Updated: Aug 13
At the start of every new year, people often set ambitious resolutions such as losing weight or adopting a healthier lifestyle. As January slides into February and then March, these resolutions can start to fade, and people often struggle to stick to their goals. Hypnosis can be a powerful tool in achieving lasting weight loss at any time during the year. A 1985 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reported that people who received hypnotherapy in addition to their weight loss programs were more likely to maintain their weight loss over 24 months than people who did not experience hypnotherapy. Hypnosis works!
Using Ozempic for Weight Loss
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2021 that about 42% of American adults are classified as obese. People have tried countless methods and medications in search of a perfect weight management solution.
The FDA-approved drugs Ozempic and Wegovy (containing the ingredient, semaglutide) have emerged as promising options for type 2 diabetes and weight management. Reports suggest that U.S. providers were prescribing around 60,000 new weekly prescriptions of Ozempic as of April 2023. This new drug has shown positive results in helping individuals shed pounds and lower their blood sugar levels. There is also evidence to suggest that Ozempic may reduce the risk of heart attack. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2020 found that adults with type 2 diabetes who took Ozempic were 22% less likely to have a heart attack than those who took a placebo (but more research is needed). The New York Times reported on August 8, 2023 that the drug Wegovy 'Cuts Stroke, Heart-Attack Risk by 20% in New Study'.
How Does Ozempic Work?
Ozempic works in the body by mimicking the effects of the naturally occurring hormone GLP-1, also known as glucagon-like peptide-1. As the hormone level rises, the molecules signal your brain to feel 'full'. It also slows digestion by increasing the time it takes for food to leave the body, similar to the effect of bariatric surgery.
Ozempic is not approved as a weight loss medication. However, semaglutide is approved for weight loss under the name Wegovy. Wegovy has a higher dose of semaglutide than Ozempic. When using Ozempic to treat diabetes, a reduction in body weight is a common side effect.
The Long-Term Ozempic Experience
There are now individuals who have been on Ozempic for over two years. While Ozempic can help people lose weight, lower blood sugar levels, or both, it is important to remember that it is not a 'magic bullet'. Ozempic is a medication intended for long-term weight management, but it is not a shortcut or a quick solution for weight loss. Ozempic is most effective when combined with lifestyle changes, such as exercise, dietary adjustments, and overall lifestyle improvements. As with any weight loss regimen, maintaining these routines can be challenging. Additionally, the individual's body may acclimate to the drug over time, and weight loss may plateau. Research has shown that if individuals discontinue taking Ozempic (or Wegovy), the lost weight could return.
Combining Hypnosis and Ozempic
Combining the power of hypnosis with the benefits of Ozempic seems like a match made in heaven! When used together, they can strengthen commitment, willpower, and determination and address potential challenges that Ozempic users may face in maintaining healthy habits. By harnessing the power of both approaches, individuals can create a more sustainable and lasting weight loss and diabetes management journey.
Have Any Clinical Trials Been Done?
No clinical trials or studies have yet evaluated the effectiveness of adding hypnotherapy to an Ozempic regimen. However, studies have confirmed the effectiveness of both treatments separately.
Hypnosis Is Effective for Weight Loss
Hypnosis can be effective for weight loss because it leverages the power of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is where our beliefs, habits, and emotions reside, and it is often the root cause of our eating and exercise habits. With hypnosis, you can access your subconscious mind and work to reprogram your specific thoughts and behaviors around food and exercise. A study published by The Journal of Clinical Consulting Psychology in 1996 found that individuals lost more than twice the weight than individuals not using hypnosis.
Hypnosis can help also help identify and overcome the emotional triggers that lead to overeating or unhealthy eating habits. For example, many people turn to food to cope with stress or anxiety. Through hypnosis, individuals can learn to recognize and address these emotional triggers and develop healthier ways to cope with stress or anxiety, such as exercise or meditation.
Is Hypnosis Safe? Yes! Many people turn to hypnosis as a safe, natural, and non-invasive approach to changing habits and behaviors. Hypnosis can help you overcome negative thought patterns, build self-confidence, and create positive associations with healthy eating and exercise. Unlike crash diets or extreme exercise programs, hypnosis is a gradual and sustainable approach to weight loss that focuses on making small, meaningful changes that lead to long-term success.
Ozempic is Effective for Weight Loss
Another study conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and published in the journal "The Lancet" in 2018 found that Ozempic was effective in helping people lose weight. The study found that people who received Ozempic lost an average of 12% of their body weight over six months.
Hypnosis can Compliment Ozempic
It is possible that combining hypnosis and Ozempic could be more effective than either treatment alone. Imagine how powerful the two can be together! Ozempic has shown promise as a medication for weight loss and diabetes management, but the journey doesn't have to end there. Ozempic users are subject to the same (and perhaps more) stress and anxiety that contributes to emotional eating. Through hypnosis, individuals can develop healthier coping mechanisms, such as exercise or meditation, to manage emotional triggers more effectively. By addressing these triggers, individuals can improve their ability to adhere to a healthier lifestyle, thereby enhancing the overall success of their weight loss and diabetes management journey. Individuals may also seek to wean themselves off of Ozempic, as long-term effects are not known yet. Hypnotherapy and change work can be leveraged to maintain their weight loss and move to a healthier drug-free state.
A list of benefits of Hypnosis and Ozempic
Hypnosis can help you to improve your compliance to take Ozempic as prescribed.
Hypnosis can help you continue your weight loss journey while on Ozempic or getting off of it.
Hypnosis can help you with personal goal-setting around a healthier lifestyle.
Hypnosis can help reduce the side effects of taking Ozempic, like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Hypnosis can help you follow the lifestyle changes recommended to support your weight loss journey.
Hypnosis can help you to change thoughts and behaviors around food, reduce your emotional eating, increase your awareness of hunger cues, and make healthier choices.
Hypnosis can motivate and support the behaviors needed for diabetes management.
Hypnosis can foster a positive attitude, improve self-confidence and raise low self-esteem.
By incorporating hypnosis with your Ozempic regimen, individuals can access the power of their subconscious minds to make meaningful changes, address emotional triggers, and build a positive self-image. The synergy of hypnosis and Ozempic creates a powerful combination for effective and lasting weight loss and diabetes management. If you're on Ozempic and want to enhance your progress, consider integrating hypnosis into your wellness plan with the guidance of a qualified hypnotist. Invest in a healthier you and begin your journey to improved well-being today.
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