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Weight reduction

There's so much that can be done for weight reduction with hypnotherapy. It can be a whole new life path to wellness if you want it. Positively turning around negative thinking and building worthiness, confidence, self-love and self-belief. Setting free any underlying pain or traumatic events; freeing oneself from emotional/behavioural issues and patterns, and learning how to believe in, and love oneself again, or perhaps even for the first time. 

From the research below...

"Averaged across post-treatment and follow-up assessment periods, the mean weight loss was 6.00 lbs. (2.72 kg) without hypnosis and 11.83 lbs. (5.37 kg) with hypnosis". (Kirsch)

"At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. However, at the 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis clients showed significant additional weight loss, while those in the behavioural treatment exhibited little further change". (Bolocofsky)

 

Sapp, Marty; Obiakor, Festus E.; Scholze, Steffanie; Gregas, Amanda 
J. (Spr 2007). Confidence Intervals and Hypnosis in the Treatment 
of Obesity. Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and 
Hypnosis, Vol 28(2), 25-33. 

This study surveys the research on hypnosis and obesity over the past 25 years. 
Confidence intervals were used to provide upper and lower limits of hypnosis in the 
treatment of obesity. Previous studies have found mixed results. For example, 
Levitt (1993) reported an average correlation between weight loss and hypnotic 
susceptibility of .550, p > .05. A 95% confidence interval around the population 
correlation coefficient was -.060 for the lower limit and .91 for the upper limit. 
Allison and Faith (1996) found a point estimate for d of .26 for hypnosis and weight 
loss (small effect size), and Kirsch (1996) found a point estimate for hypnosis and 
“Of the programs currently available [for treating self-defeating 
eating], cognitive behavioural techniques have the best empirical 
record and it appears that hypnosis may prove a useful adjunct to 
the treatment program.” (Hutchinson-Phillips & Gow, 2005, p. 113) 
weight loss of .98 (large effect size).The current study found a 95% confidence 
interval around the population d of (-.4562, .9549) for the Allison and Faith study, 
and (-.0440, 1.9449) for the Kirsch study. Point estimates between the two studies 
did not differ. The current study found that results of Allison and Faith and Kirsch 
have overlapping confidence intervals. Finally, power values were low for both 

confidence intervals and more studies are needed to improve statistical power. 


Anbar, Ran D.; Savedoff, Aaron D. (Oct-Jan 2005-2006). Treatment 
of Binge Eating with Automatic Word Processing and Self-Hypnosis:

A Case Report. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 
Vol 48(2-3), 191-198. 

Binge eating frequently is related to emotional stress and mood problems. In this 
report, we describe a 16-year-old boy who utilized automatic word processing 
(AWP) and self-hypnosis techniques in treatment of his binge eating, and associated 
anxiety, insomnia, migraine headaches, nausea, and stomach-aches. He was able to 
reduce his anxiety by gaining an understanding that it originated as a result of fear 
of failure. He developed a new cognitive strategy through AWP, after which his 
binge eating resolved and his other symptoms improved with the aid of self-hypnosis.

Thus, AWP may have helped achieve resolution of his binge eating by 
uncovering the underlying psychological causes of his symptoms, and self-hypnosis 
may have given him a tool to implement a desired change in his behaviour. 


Hutchinson-Phillips, Susan; Gow, Kathryn. (Sep 2005). Hypnosis as 
an Adjunct to CBT: Treating Self-defeating Eaters. Journal of 
Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies, Vol 5(2), 113-138. 

Self-defeating eating has negative effects on the lives of a large number of people in 
the western world. In Australia, obesity and overweight is on the rise, affecting 
twenty-five percent of children, and between thirty and fifty percent of adults. Both 
dietary restriction and over-indulgence in high fat, calorie laden foods with little 
nutrient value have a large negative impact on the health of at least one half of the 
western world. Treatment options are inadequate, in terms of availability and 
efficacy. Of the programs currently available, cognitive behavioural techniques 
have the best empirical record and it appears that hypnosis may prove a useful 
adjunct to the treatment program. 


Kirsch, I. (1996). Hypnotic Enhancement of Cognitive-Behavioural 
Weight Loss Treatments--Another Meta-Reanalysis. Journal of 
Consulting & Clinical Psychology, Vol. 64, 517-9. 

