Common Myths About Hypnosis

There are MANY myths about hypnosis. Typically most people have a preconceived notion about what hypnosis is that was caused by watching a magic show, a tv or a movie that perpetuated certain myths about what hypnosis really is. Hypnosis is not about entertaining an audience like a magician may do during a stage show. Hypnosis is about helping people change their behaviors as they experience a different state of consciousness.

The unfortunate part is that some of these myths may make people reluctant to embrace hypnosis to change their behaviors and make positive changes in their lives. In fact, hypnosis is a safe, effective and scientifically accepted procedure that is practiced all over the world. The American Medical Association (AMA) formally recognized the benefits of hypnosis in 1958, so hypnosis has been used with millions of patients over the last 50+ years.

In this article we will discuss some of the most common myths about hypnosis and evaluate the truth behind each one.

According to The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, one of two academic organizations for hypnosis in the United States:

“People often fear that being hypnotized will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a hypnotic state is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis. Stage acts help create a myth about hypnosis which discourages people from seeking legitimate hypnotherapy.”

Hypnosis Myth #1 – Hypnosis only works with certain people 

Usually people who have this idea are wondering if they can be hypnotized. The answer is usually yes. Everyone is suggestible to some degree and some people are more suggestible than others, but that does not mean that someone who is less suggestible will have less success using hypnosis to change their behaviors.

Hypnosis Myth #2 – People who get hypnotized are weak minded 

This belief stems from people confusing “being hypnotized” with “being gullible/weak minded.” Actually the opposite is true – in order to be hypnotized you need to have the capability to concentrate. And that requires some level of intelligence. People who have a lesser mental capacity (e.g. a below average IQ score),  or those who cannot concentrate, cannot be hypnotized.

Hypnosis Myth #3 – Hypnosis is the same as sleep

It’s true that people may look like they’re asleep when they’re hypnotized because their eyes are closed and they have a peaceful and relaxed look on their face, but they are not asleep. In fact the brain waves of a hypnotized person are quite different from those of one who is asleep – the hypnotic trance is actually a heightened state of concentration. And the high level of alpha waves on an EEG show that a hypnotized person is awake, alert and very responsive.

Hypnosis Myth #4 – Hypnosis is an unusual state of consciousness

The myth is that hypnosis represents an altered state of consciousness that is unlike anything you have ever encountered before. The reality is that there’s nothing unusual about the state of hypnosis. Hypnosis represents a state of engagement and focus. If you have ever had the experience of “zoning out” in front of a TV, or of day dreaming and losing track of time, or of losing track of time on a long drive (aka “highway hypnosis”). then you have experienced hypnosis before.  (Note: The Highway hypnosis images below are from a police website and also a comic book cover from the 1950′s about the causes of highway hypnosis and how to avoid its dangerous effects!)

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high hypnosis comic book

In other words, hypnosis is the ability to become absorbed in a thought or state of mind, and very similar to something you have already experienced thousands of times.

Hypnosis Myth #5 – You can get stuck in hypnosis and be unable to wake up 

This myth has been perpetuated in movies. In the movie Office Space, a satire of life in the corporate world in America during the 90′s, Peter Gibbons is a disgruntled computer programmer at Initech who spends his days “staring at his desk” instead of working. His girlfriend Anne convinces him to attend an “occupational hypnotherapy” session to help him get clarity about his life, but Dr. Swanson (the hypnotist) dies right after hypnotizing Peter. The newly relaxed Peter is “stuck” in a state of hypnosis and has a renewed outlook on things which leads him to act differently and lays the foundation for the rest of the hilarious movie.

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Office Space is a hilarious movie, but unfortunately this scene perpetuates this myth that you can be stuck in hypnosis, unable to walk up.

In reality, if you are in a state of hypnosis and the hypnotist stops talking, you would naturally come out of the hypnotic state on your own. In reality, no one has ever been “stuck” in a state of hypnosis and unable to return to consciousness.

Hypnosis Myth 6 – You’re asleep or unconscious when in hypnosis 

Obviously this myth is related to the one above. However, you’re not asleep and you’re not unconscious, you’re fully aware of what’s happening around you. Of course everyone’s experience is slightly different, but typically people report feeling very relaxed almost as if their body has gone to sleep but their mind is alert, awake and attentive.

Hypnosis Myth #7 – Hypnosis is an occult practice and religious people show avoid it

Because of the myths above which include the false general idea that another person (the hypnotist) can control you, some people have believed that it would allow people to be manipulated against their will to do bad things, perhaps even commit crimes, to be in “league with the devil.” The general idea is that another person is taking over your God-given free will.

The second general idea is that hypnosis involves occult powers – a notion that is likely made by association between hypnosis and mind control and witch doctors or things like “voodoo dolls” which are occult practices.

The Roman Catholic Church banned hypnotism until the middle of the 20th century until 1956, when Pope Pius XII gave his approval of hypnosis. Pope Pius XII stated that the use of hypnosis by health care professionals for diagnosis and treatment is permitted.

