I lost half my bodyweight through hypnosis

I lost half my bodyweight through hypnosis

Lynne Seymour after her weight loss

Lynne Seymour before her weight loss

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FOR most of her adult life Lynne Seymour yo-yoed from being a size 22 down to a 12 and back up again.

But now she has now lost almost half her body weight – and kept it off.

Today she is a svelte size eight and her weight has been stable for a year-and-a-half, having lost almost eight stone.

And she says it’s all down to hypnosis.

Before Lynne was constantly trying the latest diet and would lose up to seven stone at a time but after reaching her target weight she would return to her old eating habits and the pounds swiftly piled back on.

Her diet consisted largely of junk food. The 45- year-old mental health nurse from Harefield never ate fruit and seldom cooked.

In her busy job as a ward sister, she survived on convenience food.

“When I was dieting I felt so deprived that I could never maintain the weight loss,” she says.

“I felt really fed up at times. It caused me physical problems. I got out of breath and tired and had problems with my joints – both kneecaps had to be replaced due to osteoarthritis.”

Lynne was so desperate that she was considering gastric band surgery – but then she heard about weight loss hypnotherapy.

In August 2011 she went to the Hampshire Hypnotherapy Centre in Whiteley.

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She had four sessions with hypnotherapist Sue Peckham, that lasted an hour each – and after just one session she started noticing changes.

“I had a bag of sweets in the car when I went to my first session.

When I came out I just didn’t want them.

It’s trained my mind to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m not and if there’s a healthy choice, that’s what I’ll go for.

“I started losing weight after the first week and it kept dropping off. It was no effort at all. I don’t feel deprived. If someone brings cakes into work and I want one, I’ll have it, but mostly I don’t want them.”

Since then her weight has dropped to 8st 9lb and stayed there.

“I’m not battling with myself anymore”

she says.

“I still have things like take-aways but I stop when I’m full.”

Lynne was absolutely delighted when she bought her first size eight clothes and is finally getting rid of her old, larger clothing.

“I never sold my larger clothes before,” she says.

“When I lost weight I used to put them in the loft in case I needed them again. Now I’m selling them all off. It’s weird how well the hypnotherapy has worked. I don’t even think about food now – if I’m hungry, I eat.

“I enjoy food now and I don’t feel guilty all the time.”

Lynne remembers shortly before she went for hypnotherapy she and her mother, who is in her late 60s, took her dog for a walk up a hill. Lynne could only get about a quarter of the way up before she was out of breath, while her mother happily climbed to the top. It brought home to her just how unfit she was.

“Now I’m very active,” she says.

“I can walk for miles. I’m always on the go.”

Now she eats lots of fruit and enjoys cooking – she no longer lives off frozen meals.

“I’d definitely encourage anyone who wants to lose weight to go for hypnotherapy,” she says.

“The results are just so good.”

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5:50pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Hightrees says...

Lynn has been an inspiration.I too use the Easyloss app for weight loss and have changed my relationship with food. I have lost 3 1/2 stones and thrown my larger clothes away for the first time. Its a great way to loose weight addressing behaviours and mind set to food with the support of a face book group, can not reco,emd it highly enough!
Lynn has been an inspiration.I too use the Easyloss app for weight loss and have changed my relationship with food. I have lost 3 1/2 stones and thrown my larger clothes away for the first time. Its a great way to loose weight addressing behaviours and mind set to food with the support of a face book group, can not reco,emd it highly enough! Hightrees
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8:14pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Helen7Wright says...

Lynne's story is amazing and inspiring. I have also been following the easyloss programme since October 2012 and have already lost 32 lbs. I have struggled with my weight for many years and 12 years ago I ballooned to 18 stone, I have tried many diets since and managed to lose and maintain at nearly 13 stone for many years which is what I thought I was destined to stay but I was miserable still being so big. When I found easyloss, I thought I'd give it a go and have been amazed by how easy it is to lose weight without dieting. It has completely changed my eating habits and I am now the smallest I've been in my adult life.
Lynne's story is amazing and inspiring. I have also been following the easyloss programme since October 2012 and have already lost 32 lbs. I have struggled with my weight for many years and 12 years ago I ballooned to 18 stone, I have tried many diets since and managed to lose and maintain at nearly 13 stone for many years which is what I thought I was destined to stay but I was miserable still being so big. When I found easyloss, I thought I'd give it a go and have been amazed by how easy it is to lose weight without dieting. It has completely changed my eating habits and I am now the smallest I've been in my adult life. Helen7Wright
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8:36pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Marianne67 says...

