One support therapy that can be used in your weight loss journey is hypnosis. This is a state of consciousness where the person appears to have lost the power of voluntary action and is very responsive to suggestions. Hypnosis is used in therapeutic actions including weight loss, smoking cessation or to recover suppressed memories. Although the use of hypnosis is controversial there are a significant number of case studies that support the use of the process.
Hypnosis is an adjunct to behavioral weight management. This means that it will help you change your eating habits to reduce your weight. In research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, researchers found that using hypnosis resulted in additional weight loss several years following the initial program. The subjects who did not use hypnosis had little change in their weight loss over time. (1)
The drastically increasing numbers of people who are suffering from being overweight or obese has sparked an almost exponential growth in products and services in the weight loss market. Hypnosis is an appealing method that has no side effects and doesn’t require consistent use over time.
The basis of using hypnosis is to help you change your eating habits by reducing the triggers that make you eat. Many times we eat because of emotional reasons and not necessarily to take care of hunger pangs. Instead, we eat to celebrate when we’ve achieved a goal, to help feel better after a sad or emotional situation or to fill an emotional void in our lives.
While hypnosis is close to a natural answer to changing your behaviors, there can be side effects and there are no guarantees. It’s important to find a responsible hypnotist who has had experience working with people who want to lose weight and can provide references. Evaluate your own results through the process and work with your hypnotist. In other words, don’t rely on the hypnosis to change your behavior without any effort on your part.
Your weight loss will be achieved through changing your diet and getting exercise. However, hypnosis can help you to make the lifestyle changes you need to make more easily. Hypnosis does not increase your metabolism, reduce your discomfort during exercise or make broccoli taste like chocolate. It will improve your will power and your ability to say no to the donuts in the breakroom and yes to the walk at lunch.
(1) Journal of Clinical Psychology: Effectiveness of Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Behavioral Weight Management
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Vanderbilt: Weight loss throuh hypnosis