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.
“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.