“Stay at home” has done massive good in containing the virus. However, it has also had a negative consequence for individuals: Covid weight gain.
We know why. Less activity, less healthy food options, comfort and stress eating, etc.
Now, the world is opening up again and it’s time to get our minds into healthy habits. That’s the work we do! I’ve written up my plan to help, and it’s below:
Our weight truly is a national obsession: thinking about weight, studying this new diet, that new food plan, purchasing diet products, looking for “the cure.”.
Unfortunately, diets and food plans fail miserably in helping people achieve a healthy weight and staying there. Why? A “diet” is a conscious (thinking) endeavor. It involves analysis, logic, and willpower. That cannot cut it long term. In our habits, we are really at the mercy of unconscious motivations.
We THINK we know why we do what we do. And we would be wrong. Weight gain and loss involve unconscious patterns of behaviors, “back behind the curtain” embedded beliefs about ourselves and the world that drive us. They run and run in us and like programs installed on a computer.
Why hypnosis for weight loss? We can actually get in there and address and change these patterns of unconscious behaviors and limiting beliefs. Update the programs running in us. Change how we feel and what we do. These changes lead to long-term sustained weight loss success and weight management.
Willpower alone can’t cut it! Willpower activates during the “I want it” vs. “No, I’m not going to have it.” struggle. We are torn between two competing desires. Willpower is weak. Willpower is difficult to maintain long term (yo-yo dieting proves this).
With skilled hypnosis & NLP, we erase the need for willpower altogether. Let me say that again. We get rid of any need for willpower. Willpower is forced to the surface when there is a struggle. What if there were no struggle? What if your brain just said “no” automatically to the unhealthy choices? There’d be no use for willpower, and it wouldn’t even come into play. You would just be doing something different because it feels right.
Here are some of my client results/comments regarding this change:
“Hi Connie, The party I was at last night had all of the things I find the hardest to resist! Meats, cheeses, bread, crackers, nuts. It was so nothing to me! I didn’t have ONE THING! And the best part was I didn’t WANT one thing! It’s just so amazing to me. I am sure it’s “another day at the office” for you but, for me…oh my goodness it was so awesome to not obsess over having it or not…wow. Thank you!!!” – Lori H., Mercer Island, WA
Is her willpower in play? No. The craving for these particular food choices is gone.
“I’ve lost 40# in 4 months… My sweet tooth and chip obsession disappeared overnight. My self-esteem skyrocketed. It’s been months since I’ve seen you and yet I’m still right on track with my goals.” E. – Seattle.
Is her willpower in play? No.
“I don’t crave ice cream at all now! Or chocolate. I am in shock!!!”- Saliha B., Issaquah, WA.
Is her willpower in play? No.
These people are not “dieting” to avoid sweets and “temptations” and they are not struggling; they’re just automatically choosing different in ways that serve their weight management success. That is what skilled hypnosis can do. Hypnosis creates the positive changes that move people by addressing and changing the unconscious patterns. No diet can do that.
PORTION CONTROL Here’s an important aspect of weight loss: knowing when to say when. How to become attuned to the right amount of food for your body and energy needs. How to eat less and enjoy it more.
Habits are learned, and they can be unlearned. At Mindworks, healthy habits are installed. A client can adopt an unconscious new strategy and find themselves engaging in new behaviors without any mental effort.
We get clients in tune with physical hunger vs. emotional hunger. The mind can notice the difference. Emotional hunger is “fed” in new non-caloric ways. Physical hunger leads to a healthy choice strategy in the mind, meaning you are more likely to reach for an apple rather than a cookie, a salad rather than a cheeseburger and fries. We implant a speed strategy, how fast to eat. Slowing it down is usually helpful. We implant a beverage of choice strategy: water! And then most importantly, we implant an exit strategy. When to STOP EATING. This is set at the point of satisfaction when the body’s nutritional and energy needs are met in accordance with achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
When it is all said and done, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP weight loss clients find themselves engaging in:
–Less emotional eating –Healthier choices –Smaller portions –More satisfaction.
It’s all good. If your unconscious strategies (habits around food) need adjustment, it is so much easier than you think to make healthy changes. Let me help!
EXERCISE Beyond food choice and portion control, motivation to exercise is high up on the list of changes needed. “Let’s get physical” Movement. Working out. Active life. Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy is a way to make it happen.
The “magic” of NLP is, simply put: We can attach new feelings to any activity.
What would it be like to be full of energy and motivation to exercise? What if exercise became something wonderful and pleasurable and eagerly anticipated? What if your mind simply said: “This is who I am and this is what I do”? Do you suppose it would be easier to increase your physical activity level?
Let’s fight the Covid couch potato syndrome. That’s being sedentary in our work, and after. Too much sitting around, watching TV, surfing the web, with a body at rest for hours at a stretch. When you add in stress eating, that’s a sure-fire formula for gaining weight.
With hypnosis and NLP, we can change habits into a new mindset for exercise. A new mindset leads to new behaviors. In our work, we create and install new, useful mindsets for exercise. Here are some examples:
–I love it. It’s fun –It’s my routine. It’s just who I am and what I do. –I have to. (a sense of urgency and necessity)
New beliefs and behaviors go with the new mindset:
“I’m an active person. I’m a healthy person. I have energy. I make the time to be physically active, as this is something wonderful for me. This is “me” time. I deserve healthy. I work out. I go for walks. I look for opportunities for movement.”
Hypnosis (and in that word I include NLP) is a way to change your thinking and feeling and behaviors and beliefs to become who you want to be. It really is endlessly fascinating work as every person is different and their desires, beliefs and motivations are different. The game and the fun is finding what will work with each individual and installing those changes. Therefore I often say hypnosis is an art form as much as it is a science.
Stay well and we look forward to working with you soon!
All the Best,
Connie Brannan, CHt.
Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming®
Originator of Designer Feelings®
Originator of Designer Beliefs®
Design Human Engineer™
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis