Weight Loss

Hypnosis and Weight Loss

Does weight loss hypnosis really work? I want you to be involved in understanding the answer. If you look for this information online, the facts are all over the board.

In truth, weight loss happens instantly with any weight loss program. The trick is to get your mind to go along with it as soon as possible. Hypnosis speeds up that process as it bypasses the part of the brain that wants you to remain overweight, like writing new code for a computer software program. 

One could argue there are many "get slim quick" internet hypnosis programs out there that are just designed to take your money. And that may be true with some weight loss hypnosis products and some slimy people posing as hypnotists, but I think that is rare. Rather, I believe the majority of hypnotists are providing a legitimate service (online and in private practice). They are consistently getting quick results as they claim, but something else is happening…the same clients come back a few years later to be hypnotized again because most (or all) of their weight came back over time! That's also why I don't advocate the "one and done" session with weight loss clients. It could take a few to several sessions to address everything the weight retention is tied to, but once it's gone it's really gone!  

Only the best hypnotherapists will tell you the whole truth on this matter. Basic direct suggestion hypnosis for weight loss works for the short term, like any other diet plan out there. It gives suggestion to the brain to lose the weight, increase the desire to diet, and love to exercise. This is great in and of itself and can be a useful tool in the short term, but what we want is long-term and lasting results. In order to do that, we must delve a little deeper.

People will lose significant weight via hypnosis or, quite frankly, any diet program they commit to then turn around and put all that weight back on they worked so hard to take off. Why? Because they haven't resolved the deeper issues of what's keeping them overweight in the first place. The have charged emotions trapped inside them that needs to be heard and released first. This is what is known as a secondary gain. There is a subconscious benefit of keeping oneself overweight. And we work to find out what that is and address it. 

This can be accomplished a couple different ways; through traditional regression hypnoanalysis and through Conflict-Resolution Therapy, also called Parts Therapy. The best method is to see a professional hypnotherapist to perform hypnoanalysis tailored to your specific needs via Regress and Release Therapy, but the next best solution is using Parts Therapy. This is something you can do with a just a little guidance. I have included a conflict resolution recording to enhance my own direct suggestion weight loss recordings for those of you who want to have long lasting results being honest with yourself and allowing your true emotions to bubble up from your subconscious mind to speak and be heard. This is called Resolve Inner Conflicts and should be used in tandem with the HypnoShed: Weight Loss for Women (or Men) audios.  

Now that you know there is a part of you that is keeping you overweight for a specific reason or reasons, you can use hypnosis to acknowledge it and understand what it needs. You can agree to modify your behavior if those needs are met in another way, without your health having to be sabotaged in the process. Then you can lose weight and not have to worry about gaining it all back. So there is some brain work involved, but because you are doing it in a nice state of trance and relaxation, you feel great the entire time…and you may learn some eye opening stuff about yourself.

And that's the simple truth about any hypnosis. Once the cause is realized and dealt with, the cure will happen quickly and permanently. Sometimes, just knowing the cause is enough to allow the long-term benefits of hypnosis to take effect. You may also choose to release old painful emotions that have been filtering your perception of life up to now, so that your present and future life can be filled with joy again. Now, doesn't that sound great?

Take a look for yourself at the research on hypnosis and weight loss from prominent trade journals: (The Effectiveness of Hypnosis. Source; WikiAnswers:) 

Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss

Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego-strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more effective than a control group: an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group, on follow-up.

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


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) 


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. 


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. 


Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.

Randomised, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment.

J Stradling, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock, Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK 


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.

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


Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized

Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. It was also established that the benefits of hypnosis increase over time.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996) 


Showed Hypnosis As "An Effective Way To Lose Weight"

A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)

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