Sticking to your resolve…

How are you progressing with your New Year’s resolutions?

According to a survey conducted by health insurance company Bupa in 2015, 66% of you will have thrown in the towel already.  Making changes towards a healthier lifestyle is the most common resolution but it really doesn’t matter what your resolutions were, it’s not too late to get yourself back on track and achieve your goals in 2018.

According to the BBC, research indicates that we are more likely to be successful at achieving our resolutions if they are aimed at recovering something (a skill, activity or level of fitness for example) that we used to have, rather than looking to add something new to our repertoire.  Here are some tips to help you get back (and stay) on track:

  • Make sure your goal is something that’s really important to you. This may sound obvious, but sometimes we make resolutions to change things to make other people happy.  Connect with the essence of your goal; how will achieving it improve your life, what impact will it make?
  • Enlist the support of your family and friends. This helps you stay accountable and it also means that you’ve got someone else to offer you a different perspective or give encouragement when your motivation starts to flag.
  • Expect that your motivation levels will fluctuate throughout the process. It’s unlikely that you’ll wake up every day with the energy and motivation to pursue your goals.  Sometimes the motivation comes after you start doing the work.  Connect back to why your goal is important to you to help get through those times.
  • Break your resolution down into smaller, measurable goals. As the NHS explain here, having small sub-goals linked to motivating rewards can make you more likely to stay on track.
  • Keep track of your progress. It doesn’t matter how you do it, it could be a journal or a computer spreadsheet or a series of pictures. Make yourself a record of your progress for those days when you just don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere.

If you still feel like you’re struggling to achieve your goals, hypnotherapy can help.  It has been clinically researched and found to be effective for a wide range of lifestyle and habit changes from quitting smoking to weight loss and boosting self-esteem.

The reason why hypnotherapy works so rapidly with bad habits and behaviours is because it works directly with your subconscious, bypassing the critical mind and getting to the root of the issue so that changes can be made that support your goals quickly and efficiently.

Depending on what you are seeing the therapist for, they will assess your habit and work with you using a range of techniques to help you achieve your resolutions.

Have a look at the National Council for Hypnotherapy’s directory to find a hypnotherapist near you and take a step towards achieving this year’s resolutions today!

How can hypnotherapy help weight loss?

As the colder weather approaches, so does the sometimes seasonal habit of ‘binge eating’ or ‘comfort’ eating. Chocolates and other sugar-rich comfort foods are often consumed at this time by people who are anxious, depressed or unsettled. All of this leads to unwanted weight gain and problems like guilt and add to the anxiety and depression levels.

And while research shows dieting affects the way one’s brain works and hormone changes encourage a person to eat and store even more fat. It shows that in most cases dieters put on more weight than they lose.

But hypnotherapy can effectively treat what many diets cannot.

Members of the National Council for Hypnotherapy have training in treating weight loss issues.

Says Paul Howard, NCH Marketing Director: “In a hypnotherapy weight loss programme the hypnotherapist can ask the subconscious to modify your lifestyle without any undue stress or distress.

“Factors such as old behaviours, feelings and emotions, habits and exercise levels can be altered during the hypnotic process. Furthermore, we can use hypnotherapy to keep your metabolic rate up, stimulate Leptin and Peptide YY levels and help to suppress Ghrelin by suggesting to your subconscious mind that you are actually eating more than you really are.”

Eating for comfort can become an eating disorder – that is when the relationship with food affects the way you live your life.

Binge eating, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are all categories of eating disorder.

According to the NHS, It is estimated that about 50 per cent of people who binge eat have been depressed at some point in their life. However, it is not clear whether depression causes binge eating or whether binge eating causes depression. Stress is another common trigger of eating disorders.

Stressful events, such as moving house, job or school, or the death of a friend or relative, can sometimes cause someone to binge eat.

People with eating disorders usually experience difficulties in their personal life. Those who binge eat are often ashamed at the amount of food that they consume. They may also feel that their lack of control around food mirrors the lack of control they have over their personal lives, commented the NHS.

Back to NCH’s Howard: “The good news is that you probably already know what you should be eating and you probably know what exercise you should be taking.

“We don’t have to educate you on how and what you should eat and tell you what exercise you should be doing to lose weight.

“All we have to do is to use hypnotherapy for weight loss to remove the subconscious programming that is getting in the way of your success.”

So how does the hypnotherapy treatment work and is it successful?

There’s the well-documented case of singer Lily Allen dropping six dress sizes after treatment and most hypnotherapists report a success rate in excess of 98 per cent.

Hypnosis is a temporary, altered state of consciousness. Using hypnosis for weight loss is usually a two-part process.

First, the therapist attempts to help the person understand their problematic behaviors, such as overeating or shunning exercise. Then, while the patient is in a relaxed, impressionable state of mind, the therapist suggests altering those behaviours. Or as Howard says hypnotherapists ‘remove subconscious programming’.

Hypnotherapy for weight loss has become very popular with millions of people who are now using this treatment to give themselves a healthier body.

More and more celebrities – like Lily Allen – are or have used hypnotherapy and are turning their backs on diets after discovering what many health professionals already know, traditional diets do not work for the majority of people.

Hypnotherapy is safe too. It involves using the state of hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85 per cent of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy.

It may even succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result.

When carried out by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.

If you have any further questions about weight loss, please contact a local NCH accredited hypnotherapist for weight loss in the NCH Hypnotherapy Directory.