Deborah Pearce Hypnotherapy Deborah Pearce

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in East Devon & Online

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3 surprising ways hypnotherapy can help you manage your weight

(And it doesn’t involve putting you off eating chocolate).


There are plenty of misconceptions about hypnotherapy.  Some people fear they are handing control to the therapist.  Others worry that they’ll end up squawking like a chicken.


And people often misunderstand how modern hypnotherapy works with weight management.  They mistakenly believe that the therapist can magic away their weight without them making any effort.


Sadly, that’s not how it works.  Success with weight management, or any change you want to make, depends on your commitment to the process.


But the good news is, if you really want to change your habits around food, hypnotherapy can be hugely helpful.


Here are 3 surprising ways hypnotherapy can help you:


Hypnotherapy is highly effective at reducing anxiety and stress


It turns out that there is a direct link between long-term stress and obesity.  For some people, high levels of the stress hormone cortisol contribute to them becoming obese.


Stress and anxiety are the most common reason people seek help from hypnotherapy.  By helping clients change their response to stressful situations and develop a calmer approach to life, cortisol levels fall, making it easier for the client to lose weight.


In fact I’ve had some clients who sought help for general anxiety and ended up losing a few pounds after a few sessions, even though they hadn’t flagged weight up as an issue.  They hadn’t consciously made any changes to their diet, but because they were less stressed they had lowered their cortisol levels and they lost weight.


Hypnotherapy can improve the quality of your sleep


What’s that got to do with your weight?  Well, it turns out that there are various hormones that have a direct influence on how hungry you are, how much you need to eat before you feel full, and whether you are drawn to unhealthy snacks.


The levels of these hormones vary depending on how much sleep you have.  If you have too little sleep, the hormones conspire to make you want to eat more.


If you’re getting less than 7 to 8 hours sleep, you are going to have to work harder to overcome the urge to eat more than is good for you.


By improving the quality of your sleep, hypnotherapy can help you have a more helpful balance of these hormones. 


And of course, lack of sleep is a major factor in developing anxiety and stress.  So, by improving your sleep, you stress hormone levels are lowered.


Hypnotherapy can help you change unhelpful habits


We all develop rituals and routines that don’t necessarily serve us well. 

      • It may be that you have developed a habit of buying a chocolate bar or bag of crisps when you fill up with petrol. 

      • You may have a glass of wine with every evening meal, even though you are barely aware of drinking it.

      • You may fill your cereal or soup bowl to with half an inch of the brim, even though modern bowls are often two or three times the size that they were 20 or 30 years ago.

Hypnotherapy can help you identify small changes that you can make to adjust your eating habits.  We do this by helping you to imagine what you would prefer to be doing.  It may be that you want to reduce your portions, or avoid snacks, or prepare your work lunch the night before.

We help you make these changes one small step at a time.  Habits are created through repetition, so by practising a new routine over and over, it becomes your new habit.

And of course, because your stress levels are lower and/or your sleep has improved, you are in a better head space to make the changes stick.