Weight Loss Research 2017-03-09T20:56:29+00:00

What is the best way to lose weight?

Studies have shown that one of the best ways to lose weight is through hypnotherapy. The weight loss studies below are an example of how effective hypnosis can be for those trying to lose weight. 

Research:

  1. Bolocofsky DN, Spinler D, Coulthard-Morris L. (1985). Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41(1): 35-41

    In this study, 109 people, ranging from 17-67 years of age, were split into two groups for a nine week study. While both groups were assigned a diet and exercise plan only one group was assigned hypnosis for reinforcement.

    Both groups at the end of the study showed significant weight loss, however the group that had hypnotherapy in addition to the diet and exercise plan demonstrated better long term weight management at the 8 month and 2 year follow ups. The group that did not undergo hypnotherapy did not lose any additional weight; in fact some individuals gained most of their weight back.

     

  2. Cochrane G., Friesen J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatmentJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54: 489-492

    In this next study, 60 females, at least 20% of them overweight and not involved in other treatment, were investigated for the effects of hypnosis on weight loss. Each participant was interviewed about their family background, educational background, and their belief as to their “hypnotizability”.

    The 60 females were split into hypnosis and non-hypnosis groups, with both groups being given weight loss behavioral treatments and counseling. The group using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds at the 2 month follow up, while the group not using hypnosis only lost about 0.5 pounds at the 2 month follow-up. 

    This study also suggests that “hypnotizability” and social and educational backgrounds has no effect on results.

     

  3. Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments- Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3): 517-519.

    This next study is a meta-analysis, which is when researchers look across multiple studies. In the studies with the use of hypnosis, the average short-term weight loss was 11.8 pounds. In the studies with no hypnosis, the average short-term weight loss was 6 pounds.

    In addition, the average weight loss without hypnosis stayed at 6 pounds over the long term, while those with hypnosis jumped to 14.88 pounds over the long term.

     

  4. Allison, David B.; Faith, Myles S(1996). Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: A meta-analytic reappraisal. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3): 513-516.

    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.

Again and again, hypnotherapy has shown that it could be the best way to lose weight long-term. My weight loss program offers an individualized approach that is specific to the issues that you face. My customized method can help you achieve lasting results. Call (503-684-4112) today to get started!