A Better Understanding of Weight Loss through Hypnosis

Statistics have shown that more than 1 billion people in the entire world have a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 25 kg/m2. To put it simply, these people are overweight and the numbers have reached epidemic proportions already. Obesity and overweight can predispose the population to a number of diseases and health conditions, and a shorter lifespan. Hence, people are encouraged to control their weight at a healthy rate.

We have seen a lot of diets who claims to induce weight loss in a short period of time. While many of these weight loss diets really work, a bigger dilemma for people is following the regime for longer durations. In such scenario, hypnosis, a form of psychotherapy, is one great solution to a person’s weight problem.

How Hypnosis Helps

Hypnosis is not a new technique. In fact, hypnosis has already existed several decades ago. It is said that hypnosis plays a major role in achieving therapeutic effects as well as a good adjunct with other weight loss methods.
To achieve weight loss, a person must submit himself to several hypnosis sessions. The procedure shall only be performed by a certified hypnotherapist. If you see books, audiotapes, seminars, and the like claiming to achieve weight loss in a single, effortless session. Watch out. Weight loss is an area ripe for quacks and fraud, and these might be empty promises and false marketing claims.

Under the state of hypnosis, an individual is in a relaxed state of mind and becomes highly suggestible to behavioral changes that lead to weight loss. Your mind is trained to control cravings and stick to your diet plans or any other weight loss programs that you have in order to achieve its full effect. Studies show that few people lose weight with hypnosis alone. Oftentimes, it is combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy. And the entire program itself must be tailored specifically per individual.

However, there may also be certain people that cannot be hypnotized at all. Those who are submissive are more likely to be hypnotized while people who are unwilling and resistant to hypnosis are less likely to be hypnotized. You might end up wasting a fortune, plus your time.

Several journals have already published studies between hypnosis and non-hypnosis groups. The results are mostly positive, but the extent of weight loss is unpredictable and may vary per person on the way they manage their lifestyle. Experts suggest that hypnosis should be combined with another form of treatment to be considered beneficial.