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Along with Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss is one of the best-known uses of hypnosis. Almost everyone has heard of or knows someone who has used hypnosis for one of these.

Why is hypnosis so famous for these two items? Because hypnosis works to help reinforce what you are already doing. As part of a broader effort that may include exercise, nutritional changes and the adoption of healthy habits, hypnosis can create motivation and follow through. Most people who are trying to lose weight have already tried several methods with varying degrees of success. Sometimes the weight comes off, then goes back on. Other times, it just never comes off in the first place. In still different times, the entire process is so miserable that it's not worth continuing the effort.

With hypnosis, your subconscious begins to recognize rewards from progress as more substantial than rewards from the food. When that happens, you start to celebrate victories, even small ones. Where you might get some immediate pleasure from eating something, but then regret it later, your subconscious LOVES the greater reward of joy now from doing the right thing AND fun later when you celebrate that victory later. Your psyche is a smug thing and once it's fully supporting you, making progress is filled with triumphs and pleasure, rather than guilt and setbacks.

Every walked by some snack a dozen times and consciously said you weren't going to do it, then found it in your hand later? That's the cycle we need to break. Fortunately, hypnosis bypasses your inner doubting Thomas and makes it possible. What are you capable of if you ultimately believe that you can do it? Weight loss can be just the beginning.

Here are a few articles to get you started with your research. Once you have decided that you need the support hypnosis can supply, contact me and let's talk about your plan for success! : Women's HealthOprahShape MagazineThe CutCNNDr. OzLiveStrong. (Just to list a few.)

Please note that if you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight, we strongly recommend and may require that you provide a referral from a medical doctor, as well as having a plan in place to work with a trainer, nutritionist or other specialists. I want to be part of a winning team that ensures your success!

I decline more weight-loss clients than I accept. Yes, you read that correctly. Weight loss requires a commitment. You need to be willing to do the work, make the sacrifices and use every tool at your disposal. In most cases that means I will ask to coordinate services with your nutritionist and/or trainer. It is often best if we meet and talk before you book a single paid session. During this 30-minute consultation, I will assess your overall plan and if we choose to work together, we will come up with a schedule. Please email me so that we can arrange to meet prior to your booking a paid appointment.

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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)