Anyone who has tried dieting and exercise knows how hard it is to tough it out long enough to notice results.
You can go for months counting calories, cutting out junk food, and pounding it out on the pavement for hours every week. But no matter how determined you are, all it can take is one bad day for you to slip back into your bad habits.
From there, it’s not long before the scale starts creeping back up, and for many people, the weight gain often exceeds how heavy they were before the dieting.
What follows is weeks of shame and guilt. You might even make excuses, but they can’t mask how frustrated you feel about yourself. If you haven’t been able to achieve your goals, who else do you have to blame but yourself?
If You’re Struggling with Weight Loss, you are Not Alone
There have been studies that show that more than 50% of people who start a fitness program will quit within the first six months.
It’s even worse for dieters, because 97% will regain their weight, and many will put on a little extra over their starting weight during the three years after they stop dieting.
There’s a common misconception that willpower alone is enough to be successful at weight loss or giving up any bad habit. The reality is far from the truth.
In 2017, a study revealed that “effortless self-control” does not relate well to achieving goals. For most people, the more they apply willpower in a brute force attempt to overcome their desires, the more it eats away at their resolve.
It’s a vicious cycle that can make it incredibly hard to reach your goals.
For many dieters, willpower works on the belief that shame will prevent you from overeating and prompt you to increase your level of physical activity. Unfortunately, guilt is linked to the concept that the body requires punishment for any overeating or lousy diet choices.
However, piling on the shame and guilt only builds more significant obstacles to overcome when trying to reach your weight loss goals.
We have the numbers to back up this claim. A study revealed that there is a corresponding 28% decrease in the odds against successful weight loss for each unit of internalized weight stigma.
The facts lead to only one conclusion: when it comes to weight loss, willpower alone is not enough.
How Can Hypnosis Help with Weight Loss?
Hypnosis targets the thought processes arising from your subconscious mind that are fueling the self-criticism and harsh judgments.
Real hypnosis is far removed from the dramatic scenes you see depicted in movies. It’s not a dark and sinister art, nor is it mysterious or magical. You won’t be put into a deep sleep or give your mind over to someone else’s control.
Hypnosis is effective because it calms the conscious mind and paves the way to accessing the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind harbors all your desires, beliefs, and thoughts from past traumas, as well as long-forgotten experiences during your formative years.
In a lot of cases, your subconscious mind does not align with your conscious desires.
When it comes to achieving your goals, the subconscious is secretly undermining your efforts by telling you that you don’t deserve to feel good or enjoy success.
You will be guided into identifying and confronting the negative beliefs when you undergo hypnosis with a certified hypnotherapist. While in a safe place, your internal script will be rewritten with a more positive message, one that says you deserve success and to feel good.
When your internal dialogue is rewritten, you will find it easier to deal with cravings without the associated shame, guilt, and subsequent depletion of will. You can shatter the connection between food as an emotional reward or punishment.
Exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices won’t be burdened with the idea that they are a punishment. Instead, you will see them as a source of empowerment that brings joy and weight loss success. You will finally be in control of your choices and feel good about them.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool because it works on the deepest recesses of the mind and can be useful for much more than weight loss. With hypnosis, you can improve your sense of self-worth, self-empowerment, and self-esteem.
Hypnosis has helped people with a wide range of issues, including insomnia, depression, anxiety, trauma, and addictions like smoking and nail biting.
Any positive change you want to make in life, such as breaking a bad habit or changing your self-perception, hypnosis can help you make it a permanent part of your life.
The most important thing is, hypnosis can help you build healthier associations with yourself, your body, and your food.
You will not only alter your behaviors for the better with hypnosis but also develop a deep level of compassion for yourself that will help ingrain your new habits, so they stay with you for a lifetime.
Needing help to lose weight should not be a source of shame. Most of us will fail when relying on willpower alone. For a few of us, willpower, or “forcing ourselves to be stronger,” will only add to the challenge.
Discovering more about how hypnosis can empower you to make positive changes in your life and how willpower may be limiting your ability to succeed.
In the process, you will develop a new mindset that will allow you to adopt healthy lifestyle choices. Learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you lose weight and keep it off by reading more here: Weight Loss Hypnotherapy