Hypnosis is not what you typically think of when you think weight loss. However there are reasons to believe that weight loss hypnosis can be successful. When hypnosis is used as an approach to cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy. It can help with other issues such as addictions, phobias, sleep disorders, eating disorders, pain management, but weight loss is something people have been skeptical about.
Wikipedia reports that in a 1996 study, patients of cognitive behavioral therapy were found to lose more weight when paired with hypnosis then when they used cognitive behavioral therapy alone. In addition to seeking the help of a professional for the benefit of weight loss through hypnosis, it is possible to use a form of self-hypnosis to induce a similar state upon yourself. When using hypnosis to help lose weight, it is important to still focus on your diet and exercise routine so that you can maintain that weight loss.
Oprah Magazine introduced 10 mini-concepts that hypnotherapy teaches individuals trying to obtain weight loss. They suggested the tools to success all are already within, that the positive needs to be emphasized, pairing cognitive behavioral therapy with hypnosis can help, make modifications when needed, etc. The Oprah magazine also restates that “Even after a persuasive mid-nineties reanalysis of 18 hypnotic studies showed that psychotherapy clients who learned self-hypnosis lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t (and, in one study, kept it off two years after treatment ended), hypnotherapy has remained a well-kept weight loss secret.”
The process of the actual hypnosis is interesting, as a certified hypnotherapist might recommend things you wouldn’t expect to help with weight loss. Things like no foods are off limits, eat what you crave, and when you are hungry, are usually the recommendations. While some people are surprised, it is to encourage a healthy relationship with food. Hypnosis is not a scary or weird sensation for the patient but rather a way to feel in control, and normally people go into light trances several times a day without being aware of it.
Often people are curious about the rate of success, the frequency of treatments, and the impact on their wallet. Prices range depending on provider and the area, but on average it ranges from between $100-$250 dollars an hour for treatment, and some mental health therapy plans may be covered. Treatments are often once a week for 2-3 months, and the rate of success depend on your other lifestyle choices.
While it might be an unconventional tool for weight loss, hypnotherapy could be the missing part that would help you drop those pounds you’ve struggled with- and keeping it off. It is commonly used for preventing people from relapsing into gambling, smoking, or used to calm down the mind in instances of stage fright, phobias, etc. Some people find that the hypnosis helps eliminate cravings or make them disgusted at the thought of certain junk foods, like a form of negative reinforcement. Some people also experience an increased motivation to work out, meal plan, etc. While hypnosis itself will not melt the weight off, it will help give you the boost you need to be successful.