Does Hypnosis Really Work for Weight Loss?

The below is a list of research which shows how effective hypnosis is for weight loss and weight changes. Thanks to Subliminal Science SuccessFit for this list of research:


Hypnosis DOUBLED the number of pounds lost!

Kirsch, I. (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments:

Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3), 517-519. doi:10.1037//0022-006x.64.3.517


At the 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis clients showed significant additional weight loss, while those in the behavioral treatment exhibited little further change. More of the subjects who used hypnosis also achieved and maintained their personal weight goals.

Bolocofsky, D. N., Spinler, D., & Coulthard-Morris, L. (1985). Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41(1), 35-

  1. doi:10.1002/1097-4679(198501)41:1<35::aid-jclp2270410107>;2-z


Results suggest that mindfulness meditation effectively decreases binge eating and emotional eating in populations engaging in this behavior

Katterman, S. N., Kleinman, B. M., Hood, M. M., Nackers, L. M., & Corsica, J. A. (2014). Mindfulness meditation as an intervention for binge eating, emotional eating, and weight loss: A systematic review. Eating Behaviors, 15(2), 197-204. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.01.005




Women who used hypnosis lost 17 pounds. Women who did not lost .5 pounds.

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


Hypnosis is a viable, non-invasive method for treating obesity. All the above subjects have achieved or are achieving their desired weight loss..

Jureidini, K. (2017). Successful hypnosis for obesity. Internal Medicine Journal, 47, 22-23. doi:10.1111/imj.3_13463


Hypnotic modulation of appetite- and satiation-associated peptides and hormone levels may yield additional physiological benefits in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Entwistle, P. A., Webb, R. J., Abayomi, J. C., Johnson, B., Sparkes, A. C., & Davies, I. G. (2014).

Unconscious Agendas in the Etiology of Refractory Obesity and the Role of Hypnosis in Their Identification and Resolution:A New Paradigm for Weight-Management Programs or a Paradigm Revisited? International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 62(3), 330-359. doi:10.1080/00207144.2014.901085


One meta-analysis found that, of patients being treated for obesity, those receiving CBT with hypnosis had better results, even after long-term follow up, than those just receiving CBT.

Fischer, S. (2016). You are the man behind the curtain. New Scientist, 229(3064), 34-35. doi:10.1016/s0262-4079(16)30418-3


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