Power of the mind: Can you really think yourself thin?

Is there anyone else out there who is sick of dieting?

Just when I think I have the strength to eat healthily for the rest of my life, I find myself scoffing on junk food three days later as a ‘reward’ for being so good!

I’m fed up of the cycle. In my mind eating healthily to lose weight seems like a no-brainer, but why is it so hard slip off the wagon?

If only there was a way someone could go into my brain and magically make me not desire all the bad food.

Can hypnotherapy really help you lose weight? Source: Getty
Can hypnotherapy really help you lose weight? Source: Getty

Sounds too good to be true right?

Well, that’s what I thought…

Julie Rice is a clinical hypnotherapist and founder of Hypnotic Health and uses a type of neuro-linguistic programming hypnotherapy to go deeper into your subconscious and stop yourself from emotionally eating all of the bad stuff in your fridge.

“Hypnotherapy is really psycho therapy using the hypnotic state,” Julie tells Be.

“The subconscious mind is where we hold most of our beliefs and behaviours.

“When we get in there we can actually make those changes and change their map of the world, because obviously not everything is working for them.”

Julie Rice founder of Hypnotic Health. Source: Supplied
Julie Rice founder of Hypnotic Health. Source: Supplied

So of course, I desperately contacted her for some sessions!

We spent the first session discussing what I wanted to achieve and I was amazed to find that I’m actually an emotional eater.

I am really strict with myself before I give up and then feel bad and be strict with myself again, and thus the cycle goes on.

Julie put me into a hypnotic state to talk to my subconscious.

Sounds like something out of a sci-fi film right?

Julie hypnotising me. Source: Supplied
Julie hypnotising me. Source: Supplied

But it wasn’t. I just felt like I was in a bit of a trance while Julie talked to me on a deeper level.

After three sessions of her putting me 'under' and talking to me on a deeper level about all the reasons why I over eat, I started to notice subtle difference in my attitude towards food.

Without even trying, life-altering transformations in my brain had begun to happen at the snap of her fingers.

Not only was I more motivated to go to the gym but my constant hunger pangs seemed to subside.

“I see my clients between three to six sessions and by the end of the last session they lose weight,” Julie says.

“When we speak to their subconscious mind, it helps change their belief system. Sometimes can go around and around and never get there. When you make those changes deep within, it’s not going to come back. It’s permanent. You’re going to have a new way of thinking and feeling.

“If you come with an open mind, I’d say it will definitely work.”

There was no pendulum involved and I wasn’t made to cluck like a chicken either!

No pendulums were involved! Source: Getty
No pendulums were involved! Source: Getty

Finally after the third session, I noticed that not only had the hunger pangs vanished but I noticed my portion sizes had dramatically decreased, and while it wasn't a magic overnight cure, my outlook is now a lot more positive.

I even went on holiday and was unable to go to the gym for a bit because I broke my arm – but I still managed to shed three and a half kilos in three weeks.

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If anything, hypnotism has made me feel more balanced in my approach to dieting. I no longer feel like I have to finish everything on my plate or restrict myself.

Sometimes it’s not about what you look like on the outside, it’s about how you feel inside about yourself, and hypnotism definitely helped me with that.

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