What The Experts Say About Hypnosis

Hypnosis for weight loss has become a multi-million dollar industry, and it’s no wonder. It capitalizes on our desire to lose weight without hunger, deprivation, or – well – work. While hypnosis can be a valuable tool for a dieter, it’s no magic bullet, despite the claims of so many advertisers. The Psychology Department of Vanderbilt University recently did a study on weight loss and hypnosis, and had some very important things to say concerning the whole business.

The first thing that Vanderbilt had to say was that a great deal of the misinformation that abounds concerning weight-loss hypnosis has to do with a lack of understanding of the mechanisms by which hypnosis works. We’d like to think that hypnosis has some sort of supernatural ability to reprogram our brains, but it just ain’t so. It’s not like wiping a flash drive and putting new information on it. Hypnosis can help, but not in the way you might hope.

Hypnosis can help you, first and foremost, relax. It’s no secret that stress triggers overeating and the release of stress hormones that can cause your body to hang onto fat reserves. When you’re stressed, you want something to relieve that stress, and eating fills that bill nicely. Hypnosis can help you learn and retain alternative relaxation techniques that you can use instead of eating.

Notice the use of the word “help” in the previous paragraph. Hypnosis is a tool that is to be used, along with other things, to facilitate weight loss. It’s not going to be terribly effective on its own. However, if it’s used to compliment a weight management program that includes behavioral management, nutritional management, and exercise, it can help.

If you do decide to use hypnosis to augment your weight loss efforts, be sure to look for a licensed hypnotherapist, or to look for self-hypnosis CDs that don’t promise miracles. Reliable companies and therapists aren’t going to promise you the moon, because they know they can’t deliver. If you’re thinking of going to a hypnotist that promises “the weight will just fall off”, or “weight loss with no effort”, you need to look elsewhere. There’s not going to be a whole lot of difference between that hypnotist and the old snake oil salesmen who used to patronize state fairs and carnivals. You’d be much better off investing that same money in a session with a nutritionist or a personal trainer.