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Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss: Exploring The Power Of Hypnosis

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Are you struggling with weight? with countless diets and sweat-inducing workouts? We get your struggle because we’ve walked in the same shoes. Today, we’re venturing into the intriguing landscape of considering hypnotherapy for weight loss.

Imagine this – an approach that dovetails relaxation with positive reinforcement to tweak your relationship with food! Best part is that studies have pointed out that this method is more than traditional dieting! Keen to explore this mind-over-fat concept and discover if it is effective for weight loss?.

Key Takeaways

  • Hypnosis for weight loss puts your mind to work. It is used to help you make better choices about what to eat and how much.
  • The ‘diet mindset’ often fails us. We need a healthier way of thinking where we do not feel deprived or guilty about food.
  • There are many types of hypnosis for weight loss. Each one heals the mind in its own special way, leading us towards healthy habits and decision-making skills.
  • Healthy weight loss takes more than just one quick session. It follows steps like checking our current health state and changing how we think about food and exercise. This new mindset leads to better health over time.

Why the ‘diet mentality’ doesn’t work

The ‘diet mentality’ often leads us astray because it stems from the idea of depriving ourselves, which can result in binge eating or overindulgence. The ‘all or nothing’ approach to dieting isn’t sustainable; we need a more balanced and forgiving mindset.

True change comes from within – it’s not just about following a temporary diet, but about transforming our lifestyle through healthier habits.

Depriving yourself from sweets and junk

Cutting out sweets and junk food is not easy. Your love for them might feel too strong. But, don’t worry! Hypnotherapy helps with this taskIt puts your mind in a calm place, open to suggestion. Here, you can learn new things about food.

You can start to see sweets and junk as just that – junk! They don’t give your body the good stuff it needs to stay healthy and strong. Soon, you will find yourself wanting fruits, veggies, and other yummy healthy foods instead of sweets and junk ones.

Remember: hypnosis may make you hate chocolate or chips overnight, but it’s important to see it as a tool rather than a magic wand. It is more like having a friend who guides you step by step towards better choices about what to eat.

The ‘All or Nothing’ mentality

We often see the ‘All or Nothing’ mind-set in people trying to release weight. This way of thinking is strict and makes you follow tough rules. You can’t eat any sweets or junk food at all.

So, feeling hungry and needing sweet foods grows stronger.

This hard line also leads to eating too much after a short time. Then guilt and thoughts of failure come next because you ate too much. This cycle keeps going on and it does not help you with weight at all.

Changing from the inside out

To change your body, start by changing your mind. Hypnosis can tap into the power of our thoughts. It helps us to see food and our bodies in a new light. We learn to love healthy foods instead of junk ones.

Fast food loses its pull and fruit become more tasty. Weight loss is not just about dropping kilos fast. It’s about creating a better way of life for good health and happiness. This shift starts from within us before it can show on the outside.

Doing a diet vs Changing your lifestyle

We believe there’s a big difference between doing a diet and changing your lifestyle. A diet is often short-term and strict. It may feel hard to keep up with it. But, changing your lifestyle means making small changes that last for good.

We start to like healthy foods more and choose them over junk food. Being active becomes part of our day, not just an option when we have time. We learn to love ourselves more instead of feeling bad about the way we look or eat.

This change doesn’t happen overnight but it lasts longer than any short-term diet can offer us!

Understanding Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

Hypnosis helps us enter a relaxed state where we are open to new ideas. By entering this altered state of mind, the conscious mind takes a back seat and lets the unconscious mind take charge.

Some people say it is like entering a deep trance or dreamlike state. Others don’t even know whether or not they are hypnotised at all. Either way they normally just feel different about the problem they came in with. The hypnotherapist talks in ways that help change thoughts, feelings, behaviours and beliefs that ultimately lead to a change eating habits and cravings for junk food.

With the goal of making you want more healthy meals and less unhealthy treats, you no longer need will-power or to overcome food cravings and instead you just find yourself enjoying good food and exercise.

Does Hypnotherapy Work for Weight Loss?

Yes. It works by changing your inner thoughts feelings and habits. Me helps you to think like and feel as though you are the right weight. By thinking and feeling that you are healthy, you will eat the right type and right amount of food for someone who is healthy. But, remember not everyone will have the same results.

Different Types of Hypnosis

Explore the diverse world of hypnosis, from traditional forms like Clinical and Ericksonian to more contemporary approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Conversational.

Uncover how each type can play a unique role in your weight loss journey, helping to reframe your mindset and build healthier habits. Want to dive deeper into these fascinating techniques? Don’t hesitate, join us on this enlightening exploration!

Traditional Hypnosis (also know as Clinical Hypnosis)

This is the style that most people think of when they hear the word hypnosis. Most subjects may seem asleep as they enter a relaxed state of mind. The reason this is the style most people think of when they hear the term, is that this style is the most obvious visually. It would hardly be entertaining viewing for someone to watch what seems to be a ‘weird’ conversation with no obvious signs that anything is happening.

Remember hypnosis for weight management isn’t about entertainment. It’s about making positive changes that stick. It’s about reducing obesity, resolving eating disorders, and helping with diet and exercise. It’s not about whether or not someone looks like they are hypnotised.

