Is Hypnosis better than Slimming World or Weight Watchers?
Slimming World and Weight Watcher’s use public weighing, public praise for weight loss, group support and encouragement, and a dieting regime that limits calorie intake while providing a balanced nutritious diet. This is fine for some people, but others prefer to do their body re-shaping in private. Hypnotic weight control provides the support and encouragement that is so useful without the public weighing. With Hypnosis, lowering calorie intake is not the focus, it is a consequence of the unconscious shifts that the Hypnotic suggestions are designed to bring about. There is no ‘dieting’ with Hypnosis, that is to say that there are no rules about what you should and should not eat. This is important because cravings quite often arise around ‘forbidden fruits’. The unconscious shift is focused on encouraging a different view of Self so that there is no desire to pollute that Self with anything other than healthy, nutritious, tasty foods.
What is Hypnosis like?
Hypnosis is just like being cosy, and dreamy in bed on Sunday morning. There is an awareness of surroundings, but a willingness to drift with the images that appear like dreams. It is an enjoyable state of deep relaxation in which the subconscious mind is ready to accept suggestions that bring about desired changes.
How effective is it?
Hypnosis is not a magic wand. It cannot make you lose weight while you continue to eat what you’ve always eaten, and continue to spend all day sitting down. It is a technique that makes desired change easier and more effortless to achieve. Some motivation to lose weight is needed for success, as is a willingness to change what is eaten, and a willingness to make necessary lifestyle changes. Hypnosis helps to make the process easier and more natural so that the desired changes seem effortless, and so that desires to eat are desires for healthy nutritious foods.
How much weight will I lose?
A healthy weight loss is around 2-3 lbs a week to start with. Anything more than that loses muscle rather than fat and does you more harm than good. This is not fast enough for most people, but most people are trapped in a cycle of diet, rapid weight loss for a few weeks, weight loss reduces and becomes difficult, get fed-up with the struggle, give in, put the pounds back on, hate the way you look, get depressed, start all over again…
Weight loss is not the focus. The focus is your target weight and Hypnosis just sets you up to successfully, comfortably, effortlessly arrive at your target weight in whatever time it takes to achieve. Hypnosis focuses on creating in your unconscious mind an image of the new you and as long as you hold on to that image your unconscious mind will assist you in bringing it about. With Hypnosis the aim is a permanent lifestyle change that you are comfortable and at ease with that will gently guide your body to its ideal weight and then keep it there.
The Stop Smoking Treatment
What if it doesn’t work, it`s a lot of money for something that doesn’t work?
For someone who smokes around 20 a day they are spending about £60 a week, that is £3120 a year, one month’s cigarettes more than pay for a treatment that could save nearly £3000 in the first year. There are, of course, no guarantees because hypnosis can’t take away your freedom of choice. What Hypnosis does is to assist in making sure that your choice to smoke or not to smoke is a free one and not one born of any craving or desire. And since no one who desires good health and long life would freely choose to smoke, there really isn’t a problem. But on the cost issue, if Hypnosis stops you smoking for just four weeks (and it does that easily with most of my clients) then it won’t have cost you a penny, and if it stops you for eight weeks then you are making money – money that you can spend on treats for yourself or save for something special. Because cigarettes are generally bought one packet at a time you don’t notice quite how much the habit is costing you, and you probably don’t like to think too much about quite how much you spend each year on sabotaging your good health.
How successful is it? (New Scientist vol 136 issue 1845 – 31 October 92, page 6)
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little. Earlier this month the Institute of Actuaries published the results of a study it commissioned which showed that the mortality rate for smokers is twice as high as for non-smokers, and that, on average, a smoker dies 6 years earlier than a non-smoker.
What if I experience craving?
Craving is unlikely to be experienced, but before the final Hypnosis session starts I tell you what you can do should you experience any momentary feelings of discomfort. In the unlikely event that you are struggling, I’m happy for you to come back for another session at no additional cost. I want to help you give up and am willing to offer support after the treatment sessions are over.
Why does it take more than one session?
It takes more than one session because I’m doing more than just Hypnosis in order to maximize the effectiveness of the Hypnotic aspect of the treatment. To do it all in one session makes the session too long for comfort. The sessions are in two parts. The first part is talking to you about smoking and about your habit, and dealing with conscious blocks to giving up. The second part is the Hypnosis which deals with the unconscious blocks to giving up. Effective treatment needs to impact both conscious and unconscious resistance to giving up.
Do I stop smoking after the first session, or just cut down?
Neither. The first session is preparation for giving up. It prepares both conscious and unconscious parts of your mind so that on the second session giving up is accomplished easily and effortlessly. You can carry on smoking as normal after the first session but you will probably find that your desire to do so is diminished, and your pleasure is just lessened