The mainstream psychology and medical communities really embraced hypnosis as a legitimate treatment modality in the 1950′s and it has been an accepted commonly used part of behavioral change techniques in the United States since that time. For example, the American Medical Association approved a report on the medical uses of hypnosis in 1958. And in 1960, the American Psychological Association endorsed hypnosis as a branch of psychology.

In a nutshell, hypnotherapy and hypnosis are legitimate, mainstream techniques used by modern medicine.

Hypnosis Myth #8 – When in hypnosis, you can be made to say or do something 
against your will 

Wrong! Generally, hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestion. Generally, people won’t do anything which goes against their personal values or beliefs. What you have to remember about hypnosis is that it’s not sleep and you’re aware of everything that’s happening around you. If someone tells you to do something that is really against your values then you won’t do it. You’ll come out of the state of hypnosis, and in fact it would you’d almost be shocked out of hypnosis. It’s as simple as that!

Hypnosis Myth #9 – Hypnotists have “special” or “mysterious” powers 

The myth that hypnotists have “special” or “mysterious” powers is something that has definitely been perpetuated by the media.

In 1895 George du Maurier published a Trilby (a novel) that featured a character named Svengali, about a person who seduces, dominates and exploits Trilby (a young English girl) and turns her into a famous singer through the use of hypnosis.  Since that book was published, the word “svengali” has become common usage for a bad, manipulative person. The picture below effectively captures this myth and depicts the manipulative hypnotist with mysterious powers.

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The poster for the play shown below echoes the special powers myth. Notice how it says “she was a slave to his will!” in the text and perpetuates this myth?

svengali trilby

In reality, the hypnotized person is ALWAYS in control, not the hypnotist. You determine your own level of participation and engagement in the process.

Let us be really clear about this. All the research suggests that hypnosis can never be used to make you do something you don’t want to do, or act against your will!

In a positive therapeutic context, hypnosis is used to strengthen positive messages, create negative associations (e.g. feel bad eating too much food), and increase your motivation for positive behaviors. These changes in motivation, perceptions and associations, are the underlying key ingredients in effective use of hypnosis for behavioral change.


The word “hypnosis often conjures up images in people’s minds that are inaccurate and sometimes hard to overturn. However, these images are inaccurate stereotypes that have been perpetuated in TV shows, movies, and magic shows and are perpetuated as described above. The goal of this article is to expose the truth and dispel these myths so that more people understand what hypnosis really is and how it can enhance personal growth, personal development and help people change unwanted behaviors.



Scientific Literature Review – Weight Loss and Hypnosis

academic research hypnosis and weight loss

This post is an annotated summary of existing research that shows that hypnosis can help people lose weight. Research will be updated here as new developments occur in the research in this field. If you are aware of any published research we do not have listed, please email us through the contact form so we can update the list below.

Scientific Literature Review – Weight Loss and Hypnosis

Allison, D. B. & Faith, M. S. (1996). Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: A meta-analytic reappraisal. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 513-516.

This study re-examined the findings of the Kirsh, Montgomery, and Sapirstein (1995) meta-analysis of cognitive-behavioral therapy with hypnosis in the treatment of obesity. The authors cite inconsistency with other qualitative reviews, a surprisingly large effect size of 1.96, heterogeneous distribution of effect sizes, lack of consistency with definitions of obesity, and conflicts with other findings in the literature. They found the previous conclusions were erroneus and believe that that when hypnosis is added to cognitive-behavioral therapy the average effect size is small. Allison and Faith’s findings were more consistent with previous literature suggesting only moderate success over the long term

Andersen, M. S. (1985). “Hypnotizability as a factor in the hypnotic treatment of obesity”. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 33: 150–159.

This study examined the relationship between degree of hypnotizability (measured objectively by the Stanford Hypnotic Suggestibility Scale) and success in a weight loss program utilizing hypnosis. Thirty men and women completed the 8-week individual treatment sessions and were assessed in a 12-week follow-up. Subjects were taught self hypnosis and continued to practice post-treatment. The average weight loss was 20.2 pounds. The author also found a significant positive relationship between degree of hypnotizability and success in weight loss. Specifically, highly hypnotizable individuals were more successful than medium or low hypnotizable people in weight reduction.

Barabasz, Marianne; Spiegel, David (May 1989). “Hypnotizability and weight loss in obese subjects”. International Journal of Eating Disorders 8 (3): 335–341.

This study examined the relationship between hypnotizability and weight loss in obese patients. Subjects included 45 obese women who previously attempted to lose weight unsuccessfully with at least three different diets. They were divided into three groups,
behavior management, behavior management with group hypnosis, and individualized hypnosis with behavior management. Hypnotic suggestions included “for my body overeating is poison, “I need my body to live,” and “I owe my body this respect and protection.” These suggestions were based on work by Spiegel and Spiegel (1978, pp.212-213). The authors found that the hypnosis procedure in conjunction with behavioral self-management was effective in weight reduction. They also found a significant relationship between weight loss and
hypnotizability measured by the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale. Treatment using hypnosis appeared to be effective; responsiveness to that type of treatment was correlated with hypnotizability. They proposed that this was the result of the increased
concentration of hypnotized patients and the dissociative ability to separate themselves from their desire to eat. Rather than focusing on fighting the desire to eat certain foods, patients were encouraged to protect their body from “poison.” Interestingly, the authors
conceptualize binge eating as a dissociative process, leading to the possible benefits from hypnosis.

