How Hypnosis for Weight Loss Works

Why We Eat Too Much

diet self control eating too muchHuman beings are considered the most intelligent species on earth.  It might make you wonder then why we are the only creatures, along with our domesticated pets, who suffer from obesity.

The main reason is that humans are emotional eaters.  We eat when we are bored, lonely, sad, depressed, stressed and so on.  We actually eat to fill the spaces in our lives and not because we are hungry.  This creates a vicious circle because the more we eat, the more we realize that it doesn’t solve our emotional problems but only makes us feel worse.  At this point, we can’t seem to stop our behavior.

One reason that we are drawn to food that is bad for us can be linked back to our ancient past.  In our hunter-gatherer days, we would forage for sweet berries and the only real sugars that were available to us would be honey from bee-hives.   This would be a complete treat and a rare find.  At those times, we had the capacity to gorge ourselves, overriding our body’s natural signals to indicate we were full.

We would regularly experience famine and feast, gaining a few extra pounds during the good times that would then be stored as fat to accommodate those harsh winters and periods when food was scarce.

Nowadays, we still know how to ignore the natural satiety signals in our body.  We may feel full after a large dinner but still, find the capacity to enjoy a sweet dessert.   Food is readily available and we never have to starve ourselves as we would have done in the past.

How Hypnotherapy Works

One of the ways hypnotherapy can help your weight loss is by tackling the underlying issues that drive you to eat too much.  Working with your subconscious mind, we can build your emotional strength so that food no longer becomes the crutch you lean on during difficult times.

With new coping mechanisms in place, you will find yourself naturally enjoying a more nutritious, healthy diet which will give you more energy and motivation to continue losing weight safely.

Weight loss choices Hypnosis has a solid, long-term track record in helping people to safely lose weight!

“Hypnosis is Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss”

This study investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight… Hypnosis was more effective than those not using hypnosis for weight loss.

Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492. *individual results may vary


Two Years Later: Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight

109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985) *individual results may vary

Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off

Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self-monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.

University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.  *individual results may vary

Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss

Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of two studies. Analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.

Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.

Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights

Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost.

Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. Johnson DL, Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.  *individual results may vary

Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches

An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the “… weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects” of traditional weight loss approaches.  *individual results may vary

The University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519)

Solutions Hypnosis has a weight loss hypnosis program that will be the last diet you use.