The battle to lose weight is one that many people continued to struggle with. Of course the most typical approach to this subject is to practice healthier eating habits and incorporate more regular exercise. However, many are desperate to get rid of their unwanted pounds and often turn to starvation and yo-yo dieting. Unfortunately, these solutions do not provide long term results or are good for the body. But the latest trend using hypnosis for weight loss may be something worth looking into for individuals that are seeking a new way to get over this obstacle.
Hypnosis is a practice that has been widely used for centuries. Although many are skeptical about whether or not it is possible to actually be hypnotized, this hasn’t stopped people from seeking out this method for a variety of reasons. The latest use for hypnotism includes weight loss. As farfetched as it may seem, there are some individuals that have actually benefited from this new form of weight loss.
As most people already know, hypnosis involves putting a person into a semi-conscious state, where he/she no longer has voluntary control over his/her actions. During this time the mind is believed to be more vulnerable to spoken suggestions, instructions or ideas. When it comes to weight loss, those that are fans of this practice believe that a professional hypnotherapist has the ability to plant suggestions about behavioral changes the hypnotized person can make in their lives. After they have come out of the hypnosis, the behavioral changes can then be carried out, providing further motivation for a person to shed unwanted pounds.
For example, if a woman has been struggling with weight problems for years due to binge eating and undergoes hypnosis, the hypnotherapist could make suggestions about changes she can make in her life to curb her binge eating habits. Because her state of mind during the hypnosis session is more vulnerable to the power of suggestion, she could find herself implementing those changes to avoid binge eating without really being aware of the fact that she is taking such actions. This approach would allow her to effectively cut the binge eating, which would in turn give her a chance to drop weight over time by turning to healthier eating habits and exercising more.
So how effective is this method? There have been studies done to monitor the results and in many cases, people did experience weight loss of some kind. The amount of weight lost was considered average (around six pounds), so this particular approach is not intended for drastic weight loss. However, the credibility of the studies has been questioned by critics, which has made it difficult to really measure the true effectiveness of using hypnosis for this purpose.
What makes hypnosis ideal to at least try is the fact that it is safe and poses no negative side effects, unlike yo-yo dieting or skipping out on meals. If you are interested in trying this approach, do not expect extreme results but instead enjoy the experience and see if the behavioral changes suggested by the hypnotherapist really prompt you to alter your lifestyle for the better.