Hypnosis for Weight Loss: Can it Help You Lose Weight?

There have been a handful of legitimate studies conducted on the topic of hypnosis for weight loss, and the results have been largely positive. These studies have shown that in most cases, if the hypnotherapy is done correctly, hypnosis can help yield positive results in regards to weight loss. But before you go run out and start searching the yellow pages for the nearest hypnotherapist, there is a catch (Doh!). As with any other sort of weight loss program, weight loss hypnosis isn’t a quick, easy fix – it’s more of a “helping hand” of sorts…

Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. is a nutritionist with Mayo Clinic, and she reports that most studies conducted on the effectiveness of weight loss hypnosis have for the most part been successful; albeit modestly successful. On average, these studies have shown that participants lose an average of about six pounds using hypnosis as a way to lose weight. While these results seem rather modest, they are nonetheless positive.

So is hypnosis for weight loss effective? My conclusion is yes, but only as part of a healthy diet and exercise program. Where the hypnosis can help you lose weight is in the power of suggestion. It basically can help steer you in the right direction when it comes to eating healthy and exercising. So, weight loss hypnosis will not help you lose weight by itself, but it can help as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Using hypnosis for weight loss purposes is not a quick fix. Participants must partake in multiple weekly sessions over a matter of several months in order to get the best results. In other words, one session will not do the trick. ABC News reported on a women back in 2005 named Judy Lederman. She reportedly had “tried every diet known to man” with no success, as many people have. She turned to a hypnotist for help. Within about three years, Judy had lost 95 pounds using hypnosis as a tool for her weight loss. Her hypnotist explains how hypnosis can help you lose weight, saying that while the person is “completely relaxed and open to suggestion”, he is able to suggest things like “The sugar cravings you have in the afternoon no longer interest you” and the like. The benefits of hypnotherapy and the power of suggestion is well-documented, so when done correctly, it can be a great tool to help curb your cravings, get you to exercise more and live an overall healthier life.

Self hypnosis is an option for those people who may not be able to afford seeing a hypnotist for weekly therapy. While this may not be as effective (though there aren’t many studies to confirm this), it can help to relax you and clear your head after a long day of work and kids – similarly to the effects of meditation. Keep in mind that a healthy mind is as important to a healthy lifestyle as having a healthy body is, so don’t exclusively pursue one over the other.

Hypnosis for weight loss purposes may seem a bit “out there” for many people, but the fact is that it has been shown to produce modest results in the short term and bigger results in the longer term; as shown in the example above. Maybe the reason you’re not reaching your weight loss goals lies in the fact that your mind is constantly going one hundred miles per hour and you’re always stressed out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If this is the case, try taking some time to relax each day through meditation or self hypnosis. It may be just the thing you’ve been missing in your life.

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3 Responses to Hypnosis for Weight Loss: Can it Help You Lose Weight?
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