Does Hypnosis Work For Weight Loss?

Hypnosis is a word that describes a state of mind that allows new ideas, beliefs, and behaviors to be accepted into a willing participant's mind without critical or judgmental scrutiny. This lessens the likelihood of rejection. So someone coming to see me, or any experienced and well trained hypnotist, with a desire to lose weight will be guided into this special experience where prior agreed upon suggestions will be presented for acceptance. During this time changes in perceptions will occur. Using emotions to trigger positive responses to the behaviors that produce weight loss will be installed. So that when the client eats the right kind of food in the right proportions they will feel powerful positive feelings. An effective hypnotist will also use emotions to trigger negative responses to the behaviors that have been keeping them fat or contributing to their unhealthy problems. So that when they look at foods they want to avoid they will feel powerful negative feelings that keep them from wanting to indulge in those unhealthy foods and/or behaviors.

Study Results Show Hypnosis Is Effective

There have been many studies that have proven that hypnosis is effective when used to help people lose weight. One of those studies was made by a couple of doctors who used hypnosis successfully and did a review of other weight loss studies involving hypnosis. Their work can be found in Chapter 11, Hypnosis in the Treatment of Nutritional and Dietary Problems. Clinical Hypnosis: Principles and Applications by Harold B. Crasilneck, Ph.D. and James A. Hall., M.D. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the National Institutes of Health as of December, 2004 there are more than 5,000 clinical research studies having to do with hypnosis and its benefits currently being conducted worldwide. Included in those studies is a study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders in March of 1998 that concluded that "the use of hypnotherapy, as an adjunct to dietary advice in producing weight loss, has produced a statistically significant result in favour of hypnotherapy."

What Should I Look For In A Hypnotist Assisted Weight Loss Program?

Each hypnotist approaches their clients, and their client's problems in their own unique way. The more successful hypnotists require their clients to commit to making the changes and commit to a series of sessions. It is quite clear that the best weight loss programs are designed around a support system, and an experienced and well trained hypnotist will view their work in the same way. The series of sessions act as a support system for weight loss clients as they build the new behaviors and responses into their lifestyle.

Habits-The Key To Your Success

You probably already know that habits are what make our lives easier. Habits help us to do repetitive tasks without thinking, so we can focus on what really needs our attention during our normal day to day existence. With any change in lifestyle we are looking to develop habits that make it easy for us to maintain and continue this lifestyle. So as we develop the habits of a healthy and fit person they become who we are.