Can Hypnosis Help You Lose Weight?
First of all, I’d like to thank Israel for the opportunity to be a guest blogger on this wonderful site he’s created! He has done a super job with it and he’s an inspiration to all of us. Whether you need to lose weight or would just like to be healthier, look around this blog and I’m sure you’ll find some great information to help you reach your goals.
So you may be wondering why Israel invited me to guest blog? Well, here is a brief background. My name is Chris Hoyt and I’ve been blogging for almost a year now. I’m currently trying to keep up with 4 blogs on various subjects, while working full time. One of the blogs I maintain is Self Hypnosis Program. For years, I’ve been fascinated with hypnosis & self hypnosis. I experienced first hand, what hypnosis could do for me when I used it successfully to quit smoking in August of 2003. I actually studied and became a hypnotherapist as well. Having a computer background, I decided to take my interests to the web. I’ve ran across some pretty questionable websites with regards to hypnosis, so one of the main goals of my blog is to provide a professional platform, with which to educate people on the subject of hypnosis and how it can help them. And that’s where I am today.
First off, let me say that I believe all hypnosis is “self hypnosis.” Why? Well, “you” are the one that is really doing all the work during hypnosis. A hypnotist or a hypnosis audio program acts simply as a guide to help you achieve your goals. A person or a CD can’t control you and make you do something you don’t want to do. Many people shun the thought of using hypnosis because they just aren’t sure what it is? A lot of people think it has to do with mind control, because that’s what they’ve seen in the movies. We all experience forms of hypnosis every day, most people just don’t realize it though.
So the real reason Israel asked me to guest blog, was so that I might share some information with regards to hypnosis for weight loss. To help here, I’ll give a brief explanation of how hypnosis works.
When using hypnosis, we’re working with the subconscious mind. That’s the part of your brain where some very important things happen. The subconscious mind is somewhat like a computer. Once information is allowed to enter into the subconscious, it’s stored and dictates behavior according to that information. It accepts information without bias. The following are the functions of the subconscious:
So look at these areas that the subconscious controls. If hypnosis is “accessing” and “talking to” the subconscious, it’s easy to see that we
can really do some good work here!
Take habits for instance. How many times do we say something like: “drinking soft drinks during the day is just a habit of mine, I just can’t
“I just can’t go to bed at night unless I’ve had my ice cream”
“When we grill burgers, I always eat two, that’s just what I’ve always done”
“I just can’t get into the habit of exercising every day”
You see, our lives are often dictated by our habits! And unfortunately, most of us have way too many bad habits.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had something working in the background, in our subconscious, that helped us to change those bad habits and replace them with good habits? That’s essentially what hypnosis does! And you are in total control of what you want to change. You’ll never have to worry about doing something that you don’t want to do. Hypnosis can be like putting your habits on autopilot!
I don’t mean to make it sound over-simplistic though. Hypnosis takes some effort on your part. It’s only a “tool” to help you. And you can have a whole toolbox full of wonderful tools, but if you never get them out of the box, you’ll never be able to fix your problem, right? In the same way, you can have a whole shelf full of wonderful hypnosis CD’s, but if you never put the headphones on and listen, they’re not going to help you! It’s said that it takes roughly 30 days to change or create a habit. You should expect to have to listen to a hypnosis audio program for at least 30 days. Most people start to notice changes very quickly, often after the first session, but you should continue to listen to your CD’s for a full month to reinforce these changes or there is a good chance you will revert back to your old ways and habits.
And, bottom line is that not everyone can be successful with hypnosis. I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from trying it, but I want to be very honest. For various reasons, not everyone will achieve their goals. I’ve had people tell me: “I’d like to get a CD to make my spouse quit smoking.” I’ll usually tell them that their wasting their money if their spouse isn’t aware and agreeable to what their doing. You can’t “make” anyone quit smoking with hypnosis, or lose weight or have more self confidence, or whatever the case may be. A person must “want” and have a “desire” to achieve their goal. When you have that, your chances of hypnosis being successful are tremendously increased!
Hypnosis & self hypnosis is a subject that many thousands of books have been written about, so I can’t even scratch the surface in a blog post. If you feel like self hypnosis could help you, I would encourage you to do some research. I’d like to think that my blog is a good place to start, but it’s only a start. Here’s a bit of advice I’d like to share before I go. If you plan to purchase an audio program for self hypnosis, don’t buy the first product find. Do your homework. Is the program produced by a doctor or at least a well respected company or individual? Do they offer legitimate testimonials? Does the program offer at least a 90 day guarantee? You won’t need a 90 days to see results, but this gives you plenty of time to make sure it works as intended.
I’d like to close by thanking you Israel, once again, for allowing me to blog here today. I wish you continued success on your quest to lose weight and I have every bit of confidence that you will reach all your goals!