Wouldn’t it be great if you actually enjoyed exercise and healthy eating? If used successfully, self-hypnosis can gradually help bring about these changes in attitude, by reprogramming your likes and dislikes at a subconscious level.
Before You Bother to Read This Article…
The biggest question you probably want answered is: "Does it really work?" The quick answer is: "It depends on you."
If you're a "seeker" type, who is open to "new age" solutions, it very well may work for you. If you're a cynic, or a "Penn and Teller" type skeptic, then skip it.
What is self-hypnosis?
Self Hypnosis is a process of gentle guided meditation that engages your imagination to change self-defeating attitudes that are holding you back from your goals. It is hypnosis, without the hypnotist.
What will you need for self-hypnosis?
1) An mp3 player (such as a smart phone, tablet, computer or iPod) or cd player and a pair of earbuds.
2) A self-hypnosis audio (mp3 or CD)
How much time does self-hypnosis require?
Most self-hypnosis programs require 20 to 30 minutes per day, usually at bedtime, or just after awakening, for 21 days. After 21 days, you may reduce the frequency of use to once per week.
Tips for Self-Hypnosis
1. Choose a quiet place away from distractions and make sure you won’t be disturbed for the full duration of your session. Hypnotherapy sessions shouldn’t be paused like movies; doing so can break the focused “trance” state and make it hard to reenter it.
2. Relax your body by sitting or lying in a comfortable position. Many people choose to listen to their hypnosis sessions right before they go to sleep because it is so relaxing.
3. Close your eyes and focus on the voice of the hypnotherapist. Try not to over think what's happening. Just relax and enjoy the experience. When distracting thoughts do appear, don’t try to push those thoughts out, but instead remind yourself to focus on the voice of the hypnotherapist.
4. Be consistent. Listen to the CDs every day. Self-hypnosis, like meditation, gets easier with time.
Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss Products
Tom Nicoli’s Weight Loss Set
Tom Nicoli is a Massachusetts based hypnotherapist who produces some of the most popular self hypnosis CDs. You may have spotted him on Dateline guiding a subject toward weight loss success on NBC Ultimate Diet Challenge. His "A Better You" audio program was given a 5-star rating by a Harvard Medical School hypnosis professor in a "SHAPE" magazine article.
Nicoli’s Weight Loss Set (which includes two weight loss CDs and a bonus exercise CD) is available for $36, or you can download the program as an MP3 for $24. Nicoli recommends listening to the CDs for 25 minutes a day (for 21 days straight), and dieters can continue to listen to the CDs as needed after the 21-day introductory period.
The CD set addresses healthier eating habits, stopping when full, eliminating unhealthy foods, improving self esteem, and exercise motivation. Additional CDs that address more specific issues like nighttime snacking or carb cravings are also available on Nicoli’s site. Nicoli’s voice is steady and authoritative, but some listeners may crave a voice with a bit more of the “soothing factor.”
“Zen of Thin” from Wendi Friesen
If you’re a TV junkie you’ve probably encountered Wendi Friesen. Her Zen of Thin program is a DVD and 12-CD set that addresses a myriad of weight loss issues.
The CDs are 25 minutes long with self-hypnosis affirmations designed to be listened to once daily. The listener can choose to fall asleep to a CD or listen to it immediately after waking up. The CD set includes sessions that cover both eating habits and exercise.
Wendi Friesen has legions of people who swear by her products, and it is undeniable that she has helped many people reach their goals. That said, some of her claims in her non-weight loss products seem extremely questionable (and that's being kind).
Her Hypnotic Orgasm DVD features the tagline, “Would you like to be an expert at inducing a hypnotic orgasm just by touching the back of your lover’s hand? This is the DVD you need!” and her Breast Enlargement Hypnosis CDs claim to increase breast size 1-4 inches in 6-8 weeks.
Though these other products would seem to make her credibility shaky at best, Friesen’s weight loss CD sessions do feature many of the principles found in Tom Nicoli’s programs. If you find a female voice more relaxing, Friesen’s is placid and pleasant. Though I have difficulty getting past the claims made in some of her other products, it is only fair to mention that thousands of people disagree with me, and they praise the results they get from Friesen's CDs and MP3s. In fact, Wendi Friesen produces some of the best selling self-hypnosis products in the world. All Friesen's products are backed by a one year money-back guarantee.
Check out Friesen's website. You'll either like her or you won't.
If Tom Nicoli's voice seems a bit too clinical for you, check out Roseanna Leaton. Leaton has a calm, soothing presence. She has a lovely British accent, which Americans will not find at all difficult.
Leaton's website conveys her professional image, which is less "fun" than Friesen's, but more credible.
Leaton sells a complete weight loss self-hypnosis program consisting of eleven mp3 audios that are to be listened to over an 11 week period. The package sells for $97.47.
Roseanna Leaton's products are all mp3 audios: no CDs are available. Since Leaton is UK based, prices are given in Euros. For Americans there is a button next to each product that you will have to click to translate the price into American dollars.
Leaton's products all feature a 30 day money back guarantee.
Self-hypnosis Frequently Asked Questions:
What is self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is the process of reaching a state of hypnosis without the presence of a hypnotist. This is most often done to avoid the high cost of professional hypnotherapy sessions. It is also known as self-induced hypnosis, autosuggestion, or self-suggestion. Though there are books available on the subject, successful self-hypnosis for weight loss is most often achieved using CDs or MP3s created by professional hypnotherapists.
Do self-hypnosis audios really work?
Although results can depend on the commitment of the individual and their openness to the power of suggestion, many dieters have found listening to hypnotherapy CDs or downloading MP3s beneficial. Hypnosis audio programs vary in length, affirmations (messages for behavioral change), and style. One CD may not work for you, while another product may provide nearly miraculous results.
How do I tell the good self-hypnosis audio products from the bad?
When choosing a home audio hypnosis program, make sure a licensed hypnotherapist designed the product (though licensing requirements for hypnotherapists vary from state to state, and are often not very strict). One thing to look for is membership in either the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) or the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH).
While many legitimate clinical hypnotherapy experts sell audio programs that address phobias or weight issues, a credible hypnotherapist won’t use terms like “watch the pounds melt away—instantly!” or sell a plethora of dubious products that claim to cure cancer through hypnosis CDs. Listen to a sample BEFORE you buy. Many websites selling hypnosis for weight loss audio products, allow you to hear a brief sample of the product, before you buy it. This is very important, because it allows you to hear the hypnotist’s voice. If you find the voice annoying or unpleasant in some way (maybe it reminds you of an ex-spouse), then the product will likely be ineffective for you. If the hypnotherapist’s website doesn’t let you hear a brief sample of the product, then move on to the next site.
What is the difference between hypnosis and meditation?
Meditation aims to simply quiet the conscious mind. The goal of hypnosis is to access the subconscious mind, and then impress desired positive suggestions.
What else can you use self-hypnosis for?
Many people use hypnosis to overcome smoking, boost self-confidence and desensitize themselves to phobias.
Does self-hypnosis work for everyone?
No. If you're highly cynical, and believe that hypnosis and meditation are "new age bunk" it probably won't work for you. Why? Because human nature is such that we want to be proved right.
Basically, if you don't want to be hypnotized, you can't be.
Also, there are several types of people who tend to have a poor success rate with hypnosis:
- Very controlling people who have difficulty "letting go."
- Extremely analytical people who tend to fixate on every aspect of the hypnotic process, instead of just relaxing and experiencing it.
- People who are fearful about the hypnotic process itself.
- People who have very poor imagination skills.