Hypnosis can help shed weight without popping pills


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Hypnosis Can Help Shed Weight Without Pill Popping

Sept. 17, 2005

As Americans gain girth, and yo-yo dieting or diet pills rarely have lasting effects, many are at a loss when it comes to losing weight.

The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older — more than 60 million people — are obese. And kids are following suit, with the number of overweight young people tripling since 1980.

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, such as type 2

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diabetes and heart disease.

Hypnosis is an age-old technique designed to speak to your subconscious mind and alter your behavior. Known to work well to quit smoking, can it re-program your eating habits?

Tried-and-True Weight Loss

Judy Lederman has struggled with her weight all her life, and said hypnosis helped her lose 95 pounds.

“I”ve tried every diet known to man,” she said.

Not wanting to deal with another diet, she went to a hypnotist. At the time, Lederman weighed 224 pounds.

Initially, she was skeptical. Not so, when she saw the results.

Her hypnotist, Rosemarie Schulman, uses a two-part process. First, she gets the patient to understand his or her behavior. And then, through a relaxed state of mind, she suggests they alter their habits.

“When they are completely relaxed and open to suggestion,”” said Schulman, “then you go into saying things like, “The sugar cravings you have in the afternoon no longer interest you. The wonderful smell of fresh fruit, and taste, now interest you and make you feel very strong.” “

Three years since Lederman”s first session, she now weighs 129 pounds and still works with her hypnotist to maintain her healthy lifestyle.

“I used to go out of my way to find the best bakery or the best cakes or pastries,” Lederman said. “At this point, I would go anywhere to find the best hypnotist, the best gym. My whole way of thinking has turned on that. And the pastries, they can just sit in the bakery.”

Can Hypnosis Work for Everyone?

Dr. David Katz, an ABC medical contributor and a professor at Yale University, said hypnosis is not the definitive solution to weight control or weight loss. He also recommends exercise and seeing a nutritionist.

“Hypnosis can make a contribution [to weight loss] but it”s not the be-all, end-all,” Katz said.

He believes hypnosis has gained ground because people feel frustrated that nothing else seems to work.

“People who are more submissive tend to be more hypnotizable,” said Katz.

If you”re resistant to the idea of hypnosis, it may not work, he warned.

“It”s not magic; it”s a form of psychotherapy,” he said.

About 15 percent of the nation”s population is highly hypnotizable, while 10 percent to 15 percent can”t be hypnotized at all, according to a study by Stanford University.

Hypnosis is a temporary, altered state of consciousness. It”s a condition akin to being so absorbed in a good book that the outside world seems to fade away.

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Because you”re in a compromised state during hypnotism, it”s important to check the person”s credentials.

“Hypnosis itself is non-toxic,” Katz said. “But if you”re very impressionable, someone could take advantage of you.”

The only downside may be that you”ve wasted money if it doesn”t work for you, Katz said.

Hypnosis can have numerous other applications besides weight loss. For instance, athletes turn to hypnosis at times to improve their performance. Clinicians have been known to use it as therapy for victims of incest, rape and physical abuse.

Hypnosis can also treat sleep disorders, migraines, anxieties, ulcers, nausea and depression.

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weightlosshypnotism

10:15 PM EDT
May 26, 2009

Amazing results! I am glad that weight loss hypnosis is getting some main stream press.I wish the article would have focused more on other positive changes that Judy must be experiencing as a result of living a more healthy lifestyle. I am sure you guys would agree that the weight is just one manifestation of unhealthy habits and by improving eating habits and seeing results…and upward spiral occurs!

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This all sounds great, but where do you find someone who is tried and true? I live in Dallas, Tx and the ones I”ve seen seem to be really hard up for clients. That makes me uncomfortable. I really don”t want to waste my money on another weight loss joke.

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weightlosshypnotism 5/26/09

Having been a hypnotist for the last 15 years – I am biased – BUT, my bias is based on real life results. We have helped thousands of people lose weight with hypnosis – and they are able to keep the weight off. A hypnotist helps people make positive behavior changes. If you don”t change underlying negative eating and lack of exercise behaviors – you will never permanently lose weight

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Hypnosis definitely works for weight loss. There should be more mainstream press about it considering the obesity problem we have in north america. people can try a free weight loss mp3 to see what its like. Enjoy. http://www.ask-the-hypnotist.com/freeweightsignup.htmlThanks

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kpmg77 1/21/11

This all sounds great, but where do you find someone who is tried and true? I live in Dallas, Tx and the ones I”ve seen seem to be really hard up for clients. That makes me uncomfortable. I really don”t want to waste my money on another weight loss joke.

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Catherine Crouch 8/9/09

Amazing results!I am glad that weightloss hypnosis is getting some main stream press.I wish the article would have focused more on other positive changes that Judy must be experiencing as a result of living a more healthy lifestyle.I am sure you guys would agree that the weight is just one manifestation of unhealthy habits and by improving eating habits and seeing results… and upward spiral occurs!