Bellanti, A. (1997). Hypnosis for weight loss: A case history. Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis, 18, 55-59.

This article describes a case study of a 35-year-old woman who received hypnosis for weight loss. The author used methods in hypnosis including induction, imagery, visualization, and direct suggestion. A weight loss chart was designed so that weight loss could be recorded over time to provide the woman visual confirmation, further reinforcement, and motivation. A four-week follow-up was conducted after the end of the hypnosis sessions. The woman had a weight loss of 11lbs (5 kilograms).  The author concluded that the moderation of eating and drinking habits and the taking of regular exercise were the main factors that brought about the weight loss. However, it seems that the motivation caused by the hypnotherapy sessions was the factor that led to the behavioral changes.

Bolocofsky, D. N., Spnler, D., & Coulthard-Morris, L. (1985). Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41, 35-41.

This study examined the addition of hypnosis to a behavioral weight management program over the short and long-term. Subjects included 109 individuals ranging in age from 17 to 67 years of age, who completed a behavioral intervention program with or without hypnosis. In 9 weeks, subjects were taught stimulus-control techniques to identify triggers for overeating and emphasis was placed on changing patterns of eating to reach long-term weight loss. Both groups achieved weight loss, but significantly more members of the hypnosis group reached or exceeded their weight loss goals (41% of the hypnosis condition compared to 11% in the behavioral condition). This study strongly supports the use of  hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight loss interventions. Behavioral techniques have been shown effective in the past, but the addition of hypnosis resulted in continued weight loss after termination of treatment. Further, a greater percentage of hypnosis subjects attained their goal weight by the 2-year follow-up

Bornstein, P. H. & Devine, D. (1980). Covert modeling: hypnosis in the treatment of obesity. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 17, 272-276.

This study examined the efficacy of a covert-modeling hypnosis program for weight  loss in 48 women. Subjects were divided into each of the following groups: covert-modeling hypnosis, covert-modeling, no-model scene control, and minimal treatment. The treatment group sessions were comprised of weigh in, hypnotic induction and deepening, visualization of neutral imagery, presentation of five covert modeling scenes, and arousal from hypnosis. The covert-modeling group received the same treatment without hypnosis. They found all groups combined lost weight from pre- to post-treatment. However, the covert-modeling hypnosis group lost significantly more weight than the no-model control, and losses were maintained across a 3-month follow-up period. Covert modeling without hypnosis was not shown to be substantially more effective than the no-model control condition. The authors concluded that hypnosis does not enhance visualization, as proposed by previous research, and there was no significant correlation between weight loss and hypnotic suggestibility.

Brodie, E. A. (1964). A hypnotherapeutic approach to obesity. American Journal of  Clinical Hypnosis, 3, 211-234.

Channon, L. D. (1980). Hypnosis in a self-control behaviour modification programme for weight reduction. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 8, 31-36.

Cochrane, G. & Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

This study also looked at the effects of hypnosis in the treatment of obesity in a sample of 60 women. Six client variables (suggestibility, self-concept, quality of family of origin, age of obesity onset, education level, and SES) and one process variable (multi-modal imagery) were analyzed in relation to weight loss. There were two experimental groups (with and without audiotapes), and one control group. The average weight loss for both experimental groups was greater than the control group after 1 month and 6 months. The two experimental groups were not significantly different from one another. The authors concluded that direct participation in the hypnotherapy program was the critical factor for losing weight in both groups. Suggestibility, as measured by the Barber Suggestibility Scale, was not a significant predictor of weight loss. Of the six client variables, education level, SES, and age of obesity onset were not significantly related to outcome in this study

Coman, G. J. & Evans, B. J. (1995). Clinical update on eating disorders and obesity: Implications for treatment with hypnosis. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 23, 1-13.

Deyoub, P. L. & Wilkie, R. (1980). Suggestion with and without hypnotic induction in a weight reduction program. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 28, 333-340.

This study included 72 women divided into one of two treatment groups (hypnotic induction vs. task motivational instruction group) and a no-treatment control. Both treatment groups were given the same suggestions, but prior to suggestions, hypnosis was induced using eye fixation or instructions were given to increase interest in the suggestions based on group membership. The hypnotic induction group lost the most weight, followed by the task motivation, which had significantly more weight loss than the control group. Suggestibility measured by the Barber Suggestibility Scale was positively correlated with weight loss for the hypnosis group but not the task-motivational group. The authors concluded that the favorable responsiveness of highly hypnotizable subjects to hypnotic suggestion could be further enhanced by positive motivational instructions.

Gilliland, B. E. & Myer, R. (1985). Weight management and food intake control.  Medical Hypnoanalysis, 6, 85-90

Glover, F. S. (1961). Use of hypnosis for weight reduction in a group of nurses. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 3, 250-251.

Greaves, E., Tidy, G., & Christine, R. A. S. (1995). Hypnotherapy as an adjunct to the dietetic management of obese patients. Nutrition and Food Science, 95, 15-20.

