Does Hypnosis Work for Weight Loss?

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Hypnosis is a state of awareness that allows better communication between the conscious mind and subconscious mind. We all experience some form of hypnosis when we daydream or are about to fall asleep. Since hypnosis can help us access information stored in our subconscious mind, could it be an effective tool for weight loss?

Does hypnosis work for weight loss?

When used correctly, hypnosis can help increase the connection between the mind and body, allowing them to communicate better and heal quicker. Hypnosis can also be used to reprogram the subconscious mind. Because of these features, hypnosis can make it easier for you to deal with certain emotional, mental and physical problems. As a result, if done correctly, hypnosis does work for weight loss.

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An overweight primary school teacher has lost almost eight stone after she was hypnotised into believing doctors had fitted her with a gastric band.

Kim Robinshaw, 31, whose weight had spiralled to 21 stone was sent into a trance by a slimming expert after other dieting attempts failed to work.

When she woke up Kim believed she had undergone surgery to have the band fitted and she started shedding the pounds.

She dropped from a size 24 to a svelte 14-16 in nine months due to her ‘virtual gastric band’.

Kim, of Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire, said: ‘I think the results are incredible, I’ve still got a bit more weight to lose, but I just can’t get over it.

If done correctly, hypnosis can help you lose weight

Once you understand how hypnosis works, you may realize that it has great potential for healing the body to a certain level. In addition, it can help your mind detox compulsive behaviors, which is why hypnosis can help you lose weight. Even though hypnosis has great healing potential, many people are nervous about it because they think hypnosis is weird science or has to do with mind control.

Hypnosis can be used to affect your thought patterns to a certain degree but it cannot be used to totally control your mind. Hypnosis targets the subconscious mind to reprogram it in a way that affects the conscious mind and the behavior of the person in a subtle way. However, when the person is in the conscious state and becomes aware of the programming, s/he can refuse to follow the programmed behavior of the subconscious mind.

A doctor who did a great job demonstrating the power of hypnosis is Dr. Cleve Backster. After joining the military ROTC program at Texas A & M University, Backster began demonstrating hypnosis to large audiences. Some of the people who responded well to hypnosis were asked by Backster to help him to further his research. During Backster’s hypnosis experiments, he found that he could alter the perceptions of certain people. His research got so much attention that it even caught the attention of the CIA.

Backsters research shows compelling evidence that the mind can be reprogrammed to a certain degree and that it deliberately screen out most information to prevent information overload, preventing us from going insane. His research also suggested that not everyone can be hypnotized. The people who are hard to hypnotize are usually more awake and aware, and have a strong mind.

Subliminal message: A different version of hypnosis

Another hypnotic technique that does a great job reprogramming your mind is subliminal message. A subliminal message is a message designed to stimulate and reprogram your subconscious mind. Because it is designed to target your subconscious mind, you are usually not aware of it. This feature makes subliminal message very effective at controlling your thought patterns to a certain degree.

Subliminal messages are popular in the food industry because it likes to use them to stimulate your subconscious mind to produce compulsive and addictive behaviors. This is how the food industry reprograms your subconscious mind to make you behave in a certain way when you see its products. This process of reprogramming your subconscious mind is very subtle so you are usually not aware of it. If subliminal message did not work, do you think the food industry would invest millions of dollars per year on it?

Hypnosis can help you lose weight but it is not a tool that can solve all your weight problems. Use hypnosis to assist you in your journey to lose weight but do not solely rely on it. Whenever you depend too much on something, you lose confidence in yourself which can lead to other emotional, mental and physical problems.

So, does hypnosis work for weight loss? The answer is yes, but only to a certain point and it may not work for everyone.


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  1. Vanessa says:

    Yes, I believe that hypnosis and subliminal can be very helpful. I also believe that we have to find out what got us that way in the first place and fix it. It saddens me that I see people diet, exercise, change their life style and then boom, they are gaining weight again. So sad. I know that some of the culprits are “feeding” emptiness inside, not feeling loved, doing it to protect ourselves. I see that from victims of sexual trauma, etc. Low self-esteem, ah the list goes on. I think weight gain is more of a spiritual/ mental issue then anything else. I don’t want to sound discouraging. I think it’s wonderful when people are successful and keep it off but there are so many people out there that try and they are back to square one again. I feel for them.

  2. Deedee Lewis says:

    I think it’s great that it was pointed out that although hypnosis can help you in losing weight, it wouldn’t solve all your weight problems. It’s important to understand hypnosis and what it can do for your specific situation so that it is used properly. I will definitely keep in mind that it’s possible for our subconscious to be reprogrammed, especially when it comes to food.