Losing weight can be a different experience says The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy

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In a case study of Rebecca's weight loss, released last week, she explains feelings of hunger, cravings, difficulty and hard work, normally associated with weight loss, simply did not occur to her.

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Practising hypnotherapy in Wallington, Surrey Since 2001

We would always encourage our clients to exercise but for the vast majority of our clients, they either don’t have the time or they are too heavy to exercise easily.

The reason people expect that is because in the past they have experienced those types of feelings and it is reasonable to expect them in the future. After all, by definition they will be reducing food intake so feeling hungry is to be expected, or is it?

We all know that if someone is overweight, the reason is they have almost certainly overeaten in the past. Overeating means taking in too much food so it is fair to say that the body does not need the extra food, and now the overeating is probably a conditioned response. This means your body has got used to the level of food and now “expects” it.

Hypnotherapy for weight loss re-conditions your mind to expect less food at a subconscious level. This change has a fundamental effect on the way you think about food.

When less food is expected, the body becomes satisfied quicker and normally there is less interest in food. This is because when less food is expected the brain produces hormones that allow a full feeling to be sent earlier.

The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy uses proven hypnotherapeutic techniques that re-educates the brain into believing that smaller portions are enough. So, where in the past the brain might have created the desire for larger portions, or even seconds and perhaps desserts, the re-educated brain no longer craves them.

When hypnotherapy for weight is used, the desire for large amounts of food is dramatically reduced.

Hypnotherapy for weight loss not only helps people make the initial behavioural change but, as a rule, the changes that are made tend to be long lasting. This allows weight loss clients to get used to the new behaviours and after a while they become normal behaviours.

Weight loss hypnotherapy is about creating new behaviours that fit in with the lifestyle of the client. Exercising and salads don’t suit everyone and the hypnotherapy weight loss programme will adapt, depending on the needs of the client.

Paul White, the behavioural change specialist at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Chairman of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, said “Many people we see want to lose weight without committing large chunks of their time to exercising. It’s important to understand that exercise is important for health. However, it is not required to lose weight. We would always encourage our clients to exercise but for the vast majority of our clients, they either don’t have the time or they are too heavy to exercise easily.”

At the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy in Surrey they seek to change their clients’ relationship with food. The hypnotherapist will work with the client to change the way they view food, even the way they think about food, so the client eats to live, rather than lives to eat. By doing so they remove the guilt, reduce consumption and feel happier around food.

Whilst running their weight loss programme at the Institute, they have come across virtually every type of inappropriate behaviour around food and have strategies to deal with all of them. The great thing about using something like hypnotherapy is that it does not matter if the client is dieting or not, as it works on the behaviours and when they change, the food consumption changes naturally.

By seeking to replace any negative thoughts or behaviours with positive ones, clients begin to see changes with eating habits and improvements in feelings of well being. They will then not only feel better about the food they consume, but also begin to feel happier.

Paul White has been Chairman of the National Council for Hypnotherapy for five years. He has been a Director of The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy for 11 years. He has a special interest in weight control and problem behaviours (addictions).

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