I started working with a couple of weight-loss clients a week ago, here in Corvallis. I’m not sure about them, but in the week since their first sessions, I’ve lost three pounds! I suddenly went from being luke-warm about my diet to being dedicated. Not only that, but didn’t I used to get hungry between meals? My food intake is way down, and my diet (a low-carb diet) doesn’t even ask for portion control.
Nor I suggest these things to my clients in the session. I’m a hypnotist, not a nutritionist and I’m not a diet zealot, so during the session I don’t make specific suggestions about how to achieve one’s ideal weight, or what that weight might be. I make more general suggestions about finding appropriate methods, and applying them in ways that get only appropriate results.
With open-ended suggestions like this, it’s common to see people adopting again anything that worked well in the past, only with more comfort and finesse, which is what’s happening with me.
The other interesting thing about weight control is that, in hypnosis, people will generally indicate that the overeating is not caused by physical hunger, but by something else. People are often quite unaware of what that other issue might be, but they can both remember it readily and deal with it quickly in hypnotherapy. Once this happens, even if the urge to overeat doesn’t disappear instantly, we’ve still turned a mountain of a problem into a molehill, and putting the rest of the solution into place is much easier.
So when my clients achieve weight control, I do, too, and so we’re all gaining by losing.