How can Cognitive Hypnotherapy Help You Lose Weight?

Updated: Feb 4

We tend to think of losing weight as a set of things we should physically change - eat less and move more, without really understanding the important role of our mindset.

When we decide to lose weight it’s a conscious decision because you want to be healthier, look better or feel better and to make it happen we need to control of our behaviour.

So to what extent do we have conscious control of our behaviour? Do we choose who we fall in love with? Do we choose when to be angry? Do we choose when we want to eat?

Eating, like sleeping and managing our moods is mainly outside of our conscious control.

Nearly everything we think, say or do is the result of unconsciously learned habits and emotional responses.

Learned Habits

Think about driving, cycling and swimming. Initially, we learn consciously by having lessons to memorise the skills required, then we repeat the processes many times until they become familiar and eventually they sink into our unconscious mind and we’re able to repeat them on autopilot.

Unconscious Emotional responses

Eating can be a very emotional experience. We learn to connect eating with feeling pain if as a child we were given food to make us feel better when we hurt ourselves. We learn to connect food to good feelings if it’s used as a reward for success or we learn to use food as a distraction when we’re bored.