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Are you on your third weight loss diet of the year? The post holiday diet, a determined effort to lose the weight you have gained over the summer when despite your good intentions to eat only healthy salad, the ice creams and treats on days out and picnics have added extra pound.
At Leatherhead hypnotherapy we help people to lose weight without making everything a sin. After all if you cut out all the food that makes us happy and live on lettuce and boiled cabbage then life becomes very tedious, and we are more likely to overdo it when faced with so called happy foods like cakes and chocolate.
In hypnosis we learn to eat mindfully enjoying all of our food instead of eating in secret, or too fast before anyone notices what we are doing. We are allowed to enjoy our food and if we eat slowly and with pleasure, ‘savour the flavour’ instead of bolting our food down we eat less.
Food is to be enjoyed, eating slowly and by listening to the signal from our brain that we are full helps us to stop overeating. A meal is not a race to the finish, a meal is to be enjoyed.
So many people consider various foods are a sin that when they eat a chocolate or a biscuit they immediately feel guilty. This often leads them to finish the packet to get the guilty food out of the way. Of course the shops are open tomorrow to buy more. If we slow down make our food more enjoyable, think about what we are eating we are more able to avoid junk food and we will eat less food in the end. Food is to be enjoyed and by turning our eating into an enjoyable occasion we will eat less and eventually weigh less.
Enjoy your food eat more slowly eat the best quality food you can afford, and you will gradually lose weight and form new eating habits
Many clients come to my hypnotherapy clinic here in Leatherhead to lose weight. In the summer when the weather is ideal for salads and fresh fruit then we may feel losing weight should be easier. But on hot days the temptation to reach for an ice cream or cold drink can be a source of excess calories.
Here in Leatherhead over the last few days we have had a heatwave with temperatures not reached since 1976. The local supermarket had sold out of many popular ice creams and sales of fizzy drinks have soared. Sales of Pimms and Gin are also at record levels.
Ice Cream is a treat on a hot day but it should be instead of our usual treat of a biscuit, cake or even that packet of crisps. Even fruit juice is full of sugar and can sabotage our attempts at weight loss in hot weather.
Many clients who have come to me here at my Leatherhead clinic say it has been too hot to eat but when they felt hungry later in the evening they have then snacked on biscuit, crackers and crisps. A light meal with chicken or fish and salad with be healthier more nutritious and easy to prepare. If the kitchen is too hot to switch on the cooker buying ready cooked chicken from the supermarket is not being lazy when the sun is blazing down. The evening barbecue can be a meal loaded with fat if the regular barbecue favourites of sausages and burgers become a staple in hot weather. Replacing these with chicken or fish, even vegetable kebabs are a tasty alternative.
Weight loss with hypnotherapy is not about going on a diet and saying no to treats and ice cream. It is about making the right choice where food is concerned. It’s about remembering that a treat is not a treat if you have it everyday. Hypnotherapy can help reprogram your subconscious mind to eat more slowly to choose the right food. It can also help you to eat in smaller quantities and to savour the flavour. After all a meal is not a race to the finish but an enjoyable experience.
One of the questions that are frequently asked by new clients at my Surrey hypnotherapy clinic is, are there any side effects to hypnosis. The answer to this is no, apart from feeling very relaxed at the end of a session.
Recently however at my Surrey hypnotherapy practice in Leatherhead I had a client who came to me for fear of swimming. The treatment had a very unexpected and pleasant side effect.
The client was a sixty-year-old lady who had decided she finally wanted to learn to swim. After numerous lessons she was doing very well. She could put her face in the water, float on her back and her front and swim the width of the pool but only if she had something to hold on to. Even if it was only the tips of the fingers of her swimming teacher, she could not let go. The moment she did she panicked and flounder around in the water grabbing the side of the pool or anything else that was handy. Her instructor had tried everything to get her to let go.
A single hypnotherapy session for confidence
She booked into my Surrey Hypnotherapy clinic in Leatherhead, for a session of hypnosis. We had a session of hypnosis which included building her confidence and helping her to visualise that she could swim and all the advantages of learning to swim, including going swimming on holiday with her grandchildren.
A repeat appointment was made at my Surrey Hypnotherapy clinic in Leatherhead for the following Thursday, as a follow up session after her next swimming lesson.
The client rang my Surrey hypnotherapy centre on the Tuesday to cancel saying she didn’t need to come back, as she had just quite happily swum a whole length of the pool and was delighted.
Amazing positive side effects!
So what was the side effect, she also told me that on the previous Friday she had been with her husband to a dinner dance in Surrey. To her amazement and to the astonishment of her husband and their friends she had got up to dance. Something she had never done in over thirty years of marriage.
“When the music started to play I heard you say what is stopping you enjoying yourself and I got up to dance. It was one of the best evenings I have ever had,” she said, “I wish I had done this years ago.”
So the answer is yes there can be side effects from hypnosis. Finding your confidence in one area can lead to finding confidence in others. If you have an fear or anxiety about doing something in our life then hypnotherapy may help.
Please contact me today at my Surrey hypnotherapy centre to see how I can help you overcome your phobia, and who knows you too might be dancing for joy!