Lynne is an insperation. I to have been following the easyloss programme and can happily report that in just 6 weeks have lost 17lbs and 9.5 inches.

Its been so easy, and has changed the way I use food, my whole relationship with food changed thanks to this programme.

The support, the group is full of insperational stories, support, tips and advice.

Thank you Lynne, Jame, Sue and all the people out there always there to give encouragement to us.
Lynne is an insperation. I to have been following the easyloss programme and can happily report that in just 6 weeks have lost 17lbs and 9.5 inches. Its been so easy, and has changed the way I use food, my whole relationship with food changed thanks to this programme. The support, the group is full of insperational stories, support, tips and advice. Thank you Lynne, Jame, Sue and all the people out there always there to give encouragement to us. Marianne67
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9:38pm Tue 26 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

Is this an advert for those who can't make simple choices in life?

God forbid people have children before having this treatment!

The mind boggles!
Is this an advert for those who can't make simple choices in life? God forbid people have children before having this treatment! The mind boggles! IronLady2010
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9:59pm Tue 26 Feb 13

wake up says...

look into MY PIES , not around the PIES but in my PIES ,

joking,,

fair play to the lady , if it works for you & you feel better for it , then do it, i say ,

proves that if we change our ways of thinking then it can really make a big difference in our lives,
IT'S ALL IN THE MIND , you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it .
look into MY PIES , not around the PIES but in my PIES , joking,, fair play to the lady , if it works for you & you feel better for it , then do it, i say , proves that if we change our ways of thinking then it can really make a big difference in our lives, IT'S ALL IN THE MIND , you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it . wake up
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11:21pm Tue 26 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

wake up wrote:
look into MY PIES , not around the PIES but in my PIES ,

joking,,

fair play to the lady , if it works for you & you feel better for it , then do it, i say ,

proves that if we change our ways of thinking then it can really make a big difference in our lives,
IT'S ALL IN THE MIND , you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it .
Bang on! IT IS ALL IN THE MIND!
[quote][p][bold]wake up[/bold] wrote: look into MY PIES , not around the PIES but in my PIES , joking,, fair play to the lady , if it works for you & you feel better for it , then do it, i say , proves that if we change our ways of thinking then it can really make a big difference in our lives, IT'S ALL IN THE MIND , you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it .[/p][/quote]Bang on! IT IS ALL IN THE MIND! IronLady2010
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7:50am Wed 27 Feb 13

rightway says...

Well done to Lynne if she wants to do it the slow way but I have always found the easiest and fasted way to lose the pounds is the Ladbrokes diet. I once lost 50 pounds in five minutes.
Well done to Lynne if she wants to do it the slow way but I have always found the easiest and fasted way to lose the pounds is the Ladbrokes diet. I once lost 50 pounds in five minutes. rightway
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12:04pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

Ladies I have a tip: running/swimming/oth
er forms of cardio and dont eat crap.

That will be £50 each.
Ladies I have a tip: running/swimming/oth er forms of cardio and dont eat crap. That will be £50 each. Subject48
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1:34pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Bevois Valley Resident says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Is this an advert for those who can't make simple choices in life?

God forbid people have children before having this treatment!

The mind boggles!
I don't see how your comment relates to the story.
What do you percieve the correlation to be between having hypnosis to help you deal with overeating and, presumably, poor child-rearing skills?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Is this an advert for those who can't make simple choices in life? God forbid people have children before having this treatment! The mind boggles![/p][/quote]I don't see how your comment relates to the story. What do you percieve the correlation to be between having hypnosis to help you deal with overeating and, presumably, poor child-rearing skills? Bevois Valley Resident
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2:39pm Wed 27 Feb 13

tinaalters says...

Is this one of those advertorials? It reads like one!
Is this one of those advertorials? It reads like one! tinaalters
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