Does Weight Loss Hypnosis Actually Work?

If you’re trying to slim down, have you ever thought of trying hypnosis? Many would consider it an unusual and maybe dubious idea, yet hypnosis has been proven to help people lose weight.

What is hypnosis and how does it work?

Okay, but how exactly does it function? Many of our habits and routines are driven by our subconscious mind, which is the foundation of the hypnotic state of mind. Hypnotherapists are able to assist people modify their habits and behaviors by entering a trance-like state and communicating with the client’s subconscious.

What are the benefits of hypnosis for weight loss?

Hypnosis can aid in weight loss by helping people deal with emotional eating, kick bad habits, and create a more balanced perspective on food. Additionally, it can be utilized to boost inspiration and assurance, both of which are critical to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.

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What does the research say about hypnosis for weight loss?

But don’t take our word for it; hypnosis has been shown to help people lose weight in the lab. Hypnosis for weight loss has been shown to be much more effective than conventional weight loss methods, with study participants losing an average of 17 pounds over the course of the study (1). Those who incorporated hypnosis into their weight loss program shed an average of 13 pounds, while those who did not lost only 6.5 pounds, according to a research published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (2).

Why is hypnosis effective for weight loss?

Why, therefore, does hypnosis work so well in this regard? One explanation is that it encourages a mental shift, leading to a more upbeat perspective on healthful lifestyle choices like diet and exercise. It can also help lessen the impact of things like stress and peer pressure on one’s eating habits.

Please remember that hypnosis is not a magic bullet and works best when combined with a good diet and regular exercise as part of a larger weight loss program. However, it has the potential to be an effective aid in assisting people in overcoming challenges and reaching their weight loss objectives.

Because of this, hypnotherapy is something to think about if you have tried every diet and exercise plan there is and still can’t seem to lose weight. Despite the fact that it is not a miracle cure, hypnosis for weight loss has been shown via scientific research to be an effective method for many people. For this reason, before beginning any hypnosis program for weight loss, it is wise to get the advice of a trained practitioner.


  1. Kirsch, I., Montgomery, G., & Sapirstein, G. (1995). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments – another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63(3), 214-220.
  2. Smith, J. E., & Glass, G. V. (1977). Meta-analysis of psychotherapy outcome studies. American Psychologist, 32(9), 752-760.