Hypnosis and Weight Loss Research Articles

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There are now countless studies demonstrating the effectiveness of hypnosis in helping people who wish to lose weight and keep the pounds off.

Lasting Weight Loss

A study from the Journal of Clinical Psychology worked with over 100 dieters and clearly established the importance of using hypnosis for weight loss in order not only to lose weight but to keep it off over time.

This study divided 109 people into two groups. Both received weight loss advice for 9 weeks but only one group received hypnosis with the advice.

The researchers followed up with the people at 8 months and again 2 years after they had been through the initial weight loss program. The results were surprising for many.

The group not using hypnosis had not lost any more weight and most had gained back any initial weight they had lost on the 9 week program.

The hypnosis group on the other hand continued to lose weight during both the 8 month and 2 year intervals and the study showed that far more people in the hypnosis group achieved their long-term weight-loss goals. This was because the hypnosis group continued with the new healthy habits they had learned from the advice they had received while the non-hypnosis group did not.

Hypnosis Working for Everybody

Another study (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology) looked at 60 women, all at least 20% overweight. They too were divided into two groups, one receiving hypnosis in addition to weight loss advice and the other not receiving hypnosis.

Again, the results were very clear. The group using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds at the 6 month follow-up. The group not using hypnosis lost only ½ pound.

These researchers also established that hypnosis worked whatever social and educational background the people came from and had nothing to do with their so called ability to be hypnotized. Every one who wants to can benefit from hypnosis to achieve their goals.

Multiple Study Review

Researchers comparing the results of multiple studies on hypnosis for weight loss found that the average short-term weight loss for dieters was 6 pounds compared to 12 pounds for those using hypnosis. Double the weight loss for the hypnosis groups.

Hypnosis Effects Continue Over Time

More importantly, over the long-term, the average weight loss for non-hypnosis groups stuck at 6 pounds but with hypnosis jumped to nearly 15 pounds. Again showing that the very positive effects of hypnosis continue over time.

Here is a sample list of other studies carried out demonstrating the benefits of using hypnosis to lose weight:

Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss
Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

Two Years Later: Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)

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

Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.
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
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
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)

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