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The Toronto Hypnotherapist's Weight Loss Program

The Desire to Overeat Arises From Your Subconscious


This means that the blind urges that seem to take over and compel you to eat come from deep within you. And the reason you have been unable to lose weight is because your conscious desire to do so, gets so overwhelmed by the more powerful impulses that originate from your subconscious.


Therefore, the real secret to effectively losing weight and keeping it off lies in your ability to turn your subconscious into an ally that will work with you on this issue. Fortunately, this is easier than you think, because while it may seem as if your subconscious is constantly undermining your efforts to look and feel great, this is not really true, because it really only wants what is best for you. It just hasn't been taught the ideal way to do this.


This is where hypnosis comes in, because it is the best tool we have for communicating directly with the subconscious. And when it is wielded by a well-trained practitioner, it is amazing how quickly the subconscious will respond and make the necessary changes.


In fact, using hypnosis to lose weight is the only way to do so without feeling as if you are depriving yourself. This is because somewhere in your past, certain wires got crossed in your subconscious and it learned how to deal with unpleasant emotions by overeating.


You Are Really Addicted to Serotonin. Not Food.


Eating foods that are high in sugar, fat and carbohydrates causes your brain to release a neurochemical called serotonin that makes you feel happy. As a result, when you feel stressed, frustrated, sad, angry, depressed, bored or lonely, your subconscious has learned a quick and easy trick to make you feel better. It simply triggers an impulse to eat these foods: causing serotonin to be released and solving the problem.


At least until you look in the mirror, step on the scale, or try to fit into your clothes. At which point all these feelings come flooding back into you. Not that this is an insurmountable problem, at least to your subconscious, because it knows just how to make you feel better. It simply triggers another impulse for you to eat these foods, in order to give you another hit of serotonin.


Unfortunately, in the long run all this does is to create a vicious circle that leaves you feeling as if you are at war with yourself. However, here it is important to understand that your subconscious is really part of you. It does not want to hurt you. It does not want to harm your health and well-being. In fact, it really wants to help you, it's just that your compulsion to overeat arises because your subconscious is governed by old programs running flawed software.


The real key to losing weigh and keeping it off is to understand that these emotions are there for a reason. They are really signals. And rather than allowing your subconscious to automatically respond to them in such a negative fashion, it can be reprogrammed to deal with them in a far more healthy and beneficial ways.


This is what makes hypnosis such a powerful tool, because it is the most effective way to reprogram your subconscious. You don't need to count calories and monitor your weight everyday. You don't need to deny yourself and rely on willpower. All you have to do is to find a hypnotist who has been properly trained to deal with this problem and who knows how to teach your subconscious to make permanent and lasting changes to the way you use food.


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You can even book a free 30-minute telephone consultation with a qualified hypnotist who will be happy to answer all of your questions.


Achieving Your Ideal Weight with the help of Hypnotherapy in Toronto


It Takes More Than Willpower


If someone asked, you could probably list a whole series of reasons why you want to lose weight: You want to look and feel better. You want to regain control over your life. You want to improve your health. You might even want to wear those clothes you haven't worn in years.


Yet you've tried to lose weight. You've starved yourself, counted calories, joined fitness clubs and tried diet pills. And while these may have worked for a time, you eventually gained all of the weight back. Which of course, only made you feel even more frustrated and depressed.


The real problem is that will-power alone is not enough, because willpower can never really deal with the emotional triggers that make you overeat.


So even if you did manage to use willpower to lose weight, you would still be condemning yourself to a life of constant struggle. One where you would always be counting calories, keeping on guard against temptation and never allowing yourself to simply relax and enjoy food the way it was meant to be enjoyed.


The sad truth is that you don't really have as much control over your life as you think. This is because you do not consciously tell yourself to lock the door when you leave your home. You do not consciously tell yourself to move your legs when you walk. And you do not consciously tell yourself that you are now going to eat for emotional reasons and then keep on eating long after you are full.


You do these things automatically because your subconscious is really in charge of this process.


Research on Hypnotherapy That Proves These Claims


The scientific research is conclusive. If you are capable of entering into a moderately deep state of hypnosis (something 70% of the population can achieve), then hypnosis can help you achieve your ideal weight. Here is a summation of some of these studies...


Hypnotherapy in Weight Loss Treatment.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Vol 54(4), Aug 1986, 489-492.  Cochrane G, Friesen J.


This study examined how effective hypnosis was in helping women to lose weight.  It recruited 60 women who were not dieting or involved in any other program and who were at least 20% overweight. It randomly assigned the women to a control group, to a group that only received hypnosis and to a group that received hypnosis along with audiotapes.  It found that while those who received hypnosis lost an average of 17 lbs compared to an average of 0.5 lbs in the control group (there was no difference between the hypnosis only and the hypnosis and audiotapes group).


The Possibilities of Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Obesity. Am J Clin Hypn. 1994 Apr;36(4):248-57 . Vanderlinden J, Vandereycken W.


This paper notes that the results of using of hypnosis to lose weight can vary.  In order to maximize the effectiveness certain therapeutic techniques should be used. Among them are:  "teaching relaxation, increasing self-control, encouraging physical exercise, altering self-esteem and body image, strengthening motivation, and exploring ambivalence for change." It then reports various cases where these techniques were successfully used to help clients lose weight.


Effectiveness of Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Behavioral Weight Management.J Clin Psychol. 1985 Jan;41(1):35-41. Bolocofsky DN,  Spinler D. Coulthard-Morris L.


This study examined the effectiveness of adding hypnosis to a behavioural management program to help people lose weight. It recruited 109 subjects and randomly split them into two groups, one which received only behavioural management and the other which received behavioural management plus hypnosis. Bother groups had lost a significant amount of weight at the end of the 9-week program. However, when followed-up at 8 months and 2 years, the group that also received hypnosis had lost even more weight, while the group that hadn't, remained the same.


Hypnotic Enhancement of Cognitive-Behavioral Weight Loss Treatments: Another Meta-Reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.  Kirsch I.


This study analyzed the data for a number of studies that examined the effectiveness of combining hypnosis with cognitive behavioural therapy for weight loss. It found that those who received CBT only had  a mean weight loss of 6 lbs, while those who received both hypnosis and CBT had a mean weight loss of 11.83 lbs. It further found that the difference between these two groups increased over time (to 6.33 lbs versus 14.88 lbs).