Drop a dress size for Christmas

Pssst! I'm going to let you into a secret. Do you want to know how to lose weight? Would you like to know how to drop a dress size for Christmas? I'll even reveal how you can feel fitter and healthier too. Well, let me tell you now – eat less and eat food that is good for you, oh and exercise more too. There, you know now and I bet you have never been told that before. Seriously? I hear you say. But I already knew that!

For many people desperate to shed those pounds, they will most likely try the latest fad diet which normally consists of buying an expensive product to either supplement or replace their meals. Or worse, they will follow the last diet they tried where they lost a few pounds or even got down to their target weight, convinced that this time they will succeed for good. However, most diets are designed to only work as long as you stay on them. As soon as you either give up or reach your target weight and no longer follow the plan, the weight will pile back on and not only that, you normally end up weighing even more than when you started.

The only way to change your weight or shape is by changing your lifestyle. For the few (less than 8%) who remain a healthy weight after following a commercial diet plan, they adopt that lifestyle for good. However, for the majority of people, remaining on a restricted diet indefinitely is unfeasible. To constantly deprive yourself of certain foods or food groups, to always be counting calories or having to eat cereal twice a day, eventually becomes soul destroying and you give up.

The diet industry is worth billions of dollars a year and relies on repeat business. If it truly worked then they would soon be out of business. They spend millions every year on clever marketing ploys, encouraging you to buy their own products which are normally two or three times the price of other makes, simply by emphasising that their biscuit for example ‘only’ has 5% fat. That word ‘only’ and the fact that it is being promoted by the very company you are paying to help you reach your target weight, means you assume it will aid you in your weight reduction. Yet, a similar biscuit not marketed as a diet product, often has less fat or calories.

So how can hypnosis help? 

Hypnotherapy is used to change the behaviours and habits that have been ingrained in us over the years. We may have been encouraged to finish all the food on our plates when we were young or we automatically reach for the biscuit tin when we make a cup of tea. Hypnosis works by addressing the unconscious mind, recalibrating our behaviours and looking to get rid or change the ones which are no longer having a positive impact on our health or size.

One of the reasons traditional diets rarely work long term, is because of the cravings we get, because we have gotten into the habit of eating a certain food at perhaps a certain time of the day or in a certain place. Perhaps you are in the habit of eating a cake every day at tea break because everyone else is too. It only takes 21 days for a habit to form, so your mind is expecting that cake every day regardless of whether your body needs it or even wants it. Hunger does not come into it; it is your mind controlling this habit. Hypnosis can address those cravings, banishing them from the forefront of your mind so that you no longer obsess about them. Guilt is another reason diets fail. Your diet plan often restricts what you can and cannot eat and as a result you find yourself constantly thinking of the foods you should no longer eat. The temptation becomes unbearable and you finally give in. However, as soon as you have devoured the forbidden fruit, guilt consumes you and you beat yourself up feeling worthless and a failure. You will find that people who are constantly on diets constantly talk about food!

Hypnotherapy gets you to focus on the end result and how good you know you will feel once you achieve your target. If you fall off track, it allows you to understand that it doesn't matter as you can just continue from where you left off. The therapist may ask you to visualise how you will look and feel when you reach your goal. Maybe you want to fit into and look good in that little black dress you bought for the Christmas party. By imagining how you want to look, the therapist can help you lock in that feeling of satisfaction and achievement so that every time you think about it afterwards, you get that same positive feeling which will make you determined to achieve the result.

We often eat mindlessly and don't stop to think what we are putting into our bodies. The hypnotherapist can teach you techniques on being more mindful by slowing down your eating and stopping to ask yourself ‘what purpose is this particular food serving me?’. Is it to fuel your body and restore energy?  Or perhaps you simply want a treat. However, if you find yourself eating those coffee creams you and no one else actually like which are left in the tub of chocolates, simply because you don't want to waste them, then ask yourself this – 'would you rather put them in the waste or on your waist?'. They serve you no purpose and you don't want to reflect back why you are overweight, only to find it was by eating foods you didn't even enjoy!

There is still time to take control of your eating habits before Christmas, so find a hypnotherapist who can show you testimonials from happy clients who have achieved their goal.

“If you eat what you have always eaten, you will weigh what you have always weighed.”

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Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

Biodun Ogunyemi is the founder of Optimind, one of the leading hypnotherapy practices within the UK. He has practised on Harley Street and is an experienced hypnotherapist, trained to the highest level in advanced hypnotherapy and NLP and is the author of over 180 hypnosis products.… Read more

Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

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