Breaking free from sugar: 3 ways hypnotherapy can help

Sugar addiction is a common issue in today's society, with many of us struggling to control cravings for sugary foods and drinks. This addiction can have negative effects on both our physical and mental health. However, hypnotherapy continues to support individuals overcome their sugar addiction. By tapping into the power of the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can address the root causes of addiction and provide effective strategies for breaking free from the grip of sugar cravings.


Hypnotherapy uses relaxation and visualisations to help you reach a state of deep relaxation and heightened suggestibility. It aims to access the subconscious mind, where deeply ingrained patterns of behaviour and beliefs are kept. By working with a trained hypnotherapist, you can explore the underlying reasons for your sugar addiction and develop new, healthier habits and attitudes towards food.

1. Finding the root causes

One of the primary advantages of hypnotherapy in overcoming sugar addiction is its ability to address the root causes of addiction. Many of us will turn to sugar as a means of coping with stress, emotional turmoil, or as a reward. Through hypnosis, we can delve into your subconscious mind and uncover the underlying triggers that cause you to turn to sugar. By identifying and addressing these triggers, hypnotherapy can help you develop healthier coping mechanisms and reduce your reliance on sugar.

For example, a person who turns to sugary snacks when feeling stressed may discover through hypnotherapy that their addiction is a coping strategy they learnt as a child. By exploring these past experiences and reframing their perception of stress, that person can then develop alternative ways to manage stress, such as exercise or meditation, rather than turning to sugar.

2. Rewiring the brain's response to sugar

Another way in which hypnotherapy can help overcome sugar addiction is by rewiring the brain's response to sugar. The subconscious mind plays a crucial role in forming habits and automatic responses. Through hypnosis, individuals can reprogram their subconscious mind to associate sugar with negative consequences or to reduce the desire for sugary foods altogether.

For instance, a hypnotherapist may guide a client through visualisation exercises, where they imagine the negative effects of consuming too much sugar, such as weight gain or increased risk of chronic diseases. By repeatedly reinforcing these negative associations, the subconscious mind begins to associate sugar with undesirable outcomes, making it easier for the client to resist cravings and make healthier choices.

3. Building self-control and willpower

Lastly, hypnotherapy can help individuals build self-control and willpower, essential qualities for overcoming sugar addiction. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can strengthen our self-control to resist sugar cravings and make healthier choices.

During hypnotherapy sessions, you could be guided through positive affirmations and suggestions that reinforce your commitment to breaking free from sugar addiction. These suggestions are tailored to you and can help you develop a stronger sense of self-control and willpower, making it easier for you to resist temptations and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Hypnotherapy could support you in overcoming sugar addiction by addressing the root causes of the addiction, rewiring your brain's response to sugar, and helping to build your self-control and willpower. By tapping into the power of the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy provides individuals with the tools and strategies necessary to break free from the grip of sugar and lead a healthier, happier life.

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Written by Jen Froggatt, Dip.Hyp MHS
Basingstoke RG21 & Fleet GU52

I will provide you with a safe, secure, confidential space where we work together to adjust the thoughts and behaviours that are holding you back from being the person you want to be. We can work together face to face from my therapy room in Basingstoke, Hampshire or online over Teams.

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