Guest Post – Dr. Randy Gilchrist, Hypnosis For Weight Loss: Getting The Weight Loss Mindset

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Hypnosis Is A Tool To Change Your Mind To Change Your Habits
Why do so many people struggle to lose weight? And for those few who do lose the weight, why is it so hard to maintain it? Well honestly, there are a number of answers, depending upon who you talk to. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I understand how our mindset often acts as a stumbling block to getting thin. Without having and maintaining the necessary motivation, focus, and commitment to follow through with their diet and exercise plan, we will eventually fail. Simply put, when we associate food with emotional comfort and relief, cues and triggers to “emotionally eat” occur very often and are hard to withstand. Feeling lonely, stressed, depressed, or bored often leads to eating as a self-soothing escape and stimulation. Weight loss eating basically involves associating food with nutrition only, and eating it accordingly. The problem is that, because of previous psychological conditioning, making this shift through “will power” or “self-discipline” alone is pretty tough to do. Even though a part of us wants to eat better, eat less, and exercise more to lose weight, another part of us likes to emotionally eat as a coping tool and a way of life. Therefore, a great tool to break though this challenge is clinical hypnosis.

Clinical hypnosis is a psychotherapy tool best practiced by a licensed clinical psychologist. In a simple sense, hypnosis is a tool to change your mind to change your habits. In hypnosis, a subject usually sits or lies comfortably, closes their eyes, relaxes, and focuses as a hypnotist talks. Usually, the hypnotist leads the subject with different suggestions and visuals promoting relaxation and positive change. The power of hypnosis is this: as the subject relaxes, their usual conscious resistance to change lowers, allowing them to be so much more accepting and embracing of the many suggestions to change and improve the follow. In other words, being in a more relaxed, focused state naturally lowers walls and helps a person be more open to suggestions to change and improve their lives. And when we accept a suggestion, or emotions change, or habits improve, and our lives improve.

There are mainly 2 kinds of hypnosis:

1) live, face-to-face hypnosis in a psychotherapist’s office

2) pre-recorded hypnosis the subject listens to privately in their home.

Most people today choose pre-recorded hypnosis out of convenience and greater affordability. To listen to prerecorded hypnosis for weight loss, you simply play when you conveniently can–such as before bed–and your weight loss mindset begins and continues to develop, strengthen, and improve weight loss habits, lifestyles, and results. Of course, as a good example of a quality hypnosis for weight loss program, I recommend my own self-help version of my live hypnosis services: my Weight Loss Mindset audio hypnosis program.

To learn more about The Weight Loss Mindset, check out www.TheWeightLossMindset.com, using the following promotional code for a discount: cba97. Thank you,
– Randy Gilchrist, Psy.D.

– Dr. Randy Gilchrist is a licensed clinical psychologist and hypnosis for weight loss expert in Roseville, CA. When in the greater Sacramento area, feel free to look him up at www.dr-rg.com. He is also a world class hypnosis for weight loss expert and creator of The Weight Loss Mindset self-help audio program (www.TheWeightLossMindset.com).

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  1. Before anyone experiences hypnosis and starts
    using it to make wonderful, beneficial changes in their life, this article is
    designed to perhaps to answer a few questions you may have and also to dispel a
    few myths and misconceptions about Hypnosis.

    You know, I still meet people that believe
    that experiencing hypnosis is like being unconscious. I always reply, “What
    would be the point of that? Spending money and time to be unconscious in
    someone else’s company?? If I wanted you to be unconscious we would simply bash
    you over the head!” So it is important that you also know that hypnosis is not
    about being unconscious and that you have the correct expectations about the
    hypnotic experience that you are going to have, should you choose to invest in
    one of our products or experience hypnosis for yourself with a hypnotist.

    In order to understand hypnosis, it is
    important to understand and differentiate between our minds. By that I am
    referring to our conscious mind, where we are now and just below that level of
    awareness is our unconscious mind (also known as the subconscious mind, for the
    purpose of easy understanding they are the same thing).

    The conscious mind is where we usually spend
    most of our waking time, you know that internal dialogue we have that thinks
    “hmmm, what shoes shall I wear today” that is your conscious mind. Your
    conscious mind basically does four things;

    Firstly, your conscious mind analyses. What is
    that? Well that is the part of us that looks at problems, analyses them and
    tries to create solutions to those problems. It is that part of us that makes
    decisions all day every day “shall I open the door?”, “Shall I have something
    to eat”, even though they are automatic behaviours, we make a conscious
    decision about whether or not to do these things.

    The second part of our conscious mind is our
    rationale, the part of us that, especially in western cultures, always has to
    know “Why” things happen and “Why” we behave in particular ways. This can cause
    us so many problems as we give any problems more and more credence and power.
    More conventional and traditional methods of counselling or psychotherapy are
    often very much concerned with looking at causes of our problems and it is my
    opinion that all this does is teaches us “why” they happen as opposed to giving
    us the skills required to changing unwanted habits and behaviours. The more we
    think about “why” we do things the more we seem to embed the unwanted behaviour
    into our psyches!

