Can Hypnotherapy Help You Lose Weight in Your Sleep?

As a hypnotherapist for many years now, I have seen people fall asleep during sessions and still quit smoking or lose weight. I have also heard from clients that they always fall asleep at home while listening to the recordings of our sessions and don’t remember waking up to put their headphones on the table by their bed. They report sleeping better than ever and if they occasionally wake up in the middle of the night, they simply listen to their recording again.

While coaching clients on weight loss, I see time and again that over-eating is often emotional eating and related to stress. Stress can also interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. So, hypnotherapy can help you to lose weight in your sleep so to speak.

What I didn’t realize is that not eating after dinner, creates a 12 hour fast that can re-set your hormones while you sleep. According to Jason Fung, M.D., a Toronto-based nephrologist and author of The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss. “Stubborn, diet-resistant weight gain isn’t about eating too much or exercising too little; it’s not about excess calories or saturated fat. It is, in fact, a complex hormonal issue,” Fung wrote in an essay for The Daily Mail.

It’s true that sleep greatly impacts how your hormones work and can affect your ability to lose weight, says Peter LePort, M.D., the medical director of the MemorialCare Center for Obesity at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA. LePort adds that fasting overnight also helps reset our hunger cues, helping to stop us from eating too quickly or overeating. Luckily, LePort says it’s perfectly safe for most people to go 12 hours without eating.

Can Hypnotherapy be used to help you to avoid snacking after dinner so that you can get that 12 hour fast in? In my experience, a resounding ‘yes”. Adding suggestions to a hypnotherapy session such as ‘not to snack after dinner’ or ‘to avoid the kitchen after dinner’ can be helpful in achieving this goal. As always in hypnotherapy, this only works because you want it to work.

So, what to do with all that free time in the evening or that feeling of deprivation that still occasionally come up when changing an old habit? I often coach clients on finding new outlets for relaxation. This varies with the individual, but some examples may be reading, taking a hot bath or sipping a relaxing herbal tea. For others, their boredom may be lessened by pursuing a hobby or doing something physical like going for a walk. Suggestions for these new habits can be added to the script as well.

How long does it take to achieve a new habit like not snacking after dinner? The answer is 66 days on average. The old adage of 21 days is false and was created by a plastic surgeon who noticed it took people with nose jobs 21 days to get used to their new image in the mirror. He did not study how long it took people to adapt new habits such as avoiding snacking or exercising more. This is why we offer several tiers of Loveland Weight Loss Programs to meet your needs. Call 970-612-8524 for a free phone consultation.

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