attention to your food and the way you consume it. You may discover that you were not tasting the food or eating too quickly before.


2-Eat Slowly

Your brain needs about 20 minutes to know that you have eaten enough food and to communicate to your body that you are full. When you slow down you are more likely to make decisions that will nourish your body. Get into the healthy habit of eating slowly by pausing between bites and setting your fork down. Aim to be satisfied and not full!  

Benefits- Eating slowly helps prevent overeating and helps with maintaining a healthy weight.


3-Chew well

Chew your food completely before you swallow it. Some experts suggest chewing each bite 30-50 times in order to properly digest your food.

Benefits- Better absorption of vitamins and nutrients. You are also less likely to experience bloating, indigestion and gas. Proper digestion is crucial for overall health. 


4.Embrace your senses

Mindful eating can be an amazingly stimulating practice. There are multiple aspects to discover and experience throughout a meal including texture, colour, aroma and sounds. Eating is not simply about taste and paying attention to all your senses can be a great way to become fully present whilst eating.

Benefits- using all your senses will encourage you to slow down and appreciate the full experience of eating.


5-Eat only when you are hungry 

Its very easy to make a habit of emotional or mindless grazing. You may also find that you don’t feel hungry at mealtimes. If you are hungry between meals, then make sure you have a healthy snack on hand.

How can hypnotherapy help you?


Hypnosis for weight loss involves healthy lifestyle alterations and centers on self-awareness and empowerment.  My approach builds behavior change over the long term.  Dieting can often be a quick fix which is often based on deprivation making you feel continually hungry, instead mindful eating is calm and promotes balance and harmony in all areas of your life.  Contact me to below to book a phone call with you and talk over your weight loss and eating challenges. 

Are you ready to start your weight loss journey?

Book your FREE phone consultation and find out how I can help you

How to stay in touch ?

Try self hypnosis for yourself FREE! Watch my latest videos on YouTube

Come chat with me & my community and find out how we can help you! 

Check out my latest photos and adventures! 

Tweet me directly and hear my 140 character thoughts!

Share you journey & interests in hypnotherapy with me!