    The third part of our conscious mind is will
    power, that teeth-gritted determination that so many of us are proud to
    demonstrate. How many times have we used our will power alone to make changes
    and found that our will power weakens and that change is temporary or
    non-existent.

    The final part of our conscious mind is your
    short-term memory. By that I am referring to the things that you need to
    remember to function on a day-to-day basis, so that when your phone rings you
    know to answer it rather than stare at it wondering it is, or ensuring that you
    cross the road without being run over.

    That is the conscious part of your mind, it is
    logical, rational and analytical, a bit like Mr Spock from the Start Trek
    series and as much as it pains me to say it, our conscious mind is frequently
    wrong about things.

    Your conscious mind is wherever you happen to
    be pointing it at any given time. I am sure you have been in a busy, noisy
    environment, such as a restaurant or a bar and have been engaged in a
    conversation with another individual, and all the sounds going on around you
    just seem to blend into the background. Then someone else ten metres away can
    punctuate their sentence with your name and you pick it out as if it was being
    spoken to you. This illustrates that unconsciously, you are aware of many, many
    pieces of information every second of your life, sounds, colours, thoughts etc,
    yet your conscious mind allows you to focus upon what is pertinent or relevant
    to you at that moment.

    If you take that conscious awareness and point
    it inside of yourself instead of outside into the world, you begin to become
    aware of your inner self, your unconscious self, which is the part of you that
    we work with in hypnosis.

    Your unconscious mind is tremendously powerful
    and automates as much behaviour as it possibly can so that we do not have to
    think about it. For example, there was a time in your life when you had to be
    shown how to tie your shoelaces, and you concentrated on doing this. I suspect
    that by this stage in your life you know how tie your shoelaces very well and
    you don’t even think about doing it, you just do it. I have a lonely Auntie who
    as a boy, my mother would ask me to phone on a weekly basis as she thought this
    would make her happy and I vividly remember hearing her lighting up a cigarette
    and heavily exhaling the smoke while on the phone, she didn’t even think about
    what she was doing, she just associated smoking with being on the phone.

    We are amazing learning machines and we learn
    behaviours and habits and then our unconscious mind automates them and does
    them on auto pilot so that we do not have to think about doing them.

    Your unconscious mind has within it all your
    long-term memory. Just about every blade of grass that you have seen in your
    entire lifetime is stored away in your long-term memory that serves as an
    amazing storage centre. These memories affect us in varying ways, some more
    than others. Sometimes our ability to remember them is not as fluid as we need,
    as it is often not necessary to have all our memory in the forefront of our
    minds. For example, right now you are unlikely to be thinking about everything
    that happened to you on your last birthday, however, me just mentioning it, you
    can dig into your unconscious, long-term memory and remember.

    Another example is if you have ever seen a
    live stand up comedy show. You watch the comedian and laugh (or not as the case
    may be!) heartily as you listen to lots and lots of jokes. Then when you leave
    the venue, you can remember none of them, or one or two at best! Then, a week
    later, a friend that you were with can say to you “do you remember such and such
    a joke from last weeks comedian” and you think “oh yeeeaaah!” as you bring that
    information out from your long-term memory. You know that you know the joke, it
    was just not at the forefront of your conscious mind, it was tucked away in the
    deeper unconscious.

    Your unconscious mind knows more about you
    than you consciously that you know. Sound confusing? Well, just think, you are
    currently breathing, your heart is beating (I do hope!) you are digesting, your
    body is regulating its body temperature, it is doing a range of wonderful
    things without you having to consciously think about it. You are not sat around
    thinking “I really must remember to breathe”. We are not machines, there is an
    intelligence within us that knows how to do these things, and it is that
    intelligence that we tap into with hypnosis.

    Your unconscious mind is where you get your
    gut feelings, your instincts and intuition that communicates with you
    sporadically from time to time. Like when sometimes, someone can be saying all
    the right words to you, but you get a different feeling about them.

    Your unconscious mind is a bit like a
    computer. Throughout your entire lifetime it has been programmed with all your
    experiences, relationships, interpretations of the world, influences and all
    this has culminated in your computer functioning with that programming.
    Hypnosis is simply a way of accessing that computer and updating that
    programming so that it becomes instinctive and intuitive for you to make the
    changes that please you.

    Your unconscious mind is the seat of your
    emotions and where your behaviours exist and it is the part of you that we work
    with in hypnosis. Hypnosis is a way of us stepping over your conscious mind and
    accessing the unconscious mind to make powerful and profound changes.

