Hypnotherapy for Weight Management

Hypnotherapy for weight management can help you lose weight more easily by creating new healthy patterns in the brain, almost like a template. We help you by looking at how your brain works in relation to emotional links and habits that have been created around diet which helps to reduce negative behaviour patterns that have been created over time around food. This will help you to positively change the way you think about food and exercise, boosting motivation, confidence, energy and most importantly your self-image.

Weight management hypnotherapy allows your body and mind work together to instinctively make healthier lifestyle choices and ensure that your basic emotional needs are being met so that food is not being used as a substitute or misdirected attempt at helping you to meet those basic needs and give you the boost of ‘feel good’ chemicals that can be sourced elsewhere in a healthier and beneficial way.

The subconscious mind plays a big part in any habits we may have. Subconscious patterns in the brain that have formed over time can feel overpowering. Hypnotherapy can address the subconscious mind directly change the neuroplasticity in the brain allowing us to create healthier patterns and pathways.

Research shows that hypnosis allows for a greater increase in weight loss and for maintenance of that weight loss:

Two groups of people were split into weight management programmes of nine weeks duration. One group had the addition of hypnosis to their programme and one group did not. At eight month and two-year follow-ups, the group which had the addition of hypnosis to their programme showed significant additional weight loss whilst those in the group which did not have the addition of hypnosis to their programme exhibited little further change. More of the subjects who had the benefit of hypnosis achieved and maintained their personal weight goals.

(Bolocofsky, D. N., Spinler, D., & Coulthard-Morris, L. Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41, 35-40, 1985)

In a study of hypnosis for weight loss for 60 females separated into a hypnosis group and a non-hypnosis group, the hypnosis group lost an average of 17 pounds whereas the non-hypnosis group lost an average of only 0.5 pounds.

(Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492, 1986).

Comparing the results of adding hypnosis to weight loss treatment across multiple studies showed that adding hypnosis increased weight loss by an average of 97% during treatment, and even more importantly increased the effectiveness POST TREATMENT by over 146%.

(Kirsch, Irving. Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioural weight loss treatments-Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 517-519, 1996).