Does hypnotherapy work for weight loss?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Studies about hypnotherapy and weight loss generally show modest results. But these are not without controvery. At least one well-known study that showed success for weight loss and hypnosis was also criticized for using a small sample population and broad age range. Part of the problem is that hypnotherapy by definition is tailored to each individual, so there cannot be an across the board approach. Nevertheless, hypnotherapy in combination with a behavioral weight loss program has been said to be effective for some. It is thought to be able to reinforce good eating habits for long-term weight loss.

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