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From Harvard Medical School psychotherapist Jean Fain’s article:

10 Ways Hypnosis Can Help You Lose Weight For Good

Weight Loss Woes

Do you ask yourself why your weight always comes back and what you can do to avoid it? First let’s look at the problem. This quoted material is part of an abstract from a published medical study that is available to you here.

Biology’s Response to Dieting: The Impetus for Weight Regain.

Dieting is the most common approach to losing weight for the majority of obese and overweight individuals. Restricting intake leads to weight loss in the short term, but, by itself, dieting has a relatively poor success rate for long-term weight reduction. Most obese people eventually regain the weight they have worked so hard to lose.

The above is from a database maintained by the United States Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health. Please visit the site to read more.

You Are Not Alone

Ninety-five percent of people who diet gain all their weight back and more within three years. Dr. Kelly D. Brownell, the director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, said the number was first suggested in Stunkard and McLaren-Hume’s 1959 clinical study of 100 obese individuals. The study found that, two years after treatment, only 2% maintained a weight loss of 20 pounds or more.

In 1998, a New England Journal of Medicine editorial titled, “Losing Weight: An Ill-Fated New Year’s Resolution” came to the same conclusion. This statistic was acknowledged at the New Zealand Obesity Society conference in 2009 and also at the inaugural International Obesity Summit in 2010.

What You Can Do

Allow us to show you the science involving hypnosis. This is an abstract of a published medical study that is available to you here.

Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy: a Meta-Analysis

A meta-analysis was performed on 18 studies in which a cognitive-behavioral therapy was compared with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. The results indicated that the addition of hypnosis substantially enhanced treatment outcome, so that the average client receiving cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy showed greater improvement than at least 70% of clients receiving nonhypnotic treatment.

Effects seemed particularly pronounced for treatments of obesity, especially at long-term follow-up, indicating that unlike those in nonhypnotic treatment, clients to whom hypnotic inductions had been administered continued to lose weight after treatment ended. These results were particularly striking because of the few procedural differences between the hypnotic and nonhypnotic treatments.

The Science of Hypnosis and What it Can Do for You

“Hypnosis isn’t meant to be a “diet” but rather one tool to help you be successful with eating nutritious food and exercising. . “Hypnosis helps people experience in a multi-sensory way what it feels like when they are strong, fit and in control and to overcome their mental barriers to achieving those goals,” she says. “Hypnosis can specifically help people resolve the underlying psychological problems causing them to hate exercise, experience intense cravings, binge at night, or eat mindlessly. It helps them identify the triggers and disarm them.”

Traci Stein, PhD

Former Director of Integrative Medicine Department of Surgery at Columbia University

“Hypnosis isn’t just a mental thing, there’s also a medical component. Using hypnosis can kickstart healthy habits. The meditation aspect can really help reduce stress and increase mindfulness which in turn can help with weight loss.”

Peter LePort, MD

Bariatric Surgeon and Medical Director Memorial Care Center for Obesity in California.

Hypnosis for Weight Loss Studies

“Most people, including my colleagues at Harvard Medical School, where I teach hypnosis, don’t realize that adding trance to your weight loss efforts can help you lose more weight and keep it off longer.”

  • Jean Fain LICSW MSW
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Harvard Medical School

“If you’re tired of losing weight and then regaining more, forget about starting the same old diet tomorrow.”

  • Steven Gurgevich PhD
  • Steven Gurgevich PhD
  • Tucson, Arizona

A 1996 meta-analysis combining six earlier studies, found that study participants who used hypnosis averaged a 15-pound weight loss at the end of treatment, compared to the control group who lost an average of 6 pounds without hypnosis. In designing the meta-analysis, study author Irving Kirsch selected studies that varied in the length between two months and two years.

Kirsch found a correlation between longer studies and results. This suggests that the benefit of hypnosis increases with time.

“Hypnosis can be used safely over a long-term, and some studies suggest that weight loss benefits may be more obvious over an extended duration. In one study, those attempting to lose weight completed a 9-week weight management program. Some of the participants also received hypnosis, whereas others did not. While both groups of individuals experienced similar weight loss after 9-weeks, only those that received adjunct hypnosis experienced additional (significant) weight loss at 8-month and 2-year follow-up assessments. This suggests that the benefits of adjunct hypnosis may become more evident over a long-term.”

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.

Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.

Randomized, 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 apnea 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)

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