Ericksonian Hypnosis

This style is very conversational in nature. Usually the hypnotist will tell stories, real or metaphoric which speak directly to the subjects subconscious mind. Whilst the subject is listening consciously, there are hypnotic suggestions and embedded commands purposefully delivered within the story. This method was first developed my Milton Erickson. It usually uses relaxation and verbal repetition.


Conversational hypnosis is a tool that is very dynamic. It takes whatever the subjects is experiencing both about the problem, and within the session itself, and uses those inputs to dynamically craft a question or sentence to essentially disconnect, break or confuse the problem. The Greek philosopher Socrates used a style of questioning that one could say was hypnotic and mind bending. By questioning people in this way Socrates was able to help individuals find their own answers, thus influencing many thousands of people.

Conversational hypnobsis is often fun and completely spontaneous. it can swap bad thoughts for good ones. And suddenly, saying no to extra snacks isn’t a fight anymore— it’s just normal!

Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy

This is a therapeutic approach that combines the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with hypnosis techniques to address a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. It is often better than just using hypnosis alone. This integrative approach aims to help individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and habits while in a deeply relaxed and suggestible state. By accessing the subconscious mind with this blended style, individuals can work on reprogramming their beliefs and reactions, making it a powerful tool to help with weight loss. It empowers individuals to gain better control over their thoughts and emotions, leading to lasting positive change and improved mental well-being. It is an evidence-based therapy that harnesses this synergy to enhance the therapeutic process.


This is a therapeutic technique that employs hypnosis to guide individuals back in time to revisit and explore past memories, often from childhood or earlier in their lives.

The goal of this approach is to uncover and address unresolved issues or traumas that may be contributing to current psychological or emotional challenges. By accessing these memories and emotions in a controlled and supportive environment, individuals can gain insights into the root causes of their problems and work towards resolution and healing.

Regression is often used to address issues like anxiety, phobias, and post-traumatic stress, as it can facilitate a deeper understanding of how past experiences have shaped one’s current mental and emotional state, which in turn can help with weight problems and lead to weight goals. It is essential for this therapy to be conducted by trained and qualified professionals to ensure a safe and effective experience.

Solution Focused

Solution-Focused Hypnosis is a therapeutic approach that combines principles of solution-focused therapy with the utilisation of hypnosis techniques to help individuals overcome various psychological challenges. This approach emphasises identifying and amplifying a client’s strengths and resources while focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Clients are encouraged to access their subconscious mind and envision a future where their issues have been resolved. By fostering a positive mindset and promoting goal-oriented thinking, it empowers individuals to make constructive changes in their lives. This approach is particularly effective for addressing issues such as anxiety, stress, phobias, and habits, as it encourages clients to envision and work towards a brighter and more fulfilling future.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a versatile and influential approach to personal development and communication. Rooted in the idea that there is a connection between neurological processes, language, and behavioural patterns, NLP explores how individuals can reprogram their thoughts and habits to achieve specific goals and improve their overall well-being. NLP techniques often involve analysing and modeling the successful traits of others, enabling individuals to emulate these strategies for their own growth and success. Whether used in therapy, business, or personal development, NLP provides tools to enhance self-awareness, improve communication skills, and facilitate positive change, making it a valuable resource for individuals seeking to change how they think and feel about food and better understand and harness the power of their own minds.

There are deep feelings tied to weight loss. NLP finds these feelings and brings them out. When they are open, we can deal with them better. It connects you with why you want to lose weight.

Timeline Therapy

Timeline Therapy is a therapeutic technique that focuses on the concept of time and how it affects our emotions, habits, and beliefs. This approach aims to help individuals identify and release negative emotions, limiting beliefs, and unresolved conflicts from their past by visualising a mental timeline of their life. Through guided processes, clients are encouraged to revisit past events and reframe them in a way that promotes healing and personal growth. By clearing emotional baggage and aligning one’s timeline with positive emotions and future goals.

Timeline Therapy helps us think in new ways about weight loss. It can help you look at your thoughts and beliefs that may stop you from losing weight.

Timeline Therapy also deals with the problems we face when we eat too much or face unhealthy habits like binge eating. This method is normally more helpful than just dieting and working out.

The Process of your program

Shedding weight involves more than just an hour on the couch; in your first session we guide you in evaluating your current state, disconnecting emotional triggers, altering perceptions around food and exercise, and locking down these changes for a healthier future.

Intrigued by this transformative process? Dive deeper to discover how it can support your journey.

Evaluating where you are now

Let’s find out where you are now. This step means looking at your weight loss journey so far. We take a close look at food habitsexercise routines, and body weight. It’s not just about the numbers on the scale, though.

We also care about how you feel about your body and health.

Now we dive deeper into emotions tied to eating and weight issues. These feelings can come from past events or worries about the future. By knowing these links, it helps us plan for changes that stick.

Disconnecting emotional triggers, trauma and programing

We work on cutting the ties to past hurts and fears. This is a key. It can help stop bad habits that link to these feelings. Often, we eat too much or the wrong food because of stress or sadness.

