Can Hypnotherapy Help In Losing Weight?


We’ve all seen people suggesting one another to go to nutritionists, dietitians, doctors and fitness experts for the purpose of losing weight. But have you ever heard someone say, “Go to a hypnotherapist”? Well that’s an option available now that some people have tried and tested while others are still skeptical about it. 


What Is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the art of putting the subject into a trance-like state of complete relaxation. In this state, both the conscious and unconscious mind become one to concentrate and be influenced through repeated verbal commands and with the use of mental-picturing ability. The mind of the individual becomes vulnerable to the commands stated by the hypnotherapists and can influence change in habits and behaviors.


Can It Work For Weight Loss?

Hypnotherapy can be a really effective tool alongside a healthy diet and good exercise regime, in order to lose weight. Since the brain is the central controller of how we behave both consciously and unconsciously, effectively directing it for the aim of losing weight will definitely help in achieving of one’s weight loss goal. Influencing habits related to overeating, snacking, etc. is the main aim of the hypnotherapy for weight loss. However, there’s still debate over its effectiveness. Studies from the 90’s showed more weight loss in individuals who used hypnotherapy and dieting compared to those who only chose dieting. Another study conducted on 60 obese women in 2014 showed similar results.


Should I Go For It? What Should I Expect?

Ideal candidates for this hypnotherapy are ones who have trouble making up their minds and sticking to a schedule that is designed to help them in their weight loss. Hypnotherapy is aimed at the mind of the individual and if used to influence their behaviors, so in the case of weight loss it will be used to target habits like overeating, stress eating, eating junk food, not going to the gym or not exercising daily, etc. The hypnotherapy sessions can last anywhere between 45 minutes to a whole hour, or even two depending on the need and suggestion by the hypnotherapist. Your hypnotherapist will explain to you how the process is going to work and discuss your personal goals and what you can expect from the process. It’s suggested to be open and transparent with your therapist. This will ensure that they’ll be able to influence and direct your mind more effectively.


During the session they may verbally make you visualize yourself reaching the weight loss goal you intend to achieve. After the session, they’ll have you return to your starting state. The number and duration of the sessions depends on your personal goals and the suggestions of the hypnotherapist. Usually, two to three sessions are enough to direct an individual and see results. 


 Therapist taking notes during therapy


Advanced Hypnotherapy for Naples is offers cognitive and sub-cognitive hypnotherapy services to help you lose weight and achieve the target physique that you have in mind. Our aim is to help you reach your personal fitness goals, make healthy lifestyle changes, and feel more confident about your body without the cost of your mental peace. Reach out to us if you’re based in Naples, FL.


Written by

Peter Williams CHt. CHI