    Now, I am sure that you have experienced
    natural trance states many times before, in fact I know it. For example, when
    you have been driving in a car and thought to yourself “ooh, how did I get
    here?” or when you have been reading a book and you’ve turned the page and
    thought “I have no idea what I have just read, I am going to have to read it
    all again”. I can remember being at school watching my history teacher teach
    me, yet my mind was a million miles away wishing I was doing something else.
    All common experiences, daydream like states that we all experience, many times
    a day. The only difference between these naturally occurring states and those
    that we use in therapeutic hypnosis, is that with the hypnosis, you intend to
    enter the state, you are in control of it and it is just like a slightly
    amplified, deeper version of the state. That is it. Sometimes it is simply like
    sitting in a chair with your eyes closed, not the magical mystical or unusual
    experience that some people are led to believe it is.

    It is important here to know that you cannot
    be made to do anything that you don’t want to do. Very important. I had a guy
    that a doctor referred to me, came to see me and said to me “my doctor told me
    come and see you as I have emphysema and am going to die of it unless I stop
    smoking”. I said to him, well I presume you want to stop, he said “oh, no, I
    love smoking, it is one of few remaining pleasures.” I had to send him away as
    I cannot make him do something that he does not want to. Can you imagine if I
    could do that!! Wow. I could go and see my bank manager and make him give me
    million pounds without returning it! You never read about “Baddy hypnotists”
    making people rob banks or anything else absurd, because it cannot be done.

    People usually then say to me “ok Adam, I hear
    and understand what you are saying and it all makes sense”. However, I have
    seen stage hypnosis and seen people dancing like chickens, are you telling me
    that they want to do that?” I am saying that these people are not being made to
    do things that they don’t want to do.

    When someone buys tickets to a stage hypnosis
    show, they are being permissive to the notion that they are going to see
    hypnosis for entertainment; they expect certain things to happen. Secondly,
    when the stage hypnotist asks the audience “who wants to come on stage” the
    people that agree to do so or put their hands up are saying “yes, I want to be
    hypnotised”, they are not being made to do anything they don’t want to do. The
    stage hypnotist ensures that the individuals on the show are receptive and
    follow a large number of compliance exercises and it begins to create the
    illusion that these people are doing things that they don’t want to do, when
    they are not. The hypnosis can step over the inhibitions of the conscious mind,
    so that the individuals behave with more openness, they just cannot be made to
    do things they don’t want to do.

    Anyone can be hypnotised. I work with
    insomniacs, heroin addicts, schizophrenics, people experiencing chemotherapy,
    these are all people that are often convinced that they cannot relax or cannot
    be hypnotised, and as long as they want to, they all can and they all do.

    All that is required is that you have an open
    mind, that you expect it to work and have progressive, motivated thoughts about
    the processes, follow the sessions and allow them to help you help yourself to
    make the changes you want and deserve.

    Finally, at the beginning of the recorded Hypnosis sessions and/or
    individual NLP or hypnosis sessions with me (I cannot speak for other
    therapists, we all do things differently) individually, you may be asked to do
    a number of different things with your mind and you can be forgiven for
    thinking, “well, he asked me to do this, and now something else, and now
    another thing, what exactly am I supposed to be listening to?” The simple
    answer is that you listen and follow as much or as little as you want to,
    remember that is your conscious mind thinking those thoughts and that is not
    the part of you that we are working with and making the change with. I am sure
    that there will also be times when you’ll be thinking “hmmm… am I in hypnosis,
    what am I supposed to be thinking or feeling.” Again that is your conscious
    mind thinking that thought and does not matter what it is thinking. It can be
    attempting to follow everything that I am saying or just wandering off and
    thinking about whatever you like, just trust that your unconscious mind is
    absorbing all that you want it to.

    There will be times in the sessions when you
    may be asked to imagine things. Imagining things does not have to mean
    visualising. If I ask you to think of a favourite place, you can imagine what
    it would be like, you don’t have to be seeing a picture perfect cinema version
    of it in your mind. You can imagine, sense, think, or just know it without
    seeing it or picturing it in every detail. If I asked you to imagine the sound
    your feet make when you walk across gravel, you know the sound I am talking
    about and you can imagine it, but you are not necessarily hearing it in your
    ears, you can imagine it. That is all you’ll need.

    So, hypnosis is not like being unconscious, it
    is almost like having heightened awareness, it requires you to want the change,
    have an open, positive mind, as best as you can, and allow whatever happens to
    happen, without trying to grasp at what you think should happen, just letting
    it happen.

    I wish you all the very best with whichever
    hypnosis product, or with any consultative sessions you are considering having
    with any qualified therapist or any training you plan to attend and I just know
    that having come this far, you really can do it, and make the changes that you
    want to make with hypnosis. MindRelease.ca Hypnosis London – We Use Hypnosis, NLP and various other Positive Reinforced Coaching Techniques – Hypnosis London Ontario, Hypnosis Ontario More Information  :- http://www.mindrelease.ca

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