Weight loss: How can solution-focused hypnotherapy help?

Are you struggling to lose weight? Do you have a problem with overeating? Are you tired of the endless cycle of yo-yo dieting? A cycle of self-sabotage? Do you crave a balanced approach to food and exercise that lasts? If you're seeking a sustainable solution to weight management or weight loss, then solution-focused hypnotherapy can provide the support you need.


Many individuals acknowledge what they should do to lose weight, yet struggle to put it into practice or maintain it once started. Does this resonate with you? If so, solution-focused hypnotherapy offers a tailored approach to help you overcome these challenges and to help support you on your weight loss journey/goals.

Understanding your mind: Hypnotherapy backed by neuroscience

Effective weight loss begins with understanding the role your mind plays in your weight management goals.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy delves into the inner workings of your brain and mind, shedding light on why you often find yourself in conflict regarding your choices around food and exercise. A qualified hypnotherapist can educate you and support you in regaining control over your habits.

It marks the first step in aligning your relationship with food in a harmonious manner, rather than in constant conflict.

Here’s the science bit… 

Let's dive into the science behind it. You see, nobody can shed those extra pounds and lose weight when they're lugging around a hefty stress bucket. It's like trying to swim with an anchor tied to your leg.

Are you grappling with maintaining a weight-loss diet or weight-loss exercise regimen, only to find yourself slipping back into old routines time and again? The science behind this conundrum is quite clear: a brimming stress reservoir is the enemy of weight loss.

When stress, anxiety, or negative thinking takes centre stage, you're essentially setting yourself up for failure. It's akin to trying to run a marathon while carrying a sack of bricks on your back.

The trouble and problem begins with cortisol, the stress hormone that starts accumulating in your system, triggering those uncontrollable cravings for eating comforting, high-fat, or sugary foods. Not great for weight loss.

In ancient times, this response served as a survival mechanism, enabling our ancestors to confront challenges and ensure the well-being of their families. However, in contemporary society, this instinct often triggers a cycle of overindulgence, resulting in dopamine surges that amplify cravings and cause adverse alterations in the regulation of hunger-related hormones like leptin and ghrelin, due to the cortisol release.

Cortisol interferes with the normal functioning of leptin and ghrelin, leading to altered hunger cues, eating problems and potential weight gain. 

When these hormones are in equilibrium, they collaborate effectively to uphold a healthy weight. ​Therefore, it’s a relentless loop of overeating, and guilt (what makes me feel better when I feel guilty, food!), leading to an unconscious cycle of self-sabotage.

The importance of sleep

If you're grappling with stress and anxiety, your sleep is likely suffering, too. Sleep deprivation also throws your body's hunger signals out of whack, pushing you to consume extra calories, and leading to your eating problems.

Plus, your energy levels plummet, making you more sedentary and less likely to burn off those surplus calories. It's a perfect storm of increased calorie intake and diminished calorie expenditure.

Now, in solution-focused hypnotherapy, you can tackle this head-on by starting with stress reduction - essentially emptying that stress bucket. As a result, your sleep patterns naturally fall back into place, and you gain better control over your food/eating choices.

You spend more time in your prefrontal cortex, the intellectual part of your brain, allowing you to consciously opt for healthier choices/decisions, while leptin and ghrelin hormones return back into equilibrium, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight.

The cycle fixes itself

Weight loss isn't a quick fix - it's a journey, and we make small positive steps together, to ensure those positive changes stick.

Just like any new habit, consistency is the key!

With hypnotherapy, you'll cultivate a more positive mindset, lower stress hormone levels, and rekindle your motivation to pursue your goals. With this approach, changes will also blend nicely into other aspects of your life, too. Gradually, you'll see the pounds melt away, no matter which path you choose to follow.

Imagine a life free from the constant struggle with weight and the stress it brings! What would your days look like if you didn't have to worry about restrictive diets or the frustration of yo-yo dieting? How would this change your life?

Are you ready to take the first step?

If managing your weight has been a challenge and you are looking to lose weight, consider solution-focused hypnotherapy. Don't let weight issues/problems control your life any longer.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25
Written by Andrew Selway-Woolley, BSc (Hons), HPD, NCH, AfSFH, CNHC - Bicester Hypnotherapist
Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25

Andy Selway-Woolley is an Oxfordshire based (& online), Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.

I assist people regain control of their life and improve their mental health, by retraining their brain to overcome limiting negative thought patterns, master their emotions for a more positive, happier and fulfilling life. Book a FREE Consultation.

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