Lisa Hofbauer struggled with her weight all her life. The Donna author was only able to develop healthy eating habits through hypnotherapy. In this way, she managed to lose ten pounds – without the yo-yo effect.

Zero diet, food combining, low fat, dinner canceling, sauerkraut days … I know everything. The fight against the kilos has accompanied me since my childhood. When I was in school, I would cycle 50 kilometers a day to burn calories. Later I only ate breakfast for a while or didn’t eat anything but oatmeal for weeks.

When I imagine this today, I was really merciless to my body. For him the pure state of war – never knowing: Will I get something again tomorrow? No wonder that after such actions I put on weight again in a very short time. And gained even more. Typical yo-yo effect.

I no longer wanted to stop unsuccessful lightning diets

My weight problems became more and more important. How often have I struggled with having those darn 10, 12, 15 kilos too much on my ribs? Quite apart from the worry of what it would look like after the menopause : another 5 kilos more?

I wanted to lose weight sustainably – and decided on Metabolic Balance a good two years ago. This is an individual change in diet with clear rules: three meals a day, do not eat after 9 p.m. … At first it went quite well, I went from 80 kilos to 73 (at a height of 1.70 meters).

Then came the hunger pangs

But after a few months I suddenly got cravings for sweets – even I didn’t know anything like that with my diet history. It was like an addiction.

During the day I still had everything under control, ate with moderation, according to plan. But in the evening on the sofa all dams broke: I ate chocolate, cake, biscuits until there were no more crumbs. It was better on vacation, but alas, I had a stressful day – which is more normal in my job – then it overwhelmed me. The next morning I hated myself for it. A vicious circle that I couldn’t find my way out of.

I gained control through hypnosis

At some point a friend told me how he had given up smoking through hypnosis . Maybe that could help me too? I immediately made an appointment for a two-hour “power session”. What I would expect, the therapist Lilian Oliveira asked me at first.

I want my self-determination back, I said, that I can flip the switch again. Enjoy a piece of cake every now and then, leave it with a rib of chocolate – and that’s it.

I made peace with my body

The theoretical part before the trance was already a breakthrough for me. Because it was a lot about eating habits and the emotional side – about the difference between physical and emotional hunger, which you cannot satisfy with food.

For me, an aha effect: I understood that I wanted to reward myself with the sweets, but from now on I had to satisfy this type of desire differently. The therapist explained that I should completely avoid sweets for a year in order to be able to make peace with my body again. That made sense to me – alcoholics also have to be abstinent in order to get away from their addiction. And yes, I felt like an addict.

I felt like I was after a nap

Hypnosis was on for the last 25 minutes of the session. I sat relaxed on a lounger with soft music playing in the background. I had made up my mind to see everything, but I can only remember the therapist mentally making me go down a flight of stairs. The rest is gone. I know that in the trance my subconscious was reprogrammed with suggestions, beliefs like “When you are full, you stop eating”.

After that I felt as relaxed as after an afternoon nap. I left the practice and everything was crystal clear. This time I would do it. And really: it was so easy to do without! In twelve weeks I lost 10 pounds, all by itself. I could have the drawer full of chocolate – I just didn’t care. Cravings? Nothing!

I enjoy changing clothes in size 38

Since then I’ve been holding my 64 kilos. Why had I tormented myself for 40 years? I’ve always liked exercise and sport, but now I had a new motivation, now there was a lot more ease. My passion for fashion also came back. What fun to change clothes in size 38! I’ve been living without sweets for two years now, at most a piece of sugar in an espresso. And I miss: nothing! I am liberated.

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