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Does hypnosis really help with weight loss?

Weightconscious

Another day, another question answered. Today in my email inbox, I found an interesting question from James, who wants to know about an alternative method to weight loss.

Does hypnosis help in attaining weight loss? – James

Personally, I think that hypnosis could have a positive effect with weight reduction. Many times, people that struggle with weight are influenced by mood, behavior and lack of self control. Hypnosis can definitely help in these groups of patients that have those particular characteristics.

Hypnosis is a temporary, altered state of consciousness. Using hypnosis for weight loss is usually a two-part process.

First, the therapist attempts to help the patient understand their problematic behaviors, such as overeating or shunning exercise. Then, while the patient is in a relaxed, impressionable state of mind, the therapist suggests altering those behaviors.

While scientific studies vary in conclusions about hypnotism’s effectiveness for weight loss, individual reports from patients and doctors suggest that when all other weight loss methods have failed, hypnosis may be something for people to at least consider.

The thing to keep in mind is, hypnosis is a type of psychotherapy that tends to work best when people are submissive. If you are overly doubtful and resistant, it probably will not work.

Also, while hypnotism itself is safe, it is important to seek out a licensed therapist because you will be in a compromised state during that time.

But remember, it’s not hypnotism itself that causes the weight loss – it’s the healthy diet and exercise behaviors that hypnotism promotes. There is not just one thing alone that can help you keep your weight in check. As I like to say, it takes a village to drop a pound.

Email me your health-related questions at drmanny@foxnews.com.

Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's Senior Managing Editor for Health News. Prior to this position, Alvarez was a FNC medical contributor.
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