The Truth About Hypnosis And Weight Loss

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Now is the time to start shedding those extra pounds and shaping up. However, with schedules already packed full and Winter's "blubber" at our waste lines, the motivation for making healthy choices for food and exercise may be in hibernation. That's where a Weight Management Program comes in. With a combination of clinical hypnotherapy and counseling, you can achieve your weight goals.

Submitted: April 16, 2011

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Compulsive or emotional eating accounts for the majority of our problems with food. If a physical problem isn't causing the weight gain or loss, then your own thoughts are sabotaging you. Once a medical doctor has ruled out physiological causes, then it may be time to see a therapist if you are over eating or under eating to the point where your health and happiness are in jeopardy.
My Weight Management Program combines both counseling and clinical hypnotherapy to address the conscious, and unconscious thoughts which are driving you to compulsively over, or under eat. We will uncover your feelings, triggers and behaviors to see the hidden patterns beneath your eating, which is compensatory. We will endeavor to set up new, healthier behaviors and support systems for you so that you are free from having to over eat, or having to under eat. The end goal will be for you to take control again; for you to be fully aware of the choices you are making in that crucial moment of choice, and to stay motivated in the long term to make better choices. Because eating disorders are a process (we don't gain all that weight overnight), losing it is also a process. I recommend that clients schedule three appointments: one counseling, one hypnotherapy, and a final counseling session. Included is a personalized self-hypnosis tape for every client, so that they can take the progress home with them, and work independently, in between sessions.You might be wondering what the statistics are for weight loss through hypnosis? These research studies speak for themselves:
 
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) Getting motivated to eat right and exercise can be challenging. When the challenges become life-threatening or so overwhelming that we feel defeated, it's time to ask for support. A combination of conscious and unconscious therapy enables you to be more aware of the apparent behaviors at the surface, and the underlying causes beneath our conscious understanding. The truth about hypnosis and weight management is that changing your eating behaviors is a process, just as gaining the weight was. Hypnosis is not a magical wand that can erase years of stubborn habits. However, it is highly effective at helping you to discover the causation of the compulsive behaviors, and in becoming increasingly aware that you have the power to change. And that is the truth about hypnosis and weight loss.
 
References
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