Weight Loss

Hypnosis, an Effective Aid to Weight Loss

Hypnosis is a highly effective method for weight management whereby you are helped to open up a new channel of communication with your body and your mind, through your mind. With the help of a qualified clinical hypnosis practitioner, you are guided into a state of focused concentration and mental and physical relaxation in which your suggestibility is heightened and your imagination is stimulated. In this state, the part of your mind that controls your habits (i.e., your subconscious mind) is more receptive to constructive suggestions for changing your eating and exercise habits, and improving your self-care.

You are not only helped to experience this heightened state of suggestibility and relaxed, focused concentration in the office, but also on your own at home. This is accomplished by making you a recording on your phone that you are encouraged to listen to at least once a day at home. By repeatedly listening to your hypnotist’s suggestions over and over again, the messages get through to your subsconscious control centre in your brain. This helps to re-program your eating and exercise habits, your body image, and your self image. You are also taught how to harness the power of self-hypnosis so that you can enter this state of focused concentration on your own to meditate on your goals and your new self image.

Hypnosis is also a tool for uncovering and discovering underlying, unconscious emotional factors that cause you to overeat or make poor food choices when you are stressed, anxious, bored, depressed, and so forth. Once these emotional eating factors are made conscious, the hypnosis tool is then used to help you change them to more positive motivators so you can make better choices under stress.

The largest obstacle in weight loss is its long-term retention, or the maintenance of weight loss. With that said, it is my clinical experience that maintenance is promoted when a person who is committed to following through with a weight maintenance program has the proper tools to help him or her cope with their anxiety and their other emotions.  The proper tools include: emotion regulation skills, self-control skills, motivational skills, and knowledge about diet, nutrition, and exercise.  Hypnosis, self-hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral skills provide the best resource tools in this regard based on the research and my own clinical experience.

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Hypnotherapy in Support of Weight Loss in Sleep Apnoea patients

Here is an abstract describing a study published in the International Journal of Obesity Related Metabolic Disorders showing how effective hypnotherapy is in supporting and maintaining weight loss efforts.

Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1998 Mar;22(3):278-81.

Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess if hypnotherapy assists attempts at weight loss.

DESIGN:

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.

SETTING:

National Health Service hospital in the UK.

MEASURES:

Weight lost at 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months after dietary advice and hypnotherapy, as a percentage of original body weight.

RESULTS:

All three groups lost 2-3% of their body weight at three months. At 18 months only the hypnotherapy group (with stress reduction) still showed a significant (P < 0.02), but small (3.8 kg), mean weight loss compared to baseline. Analysed over the whole time period the hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatment arms (P < 0.003), which were not significantly different from each other.

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Hypnosis for Weight Management

SlimmingHypnosis is a highly effective method for weight management whereby you are helped to open up a new channel of communication with your body and your mind, through your mind. With the help of a qualified clinical hypnosis practitioner, you are guided into a state of focused concentration and mental and physical relaxation in which your suggestibility is heightened and your imagination is stimulated. In this state, the part of your mind that controls your habits (i.e., your subconscious mind) is more receptive to constructive suggestions for changing your eating and exercise habits, and improving your self-care.

You are not only helped to experience this heightened state of suggestibility and relaxed, focused concentration in the office, but also on your own at home. This is accomplished by making you an audio tape (CD or cassette) that you are instructed to listen to at least once a day at home. By repeatedly listening to your hypnotist’s suggestions over and over again, the messages get through to your subsconscious control center in your brain. This helps to re-program your eating and exercise habits, your body image, and your self image. You are also taught how to harness the power of self-hypnosis so that you can enter this state of focused concentration on your own to meditate on your goals and your new self image.

Hypnosis is also a tool for uncovering and discovering underlying, unconscious emotional factors that cause you to overeat or make poor food choices when you are stressed, anxious, bored, depressed, and so forth. Once these emotional eating factors are made conscious, the hypnosis tool is then used to help you change them to more positive motivators so you can make better choices under stress.

