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The Skinny on Hypnosis

Dr. Terry Doherty

Weight loss can be one of the hardest things in life to handle. Food is an addiction and the mind rules the roost when it comes to addiction. Take back that control and utilize the alternative methods of hypnosis to curb that appetite.

Hypnosis is a relatively new alternative medicine, but one that is gaining great popularity in the area of weight loss. When a person becomes addicted to food there is nothing that can be done to break that addiction unless the mind and the body work together. Commonly, the person trying to lose weight will be gung ho for the first few days and then the mind plays the hunger trick and the weight is put right back on. This time, instead of falling off the weight loss wagon, take back the control by changing how the mind thinks about food.

Food is needed by the body in order to function in every day life. The food we eat is transformed into energy and that energy is utilized by the body for every day processes. When too much food is consumed, there are a few changes that take place. The stomach is stretched and thus needs more food to feel full. The mind begins to think food is there to calm it and make it feel better and the person soon becomes addicted to the feeling they get from the instant carbohydrate high most often associated with overeating foods that are high in simple sugars.

In order to beat this addiction, the mind needs to be convinced that the food is no longer something it wants, but that can be a difficult task without a little help. Hypnosis can break down the walls of addiction and convince the mind to leave food behind and take back the more natural state of thought regarding food. Once your mind relieves you of the need for food, you will be able to make better choices regarding the food you eat. The better food choices you make, the better you will eat and the less calories you will consume. Weight loss is inevitably the end outcome to such a change.

Imagine how it would feel to sit down at the dinner table and see the food in front of you as a necessity rather than a treat. That simple change can mean all the difference in weight loss. Once the mind's thought process is changed through the use of retraining methods and hypnosis, the stomach will begin to shrink and the food consumption will return to an as needed state, rather than the as wanted state that created the need to lose weight in the first place.

While some people have the innate ability to control their own minds, these people are often not the ones that battle with weight loss for years. There is nothing wrong with getting a little help and retraining the mind to want less food. If it takes hypnosis to create a healthier, leaner you then so be it. The body will thank you for taking the time to change and you will live a longer life thanks to the reduction in weight on the body.

The time to fight that food addiction alone is gone and the time to regain that control is here. Now you can sit through a session of hypnosis and come out thinking less about how much you want to eat that food for lunch and more about what kinds of food are good to be placing in the body. Your body is your temple and today is the day to give back to that precious entity.

Weight loss can be one of the hardest things in life to handle. Food is an addiction and the mind rules the roost when it comes to addiction. Take back that control and utilize the alternative methods of hypnosis to curb that appetite.

Terry Doherty works all over the UK working extensively with individual and business clients helping them to stop smoking, manage weight, manage stress, become more confident and help create generative change. Terry uses the latest techniques of hypnosis, NLP and life coaching skills for profound change. Contact him at

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