I remember clearly two clients who came to me to stop sugar cravings and snacking. They had both had bariatric surgery, otherwise known as sleeve gastrectomy some years prior. They had put on quite a few kilos as a result of sugar cravings, snacking on lollies and other poor food choices. There was no actual hunger driving their behaviour as this type of surgery also decreases the levels of the appetite stimulating hormone called ghrelin. People feel less hungry and eat less. After two sessions of hypnosis a fortnight apart, they both reported they had not touched a lolly or reverted to snacking. They hadn’t had any desire for snacks and sugar. So it was a wonderful result for both of them.
There were other factors at play. Before the hypnotic session we had to do a bit of detective work to find out the reason for the snacking behaviour an sugar cravings. We figured out with one of my clients that she was having difficulty accepting that her life was running smoothly. She was sabotaging herself with the snacking behaviour. That was her “go to” strategy when her life was stressful, but now she was feeling stressed about not being stressed.
I suggested through the hypnosis that she could now enjoy her life and her achievements. Her weight loss meant she no longer had any need to worry. She could enjoy being happy! I took her on a journey into the future where she remained healthy, energetic and productive. If the client has a helpful suggestion that she wants me to put in the hypnosis that is very effective for her as it is her belief and desire. These clients were also highly motivated and suggestible as a result.