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Smoking Cessation and Weight Loss

by Charles Wm. Skillas, PhD, DD, BCH, CI, FNGH, MCCHt

 

A lot of people ask me about smoking cessation and weight loss through hypnotherapy because these problems are two of the most normally recognized uses of hypnotherapy. The problem is that most people are not successful in either stopping smoking or losing weight in the long term. Many people may experience some short term benefits, but in the long term (one year), they fail. Why is this so if hypnotherapy is such a great tool for making positive changes in one's life? The answer has to do with the sources of the smoking and weight problems.

Standard hypnotherapy for smoking cessation and weight loss presumes that smoking and weight problems are caused by bad habits. It assumes that the client just got addicted to smoking because they imbedded the habit into their subconscious by constantly picking up a cigarette and smoking it for pleasure. In the case of overweight, the assumption is that the person just developed the habit of eating too much and exercising too little.

It is easy to develop habits by repetition. Actually, habits imbedded by repetition are how hypnotherapists reprogram the subconscious mind's computer. But there are good habits and bad habits. A good habit might be exercising every day. Bad habits might be smoking and eating too much.

If the source of the person's problem with smoking or excess weight is simply a bad habit, then the standard hypnotherapy technique of putting one into hypnosis and reprogramming their subconscious with a script that opposes the smoking or excess weight habit will generally work and the client will be free of smoking and excess weight. The problem is that not many smoking and overweight conditions are caused by simple bad habits. The source of the problem usually goes much deeper and merely reprogramming the subconscious if there is a negative forcing function energy generator in the client's subconscious means that the therapy will fail. The client may have a smoking or fat entity attached to him. In a past life, the person might have been addicted to nicotine or starved to death in a concentration camp. They may be using excess fat as protection, etc. There is no way around it. The hypnotherapist must find the energy source supporting the smoking or overweight condition and release it or there will be no permanent change.

In my practice, clients generally believe their smoking and weight problems are just bad habits and I tell them that if that's all that it is, we can rid them of the problem in a single one and one-half hour session. I try it and it usually does not work for long term. Usually, I have to go in after a while and find the sources of the problems… release them and then reprogram the subconscious and this then provides permanent change.

 

 

Disclaimer:
This article is intended for general informational purposes
and does not provide medical, psychological, or other professional advice.


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