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Weight loss benefits from using hypnosis: a Clinical Study

Weight loss benefits from using hypnosis: a Clinical Study

When most people lose try to lose weight they are using their conscious mind to create the change.  They say, “I’ve had enough!” and begin a way of living which Hypnosis has proven to help the loss of weight to stay it feels completely unnatural. This could be compared to the way you drive when a police officer is near you.  You begin using your conscious mind to drive and I’m convinced police officers see some of the worst driving in the world because of it.

You can only drive like that for 2-3 minutes before you give up and let your sub-conscious mind begin driving your car again.  The same happens when you start a diet or try to regain control over a bad habit.  You use your conscious “will” and find you don’t have “the drive” to make the change permanent.  After a while, your conscious mind gives up and your sub-conscious begins to drive your behaviour back to over-eating, smoking or whatever “felt normal” in the past.

You then find yourself falling back in to the same patterns, losing all your progress.   These failed attempts to regain control over weight or habits, reinforce the idea that further attempts to make changes are pointless, deepening the problem.   A person who stops seeking change in areas of life such as over-eating or smoking, often has serious health consequences develop which can become irreversible.

There was a study done a number of years ago on the lasting positive effects of hypnosis combined with a weight loss program. This study is with weight loss but exemplifies the benefit of using hypnosis to help create positive behavioural change in any area of your life.

The following is a study that was done in 1989 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology as noted below:

Study with 2 groups to see if there are any benefits to using hypnosis with a weight loss management program

Study One: Bolocofsky, David N.: Spinler, Dwayne; Coulthard-Morris. Linda

(1985). “Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioural weight management.” Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41.

The first study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, divided 109 people into two groups for a 9-week study. The members of the first group were treated with changes in diet and exercise habits (the only way to lose weight) without the addition of hypnosis. The participants in the second group were given the same diet and exercise treatment and were also provided hypnosis for reinforcement. After 9 weeks, not surprisingly, both groups lost weight due to the changes in diet and exercise while under supervision.

What happened after the 8-month and 2-year follow-ups might surprise you:

The group that did not have hypnosis did not lose any more weight, and in fact, most gained most of their weight back.

The hypnosis group, however, continued to lose weight during both intervals, and the studies showed that far more people in the hypnosis group met their long-term weight-loss goals. The most important thing to realize is that the hypnosis group continued the eating and exercise habits learned in the experiment, while the non-hypnosis group did not.

There is no magic pill for weight loss. You simply have to follow a healthy eating and exercise plan. We help you create a sensible way of looking at food that you can live with for life.  From this study, it is easy to conclude that hypnosis supports diet and exercise adherence.

D. Mitchell Lovette, CH, CI

Founder and Lead Hypnotist of Hypnosis Group of Houston and The Woodlands, TX. Mitchell is a member of The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, the National Guild of Hypnotists and is a Certified Instructor of the National Guild. He is also a member of the 5-PATH® International Association of Hypnosis Professionals.

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  1. September 3, 2014
    Very informative blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.
  2. September 20, 2017
    GbvGuE Very neat blog article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

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