What is Hypnotherapy Weight Loss

Hypnotherapy weight loss is believed to be effective in shedding 6 pounds of weight on average.Though there are several studies known to be carried out on this treatment, none have succeeded in substantiating this technique with scientific evidence. It is mostly considered as an alternative treatment option along with dieting and exercise to address obesity.

What is Hypnotherapy Weight Loss?

  • Hypnotherapy involves helping the patient reach an altered state of consciousness.
  • It is applied to change the emotional content, attitudes, dysfunctional habits, anxiety, stress-related illness and management of pain in patients along with personal development.
  • Hypnotherapists are the experts who practice this therapy and are regulated by the Department of Health in the state of Washington.
  • They use verbal repetition of suggestions and show mental images to the patient.
  • Under hypnosis, the mind remains in a highly focused state and responds sharply to these suggestions for weight loss.
  • An individual learns to self hypnotize after being properly instructed by the medical professionals for some time.

Is Hypnotherapy Weight Loss Effective in Treating Expressive Disorders of Obesity?

Obesity is found to be strongly linked to depression and other mental problems. In fact, the associated eating disorders experienced by obese people are known to be expressive disorders. A condition is called so when the apparent state of the patient is rather an expression of an underlying deeper mental problem.

United States doctors follow the guide of the the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association to recognize and treat mental disorders. Some of the obesity related eating disorders are not recognized yet by this manual to be of psychological origin as more research findings are awaited. As a result, medical insurance agencies do not cover these disorders. For addressing such conditions, this therapy can prove to be a viable and effective treatment option.


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