Your Hypnotist helps you break these links in your mind. It makes it easier for you to make smart food choices. You also feel better about yourself in general.

Clearing the ‘all or nothing’ mentality and developing a healthy relationship with food

We focus on swapping the ‘all or nothing’ idea for a better bond with food. This helps break free from strict diets and guilt feelings that come after eating. We aim to make you understand that it is not bad to enjoy sweets or snacks at times.

It’s all about balance, not just saying no to tasty treats.

Navigating the ups and downs of life

Life has a way of tossing curveballs. There are good days and bad days. It can be hard to stay on track with weight loss goals during tough times. Hypnosis can here too. This therapy gives us tools to cope with life’s ups and downs without turning to food for comfort.

We learn new, healthier ways to deal with stress, sadness, or boredom. Over time, these changes in how we respond to feelings help our journey become smoother and more successful.

Finding fun in exercise

Exercise is a small-medium, but significant part of the journey. But many people think it’s hard and boring. Here’s where a hypnotist can help. It changes your mind about exercise, so you start to see it as fun, not hard work.

We use to trance make your mind link exercise with good feelings. You’ll find joy in moving your body and being active. Then reducing weight becomes easier because you enjoy the workout time more.

Locking in the change for your future

We can use it to make lasting changes for your future. This therapy helps you keep the weight off after you lose it. It helps set new habits in place. Over time, these habits become part of your everyday life.

You no longer need to force yourself to follow them. They just come naturally! So, it’s not just about losing weight now. It’s also about keeping fit in the years ahead!

Benefits and Risks of using hypnosis

Exploring hypnotherapy uncovers numerous benefits such as potential long-term lifestyle changes, improved confidence andself-esteem, yet it’s essential to acknowledge that it does not work for everyone.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can aid weight loss in many ways. It helps us get into a calm state of mind, making us more open to change. It can break old habits linked to eating and build new ones that promote health.

This form of therapy gets to the root cause of our overeating or poor food choices by dealing with emotions and thoughts that fuel these behaviours. It also gives an added push to those who combine it with exercise and to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, boosting their chances for success.

Risks of Hypnotherapy

It is safe when a trained person guides you. But, it still has some risks. In Australia it is unregulated. This unfortunately means that a person can do a 3 day course and start practicing as a hypnotherapist. As you could imagine, there are many risks allowing someone with such little training into your mind. For this reason it is important to engage a hypnotherapist that is registered with the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA). All members of the AHA are properly trained in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.

The Cost of Hypnosis for Weight Loss

The price changes from place to place, but in Australia the cost ranges from $100-$600 per session. Some health insurance companies may help pay for some of this cost, so you may get money back from these health funds.

Case Study:

Let’s look at a real-life story about weight loss and hypnotherapy. Greg Thompson is a Conversational and Clinical Hypnotherapist on the Gold Coast who has helped many people reduce weight. One woman came to Greg after trying many diets. She was suffering from anxiety and binge eating.

She felt trapped by thoughts of food all the time. She was skeptical and thought that it might not work. The woman was sad and didn’t feel good about herself because she couldn’t stop overeating.

Greg helped this woman to help her change how she thought about food. They worked on replacing negative feelings with positive ones, and to create the mindset of someone who is healthy. With each session, the woman started seeing food as nourishment, not comfort or an enemy.

Alongside this mind work, Greg also guided the woman to feel more relaxed and confident and towards better lifestyle habits like eating healthy foods and doing fun exercise daily.

After three months of working with Greg, the lady found joy in making healthy choices for herself without feeling deprived or controlled by binge eating. She managed to release 10 kilos during that time without going on any restrictive diet! Click here to see her testimony describing her experience and how she now believes that hypnosis can help you lose weight.

This shows how powerful our minds can be when it comes to changing our habits and achieving our goals!


Hypnotherapy can help you lose weight. It uses your mind to change eating and exercise habits. You are not alone; a therapist will guide you with care and respect. If diets have failed, try hypnotherapy for better health!


1. What is hypnotherapy for weight loss?

It is a tool where certified therapists use hypnotic state to help you change your eating habits, control food cravings and reach your weight loss goals.

2. How does hypnosis work in losing weight?

During a altered state, the therapist uses suggestion therapy to help you form a healthier relationship with food and motivate regular exercise.

3. Can anyone try using hypnosis for weight loss?

Yes, it may work differently based on individual goals and personality traits but many people have reported benefits like losing more kilos while trying hypnotherapy.

4. Does clinical hypnosis only focus on diet advice?

No! A clinical hypnotherapist or psychotherapist also looks at factors such as motivation for exercise, water intake and other lifestyle choices along with healthy eating habits for long term success.

5. Do I still need to maintain a nutritious diet after my sessions end?

Yes! Hypnosis helps you with weight by changing self-destructive beliefs about overeating junk food or binge eating, but maintaining fruit and vegetables in meals alongside daily exercises helps ensure continued results.

6. Is there an age limit to start this type of therapy?

No age limit exists–hypnosis can encourage behavioural change towards achieving healthy weight loss any time one decides.

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