Just the one. But the light bulb has to want to change.

Happily, there’s no change on the cards for me just yet – no career change into comedy, that is. The joke was just to introduce the concept that in the field of weight loss hypnotherapy, the client is expected to embrace change. It is essential that he or she is willing to take emotional responsibility for his or her own health for treatment to be successful. The weight loss hypnotherapist is there to provide the tools and an instruction manual.

So to help start you off, here is an abbreviated manual – a short list of simple tips to ensure a smile when you step on the household weighing scales. 

1. Lose weight with weight loss hypnosis by cutting out all excuses.

The first and most important way a client can take full emotional responsibility is to stop making excuses. Don’t think of yourself as a victim.

2. Remind yourself why you want to lose weight.

a. Put post notes around the kitchen with quotes. ‘No nonsense, no excuses, no FAT‘, ‘no more fat dad at the school gates’ etc.

b. Find an outfit you’re going to fit into very soon. Hang it up and let it inspire you.

c. Have a fat photograph of yourself on your mobile telephone screensaver. Have the image in front of you when you eat.

3. Weight loss hypnotherapy does not employ restricted diets.

Restricted dogmas do not work. If you demand that you MUST not eat certain foods, you become obsessed and are likely to relapse and put back on more weight.

4. Follow the Association of Weight Loss Hypnotherapists 80/20 rule.

This is the rule that means you don’t have to deny yourself all the food and drink you’ve become accustomed to. All you need do is maintain a balance.

5. Lose weight by reducing your portions.

Don’t be fooled into eating too much. Use a small white plate. Take a quarter off your plate. It’s that simple. And don’t forget to let your body know that you’re in charge. If you feel a little hungry at times, congratulate yourself. It’s working – the fat is coming off. So be happy, be excited.

6. Banish Boredom and lose weight.

You’re probably unaware of quite how much you devour over the day just to stave off tedium. But being aware of your actions is a vital part of your weight loss programme. What you need is mental stimulation. Take up a few hobbies. I’d recommend hobbies that involve a bit of exercise.

7. Ignore the moaners.

We are all aware of those who allow themselves to be a victim of life. Usually jealousy is the reason they moan. Moaners are excuse makers. Give them a solution to a problem and they will find a problem to the solution. A good solution to the moaners is to ignore them. Don’t let them allow you to become a victim… Don’t let let them assist you in staying fat.

8. Reward yourself for your weight loss.

Celebrate the fact that you’re losing weight. Go and do some of the things you always imagined you’d like to do but didn’t because you felt too weighed down by… well, your weight. You’ll find that rewarding yourself will motivate you even further and the pounds will continue to fall off.

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Danny is a graduate in psychology. After his degree, he studied with the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy to become a practitioner of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. He runs Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic in his home city in Yorkshire, England and is a member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Check out Dan's site here: leeds-hypnotherapy-clinic.co.uk