In a 3rd meta-analysis of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioural 
treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of 2 
studies, and computational inaccuracies in both previous meta-analyses were 
corrected. The mean effect size of this difference was 0.66 SD. At the last 
assessment period, the mean weight loss was 6.03 lbs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis 
and 14.88 lbs. (6.75 kg) with hypnosis. The effect size for this difference was 0.98 
SD. Correlational analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased 
substantially over time (r = .74). 


Johnson, D. L., Karkut, R. T. (1996). Participation in 
Multicomponent Hypnosis Treatment Programs for Women’s 
Weight Loss with and without Overt Aversion. Psychological 
Reports, Vol. 79, 659-68. 

Studies of hypnotic, covert and overt aversive techniques have yielded equivocal 
results when each has been examined for a singular effect on weight lost. Some 
have advocated study of effective combinations of techniques before investing in 
other applications. Two programs of hypnosis, imagery, diet, tape, behaviour 
management and support but differing in the overt use of aversion (electric shock, 
disgusting tastes smells) were examined. A total of 172 overweight adult women 
were treated, 86 in a hypnosis only and 86 in an overt aversion and hypnosis 
program. Both programs achieved significant weight losses. Although subjects who 
received overt aversion attained somewhat more desired goals and lost more weight 
than subjects recovering only hypnosis, the differences were not significant. 


Vanderlinden, J., Vandereycken, W. (1994). The (Limited) 
Possibilities of Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Obesity. 
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol. 36, 248-57. 

In this paper we review the possibilities and limitations of hypnotherapeutic 
techniques in the treatment of obesity. In spite of some promising reports, the 
findings and opinions about the effectiveness of hypnosis in the treatment of obesity 
vary greatly. We provide a brief overview of specific hypnotherapeutic techniques--
such as teaching relaxation, increasing self-control, encouraging physical exercise, 
altering self-esteem and body image, strengthening motivation, and exploring 
ambivalence for change--that can be involved in a multidimensional approach to 
obesity. Case reports illustrate the use of these techniques. 


Cochrane, G. (1992). Hypnosis and Weight Reduction: Which Is the 
Cart and Which Is the Horse? American Journal of Clinical 
Hypnosis, Vol. 35, 109-18. 

Hypnosis has often been described as a useful adjunctive treatment for excess 
weight. However, the literature shows that very few controlled studies have been 
conducted in this realm, and none have incorporated the key variables of either the 
hypnosis components or the weight-reduction components. In this paper I offer a  
brief review of the literature on hypnosis for weight reduction, present weight-reduction

outcome data, outline variables common to people with chronic weight 
problems, and I offer suggestions for future uses of hypnosis within a 
comprehensive approach to weight reduction rather than as the primary treatment. 
Suggestions are also made concerning the multiple opportunities for future research 
using hypnosis in the substance-abuse field. 


Stanton, H. E. (1989). Ego-enhancement: A Five-step Approach. 
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol. 31, 192-8. 

The present article describes an ego-enhancement procedure which combines 
hypnotic induction, trance deepening, positive suggestion, and imagery in a five-step

package. This procedure may be used in a generalized form with no reference 
to the patient’s presenting symptoms or it may be tailored to address specific 
problems. The elements comprising the package are: (1) physical relaxation, (2) 
mental calming, (3) disposal of mental rubbish, (4) removal of a barrier 
representing everything that is negative in the life of the subject, and (5) enjoyment 
of a special place where the subject feels content. Opportunities to tailor the 
approach to handle specific problems occur within each of these five steps, 
particularly when patients are in their special place. Three case studies are provided 
to indicate how such tailoring is done. 


Bolocofsky, D. N., Spinler, D., Coulthard-Morris, L. (1985). 
Effectiveness of Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Behavioural Weight 
Management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 41, 35-41. 

This study examined the effect of adding hypnosis to a behavioural weight-management

program on short-term and long-term weight change. One hundred nine 
subjects, who ranged in age from 17 to 67, completed a behavioural treatment either 
with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both 
interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. However, at the 8-month and 
2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis clients showed significant additional weight loss, 
while those in the behavioural treatment exhibited little further change. More of the 
subjects who used hypnosis also achieved and maintained their personal weight 
goals. The utility of employing hypnosis as an adjunct to a behavioural weight-management program is discussed. 

 

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