Hypnotherapy and Weight Loss

Over the next three days, I will present three studies that show how effective Hypnotherapy is in helping clients to lose weight, and, more importantly, to keep it off.

Here is the first one:

Study One:*
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:

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

2. 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

There is no magic pill for weight loss. You simply have to follow a healthy eating
and exercise plan. From this study, it is clear that hypnosis supports diet and
exercise adherence.

* Bolocofsky, David N.: Spinler, Dwayne; Coulthard-Morris. Linda
(1985). “Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight
management.” Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41.

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