The largest obstacle in weight loss is its long-term retention, or the maintenance of weight loss. With that said, it is my clinical experience that maintenance is promoted when a person who is committed to following through with a weight maintenance program has the proper tools to use to help him or her cope with their anxiety and their other emotions.  The proper tools include: emotion regulation skills, self-control skills, motivational skills, and knowledge about diet, nutrition, and exercise.  Hypnosis, self-hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral skills provide the best resource tools in this regard based on the research and my own clinical experience.

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Hypnotherapy and Anorexia

Hypnotherapy or hypnosis has a long and successful history in treating anorexia nervosa.

According to Baker and Nash (1987) and Nash and Baker (1993) hypnosis was introduced to anorectic patients as a means of gaining enhanced self-control associated with various opportunities for increased security and mastery. The induction techniques used were structured and permissive. Hypnotic interventions were specifically designed to enhance the patient’s personal sense of power, to increase capacity for autonomous functioning, to support the therapeutic alliance, to provide a sense of ego support that leads to mastery and expectations for success. Hypnotic techniques were also used to correct body-image distortions seen as closely associated with the issue of integration or an appropriate and mature sense of personality. Improvement of body imagery and general identity integration led to enhancement of the client’s general capacity for mastery. This treatment approach was used successfully with 36 women with anorexia. Follow-up data at 5 and 12 months indicated that 76% of the patients demonstrated remission of symptoms and an acceptable, stabilized weight. In contrast, of 38 women who were treated identically without the use of hypnosis, only 53% achieved the same level of symptom remission and stabilized acceptable weight.

anorexiaHornyak (1996) presenting a case of treatment of anorexia nervosa that lasted 20 months provided detailed presentation of the issued involved in hypnotherapy. At different stages of the treatment, hypnotherapy focused on self-regulation, relaxation for mastery and control of tension states, affect identification and symptom management, ego-strengthening, “parts metaphors” based on ego-state theory, hypnotic intervention for the frustrated self state, autonomy and separation concerns, hypnotic interventions designed to accentuate the experience of separateness, hypnotic imaginary-mirror exercises, internalization and integration . According to Hornyak “hypnotic interventions can strengthen the self structure by providing needed self experiences within the context of a supportive relationship” (p.70). Three years after treatment, the client reported continued progress and, although at one point she had lost 5 lbs, she had regained the weight.

Barabasz (2000) used hypnotic techniques of integration/replication to treat a case of a woman with anorexia with body image distortion.

Baker EL & Nash MR (1987). Applications of hypnosis in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 29, 185-193. Barabasz M (2000). Hypnosis in the treatment of eating disorders.

In L. M. Hornyak & JP Green (Eds), The use of hypnosis in women’s health care. Washington DC: American Psychological Association Hornyak LM (1996) Hypnosis in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. In SJ Lynn, I Kirsch and JW Rhue (Eds),

Casebook of clinical hypnosis (pp 51-73). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Nash MR & Baker EL (1993). Hypnosis in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. In JW Rue, SJ Lynn & I Kirsch (Eds), Handbook of clinical hypnosis (pp. 383-394). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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Hypnosis and Weight Loss

In this meta study, a study of studies, published in  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 1996. Vol.64, No. 3, 517-519, it was found that  weight loss programmes that included hypnosis resulted in significantly greater amounts of weight reduction.

“In a 3rd meta-analysis of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of 2 studies, and computational inaccuracies in both previous meta-analyses were corrected. Averaged across posttreatment and follow-up assessment periods, the mean weight loss was 6.00 Ibs. (2.72 kg) without hypnosis and 11.83 Ibs. (5.37 kg) with hypnosis. The mean effect size of this difference was 0.66 SD. At the last assessment period, the mean weight loss was 6.03 Ibs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis and 14.88 Ibs. (6.75 kg) with hypnosis…”

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