Research data about
Weight Loss Through Hypnosis
Research demonstrates significant benefits when using hypnosis for weight loss.
Weight loss through hypnosis was far greater than through alternative approaches these studies have shown.
In research to examine the helpfulness of hypnosis on weight loss 109 subjects (who were aged between 17 to 67) completed a behavioral treatment either with or without the addition of hypnosis. The treatment lasted 9 weeks and the research included follow ups both 8 months and 2 years after the treatment. The subjects who used hypnosis showed a long-term weight loss rate much higher than the people who didn’t. The research also found that the subjects using hypnosis were much better at achieving and maintaining their ideal weight goals.
Journal for Clinical Psychology January 1985 41(1):35-41
In a study of 60 women separated into hypnosis versus non-hypnosis groups, the groups using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds, while the non-hypnosis group lost an average of only .5 pounds (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1986).
In a meta-analysis, 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%. This shows that hypnosis works even better over time (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1996).
Other Research on Weight Loss through Hypnosis
Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.
Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
Allison, David B.; Faith, Myles S. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: A meta-analytic reappraisal. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 1996 Jun Vol
Stradling J, Roberts D, Wilson A, Lovelock F. Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. International Journal of Obesity Related Metababolic Disorders. 1998 Mar;22(3):278-81.