Melbourne Weight Loss Hypnotherapy
The role of hypnotherapy in weight loss has not yet been fully and conclusively studied by scientists. Some research results suggest a positive effect whereas others do not.
In theory, hypnosis should have the potential to help people change their habits in ways which result in a slimmer body. However, motivating someone to lose weight is more complex than, for example, stopping smoking. For smoking the goal is clear and simple. At the end of the session the client stops putting cigarettes in their mouth.
Weight loss, on the other hand, is more complex. Is it going to be achieved by more exercise or a change in diet? If exercise, which type of exercise and when? If diet, which sorts of foods are to be chosen or rejected and what quantities are involved?
For one person, changes in diet may be more appropriate, for another it’s exercise. The variation in the results of scientific studies into hypnotherapy and weight loss may, in part, be caused by these complicating issues. Many commercially available self-hypnosis recordings are full of numerous vague and complicated suggestions. It is no wonder the listener becomes so confused they fail to make any changes which result in weight loss.
At Melbourne Clinical Hypotherapy, a tailored approach is applied. The aim of the first session is to identify a single goal for behavioural change which is specific, achievable and if possible, enjoyable. The goal needs to be something you believe, with a little effort, is possible for you to achieve. It also needs to be something you believe you will enjoy in the long term. There is no point in setting yourself the goal of running, if you hate running.
Some examples of specific goals are:
“I don’t buy or eat chocolate”
“When I buy take-away it’s Japanese instead of Pizza”
“I go to the gym every Tuesday and Thursday at lunch time”
“I don’t drink alcohol unless it’s a social function”
Compare these to vague goals such as:
“I’m going to eat less fatty food”
“I’m going to exercise more”
“I’m going to cut back on my drinking”
The Better Minds weight loss program is based on a well establish method of behavioural change called the Transtheoretical Model designed by Prochaska and DiClemente.
The Transtheoretical Model is a well researched method of behavioural change. At our Melbourne Clinical Hypnotherapy Clinic, hypnotherapy is used in combination with the Transtheoretical Model. During the first session, client and therapist work together to establish a single specific goal suited to the needs and limitations of the client. In the latter half of the session hypnotherapy is used to motivate the achievement of this goal. Typically this would be followed by a second session one week later. The second session is used to resolve any issues which may have developed and also to reinforce the goal with a second session of hypnosis. A third session occurs about one month later. Assuming the first goal has been established and maintained for five weeks a second goal is formulated and motivated using hypnotherapy. The process continues until sufficient behavioural changes have been established to result in overall weight loss.
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