Unveiling the common roadblocks to weight loss

Losing weight is a goal that many individuals strive for, but it can be an uphill battle for various reasons. Despite making efforts to shed those extra pounds, people often find themselves struggling to achieve their desired weight loss. This article explores some common roadblocks that hinder weight loss success.


One of the primary reasons why people struggle to lose weight is the lack of consistency and motivation. Many individuals start their weight loss journey with enthusiasm but fail to maintain their efforts in the long run. Consistency is key when it comes to healthy eating and regular exercise. Without strong motivation and consistent habits, it's easy to fall back into old patterns, leading to minimal or no progress in weight loss. Hypnosis can help strengthen motivation and prevent existing negative expectations from gaining purchase.

Setting unrealistic expectations is another major roadblock to successful weight loss. Many people have an ideal weight or a specific image in mind that they want to achieve, often fuelled by societal pressures or media influence. However, aiming for drastic weight loss within a short period can be counterproductive and discouraging. Healthy weight loss should be gradual, aiming for one to two pounds per week. Unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration and the abandonment of weight loss efforts altogether. In hypnosis, I use pseudo-orientation in time to confirm long-term goals and expectations to prevent this tendency.

Emotional eating is a common obstacle in weight loss journeys. Food can provide comfort and serve as a coping mechanism for dealing with stress, anxiety, or other emotions. When faced with emotional turmoil, individuals often turn to high-calorie, unhealthy foods, sabotaging their weight loss efforts. Stress can also lead to hormonal changes that affect metabolism and fat storage.

Addressing emotional triggers, finding healthier coping mechanisms, and managing stress are essential steps toward successful weight loss. Of all therapies, hypnosis is among the most successful in rewiring this type of connection between a positive need associated with negative behaviour. Instead, we link the positive need to positive behaviour.

Sleep deprivation and irregular sleep patterns can significantly impact weight loss. Insufficient sleep disrupts hormone regulation, affecting appetite and metabolism. When sleep-deprived, individuals often experience increased cravings for sugary and high-calorie foods, leading to overeating. Additionally, a lack of energy and motivation due to poor sleep can deter individuals from engaging in physical activity, hindering weight loss progress. Prioritising quality sleep and establishing a consistent sleep routine are vital for achieving weight loss goals. While hypnosis is not all about relaxation, the experience of trance is often relaxing.

Certain medical conditions and medications can make weight loss challenging. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and hormonal imbalances can affect metabolism and make weight loss more difficult. Furthermore, some medications, such as antidepressants and corticosteroids, are known to cause weight gain or hinder weight loss efforts. It is crucial for individuals facing such challenges to work closely with healthcare professionals to develop tailored strategies for weight management.

You can find much literature and evidence in mainstream medicine that recognises all of the above causes however one area is only recognised by talking therapies and only directly targeted by hypnotherapy secondary gains.  

For example, I worked with a man trying to lose weight and despite several sessions, the weight was not coming off.  While in trance he revealed that as a small child he had been abused by a family member and we worked on de potentiating this memory. Once this issue was addressed the weight began to resolve itself. The vast majority of weight loss is not related to a buried trauma but where it is, hypnosis (and doubly so in Ericksonian hypnosis) is the only therapy that directly addresses it.  

Weight loss can be a complex and challenging journey for many individuals. By recognising the common roadblocks discussed above, individuals can gain insight into the factors that may be hindering their progress. With persistence, realistic goals, and a holistic approach to health, individuals can overcome these obstacles and achieve long-term weight loss success.

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