The use of hypnosis in this study was based on the premise that it can enhance confidence, commitment, and motivation. This study used an eye closure induction with progressive relaxation and guided imagery. Hypnotic suggestions included adherence to the prescribed diet, ego enhancement, and mental imagery of the desired weight. All 8 patients reduced their Body Mass Index from 3 to 17 %. At 2-year follow-up 6 of the 8 patients maintained a weight lower than baseline, and 4 of the 6 had partial relapse. Patients reported enjoying hypnosis for weight management in the short-term but failed to see long-term value. None reported significant complications.

Hershman, S. (1955). Hypnosis in the treatment of obesity. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 3, 136-139.

Humphreys, A. (1986). Review of the literature on the adjunctive use of hypnosis in behaviour therapy: 1970-1980. British Journal of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis, 3, 95-101.

This article reviews research on the combined use of behavioral and hypnotic techniques in therapy during the time period of 1970-1980. The author concluded that clinical studies suggest that the adjunctive use of hypnosis in behavior modification therapy is effective in the treatment for a wide range of coping difficulties such as obesity, depression, and phobias.

Inglis, S. (1982). Hypnotic treatment of obesity in a general practice. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 10, 35-42.

This study utilized standard hypnotic sessions and autohypnosis to treat 31 obese women, ranging from 21 to 70 years of age.  Hypnotherapy used in the study involved sensory imagery, indirect ego-strengthening suggestions, success imagery, attitudinal change, direct commands, and covert sensitization. Six women achieved a weight loss of over 3 kg, and weight loss was directly proportional to the number of sessions attended for the average participant. Three cases discussed in the article illustrate the role of emotional and marital problems in obesity. The discussion focuses on social factors leading to the over representation of women among the obese, motivational factors, and the need to establish attainable but significant goals for weight loss in therapy.

Jeffery, R. W., Wing, R. R. & Stunkard, A. J. (1978). Behavioral treatment of obesity: The state of the art 1976. Behavior Therapy, 9, 189-199.

Johnson, D. L. (1997). Weight loss for women: Studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. Psychological Reports, 80, 931-933.

In two studies, the authors looked at a hypnosis-based weight loss program comparing 50 smokers with 50 nonsmokers. Both groups in Study 1 achieved significant weight loss and decreases in Body Mass Index. Study 2 compared hypnosis alone to hypnosis with overt aversion in 100 overweight women. This study also found significant weight loss and decreased Body Mass Index. The overt aversion with hypnosis treatment group lost had a lower average post treatment weight and also lost a greater number of pounds (on average).

Johnson, D. L. & Brinker, G. D. (2001). A comparative study of multi-component weight loss treatments: A replication and exploratory look at female smokers, nonsmokers, and participant BMIs. North American Journal of Psychology, 3, 13-30.

This study compared the effectiveness of 3 treatment programs on samples of women who smoke and can be classified as overweight or obese based on Body Mass Index. Subjects lost significant amounts of weight and reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) scores. In one treatment group, participants dieted with hypnosis only and lost weight and reduced BMI. But they lost significantly less weight and BMI than participants treated with overt aversion followed by diet and hypnosis (group 2). Participants in the hypnosis and overt aversion group and hypnosis, overt aversion, and dietary consultation lost significantly more weight and reduced BMI more than participants in the diet and hypnosis only group. Nonsmokers in the second and third groups lost significantly more weight and reduced BMI more than nonsmokers in the hypnosis only group. Nonsmokers selected the second group more often, lost weight and reduced BMI more than smokers in the same group. Smokers
selected the hypnosis only group more often than either alternatives, but lost more weight on average than nonsmokers in the third group. Obese participants lost more weight and reduced BMI significantly more than overweight participants in the total sample.

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, 79, 659-668.

This study examined the short-term effectiveness of 2 multicomponent weight-loss programs on a community-based population of overweight adult women, and the effectiveness of a hypnosis program emphasizing overt use of aversion (electric shock, disgusting tastes, smells) compared to a hypnosis program without overt aversive treatment. Subjects included 172 overweight adult women, with 86 subjects in a hypnosis only program and 86 subjects in an overt aversion and hypnosis program. Both programs achieved significant weight losses. Although women who received overt aversion attained somewhat more desired goals and lost more weight than those receiving only hypnosis, the differences
were not significant.

Jupp, J. J., McCabe, M. P., & Walker, W. L. (1986). Hypnotic susceptibility and depth: Predictors of outcome in a weight control therapy. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 14, 31-40.

This study investigated depth of trance and the components of susceptibility using the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility as outcome measures in 47 overweight women in a weight-reduction program involving hypnosis and in 46 program dropouts. The authors found a significant depth of trance effect between patients and dropouts and significantly more weight was lost by high- compared to low-susceptible subjects. Also, the authors found significant correlations between weight loss and general ideomotor and challenge susceptibility

Kirsch, I. (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 517-519.