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weightlosshypnotism 5/26/09

Having been a hypnotist for the last 15 years – I am biased – BUT, my bias is based on real life results. We have helped thousands of people lose weight with hypnosis – and they are able to keep the weight off. A hypnotist helps people make positive behavior changes. If you don”t change underlying negative eating and lack of exercise behaviors – you will never permanently lose weight.

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freehypno 4/5/09

Mr Katz, “the Medical Contributor” has no idea what he is talking about nor has any basis for his statemens about hypnosis. He doesn”t know what it is or how it works and I”m disappointed ABC would use someone of such ignorance unless they were looking for the extreme opposite to the benefits or the upside of hypnotherapy. C.J. Savage, Certified Hypnotherapist, for more than 17 yrs and past Mental Health Specialist, 2 Bachelor degrees and an Associate degree and it”s not Yale but I do know I am more educated in hypnosis/hypnotherapy than Mr.Katz. I can verify Mr Katz is very wrong in all his statements. Mr Katz is most likely to resort to drugs for his problems, the most restrictive means of restraint. The mind is very powerful, something he knows nothing about. John Wayne said it best when he said “life can sometimes be hard but it”s harder for stupid people”. Mr Katz needs to be educated on hypnosis. He can look at my website and maybe learn something about Hypnosis by just reading the FAQ”s at www.TheHypnosisQueen.com

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C.J.Savage 3/22/09

28 Years as a Certified Hypnotherapist. I agree with all of the above. How did Mr Katz get this job?? And generally you will get less approval of this therapeutic modality from Licensed practioners than “certified” yet the quality of help can be better with the lay, Certified thrapist. The reason is simply that Hypnosis is all we do, we usually are more practiced. I would suggest using a therapist with at least 200 hours of formal trainnig. If you don”t get some feeling of confidence and/or satisfaction after 2 sessions, then you might think of trying someone else. But….don”t give up on hypnosis, it is the most effective non invasive therapeutic modality we have. thanks.

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wifjo 3/10/09

Wow, I find it hard to believe that Mr. Katz has had much experiennce with hypnosis other than the horror movies that play upon peoples curiosity and misunderstanding of what hypnosis is and why and how it works. I have been involved with hypnosis for more than 50 years and found that people just don”t do what they don”t want to do. If someone wants to change his or her mindset, then hypnosis is probably a good modality.

The only people that cannot be hypnotized by a hypnotist have an IQ of about 70 or less and those they just don”t want to be, or are afraid of what might happen because of comments by a person they perceive as an expert such as Mr. Katz. My vote goes with the others who have made such accurate assessments and comments on this article. It pays to listen to someone who knows the subject, and make your own mind up when you have good facts and information.

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masson04732 11/3/08

Absolutely agree with both of these comments below. Even most professional hypnotherapists/hypnotists/NLP Practitioners with huge amount of experience won”t make such rigid assertions about Hypnosis. Hypnosis so long as Psychotherapy and NLP are arts, and anyone – anyone with normal intelligence who is willing to follow the instructions can be hypnotized. Sure, nutrition and exercise is crucial in weight loss. And Hypnosis in fact helps one establish these new habits/desires for healthy eating and exercising or even going to see a nutritionist. It would be useful to be a bit open-minded and non-judgemental and maybe be take a hypnosis course to learn a few things before advocating about it. I only have 5 years of experience in Hypnosis and NLP, and find that Hypnosis is one of the most powerful tools to better yourself, heal depression, establish healthy habits and lot more! Besides that almost everyone on this planet has no knowledge about Hypnosis and misconceptions about it are all over the place. They should have a course in schools on Hypnosis. 🙂 EBeloff

Posted by:EBeloff 12/22/07

With 30 years of experience as a hypnotherapist, I have to agree with everything said by the previous poster “jserendip.” In fact, I couldn”t have said it better.

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Neuro-VISION 12/16/07

I believe there is a common misconception which is expressed in this article… namely that “hypnosis” is a treatment for something like weight loss… Hypnotherapy helps people to lose weight by assisting them to alter their behaviors and habits, not by using mind power to shrink them! So to issue a statement

that it should be used along with things like proper nutrition and exercise is rather ludicrous! That”s the whole point! It makes those new behaviors more palatable, and makes them stick. I also take issue with Mr. Katz”s assertions that a) hypnotism is a form of psychotherapy… this is certainly not true or else it would be governmentally regulated just as psychotherapy is, and b) that one should seek a hypnotist who is one of these licensed health care professionals, as all too often these people have very limited training and very limited experience in hypnosis… rather I believe it is best considered a unique self-help methodology that works very well in adjunct with such other treatments as psychotherapy, but is best left to those who study this aspect of the subconscious mind. To say that a psychologist is the best person to perform hypnotherapy is rather like saying a surgeon is the best person to teach you how to golf… he may be very, very knowledgeable about the body, but that doesn”t mean he”s the best one to help you learn how to use it in a specific context. Also, this whole idea that someone is in a “compromised” state in hypnosis is utterly ludicrous! No one has EVER in history been made to do something against their will by a hypnotist… I think Mr. Katz has scene one too many stage hypnosis shows. Though I agree, if he is that scared that someone will make him bark like a dog, he should just tough it out with “willpower” instead of seeking the help of a certified hypnotherapist!