Hypnosis for Weight Loss:
Magic Wand or Snowball Effect?
2008 January 23, Wednesday
Posted by Susan French,
Hypnosis is a powerful tool but exactly
HOW does it work? The real magic is that hypnosis works as both a "magic wand" and as a "snowball gathering
Let's take a look at each separately and
then how they work together.
The magic-wand effect is when you have a
hypnosis session and your issue is solved instantly and without further effort. Magic!
The snowball effect is what you
experience with several hypnosis sessions, in which each session reinforces and enhances the relief created by
The reality is that both effects create
permanent change. Hypnosis creates the initial change. Reinforcement ensures that the change
Reinforcement occurs when you regularly
use a reinforcement CD made by your hypnotherapist, induce self-hypnosis, or through continued subsequent
sessions with your hypnotherapist. Your hypnotherapist guides you in creating the initial change and reinforcing
it, thereby accomplishing your goal of permanent, positive change.
Now, let's look at it a little more
We use hypnosis to change responses and
behaviors. All responses and behaviors are learned. All that hypnosis really does is cause very rapid learning
(or relearning) to take place so that new responses and behaviors become automatic.
Hypnosis allows this rapid learning to
occur by interrupting the conscious, critical factor of the mind/brain. For reasons of survival, the critical
factor of the mind/brain slows down the learning process. However, when those initial survival reasons are no
longer necessary, it makes sense to interrupt or bypass the critical factor, which is precisely what hypnosis
does - painlessly, safely, and effectively.
We know that no learning is INSTANT. You
didn't learn to ride a bike instantly. You didn't learn to speak instantly. You didn't learn to read or write
instantly. You were taught the initial ideas and methods and those ideas were repeatedly reinforced until they
Hypnosis allows that learning or
relearning to happen more rapidly. However, as with any learning process, it needs to be reinforced. Thus,
hypnosis is both a "magic wand" and a "snowball gathering snow."
Let's take a look at Joanna's experience
to get a better idea of exactly how hypnosis DOES work:
Joanna was sitting in the waiting room
at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. She was waiting for her first hypnotherapy appointment. She was desperate
to lose weight. She had lost and gained at least three hundred pounds in her thirty-two years. Now, here she
was, seventy pounds overweight again. She had tried everything.
She had heard some say that hypnosis
could be like a magic wand. She had heard others say it didn't work at all. Her best friend Martha had just lost
fifty-five pounds using hypnosis. She said it was easy and it worked, but that Joanna would have to do her part
too. Would it work for her?
If this reminds you of your own
questions about weight loss and hypnosis, keep reading.
We can call the habit of overeating a
food addiction, compulsive overeating, or a self-destructive habit. Whatever we call it, though, once that kind
of behavior takes control, you will need to unlearn old, destructive behaviors and relearn new, constructive
Joanna followed through with her
hypnosis for weight loss. She learned the reasons she ate for comfort and she altered those behaviors. She
learned that eating good, fueling foods were essential, and she incorporated those ideas into her daily life.
She also learned that she needed to move her body more. Exercise became her oasis. It became her "me-time" every
Joanna lost her seventy pounds easily
and happily and has maintained her new weight because she created a new relationship with food, with her body,
and with life itself. That was five years ago.
Hypnosis makes the process of
transforming counterproductive behaviors to productive behaviors easy, effective, and empowering. Any behavior
that does not serve your goals and dreams can be changed using hypnosis.
Hypnosis accelerates your learning
process so that what might have taken you twenty years to "learn" can be restructured in four to six
Hypnosis is being used in major medical
institutions, such as, Harvard Medical School, UCLA, Stanford, Kaiser Permanente, Beth Israel Deaconness
Hospital, and many burn centers, to ease pain, fear, and treatment, and accelerate healing for their
Hypnosis is approved by both, the
American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) for Complementary and Alternative
Medical Treatment and as an adjunct to traditional treatments.
The moral of this story is this: if you
are wondering if hypnosis is a magic wand or a cumulative change response (snowball effect), it is
If all else has failed and you are ready
and committed to achieving your goals, it is time to try hypnosis. It works!
Susan French, C.Ht.