This article represents the third meta-analysis of this data following Allison and Faith’s (1996) reply doubting the results of the original study (Kirsch, Montgomery, & Sapirstein, 1995), adding two new studies and correcting previous computational errors. The author found
that averaged across post-treatment and follow-up, the mean weight loss was 6.03 pounds without hypnosis and 11.83 pound with hypnosis. Therefore, including hypnosis in the treatment protocol resulted in additional weight loss of 5.83 pounds, which represents a 97%
increase in treatment efficacy.

Kirsch, I., Montgomery, G., & Sapirstein, G. (1995). Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy: A meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63, 214-220.

This study describes a meta-analysis of 18 studies comparing cognitive-behavioral therapy to CBT in conjunction with hypnosis. In general, they found that the average client receiving cognitive-behavioral therapy with hypnosis were better off than 75% of those who did not receive hypnosis. Further, they determined that the hypnotic enhancement of therapeutic outcomes was not due to relaxation or the introduction of suggestion. They also found that the mean effect size for treatments of obesity were more than three times those of treatments for other disorders. The authors concluded that differences between cognitive-behavioral therapy alone and in conjunction with hypnosis increased over time, with those in the hypnosis groups continuing to lose weight after the termination of treatment.

Kroger, W. (1970). Comprehensive management of obesity. American Journal Clinical Hypnosis, 12, 165-176.

Mott, T. & Roberts, J. (1979). Obesity and hypnosis: A review of the literature. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 22, 3-7.

This review describes the shortcomings of the literature of the time mostly made up of anecdotes, single case studies, and no experimental designs in addition to a lack of followup. These concerns have since been addressed (see other literature in this review). Several studies (Glover, 1961; Stanton, 1975) utilized suggestions for reducing appetite, ego enhancement, and pride in one’s ability to remain on the diet. Another study (Kroger, 1970) detailed the use of glove anesthesia transferred to the stomach to reduce hunger pains. Yet another study (Brodie, 1964) employed an analogy between obesity and cancer, encouraging patients that it will take months and years to overcome. In addition to the
previous limitations, Mott and Roberts also note that many previous studies did not screen for psychopathology prior to treatment, little use of objective measures of hypnotizability, and lack of separation of patients with childhood versus adult onset obesity. Finally, demographic variables such as age, gender, SES, and ethnic variables have not been studied in terms of outcome.

Sanders, S. (1986). Self-hypnosis and problem solving in the treatment of obesity. Psychotherapy in Private Practice, 4, 35-41.

Stanton, H. E. (1975). Weight loss through hypnosis. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 18, 94-97.

This article outlined a method for using hypnosis in the treatment of obesity over four one-hour therapy sessions. Session 1 was comprised of creating positive expectancies, hypnotic induction with ego-strengthening, and teaching self-hypnosis to be practiced daily. Hypnotic suggestions included direct suggestion of reducing food intake, ego-enhancing suggestions, and mental imagery of desired goal. These suggestions were based on the notion that the unconscious could direct the individual_s behavior without conscious effort on the person_s part. All 10 patients for which follow-up data was available reached their goal weight and maintained it at 2-year follow-up.

Stradling, J., Roberts, D., Wilson, A., & Lovelock, F. (1998). Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. International Journal of Obesity Related Metabolic Disorders, 22, 278-281.

This article compared two forms of hypnotherapy to dietary advice in a randomized study on 60 obese patients with sleep apnea. The authors found that all 3 groups (hypnotherapy directed at stress reduction, hypnotherapy directed at reduction of food intake, and dietary advice alone) lost 2-3% of their body weight at 3 months. By 18 months, only the hypnotherapy group with stress reduction maintained significant but small average weight loss compared to baseline. In comparison, the hypnotherapy group with stress reduction lost significantly more weight than the other two forms of treatment, which did not significantly differ from each other. They concluded that hypnosis was beneficial to weight
loss, but the benefits were small.

Wadden, T. A. & Flaxman, J. (1981). Hypnosis and weight loss: A preliminary study. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 29, 162-173.

This study sought to determine the components of hypnotherapy that are active and efficacious for weight loss. Thirty subjects were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 conditions: hypnosis, covert modeling, or relaxation-attention control. All groups showed weight loss comparable to behavioral weight management techniques at the end of 7 weeks. However, there were no significant differences in losses among the groups at post-treatment, 6-week, or 16-week follow-up assessments. The authors conjecture that the efficacy of hypnosis in weight reduction may be attributed to shared factors such as positive expectancies, weekly participation in a group, relaxation training, and limited dietary
counseling. They found no relationship between hypnotic suggestibility and weight loss.

Vanderlinden, J. & Vandereycken, W. (1994). The (limited) possibilities of hypnotherapy in the treatment of obesity. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 36, 248-257.

This article describes the authors’ clinical experiences of integrating hypnotherapeutic techniques in a multi-faceted treatment program for obesity. The therapeutic process goes through several phases, each of them addressing different issues and uses various clinical interventions. These stages include a beginning phase (relaxation, self-control, and physical exercise), a middle phase (altering self-esteem and body-image, strengthening motivation, and exploring ambivalence toward change) and a final phase. These stages are described only as a flexible framework for the clinician, when realistically; the patient continuously alternates between the different phases.










