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Hypnosis for Weight Loss, Does it Work?

Emma Gonzalez | December 19th, 2012

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Look deep into your computer. Focus on the glowing screen. Listen to the hum of the fan. You have willpower. You do not want those French fries. And ooh, that spinach looks tasty.

Is there scientific proof that hypnosis can help with weight loss, or just anecdotal evidence? Should you use hypnosis in conjunction with diet, or just on its own? And is it really the best way to shed unwanted pounds?

There are a lot of questions surrounding hypnosis for weight loss, but not all of them can be answered. What is known is that the best way to lose weight has always been a solid diet and exercise program – one that is sustainable and enjoyable over time. Hypnosis may help with that, but the real answer is a physician-assisted program, such as those through the Center for Medical Weight Loss, that takes into account your overall health and goals.

Hypnosis for weight loss: does it work?

The answer to this is a resounding… maybe. There is no scientific evidence or significant research to support the positive benefits of hypnosis on weight loss. Nevertheless, there is much anecdotal evidence from dieters who have successfully incorporated hypnosis into their weight loss program, and swear by its benefits. However, keep in mind that the few studies that have been conducted show only minor weight loss (average 6 pounds) from hypnosis alone, so even if you go this route you’ll want to use it in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program.

How to choose a hypnotist

The most important factor in choosing a hypnotist for weight loss is trust. Do you feel comfortable with the hypnotist? Trust can go a long way to helping hypnosis work. Beyond that, look for a hypnotist with a proven track record. Request references – and verify them. Your hypnotherapist should understand the basic tenets of your diet and exercise program, and will help you adjust your habits to reflect a healthy lifestyle.

What is the best way to lose weight?

The answer isn’t the latest fad, cleanse, or even today’s most popular diets. It’s not severe calorie restriction or cutting out white foods or only eating the colors of the rainbow (although that makes for a very attractive plate!) – the answer is good, old-fashioned diet and exercise. Physician-assisted diet programs, like those offered at the Center for Medical Weight Loss, focus on the time-tested and proven combo of a well-rounded diet and physical activity.

All Center weight loss programs are tailored to each individual, so your lifestyle – your favorite foods, daily habits, and preferred ways to get active – are incorporated to create a program that fits you like a glove. A glove that’s a few sizes smaller, that is! Get a jumpstart on that New Year’s resolution and call the Center for Medical Weight Loss today. Begin by inputting your zip code into the box at the top right, and finding the Center nearest you. Introductory offers are available for first-time clients in most locations.