Category: Weight Loss

7 Stages of Weight Loss

To successfully reduce your weight and maintain a healthy body for life is a process and will take commitment. To go through this process will take you through 7 psychological stages as described by Irene Keller.

  1. Denial. When you gain weight it happens over time.
    When I was gaining weight I was in denial about it. I’d wear stretchy clothes, avoid the scale, avoid photographs, etc… all in an effort to deny the problem.
    Weight Away - X500The first stage of losing weight for good is coming out of “fat” denial.
  2. The Decision. Once you realise there is a problem, whether it be 3 kg or 50 kg, there is a period of time that you will go through where you are deciding to do something. During this phase according to Keller people were coming to terms with their weight and will start researching different weight loss methods and will be getting ready to change.
  3. Action. This is the weight reduction phase. After choosing a weight loss method you can start to reduce weight and attain your goals.
    ” An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the “…weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects” of traditional weight loss approaches.”  ~University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519)
  4. The Plateau. Although some people never experience a time where weight loss either slows, or stops, most people do go through this phase. This can also be a resting phase to regroup ans start from a new level to attain even greater goals.
  5. Getting to Goal. Though it seems like reaching your goal weight would be the end, it isn’t. At this point it becomes important to dig deep and look at what is beyond the goal.
  6. Learning to Stay There.
    “All the behaviors that got me to my goal need to continue or my weight starts to creep up.”
  7. This is a Life Long Journey. The reason many people regain weight is that they don’t expect it to be so much work to keep it off long term. Weight maintenance is the same as the action phase of weight reduction, it’s just smaller amounts of weight.

Knowing this can be helpful to understand that you can reduce weight and keep it off.

It’s a process.

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Bennie Louw

Weight Loss

Can Hypnosis help you lose weight?

Listen to my voice and look into my eyes?..

Weight LossTo lose weight is simple ? Eat less and exercise more”?… really that simple? If that was true I could fly to the moon. So why is it not that simple? Often, it’s because there’s loads of baggage in our subconscious that’s weighing us down. There’s no denying it: trying to lose weight can be a long and challenging journey. If you’ve ever tried and failed to lose weight before then you probably know just how frustrating it can be.

Reasons why you should consider Hypnosis.

  1. Having problems with your weight? Tried every conceivable diet and yet you are always on some form of diet? Have you read everything there is to read on the subject? Starved yourself, just to put everything back and then some more? YES
  2. Do you ever wonder why all this effort has not made a difference?
  3. Hypnosis is a tool that gives you access to the subconscious mind, allowing you to make changes from within. Let the power of your subconscious mind guide you.
  4. Hypnosis can also help you focus on what you need to achieve for weight-loss and keep you motivated for success. To make the appropriate changes you need to have a reason and be motivated to change your limiting beliefs. That’s right. To believe that change is possible involves you overcoming the obstacles of our own thoughts.
  5. The question is more why you eat than what en when you eat. While diets and nutrition plans focus on what you put in your mouth and how often. Hypnosis changes how you feel about what you eat. With hypnosis you can identify the reasons and emotions why you eat. People will eat when they’re sad, lonely, bored or angry – and then they’ll feel guilty and beat themselves up afterwards, creating a downward spiral. No amount of emotional eating will help repair yourself.
  6. While many people succeed in losing weight in the short term, they often have trouble keeping it off and that’s where hypnotherapy can lead to success.

    “Studies relating to obesity and weight loss concluded that the addition of hypnosis substantially enhanced treatment outcomes. Patients who underwent hypnosis continued to lose weight, even after the treatment had ended”.

  7. When you can change the way you think about weight loss, you can gain so much more. It’s not about losing weight or about getting rid of something we no longer need, it is more about moving toward what you truly want.
  8. Hypnosis can also help you to change your thinking patterns and gain control over cravings in a beneficial way
  9. With the help of hypnotic suggestions you can develop a new, positive relationship with food and exercise.

Knowing this can be helpful to understand that you can reduce weight and keep it off.

It is a process.

Bennie Louw
BA.Hons(Univ of Stell), Certified Hypnotherapist,? NLP, HNLP Practitioner/Coach and Certified Parts Therapy Facilitator.
Tel: +27 82 729 8899 E-mail:


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