Tampa women loses weight with gastric band hypnosis (without actual surgery)

TAMPA – In a 2011 story reported by ABC Action News, a Florida Woman is now 30 pounds light – and a couple of pants sizes smaller – thanks to “virtual gastric band hypnosis.”

Debbie Mainger, told ABC news: “I was morbidly obese — more than 100 pounds over my healthy weight.”

Tampa Woman - Gastric bypass hypnosis

Like many overweight women, Debbie had tried, and failed, at many different diets. She said that she intellectually knew what she should be doing – “Obese people know more about what we are supposed to be eating than most people” but she was not able to significantly change her eating habits.

When her medical issues became overwhelming, she even considered gastric bypass surgery!

According to Ms. Mainger: ” I wasn’t diabetic but I was certainly going to be. My blood pressure was too high. My cholesterol was getting up there. I definitely would qualify for it, and I did consider it, but it scared me. That is major, major

That’s when she heard about virtual gastric band hypnosis, a cutting edge approach that has been used in Europe for years and is newer to the United States.

She found a local hypnotherapist who helped her. Her therapist described her approach this way: “I guide people into the hypnotic state and I simulate the actual bariatric surgery, so when the person comes out they feel as if their actual stomach is smaller.”

One thing that hypnosis is so effective for is involving the imagination to help change experience, beliefs, and habits. To Debbie the “virtual surgery” seemed real. “I actually tasted the anesthesia,” said Debbie. Afterwards, she said she had none of the pain after surgery but what she expects would have been the results.

Hypnosis helped Debbie lose weight by giving her a new outlook on things and feeling fuller with less food. In other words, she was able to eat less without feeling hungry: “After just five or six bites of somethingm you’re satisfied, which
was amazing to me because I could eat a lot.”

Read more: ABC Action news


Nigella Lawson Turns to Hypnosis for Weight Loss

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, long known for her curvy beauty, has a new trimmer look these days.  As a chef, TV persona and author, she is well known for her love of food and that contributed to her weight gain.

Nigella, 53, has now come out and explained how she lost the weight and she said there were several factors that helped her lose the weight. One of the surprising keys to her weight loss, was the use of hypnosis.

Nigella said she decided she needed to lose a few pounds but wanted to continue to be able to eat the foods she loves. People close to Nigella know that she enjoys eating and would not be willing to sacrifice eating a dull diet just to keep thin.

A source told Now Magazine: ’She will never compromise on epicurean delight for the sake of her waistline and isn’t the kind of woman to survive on rice cakes and cottage cheese….but she wanted to lose a few pounds, and decided hypnotherapy would mean she could still eat her favorite foods – but in smaller sizes.’

 Amazing Before and After Photos of Nigella Lawson’s dramatic weight loss

Nigella Lawson - before and after

Nigella reportedly worked with Susan Hepburn, a British hypnotherapist, to help her lose weight with hypnosis. The hypnosis included getting Ms. Lawson into a relaxed state of consciousness and then reinforcing the idea of smaller and controlled meals.

Part of her hypnotherapy process for weight loss included keeping a diary of what she eating and noting her healthy choices. In this age of social media, she turned to social media so she could share her progress in real time with her fans, tweeting pictures of her meals via her twitter account.

Many other celebrities, including Lily Allen,  have also reported using hypnosis to lose weight.


Lily Allen Slims Down after Hypnotherapy

Celebrities who are having weight challenges have even more challenges than the rest of us. Since they are in the public eye and have paparazzi taking photos of them constantly, they are under incredible pressure to achieve and maintain an attractive appearance.

Lily Allen, a well known British recording artist and actress, is another celebrity who turned to hypnosis to slim down. She has long had issues with her weight, including a history of bulimia.

in 2007, she even wrote on her MySpace blog that she was contemplating surgery for weight loss. She wrote that she was “fat, ugly and shittier than Amy Winehouse” adding “I have spent the past hour researching gastric bypass surgery, and laser liposuction.

Following this much publicized emotional outburst , she instead decided to follow a non-surgical path focusing on diet and exercise and incorporating hypnosis into her regimen to ensure success.

After seeing a clinical hypnotherapist in 2007 and having her “brain reprogrammed” to aid weight loss, she slimmed down considerably from a size 12 to a size 8.

Look at this amazing before and after photo!

Lily Allen - before and after hypnosis


Hypnosis helped reprogram Lily Allen’s brain so she now enjoys eating healthy organic food and associates going to the gym with feeling happy. Her hypnotherapist gave Ms. Allen hypnotic suggestions to help remind her to stop eating when she feels full.

After the hypnotism, I want to go to the gym every day, otherwise I feel really bad. I just want to get more toned and healthy. I’m really good about everything at the moment — I’ve never been happier.”

The singer, daughter of famous actor Keith Allen, is not the first celebrity to turn to hypnosis to lose Weight.

Other celebrities, including Nigella Lawson, have also used hypnosis to successfully lose weight.

Original article source: Daily Mail







Georgia’s Story – Losing 20+ Pounds using Hypnosis

She Tried Using Hypnosis for Weight Loss – did it work?

Georgia’s Weight Loss With Hypnosis

Many people still think of hypnosis as a “party trick” that is used to make people do funny things like act like chickens on stage. But hypnosis has many applications in behavioral change to help people make healthier behavioral changes and manage their habits.

