Hypnosis and Weight Loss:
- One of the greatest challenges with weight loss is long term-retention.
- In a 9 week study using exercise and diet changes, all groups lost weight. At the 8 month and two year marks, for the group without hypnosis, none had lost more weight and most had gained the weight back. The hypnosis group continued to lose weight at both intervals and a far greater number in the hypnosis group achieved their long term goals.
- In a study where hypnosis was added to cognitive behavioral treatment for weight loss the average short-term weight loss was 6 pounds for those not using hypnosis and 11.83 pounds with hypnosis. Over the long term the average weight loss without hypnosis remained at 6 pounds, but with hypnosis it jumped to 14.88 pounds.
Bolocofsky, David N.: Spinler, Dwayne; Coulthard-Morris. Linda (1985). “Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management.” Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41.
Kirsch, Irving (1996). “Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments”—another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
“I had been overweight for 50 years. I had tried everything; diets, exercise, Landmark, therapy, two other hypnotherapists… In hypnosis we worked through trauma at a deep level that I didn't realize was related to weight loss. I felt like a huge burden had lifted and this led to healing other parts of my past. Within three months I was at the weight that was comfortable and healthy for me, exercising, eating well and truly caring for myself.”