Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss
Losing Weight Without the Gimmicks
In our modern age of gadgets and gimmicks, we tend to think that everything worthwhile comes from outside of us. The clothes we wear define us, and so do the cars we drive. Our professional success depends on whether or not we have the right piece of paper from the right college or university hanging on the wall.
It wasn’t always this way. There was a time when we understood that the best came from within. In fact, inside beats outside, every time. This is why you may want to consider hypnotherapy (also referred to as hypnosis therapy) before you decide on more radical options to lose weight such as liposuction or other invasive procedures.
Hypnosis is a time-honored technique. No, it has nothing to do with the entertainment stage hypnotists offer who promise to make a volunteer from the audience quack like a duck. Professional hypnosis is performed by a certified hypnotherapist and is based on concrete principals that apply not only to losing weight but to kicking other negative or detrimental habits.
Yes, losing weight can be hard and the temptation to seek out a quick fix can be almost overwhelming. But other avenues are available and no doubt there is a hypnotherapist in the Beverly Hills and greater Los Angeles area who can help you take control of your problem and resolve it for the long term.
How Hypnosis for Weight Loss Works
The first principle of hypnotherapy is trust. A person must trust his or her own abilities to achieve a goal. For example, most diets fail the moment the individual believes that she is weaker than the temptation to indulge in over-eating.
A second principle recognizes that people achieve what they believe they can achieve. Part of our work at Hypnosis-LA is instilling the belief that weight can be lost and, most importantly, kept off.
Another important aspect of hypnotherapy is accentuating the positive. Negative hypnotic suggestions offer short-term results while positive “I can” suggestions can work over the long term. It’s ironic that the human mind, when not subject to oppression, is attracted to positive ideas and tends to reject the negative.
Positive visualization is also important. If you can imagine it, you can be it. Imagining eating right helps people take the steps necessary to actually eat right.
The Power of Advertising and the Truth About Weight Loss
Hypnotherapists also understand the power and influence of advertising. The mind’s susceptibility to marketing messages is well known in the advertising industry and that susceptibility can either benefit or adversely one’s behavior. For example, most of us have seen weight loss ads that claim we can lose those extra pounds without diet or exercise. Or that we can lose weight and still eat all our favorite foods. Or we can just take a pill! The truth is if it’s too good to be true, it isn’t. Still, the messages are powerful and hard to resist. We’re only human after all. Professionally certified hypnotherapists are trained and skilled in helping their patients recognize how advertising messages are used to influence behavior and how to make better decisions that result in lasting weight loss.
Knowing Why is Often the Key
Another important element in hypnosis therapy is combining it with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The American Psychological Association defines CBT as a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including eating disorders. CBT is based on the raising of a person’s awareness of what is actually going on in his or her life that is causing certain behaviors. For many Los Angeles hypnotists and other trained professionals, an important practice in treating weight loss patients is having them keep an accurate record of everything they eat for at least two weeks. Doing so not only raises their awareness of what they are eating; it also points out patterns of behavior that can then be addressed in terms of when and why they may overeat.
And finally, it’s important to learn from mistakes. Hypnotherapists do not consider temporary relapses as failures, but rather as opportunities to learn to handle the temptations of life that are ever present and conquer them.
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For more information and to start on the road to a thinner, healthier, and more attractive you, contact us today. We are here to help you be the best you possible. For a free, confidential consultation, call (310) 994-9532.