Analytical hypnotherapy for weight-loss
It is well known that traditional dieting methods are not great at helping people lose weight. Even if a diet is initially a success most people will end up putting all the weight they lost back on again. In some cases the person who dieted will end up weighing more than they started. Some people in the media would like to portray these clients as lazy or greedy, but in fact nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that at some point something happened to that person, changing their normal eating habits into a patten of overeating.
Working with traditional suggestion hypnosis can help some of these people make positive changes with food, but the reality is that unless these suggestions are highly targeted, they will not create long lasting change. The key to long-term weight loss is to find out why that person is overeating, then try and help them to alter or break that pattern. This is where analytical hypnotherapy can increase the possibility of successful weight-loss.
So what is analytical hypnotherapy? Put simply, it means asking a client's subconscious questions while they are in trance to understand what is creating a problem for them. In the case of weight-loss, a hypnotherapist would be looking to find the point in time when the overeating behaviour started and then try and help the client deal with the emotion that began the problem.
Generally a small child or toddler will have no interest in eating too much. They will be able to take food or leave it. However, if that child experiences something that makes them upset or scared, they may use food to distract themselves from those feelings. The subconscious then learns that this is helpful and repeats the behaviour until is becomes automatic. Other emotions which can lead to overeating include guilt, anger, upset, anxiety and fear, embarassment or even positive associations.
Finding the root cause of a problem gives a client power. When a client understands their triggers it becomes much easier for them to find new strategies or coping mechanisms. It is also now easier for a hypnotherapist to use suggestions to exactly target the problem emotion, rather than second guessing what the issue may be. Expect a hypnotherapist to ask you to commit between three to six sessions for this form of hypnosis treatment.
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About Martina McKeough
Martina McKeough is a senior qualified hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy supervisor for the General Hypnotherapy Reigster. Her hypnotherapy practices specialise in weight loss hypnotherapy and working with eating disorders. Martina's work has featured in The Sun, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail and Natural Health Magazine.