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Hypnosis Weight Loss And Success

Updated on March 17, 2012

The Truth about Weight Loss

The media is filled with statistics about the problem with weight gain today, and a market has sprung up to take advantage of those who struggle with their weight. Powders, programs and pills are hawked in all kinds of venues, each promising easy and effective weight loss.

The truth, however, is there is no such thing as easy weight loss. To lose weight, one must eat healthy, eat less, and exercise more. Finding the motivation to do so is the key to losing a significant amount of weight and keeping it off. One of the most effective motivations comes from a source few think of: self-hypnosis.

Hypnosis has gotten a bad reputation through the years, people thinking of it as a quack practice that either causes people to do things they wouldn’t normally dream of or has no effect whatsoever. Actually, neither of these points is true. Hypnosis simply induces a state of extreme relaxation. When in such a state, people will not be so suggestible that they conduct themselves in a manner unlike their normal selves, but they will be more open to ideas.

The medical community as a whole has a favorable view of hypnosis, as well. For over 100 years, medical associations have been studying the effects of hypnosis, and a number of them, including the American Medical Association, agree that hypnosis can have therapeutic effects of the body, especially with problems like stress, sleeping disorders, and depression.

Hypnosis can help with weight loss through the use of sensory imaging. The technique is easy and can be done by yourself, self-hypnosis, in the comfort and privacy of your own home. You need a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 30 minutes or so. It also needs to be a place where you can get comfortable since you need to relax. Turn off telephones, or at least leave them out of the room you will be using.



Start the sensory imaging session by darkening the room a bit and getting yourself in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Listen to the sound of the air for a moment; then slow it down, bit by bit. As your breathing slows, relax your shoulders. Once you feel completely relaxed, it is time to move on to the sensory imaging.

With sensory imaging, you picture yourself in various situations, but the picture must be vivid. You must not only see the experience, but feel it, hear it, smell it. It needs to be as real as possible in order to be effective. For weight loss, you should focus on eating well, exercising and body image.

A session might include something like this:

The cool air feels refreshing on your skin as you jog down the path. You can feel the tingle in your legs that tells you that you are at an optimum pace. Your breath flows easily, and you find the rhythm of your breathing and your feet invigorating. Your pace changes slightly when another of your favorite songs comes through your headphones, and you smile, enjoying the song, the sunshine and the feel of the endorphins coursing through your body. Then you are home, feeling refreshed and ready to start the next phase of the day. You take off your jogging clothes, bending easily to untie the laces on your shoes. As you shower, you can feel the contours of your body. Picture them how you would like them to look. When you finish bathing, you step on the scale and see that you are at your ideal weight.

Hypnosis Tapes And Weight Loss

Using as many sensory details as possible in this session makes the image seem more real. Later, when you are debating about going for a walk or trying to avoid eating a salad, bring this idea back to mind. Do you want the giant hamburger with cheese, or do you want that body, that life? It may take a few sessions for practice, but if you can create a strong enough sensory image, you will likely make better choices for weight loss.

Hypnosis tapes are available throughout the internet, and weight loss is a hot topic with them, so you can certainly find a tape to purchase if you don’t feel you can do sensory imaging on your own. What is important is that self-hypnosis can be a very safe and effective way to get motivated to lose weight.


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  • Dolores Monet profile image

    Dolores Monet 

    7 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Hey, that's the way I want to exercise, sitting quietly and just thinking about it, haha. But you suggest a great way to influence your own thinking for change. This technique sounds useful for any number of goals!

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    8 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Maita,

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by this hub.

  • prettydarkhorse profile image


    8 years ago from US

    darkening the room when there is sensory imaging session, yes, it can calm and we can concentrate more, isnt it, nice hub! Maita


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