Hypnosis and Weight Loss


Hypnosis and Weight Loss

Hypnosis can be extremely useful in weight loss in a variety of ways. It can help us change old patterns for new, healthier patterns.

I recently received an email from a person who had attended a weight loss seminar I conducted for John Morgan Seminars a few weeks back. She said she’d been listening to the CD faithfully since the seminar and expressed concern that she wasn’t sure the hypnosis was working. I suggested a few things she could do consciously in addition to the hypnosis. I suggested sometimes we need to have something to focus on… like the fantastic tip from the “Fitheads” set that you take 10,000 steps a day. Or the idea of slowing down by putting your fork down between every bite.

She wrote back the next day and said she’d just weighed herself for the first time since the seminar and was surprised to find she’d lost 6 pounds!

So that’s a good thing. And, I figured I’d share with you some of the other really useful strategies you can do consciously to support your quest to be slim and trim.

1. Slow Down. Put your fork (or spoon or chop sticks) down between every bite. Pay attention to your chewing and ENJOY the experience. Swallow and let it go all the way down. Then take your next bite in the same fashion. It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to get the message from your stomach that you are full. This will help you get that message before its too late.

2. Evaluate Regularly. Take advantage of what slowing down gives you and evaluate whether you are really still hungry or not BEFORE you take that next bite. When you feel comfortably full…

3. Stop Eating. Do that all important exercise – the push-away.

4. Prepare More Meals at Home. Home cooked meals are usually healthier and less expensive than eating out.

5. Watch your empty calories from beverages. Drink water or flavored seltzer of unsweetened ice tea instead.

6. Choose carefully when eating out. When you do eat out, ask for a to-go container with your meal. Split the meal in half and put it in the to-go container. If you are still hungry 30 minutes after finishing the first half, go ahead and eat the rest. If you are not, take it home and have it for lunch tomorrow.

7. Drink a TALL glass of water 5 or 10 minutes before a meal. It’ll make you feel full sooner and eat less.

8. Take 10,000 step a day. Walking, running, skipping, whatever. It’s a magic number. (See the Fitheads pages for more information.)

9. Eat three square. Including breakfast. Skipping meals tends to make people get hungry and then pig out later.

10. Eat more Fruits and Vegetables. Aim for 5 to 9 servings a day. Mom was right.

About Doug O'Brien

Doug O’Brien is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. In 1988, while assisting at NLP and NAC training seminars with Anthony Robbins, Doug achieved the designation of Master Trainer. He now conducts numerous seminars of his own around the globe (specializing in the “Sleight of Mouth” patterns of Robert Dilts, NLP Certification Courses, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) and helped found Columbia-Presbyterian’s Department of Complementary Medicine with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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