Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss
the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females,
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.
Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54,
Later Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant
completed a behavioral treatment for weight management
either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the
end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted
in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year
follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have
continued to lose significant weight, while those in the
behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further
of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)
Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it
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.
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.
More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss
Study of the
effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive- behavioral
treatments for weight reduction, additional data were
obtained from authors of 2 studies. Analyses indicated
that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially
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
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Hypnotherapy group with stress
reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than
the other two treatments.
Randomised, 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
apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure
J Stradlinga, 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
… 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
loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized
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.
of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)
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.
of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)