Although hypnosis sounds like something out of a movie, its real-life benefits such as its ability of ease pain, are being noted.
But another benefit of hypnosis is being studied by experts: its ability to help you lose weight.
According to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of the Mayo Clinic, there may be some truth to this claim. She says that hypnosis may help you lose a few pounds when it is used with other weight-loss methods, such as diet and exercise. However, there is little evidence about weight-loss hypnosis to recommend it to individuals who want to lose weight.
What is weight-loss hypnosis?
Hypnosis, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, is "an altered state of consciousness, usually achieved with the help of a hypnotherapist using verbal repetition and mental images." When a person is hypnotized, his or her attention is much more focused, making him or her more responsive to suggestions, including behavior changes that can help you lose weight. Hypnosis, when used for weight-loss, is usually used with cognitive and behavioral therapy.
Is weight-loss hypnosis effective?
Over the years, a number of researches have weighed the usefulness of weight-loss hypnosis. Most of these researches found positive but "modest" weight loss results. The average weight-loss is about 6 pounds or 2.72 kg. But the quality of these studies has been questioned, which makes it more difficult to determine the effectiveness of weight-loss hypnosis.
Zeratsky says, "If you’ve tried diet and exercise but are still struggling to meet your weight-loss goal, you may want to try weight-loss hypnosis. Just remember that there are no guaranteed results."