Hypnosis functions through the premise that manipulation of the subconscious would help alleviate food cravings. Hypnosis is a mental state of relaxation that heightens focus and suggestibility. In weight loss, it could lead a person towards a clearer focus on one’s goal to lose weight. It also helps defeat unhealthy cravings through suggestions of better alternatives. Suggestibility also allows for weight reduction to become second nature, instead of needing effort.
We are constantly entering the hypnotic state every day. Every time we allow ourselves to relax, listen to music, or even simply walking down a street, we already enter this state of relaxation. After all, our minds are not in constant alert mode, for such would be a very tiring experience and in fact, impossible. We are even constantly hypnotizing ourselves. We do this by reinforcing certain ideas about ourselves until we believe them and it becomes second nature or habit. That is exactly how hypnotism is believed to work.
In weight loss hypnosis the person is lead to ignore food cravings and adapt healthy eating habits. Some are even believed to completely remove any desire for unhealthy, fat-inducing treats and food. The effect is that no matter how a certain kind of inadvisable food is offered to you, you would feel no temptation at all. And if it is administered and followed through correctly, its effects could be long-term.
In most advertisements, hypnosis is also given as healthy and safe, particularly when compared to other ways to reduce weight. This is because no drugs are involved and the method itself is natural. Hypnosis could also be self-administered or by a professional. Either way, it is shown to be safe and relatively cheap.
However, the effects of hypnosis are often exaggerated. Some advertisers would tell you that even a single session of hypnosis could lead to big results. Unfortunately, studies have shown that this is not so. There is no method that is instantly effective, and hypnosis is no different. Aside from that, self-hypnosis could be dangerous. Even an amateur hypnotist could cause risks. Many misconceptions have been built around weight loss hypnosis, and one needs to be careful about it.
One such misconception is the idea that anyone could be hypnotized. Indeed, hypnosis could affect everyone, given that we do it to ourselves every day. However, some people are less open to suggestibility. The problem is that it suggests otherwise and some would even apply hypnosis to groups. Nevertheless, a truly effective weight reduction hypnosis method needs to be designed for the individual.
It is also touted to be fast and supernaturally effective. This misconception lies solely on the fact that hypnosis still couldn’t be explained completely. This is because the direct effects of hypnosis lie in the mind, and the mind still requires more research to be understood. As for its quick effectiveness, studies have shown that weight loss method does not take effect within a session or two, much less losing a substantial number of pounds. Hypnosis, like any other weight loss method, needs to be practiced within a significant amount of time.
Weight reduction methods are rarely effective by themselves. Each method may offer advantageous and effective ways but lack in some other area. Dieting is often difficult because it needs tremendous effort and self-control to be truly successful. For hypnosis however, dieting becomes less of an effort and more of habit.
Thus, there are other weight loss hypnosis methods that suggest combining it with other methods of reducing weight. With the more intense focus that hypnosis causes, a person would find it easier to follow the plans that another method of weight reduction suggests. In effect, the other method provides the plan, while the hypnosis strengthens the will to follow through that plan.