When diets and drugs don't take off the pounds, some people turn to weight loss hypnosis programs to help them slim down.
The Art of Wellbeing holistic journal defines hypnosis as 'a state of heightened awareness and focused concentration that can be used to. reprogram behavior.' Hypnotherapy is when a trained therapist places the subject into such a state in order to deal with problems in the subconscious mind. To treat weight loss the therapist would try to counteract the subject's problems with overeating.
In an ideal situation, weight loss hypnosis would change the way you think about food. Programs to do this 'subconsciously' by reprogramming the levels of unconscious thought locked away in your brain, thus changing the way you approach food. At the very least, hypnotherapy may make you more aware of what you eat and how much you consume; this can translate to consciously eating smaller portions, choosing the right food groups and refraining from binge or overeating.
Some hypnosis programs encourage weight loss by motivating you to exercise or set fitness goals. These programs have the right idea, as you can only lose weight by burning more calories than you consume (which means getting active and fueling your body with the appropriate amount of nutrition). Sometimes just participating in a hypnosis program can be enough of a catalyst to bolster your personal drive to succeed.
Hypnotherapy, which puts the subject into a state of deep relaxation, may help people lose weight because it provides relief from the frustration of everyday life. Reducing stress in such a meditative way can prevent emotional eating, thus contributing to weight loss.
Beware hypnosis programs that try to sell the idea that you can actually reprogram the way your body functions on the cellular level; don't be fooled by anything that pledges to 'make you younger,' speed up your metabolism overnight, boost your muscle mass or change the way your cells grow. This goes for any weight loss plan that purports to make you slimmer or fitter without changing your eating habits or exercising.
You can investigate weight loss through hypnosis by visiting a registered hypnotherapist (which can be expensive) or by purchasing a set of do-it-yourself CDs, audiotapes, books or videos. You can listen to an audiotape at night while you sleep or pop a CD into your car's CD-player for that morning commute. Whether or not hypnosis can make you lose weight is up for debate.