Self Hypnosis for Weight Loss

 by Dr. Harrison Graves & Cayenne Graves


When it comes to losing weight, you may have heard it all — from Paleo to Palm Springs. The average adult will try about 126 different diets in their lifetime. Regardless of the method of dieting chosen, most dropped their diet plan after just six days.

In this piece, I’d like to share with you something different —  something that can change your relationship to food and give you the the motivational support you need for successful weight management.

It’s Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss.

Hypnosis is now recommended by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) as an effective and evidence-based therapy for weight management. Recent studies found that people who used hypnosis lost more than twice as much weight as those who dieted without hypnotherapy. Read on to find out more about this fascinating therapeutic tool.

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

There are a ton of misconceptions about hypnosis, hypnotherapy

and self-hypnosis. First of all, the art of hypnotherapy has nothing to do with stage hypnosis —  someone else controlling your mind and making you do funny things. Also, you are not unconscious when you experience hypnosis. You are awake, yet deeply relaxed.

Hypnosis is more like that natural, floaty feeling you get before you drift off to sleep at night. It’s a safe, natural state that the skilled therapist creates, where your thinking mind is bypassed.

Hypnotherapy is a way to access and communicate with your subconscious mind. Because it bypasses the thinking mind, hypnosis allows direct communication with the subconscious mind. Change is now possible.

Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis

There are two ways to experience hypnotherapy, working directly with the hypnotherapist, or having the trained hypnotherapist create a custom-made self-hypnosis audio recording just for you —  to use whenever you choose and in the comfort of your own home.

Self-hypnosis for Weight Loss

A self-hypnosis recording, custom created for you by a hypnotherapist, is an enjoyable companion on your weight loss journey.  As you lay down, relax and  listen to the recording, a soothing, gentle voice guides you into a happy place, where you feel safe, calm and deeply relaxed. In that relaxed state, your thinking mind is bypassed.

With self-hypnosis you can naturally shift your eating habits and release negative thoughts and emotions. You can replace negative self-talk with gratitude, joy and genuine excitement about your new venture. You can create the self-motivation you need to lose weight and keep it off.

The goal is to make your subconscious mind your friend and advocate in reaching your weight loss goal. By enlisting your subconscious mind to work for you instead of against you, you can shift from self-sabotage to self-support.

Mystery of the Subconscious Mind

Sticking to a diet plan doesn’t exclusively come down to conscious self-control. Your conscious mind is only aware of 5% of what is going on! Your subconscious mind is running 95% of the show — all below the level of your conscious awareness.

Has it ever seemed to you when you are deep into a package of cookies or chips that something else is operating on auto pilot without your conscious consent?  Well it is, that is your subconscious! Those behaviors and choices that prevent you from losing weight are from the subconscious mind. They are beyond your conscious awareness.

The subconscious is where your old stories live. It’s that part of your mind where you find memories, habits, fears, food associations and negative self-talk, which is what is affecting your choices and behaviors behind the scenes.

The subconscious can be a saboteur — driving us to eat when alone, stressed, upset, or it can be our best friend. It can become the switch that turns off  the old program so that we can stop at just one cookie. No matter how deeply entrenched the patterns in the subconscious, you always have the power to change them and put yourself in the driver’s seat again — with self-hypnosis.

The Science

Early studies from the 1990s found that people who used hypnosis lost more than twice as much weight as those who dieted without hypnotherapy. (is this repeated from first part of blog?   yes

A 2005 review in the International Journal of Obesity found that hypnotherapy leads to more dropped pounds than either cognitive behavioral therapy or dietary advice alone. This led many researchers to believe that, for changing habits, thought patterns, and behavior, hypnosis can be the most effective method. 

Also, hypnotherapy doesn’t have to be used on its own. It can integrated to complement other weight loss programs designed by professionals to treat various health conditions from diabetes to arthritis to cardiovascular disease.




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