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Does hypnosis for weight loss really work? Is it possible to lose weight by visiting with a hypnotist or practicing self hypnosis? Some definitely seem to think so. If you decide that you want to try hypnosis, keep in mind that you should still be eating a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis. Exercise is important because it keeps your major bodily systems, bones and muscles strong.
If you aren’t certain what hypnosis actually is, it’s an altered state of consciousness that is usually obtained with the help of a hypnotherapist. The tend to use repetitive words and mental images to help you focus. Hypnosis for weight loss is commonly used in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you in many ways. For instance, if you are feeling depressed, it will help you get to the bottom of it so that you can begin to dig yourself out. Depressed people tend to eat very poorly which can greatly affect how much we weigh. People who are depressed are often either underweight or overweight – neither of those are what we want.
Self hypnosis for weight loss can be attempted but usually only after you consult with a hypnotherapist. You should really know exactly what you’re doing. An experienced hypnotist should be able to teach you self hypnosis but they may not all agree to it. If you want to learn self hypnosis for weight loss, be sure to phone and consult with a hypnotist to see if they’re willing to teach you. Some of them will not.
Several studies have been performed to try and figure out whether hypnosis for weight loss actually works. The findings have shown an average weight loss of 6 pounds. Still, those studies aren’t able to pinpoint the exact result of the weight loss – whether it was actually purely from the hypnosis or other factors.
Some people swear by hypnosis for weight loss. Hypnotists are able to get you into a relaxed state of mind and can then suggest things to you that you may adhere to even after you “come to”. For example, while you’re hypnotized, your hypnotist may say something like, “You will no longer have sugar cravings during the evening.” If this is something you have struggled with you may focus on it during your hypnosis and change the way you think when you’re conscious but there’s no guarantee.
If you want to try hypnosis for weight loss it’s your call. It’s not harmful if you’re in the hands of an experienced hypnotist, but there aren’t exactly huge promises with it either. Whatever you decide to do, just realize that you’re going to get the best results with any weight loss method by eating healthy foods and exercising.