Weight loss is naturally a topic of interest to many people and hypnosis has
been used to help people lose weight.

Recently Shape magazine had a story about someone who lost weight by incorporating

Georgia, a 28 year old woman, wanted to lose the 30+ pounds
she had put on following a 2009 foot surgery. She had a lot of
experience with dieting in her past, but this time Georgia turned to hypnosis.

Previously she had used hypnosis to help her overcome her fear of flying so
she knew that hypnosis could help her and she was hoping it would help her
make “fundamental changes” to her habits.

Also, it’s important to note that Georgia is a foodie – she LOVES food and
even has a blog (Fabulous Food and Frolicking)  that focuses
on food!

Needless to say, given her interest in food, she was going to be a
very challenging test case.

Could hypnosis really help a “foodie” blogger  like Georgia lose weight?

She went to a hypnotherapist who gave her four general principles to follow
and they met for about 8 sessions over the course of one year – not much time
in the scope of things.

Georgia saw measureable improvements – “The weight dropped off slowly
and surely, without huge changes to my lifestyle. I was still eating out
numerous times a week, but often sending plates back with food on them! For
the first time ever, I was really tasting my food, spending time to take in
flavours and textures. Almost ironically, it was as if I had recommended my
love affair with food…only I was able to lose weight doing so.”

One of the common myths about hypnosis is that you feel “weird” or “out of control” while being hypnotized.

As Georgia said “Under hypnosis I always feel very lucid and still in control.”

Georgia has maintained her weight loss for the two years since she started, and occasionally does a hypnosis refresher session.

As she said “Overall, I found hypnotherapy to be a great way of readjusting my habits and really enjoyed the flexibility and inherent “sensibleness” of the whole approach.”

Original source: Shape Magazine



Review of Weight Loss Hypnosis Pro

If you found this page you were probably Googling “Weight Loss Hypnosis Pro” and clicked a link that brought you here.

I’m going to provide a real review that actually reviews the components of the program and how they will help you.

If you’ve spent any time on my site reading the quality content, you already know that this is the goal of my site – to help people find quality programs for losing weight using hypnosis.

First, let’s start at the start:

Who is Steve Jones and why should you trust him?

Steve G Jones Hypnotherapist

Steve G. Jones is a board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Steve G. Jones, M.Ed. has been practicing hypnotherapy since the 1980s. He is the author of 22 books on Hypnotherapy. He is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, American Board of Hypnotherapy, president of the American Alliance of Hypnotists, on the board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Lung Association, and director of the California state registered Steve G. Jones School of Hypnotherapy. In order to keep up with the very latest in research, he regularly attends training conferences.

In the mid 80′s, Steve began study at the University of Florida. His primary research focus was cognitive psychology, understanding how people learn. Much of his early research was published in psychology journals in late 80′s. Meanwhile, he continued practicing hypnosis outside of academia on a regular basis.

From 1990 to 1995, he was fortunate to counsel families and individuals. During this time he finished his degree in psychology at the University of Florida and went on to graduate studies in counseling. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida (1994), a master’s degree in education from Armstrong Atlantic State University (2007), and received on a doctorate in education, Ed.D., at Georgia Southern University in 2012

Steve G. Jones sees clients for a variety of conditions. Among them are: weight loss, anxiety, smoking cessation, test taking, phobias (such as fear of flying), nail biting, road rage, anger management, IBS, general wellness, pre-surgical and pre-dental pain control, natural childbirth, and many others.

In business settings, he is regularly called upon by sales teams to boost salesperson motivation. His straightforward techniques have significantly and consistently increased sales.

Steve G. Jones also works extensively with Hollywood actors, writers, directors, and producers, helping them achieve their very best. And he has been a frequent guest on TV shows as you can see in the photos above.

Hypnosis (the simple version)

Hypnosis works by helping to guide you into a trance state that you are in control of. (insert link to hypnosis myths – pop in separate window). Hypnosis is used to make positive suggestions that help your subconscious AUTOMATICALLY incorporate new healthy behaviors. So with hypnosis for weight loss that means things like eating healthier foods, drinking more water, losing interest in unhealthy foods, wanting to get physical activity, and so on.

In a nutshell, it helps you guide your body and mind automatically toward healthier behaviors…and AWAY from unhealthy ones.

What’s in the course?

People often ask me about what’s in the course, so here is an overview.


These 3 guides help give you a very quick overview of some basics - what hypnosis is and how to use it to help you achieve your desired weight.

Getting Started Simple Guide
This simple guide is an audio overview of the Weight Loss Hypnosis Pro program. This is where your journey of permanent weight loss begins!

Steve G. Jones explains how to use the program at home to maximize your benefits and help you lose weight.

About This Program – Report
Similar to “Introduction & Instruction” audio but in PDF format. Besides that this report will show you a few simple and magic rules you can follow in your journey of weight loss. No other products in the market will ever tell you these secrets but they are all revealed in this short report.

About Hypnosis – Report
This report explains hypnosis in simple terms, explains misconceptions and discusses the benefits of using hypnosis on a daily basis.

