Unlocking Your Potential: Embracing Hypnotherapy as a Catalyst for Successful Weight Management
Last week, I sent a message to my personal trainer asking for a session to work on my inner thighs and core. My abs. The lower ones, the ones that kind of sit right above my bikini bottoms. Because it’s coming to that time of year. When we strip back to our summer wear and laze around a pool or get a hot pebble massage on an English beach.
I spent a chunk of my childhood in a swimming costume and tend to find it comfortable, but it isn’t always. I believe in body positivity and expressing love for yourself, no matter what the scales say, or the mirror shows. The human body is an incredible creation in every form. It’s the house of your soul, maintains your life and deserves your respect. However, this is not enough for everyone, and it’s important to invest effort into things that will help you feel in love with your body, so you treat it kindly and feel comfortable being seen.
Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Exercise requires motivation and confidence. Nourishing your body with nutritious food takes knowledge and determination. Embracing mindfulness and a lifestyle that maintains mental wellbeing requires commitment to regular practise.
Most people know what they should do, but struggle with how to do it. If you find yourself stuck in this position, some hypnotherapy sessions will help you take the steps you need to make the positive shifts. So when you don your swimmers for the beach this year, you’ll have the confidence to hold your head high and walk with pride.
The first step on any weight management journey is a realistic goal. A specific weight is rarely a positive objective. Especially when your target is the weight you were as a young sprightly twenty something year old. Ideally, your goal is to be the best version of you that’s possible, whilst getting your pleasure from the activities you do and the company you surround yourself with, rather than attempting to fulfil your emotional self with food. To feel comfortable in your own skin, your hypnotherapist will help you with realistic goals. These may include,
Increasing Physical Activity: A goal to incorporate regular physical activity into your routine, such as walking, cycling, swimming, or engaging in any form of exercise you enjoy. Your hypnotherapist will help you find your motivation and tenacity to gradually increase your stamina, flexibility, or strength, rather than focusing solely on weight loss.
Balanced Nutrition: Instead of fixating on a specific weight, your hypnotherapist will help you focus on adopting a healthier and more balanced approach to nutrition. Ideally, you’ll speak with a nutritional therapist to create a personalised plan. Your hypnotherapist will help you stick to this, while using hypnosis techniques to stop emotional eating or overeating in general.
Body Composition: Rather than relying solely on scales, use your body composition as a non-scale progress indicator. Many gyms and some shops (such as Boots) have body composition scales which you stand on whilst holding handles. The system provides a report with a lot of data, such as your metabolic age, muscle percentage, cellular integrity, fat percentage and much more. This will help you set positive intentions based on your body composition and easily track specific changes, such as reducing the percentage of fat on your right arm and increasing the muscle mass on your left leg.
Increased Energy Levels: When you increase your energy levels and vitality, you’ll feel happier in your own skin, no matter how you appear in the mirror or what the scales say. Your hypnotherapist will help you consolidate the habits that boost your energy, such as prioritising sleep, staying hydrated, and managing stress levels. With increased energy, you’ll have more perseverance to engage in physical activity and make healthier food choices. Additionally, the increase in energy will help you improve your fitness performance. You can set goals to improve your cardiovascular endurance, increase the number of push-ups or sit-ups you can do, or achieve specific milestones in your chosen physical activity or sport. This approach emphasises fitness, rather than weight, as the primary measure of progress.
An Indirect Holistic Approach
Although your hypnotherapist can help you stop eating crisps and start exercising every day, this isn’t always the answer to happiness or feeling comfortable on the beach. Many people reach their target weight and realise they’re still not content. Your hypnotherapist will take a holistic approach to help you appreciate your body and treat it with loving kindness. This indirect approach to weight management will help you feel happy and comfortable within, rather than expecting your image or size to bring it to you.