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Hypnosis as a Tool for Weight Management

Feb 28, 2018 11:16AM
by John Mays
Weight loss and weight management are the most common goals for many people. While the media promotes how easy losing weight can be, we all know that it is often difficult—to impossible—to achieve lasting weight-loss success. Most people have tried to count calories and exercise, but often the missing element is the ability to control the human mind.

Hypnosis can be used as a valuable mental tool to aid in the weight-loss “process”.  If you have ever tried to lose weight by dieting, you know the challenges you will face. Sticking to a very restricted diet for a several days or weeks can be very difficult, no matter how determined you are. Most diets require a limited number of calories, which often lead to battles with hunger and counting calories throughout the day. Other diets require that you eat only certain foods, which can lead to significant cravings and sheer boredom after a short period of time. It is no wonder that many people fail when it comes to dieting.

Diets often fail because people rely on hope, determination and good intentions. The mind is like a computer—it doesn’t care about your feelings or goals. The mind is concerned with its own set of goals: self-preservation and survival. When you diet, you are fighting against the internal programming of the survival instinct that has been the key to human survival over millions of years.

When you attempt to use willpower, you are making a conscious decision to control your “automatic” behaviors. Unfortunately, so many of our behaviors, such as eating and all the emotional dynamics that go along with eating, are unconsciously driven. By using willpower, you are trying to change biological ingrained behaviors (overeating) at a conscious level, when it is the unconscious which needs to be dealt with directly. Willpower simply doesn’t work for most people.

Once we understand this fact, hypnosis with a certified professional, can be used to address the biological processes that are occurring subconsciously in your mind.

John Mays is a certified wellness coach and certified Hypnotherapist (National Guild Hypnotists. He will be offering a personalized and supportive 12-Week Weight Management Hypnosis Program, starting March 4. For more information, visit


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