It also includes a quick hypnosis test so you can feel the power of hypnosis right away.


There are Five Premium Hypnosis Sessions that make up the core of this program. These are the main daily sessions you will use for 21 days to get your subconscious mind on autopilot to losing weight. And then you will use these sessions whenever you need a refresher.

Here’s what the program looks like:

Weight Loss Hypnosis Pro Premium At-Home Hypnosis Audio Program

Module 1: Self-Belief Redesign Session
Self-belief is the first step to greatness. This session is designed to help you think positively about yourself. You will start feeling positive life energy penetrating every cell of your body. You will automatically have what you need to reach your weight loss goals in every situation for the rest of your life.

Module 2: Habits Quick-Switch Session
The best diet and exercise plan wouldn’t work if you have developed bad habits. This session is designed to reprogram your subconscious to eliminate bad habits you picked up as a child or adult. You will no longer feel the need to finish everything on your plate; you are able to control portion sizes; no more late night eating and emotional eating etc.

Module 3: Diet Plan Transformer Session
As the name suggests, this session will plant a set of good diet habits and ideas into your mind naturally. Getting the right nutrition will affect how your body performs in daily life. You will start to love whole grains, vegetables and fruits which provide you energy and vitamins.

Module 4: Exercise Motivator Session
How would you like to feel motivated to want to get fit and attractive. This session would install an irresistible desire in your mind to ensure you get up to exercise. As you see yourself exercising you also see yourself very focused on the beautifulbody you are creating. You will never find any excuse like a child not to get up and exercise.

Module 5: Slim-Forever Maintenance Session
This session contains concentrated set of suggestions to refresh and recharge everything your subconscious mind learned during the program. Use it anytime that you would like a little mental reinforcement. This session is a powerful weapon to keep the fat at the bay!


EXCLUSIVE BONUSES (FREE with your order)

This program comes with THREE bonuses. One bonus is special extra hypnosis sessions. Another is a series of healthy recipe guides, and the third is a weight loss report with tricks and tips.

Let’s review these bonuses in more detail, so you will know how they will help you:

Bonus 1 – Supplementary Hypnosis Sessions

weight loss hypnosis pro supplementary-session
There are 2 bonus hypnosis sessions.

The first is a Relaxation Session to help with stress. everyone knows, stress is a major contributor to excess weight. Incorporating hypnosis helps to change your perspective by giving your unconscious mind some basic tools to let go of stress rapidly.

The second session is focused on helping you to achieve the proper mindset to achieve your dreams. You will use your subconscious to achieve both small and large goals in your everyday life.

The nice thing about these sessions is that they are only 16 minutes long, so they are brief and you don’t have to commit much time to them, they are quick and easy.

Bonus 2 – Healthy Recipes for a Week

weight loss hypnosis pro healthy recipes for a week
This is a series of recipe guides that give you Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner recipes. As well as Dessert and Snack options. Each guide has 7 options – one for each day. So you really have a plan for the week that you can use as a quick start during your first week, or whenever you need some ideas.

In my opinion this should be named “One Week Meal Plan” to more accurately convey what these bonuses will give you. They will give you some healthy options to get you started quickly.


Bonus 3 – The Ultimate Weight Loss Report

weight loss hypnosis pro - the ultimate weight loss report

This bonus report is all about installing the proper mindset to develop the right habits for weight loss. In this report you will learn 7 specific, simple tips that will lead you to slimmer, healthier version of yourself.



60 Day Risk-free Guarantee
Steve is offering a 60-day risk-free guarantee. he will refund your money for ANY reason if you are unhappy with it during the first 60 days. That’s a great thing in my opinion because it shows that he believes in his program and really stands behind it. Not too many people offer a guarantee for their services. An in person hypnotist certainly would not! So it’s really a risk free proposal for you, if you’re serious about using hypnosis in your weight loss journey.

What Will You Get Out of This course?

Weight Loss Hypnosis has been around for quite some years, and research has always proven that it is highly effective in losing weight quickly, with minimal effort. Weight Loss Hypnosis Pro is a new revolutionary and innovative weight loss program designed and built by none other than Steve G.Jones.

Steve has appeared on global television networks such as CNN for his expertise with losing weight and creating programs that work. His latest program, Weight Loss Hypnosis Pro aims at helping consumers lose weight while they sleep. It’s core features lie in the power of Hypnosis to change how patients react to day-to-day situations. Hypnosis effectively retrains and reprograms the mind to work in a different way and beat bad habits.

Bad habits could be anything from eating ice cream at night to stuffing your face with chocolate. Weight Loss Hypnosis Pro will redefine your thoughts to help consumers make better educated choices in their life. By promoting positive thoughts and new habits consistently, patients can expect to change their lifestyle in as little as one week.

Through changing their lifestyle, it’s possible to notice tremendous weight loss results. Weight loss results will be long-lasting and guaranteed to keep working, because consumers minds have been changed for the better.

The program has received outstanding feedback and praise across the internet and hundreds of users have already posted positive reviews. To begin learning more about Weight Loss Hypnosis Pro, head over to their website   –> Click Here.