Weight Loss

Hypnotherapy for weight loss does work and can be very effective, but please be aware that it is not a sticking plaster solution to your problem. It requires change. For things to change, you have to make those changes.

Fortunately I can help you with that. 

No matter what your reasons for wanting to lose weight, Step2Change Hypnotherapy can provide support for your weight loss ambitions, especially when used alongside Nutritional Therapy.

Weight Loss Programmes

I offer a range of approaches and programmes to better suit your individual circumstances.

Bear in mind that just reducing your calorie intake and reducing the amount you eat as in traditional diets may leave you short of important nutrients.

My programmes include nutritional therapy help you  include nutritionally dense food to maintain health

Hypno-Band Virtual Gastric Band

As its name suggests, this involves convincing your subconscious mind that you have had a gastric band fitted to your stomach, but without the surgery. This results in you being unable to eat large amounts of food at mealtimes.

It is a four session programme that includes 3 hypnotic inductions as mp3 files for you to use in the comfort of your own home plus nutrition guidance.

Weight, Hypnotherapy & You (WHY)

This programme typically runs over 6 sessions. It covers a lifestyle spectrum that includes sensible food choices, having a healthy relationship with food, exercise and stress management. It utilises hypnotherapy, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and will teach you self-hypnosis.

Look Good - Feel Good

This programme is for those of you who are really serious about making changes not only to your weight, but for your overall health. It includes some of the modules from the WHY Programme, but includes a fuller Nutritional Therapy analysis and guidance to support your health goals.

The standard programme offers 8 sessions. However, a major success factor in maintaining weight loss is ongoing support to embed changes in lifestyle. It offers the option of continuing coaching and mentoring with extended nutritional reviews and action plans for a further 10 months.

See the Case Study here

Are You Overweight?

This is a serious question because it depends on how you feel and what your ideal is. It may even be just about the way you feel about yourself and your body image. Before you spend your hard-earned money, it’s best to check.

There are three recognised measures in use today that you can use to check.

Body Mass Index

Your BMI is the relationship between your height and your weight. This gives a reasonable indicator as to whether your health is at risk and broadly defines different weight groups in adults (although children are now showing signs of serious future health risk).

Its main drawback is that it doesn’t recognise the difference between muscle weight and fat weight. So, a healthy well-muscled individual may appear obese when they are not.

Use the calculator here.

To give you an idea, the categories for BMI ranges are:

Under 18.5: underweight.
18.5 – 24.9: healthy weight
25 – 29.9: overweight
30 – 39.9: obese
40 or more: morbidly obese.


Waist to Hip Ratio

Here, you measure both your waist at the level of your belly button and your hips at their widest point. You then divide the number of your waist measure by that of your hips, e.g. if your waist measures 30 inches (76cm) and your hips mesure 38 inches (97cm), your Waist to Hip Ratio is 0.78.

What does this mean in terms of potential risk to your health?
See the table below.

Gender: Female

0.8 and under: Low Risk

0.81 – 0.84: Moderate Risk

0.85 and over: High Risk

Gender: Male

0.95 and under: Low Risk

0.96 – 0.99: Moderate Risk

1.0 and over: High Risk

This measure reflects the ‘location’ of the fat with the more dangerous visceral fat that wraps around the internal organs in our abdominal area.

Waist to Height Ratio

This ratio is now seen as a more reliable indicator of overall health and longevity. As its name suggests, you measure your height and your waist (as above) and divide your waist measurement by your height. Ideally, this ratio should be less than 0.5, e.g. if you are female and your height is 5ft 4ins (163 cms) then your waist should be less than 32 inches (81 cms). See the table below to see how many years you could be shortening your life by being overweight:

Waist Height Ratio 60%

Waist: 38″ (96cm)

Life Lost at
Age 30: 1.4 yrs
Age 50: 1.3 yrs
Age 70: 0.8 yrs

Waist Height Ratio 70%

Waist: 45″ (114cm)

Life Lost at
Age 30: 4.6 yrs
Age 50: 4.1 yrs
Age 70: 2.7 yrs

Waist Height Ratio 80%

Waist: 51″ (130cm)

Life Lost at
Age 30: 10.6 yrs
Age 50: 9.2 yrs
Age 70: 5.9 yrs


These figures come from research carried out by Dr Margaret Ashwell of Oxford Brook University and colleagues and presented at the Europesn Congress on Obesity (Obesity Comorbidity Diagnostic obr_952 275..286)

A simple way to check is to mark a length of string with your height then fold the marked length in two and pass it round your waist. The ends should meet, or better, have some slack otherwise you are at risk of shortneing your life.

What to Do Now.

If you are concerned about your weight and health, I strongly urge you to do something about it. Get in touch, either directly by phone or via my contact form. You can also book a Free Clarity Call by clicking here.

We will discuss your current health concerns and how best I may help you, all on a ‘no obligation’ basis.

The sooner you start the better. Your health is important. Act now, call or complete the form.

For a free no obligation enquiry, call me or enter your details below.


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I am a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and registered with the General Hypnotherapy Council.

I am also an accredited Nutritional Therapist  


Further information about me and my qualifications and accreditations can be found on the About page.