The sabotaging subconscious; the real reason why you can’t seem to lose weight

Updated: Sep 22, 2019

When you’ve tried every diet program out there, why is it still so hard to lose weight?

You know you want to be slimmer yet the scale doesn’t budge. And in those rare moments it does, those pounds keep coming back.

If you’re not creating a slimmer body even when you’re “doing all the right things,” it’s time to dig deeper and discover what’s holding you back.

The sabotaging subconscious

When there’s something you desire but can’t seem to make it happen, chances are that your subconscious mind is preventing you from having what you want.

Let’s use an iceberg analogy. Your conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg. It’s visible and obvious. From this place your goal is clear. For example, “I want to lose 50 pounds.”

Your subconscious mind is the mass of ice below, hidden and lurking beneath the surface. It is much more powerful than your conscious mind. When something is hidden, you don’t know the impact it can have until you bump up against it.

To release weight more easily—and permanently—your conscious and subconscious minds must agree.

If your subconscious mind says, “I’m ready to lose weight and feel safe to do so,” you most likely will lose weight. But when your subconscious mind holds fear and doubt, chances are you’ll have a harder time and may sabotage yourself despite your best intentions.

The 3 elements for successful weight loss

You may already have 2 out of the 3 required elements for success:

1. conscious thought (i.e. wanting to lose weight, and making a conscious effort to plan what to do)

2. conscious action (i.e. starting your diet, or visiting the gym etc)

BUT you are missing ESSENTIAL number 3:

3. The support of your subconscious mind

Deep down there are negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, and negative patterns of behaviour which hold you back, stop you from sticking to your weight loss plans, and make you go back to your old, familiar habits.

The number one reason people fail is because they neglect to make changes in their subconscious mind to support their conscious goals. Their subconscious minds let them down and hold them back.

This is something that happens to us all to some degree, it is part conditioning, part formation of our habits, and part defence mechanism. For example -- - if you are overweight it is likely that you have been for some time -- - you have long established patterns of thinking about food, patterns of behaviour concerning exercise, beliefs, likes and dislikes about food and exercise, all of which you are familiar with, and are normal to you.

How can I overcome this subconscious sabotaging?


Weight loss hypnotherapy is used far more widely than most people would realise. Hypnosis is not something that is practiced by people on TV shows that immediately send people to sleep, but a treatment therapy that has a far broader reach with positive results.

Weight loss hypnotherapy is used in a range of weight related treatments such as binge eating and bulimia, but also helps treat trigger symptoms such as anxiety.

Below are 10 top reasons to use weight loss hypnotherapy as an alternative option or in support of a calorie-controlled diet.

1. Hypnotherapy creates a change in mindset around food

Hypnosis therapy works by placing educative suggestion into the subconscious with the sole aim of changing that person’s habits. When using this for weight loss, your therapist will change the way you focus on food, portion size and your trigger points.

2. It makes you not want to eat extra food or treats

The mind conditioning the weight loss hypnotherapy provides allows you to transition away from snacking or treating yourself to the usual cakes, sweets or chocolates that ruin your balanced diet. hypnotherapy works for weight loss by re training the brain to visualise your ideal future weight and body shape. This then acts as a catalyst and in-built motivator.

3. Eating the right foods becomes automatic

The power of hypnotherapy will enable you to work towards choosing the right foods upfront, not relying on fad diets, binge eating or relying on sweet or take away food meals.

4. It motivates you to feel good about changing your eating habits

Hypnotherapy will enable you to choose the right portion size for your meals without the after thought of being hungry again. Incorrect portion sizes are one of the largest contributors to weight gain.

5. Less food satisfies you more

By reducing your portion size and effectively your calorie intake, you will see a reduction in your weight. You will find that eating smaller potions not only satisfies you but makes you feel better about yourself too.

6. It promotes an overall change in mindset that includes a motivation for regular physical exercise

Many of my own clients firstly come for a change in mindset towards food. Once they find that they have achieved the mental outlook that a positive approach to food can achieve, a natural progression to sports or the gym soon follows and their confidence around their weight loss grows.

7. It replaces the old cycle of thinking, with a new confident and positive “can do” attitude

Many people that undertake hypnotherapy, do so unsure of what the results will be. There are no guarantees with hypnotherapy as much as there are no guarantees with a diet plan. Results will vary from person to person.

However, we consistently see patients using weight loss hypnotherapy very successfully and they break their old cycle of thinking and develop a “can do” attitude without being forced into it.

8. It makes losing weight easy by rewiring the subconscious mind

Weight loss hypnotherapy is designed to get your subconscious mind to have already made the decision to eat healthy, take the correct portions size, the correct foodstuffs and also promotes a good feeling when you do all of that.

Rewiring the subconscious mind is a powerful tool for weight loss and many other habits treated by hypnotherapy.

9. Less is more becomes the new mind motto

Weight loss hypnotherapy enables you to accept that less is more. By this we mean when you first choose the correct portions size mentally but view the plate as typically far smaller than you are used to, it won’t feel different or awkward or create a mindset of thinking “that isn’t enough”.

10. The old finish your plate mentality is replaced with I don’t have to finish my plate; your appetite is fundamentally lowered on a long-term basis

As well as portion size, overeating is another form of self-abuse when it comes to controlling our weight. Weight loss hypnotherapy enables the patient to transition away from an “I see, I eat” mentality to a more controlled way of eating that responds to the body telling you its full.

Who is weight loss hypnotherapy for?

Weight Loss Hypnotherapy is for everyone. Results aren’t uniform and depend on the person involved. Will power, desire, approach and need will play a part in your outcome, but none the less, you should give hypnosis serious consideration.

Do you want to lose weight?

Do you know you need to do something about your weight?

Deep down, do you know you’re not really happy with what’s going on and you want to change?

Maybe diets haven’t worked for you so far, but you’re willing to try something that will give you the positive edge you need to control the cravings you have around food.

If hypnotherapy is something that you are prepared to try, why don’t you download my free weight loss hypnosis download (email subject weight loss) to give yourself a taster of the hypnotherapy experience.

Get in touch today to find out more about how I can help you rewire your subconscious mind to help you lose weight FAST and for GOOD!


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