Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss? - Yes, But First Set Your Goal.

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If Weight Loss is what you want, you must have a goal, otherwise it is just a wish.

If you want to successfully lose weight and hypnotherapy can certainly help you realise your ambition, you must be clear and certain that you know what you really want and why.

First Uncover Your Why.

The best way to achieve this is to ask yourself why you want it. Once you have decided this, then ask yourself “What will this give/do for me?” Then ask the same question of the answer you’ve just given yourself. Continue this form of questioning until you can’t come up with a different answer. 


Q. “What do I want?” – A. “I want to lose weight.” 

Q. “What will this do for me?” – A. “I want to be slimmer.”

Q. “What will this do for me?” – A. “I can wear more stylish clothes.”

Q. “What will this do for me?” – A. “I’ll look and feel better when I’m in company.”

Q. “What will this do for me?” – A. “I’ll feel more relaxed and not ashamed of my appearance.”

Q. “What will this do for me?” – A. “I’ll feel more self-confident”

Q. “What will this do for me?” – A. “I’ll have more self-confidence when I’m out with people”

Q. “What will this do for me?” – A. “I’ll go out more and have a better social life.”

Q. “What will this do for me?” – A. “I’ll enjoy my life so much more.”

Q. “What will this give me?” – A. “A more enjoyable life.”

Q. “What will that give me?” – A. “A more enjoyable life!”


This is your Why. It is a core value, desire, want or need and should provide a secure motivational base for you to build on. Now you can move on to establishing your goal.

Goal Setting

The most popular method used for this is the S.M.A.R.T. technique with the most common being that a well formed goal should meet the following requirements:

  1. = Specific
  2. = Measurable
  3. = Achievable
  4. = Realistic
  5. = Time Based

Now this is not a hard and fast order, but a guide to make sure that your goal covers all necessary criteria. You can do these in any order, but is is probably easier to do M. A. T. R. S. This is simply because if progress towards your goal is not measurable you won’t know if you are on target or if and when you have achieved it. So, let’s run through each and what they require.

Define Your Measures.

In order for your goal to be stated specifically, you must define what the tangible measures for your goal will be, e.g. what you will feel, hear, see and how you will recognise that you have achieved your goal.

Some of my clients’ goals are to be able to wear a favourite dress or pair of jeans, to be a certain size, 

e.g. 12, or to be a certain weight (I think this more motivating than “losing 2 stones”). 

Make Sure It Is Achievable.

In other words, it must be possible to achieve this goal and for you alone to do it.

For example, if you have a six foot, large boned frame, setting a goal of being a size 10 would be unachievable short of becoming skeletal. Equally wanting to lose weight so that others will like you and compliment you is unachievable as a goal because you have no control over how others will behave.

Ask yourself “Is it possible for me to achieve this goal and “Am I in control of achieving it?” If the answer to either is “No” you need to revisit your objectives.

Define Your Time Frame.

You will also want a timeframe for achieving this. Ideally this will be a date rather than a less defined “in 6 months.” This will help provide the focus necessary for achieving your goal.

Ensure Your Goal is Realistic.

Similar to being achievable, you must be able to attain this objective. Setting a goal of losing 2 stones in 6 weeks is unrealistic. As a good guide, the safe rate of weight loss is recognised as 2 – 3 pounds per week, so the shortest safe time for losing 2 stones would likely be 9 – 14 weeks.

Make Your Goal Specific.

Now is the time to pull all this together into a sentence that encapsulates your objectives into a single sentence. This sentence should preferably be positive and in the present tense. An example would be:

“It is 15 October 2020 and I am 10st 5 and able to wear a size 12-14 dress at my daughter’s wedding.”

This goal meets the criteria of what, by how much and by when and also incorporates your ‘Why.’

Tip: If your goal seems too daunting, don’t be afraid to break it down into smaller sub-goals (sometimes called milestones). Each mini-success can help motivate you to reach the next goal and so on.

Next Steps.

Now you know where you want to be, the next thing is how are you going to get there? What resources will you need? It’s no good having a goal without action to achieve it.

It is maybe at this stage, that you think hypnotherapy, perhaps with mentoring or coaching is your best bet. Hypnotherapy will help reprogramme your subconscious mind and instal the best methods and techniques, making it much more likely that you will be successful.

Mentoring has also been demonstrated to work well in tandem with weight loss programmes because having support when you may waver and having to report on progress to someone else has been proven to help.

Obviously, I will be delighted to help you if you feel that hypnotherapy and mentoring is what you want and you live in or around Edinburgh. Why not get in touch for a free clarification call to see how I can help you.