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Research shows Hypnosis helps with weight loss, and helps keep it off!

Clients who have concerns about weight typically go through a cycle of dieting and bingeing. As hypnotherapists we work with clients to stop this unhealthy pattern, teaching them skills that they can use to regulate themselves, such as making realistic weight loss goals, healthier food choices, and self hypnosis.  Using hypnotherapy as so often clients overeat in part because of other contributing issues. 

There have been many clinical research studies done using hypnosis for weight loss. And most, if not all show how using hypnotherapy to reduce weight can also improve your chances of keeping it off.
 

Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off

Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy, such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self-monitoring or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis. Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of the non hypnosis, and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.
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

This was a study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive- behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of two studies. Analysis 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.

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.

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)

Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss

Researchers investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females who were at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego-strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions.

Hypnosis was more effective than a control group 17lbs vs. 0.5 lbs on follow-up. ~Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

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)

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

A 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

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)

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