Weight Loss Hypnosis in Portsmouth

Without doubt one of the most common reasons people seek assistance is with weight control.  Whether it is with simple dietary motivation or the advanced use of hypnotic gastric banding  such treatment and advice is always run in conjunction with your GP to ensure that your general health is monitored during weight loss.  Often using hypno-analysis we will determine the underlying cause of the weight gain and it is by identifying the Initial Sensitising Event (ISE) or by treating the underlying cause of the initial weight gain that we can work towards a successful resolution and a sustained weight management programme.

Common Causes of weight gain – Half the battle with controlling one’s weight is understanding the causes. Below I have outlined some common causes for weight gain.

Stress (click here to visit our section on stress)

It can be easy to reach for a sugary pick-me-up when stressed. Do this often, and you may put on weight.

What can I do?
“Snack on fruit and veg, and other low-calorie options such as plain popcorn, crackers and rice cakes,” Find ways to cope with stress that doesn’t involve food: “Exercise helps promote mental wellbeing through the release of endorphins, which help to combat stress,”. Learn more in Stress management.


Too much Television

Watching a lot of television can contribute to an inactive lifestyle, and many of us consume calories that we don’t need while watching TV. I think we can relate to the fact that when watching TV one can find themselves snacking on energy-dense foods such as crisps and chocolate.

What can you do?
If you’re worried about your weight, take part in more daily physical activity, go out for a walk and enjoy some fresh air. Little lifestyle changes such as walking to work, school or the shops and try to spend less time in front of the TV. Don’t forget that you can do an activity while watching the TV, such as using an exercise bike.


Your medicine cabinet

Weight gain is a common side effect of many drugs. The most common drugs that can cause weight gain are steroids (taken for many conditions, including arthritis, eczema and asthma), antipsychotic drugs and insulin, among others.

What can you do?
First and foremost, never stop prescribed medication unless your GP or specialist has told you to do so. If you’re concerned about weight gain, talk with to your GP. In the meantime, make sure you’re following a healthy lifestyle and balanced nutritious diet.


Lack of sleep / burning the candle at both ends

Some research suggests that a lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain. Dr Neil Stanley, sleep expert at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, says, “There seems to be a strong link between lack of sleep and putting on weight.”

What can you do?
Simply put; get more sleep. There is no better substitute for a good nights sleep, it makes you feel wonderful when you wake up from a good night’s sleep. Sleep is central to good physical and mental health. But when you have trouble relaxing and sleeping in these busy modern times it’s easier said than done to just ‘get more sleep’. Relaxation techniques used in hypnosis can be great. Also, Yoga can be a great activity to help the mind calm and your body relax more. If you’re interested in Yoga please visit Karen Stone’s website who is a Yoga Teacher covering Hampshire area. If you have trouble sleeping, get advice in Living with insomnia.

Being too polite!

In an ideal world, friends and family would encourage you to lose extra weight. In reality, they sometimes push you to eat more high calorie food. Is it rude not to finish that double helping of chocolate cake at a dinner party? Sometimes it feels that way.

What can you do?
Learn to say “no thank you,” and stick with it. Get used to the idea that it’s OK to leave food on your plate. Soon, friends and family will come to respect your decisions.

Portion sizes

Over the last few decades, the size of portions served in restaurants and supermarket packages has increased. A study by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) found that burgers, for example, have doubled in size since 1980. Not surprisingly, research shows that when we’re given a larger portion we tend to eat more.

What can you do?
Coping with larger portion sizes is a matter of stopping when you feel full. Eat slowly and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding that over-stuffed feeling. At home, serve yourself a smaller portion and think about whether you really want a second helping. Avoid supersizing portions when eating out. And remember, you can control portion size and save money when you cook fresh, healthy meals at home instead of eating out or buying supermarket ready meals.