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Weight Loss and Hypnosis…What the Research is Indicating.

hypnosisMany studies have been conducted to understand the effect hypnotherapy has on a person’s ability to lose weight and their ability to keep it off in the long-term. In 1998, a study involved 60 obese participants. The patients were randomly divided into one of three groups. One group received hypnosis for stress reduction; another group received hypnosis for limiting portion sizes, and the third group received only conscious dietary advice.

Researchers studied the percent of body weight lost at 7 different follow-ups from 1-month to 18-months after the treatment. At the 3-month follow-up, all participants in the three groups had lost 2-3% of their baseline body weight. However, at the 18-month follow-up, the group receiving stress reduction hypnotherapy reported continued significant weight loss compared to no change in the other two groups. This study shows that when hypnotherapy is used in combination with stress management suggestions, weight loss is significant in the long-term (Stradling, Roberts, Wilson, & Lovelock, 1998).

In a meta-analysis of two studies involving hypnotherapy and weight loss, Kirsch (1996) found a significant difference in amount of pounds lost comparing participants who received hypnosis and those who did not receive hypnosis. The initial follow-up showed the average weight loss to be 6.00 pounds in the non-hypnosis group and 11.83 pounds in the hypnosis group. The last follow-up conducted with the studies showed that the non-hypnosis group lost an average of 6.03 pounds and the hypnosis group lost an average of 14.88 pounds. This meta-analysis showed that use of hypnotherapy more than doubles the pounds lost over time.

These studies indicate that hypnotherapy is a valid form of weight loss treatment and has lasting effects in the long-term. Hypnosis is an effective, natural method of losing weight with improved likelihood of keeping it off.

Kirsch, I. (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments: Another meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3), 517-519.

Stradling, J., Roberts, D., Wilson, A., & Lovelock, F. (1998). Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorder, 22(3), 278-281.


Afternoon Saturday Group Added

Our AM Saturday weight loss group is completely booked so we are going to open a second session, in the afternoon, which will meet from 1:00 to 2:30. It’s the fastest hour and a half ever, because we are a fun, supportive bunch.

Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100, this group addresses your individual issues.

The class is made up of four parts.

Maximize focus and commitment.
Redefine self-image.
Adopt new relationship with nutrition and exercise.
Hypno-programming for motivation and success.

At the first session each new member will receive a copy of our exclusive Cancun Diet Plan, and an amazing take-home hypnosis CD.

Please call (760) 233-8800 for a free evaluation. Private sessions also available. Since 1999.

Hypnotically yours,

Gina Fox, CHT
HypnoLean Groups
120 West Grand Avenue, Suite # 204
Escondido, California 92025
(760) 233-8800


Saturday Morning Weight Loss Meetings

secretary.jpgGood Morning Dear Reader!

Today is Saturday! Every Saturday morning, we meet. We are the Hypno-Lean group. We meet from 9:00 to noon. It’s the fastest three hours ever, because we are a fun, supportive bunch. Generally we start out by catching up with how our weeks have gone. Sometimes we’ve had struggles, but we try to leave the garbage at the door. No whining, no moaning, no giving up. Keeping our focus on progress. Acknowledging the results of our efforts.

Usually we have very positive reports: how much we’ve lost, how many times we’ve been to the gym, what hypnosis CD we’re currently listening to and how it’s making changes in our old habits.

Then we have a class: either about nutrition, or exercise motivation. For example, we may have a class on the importance of drinking water and how drinking 8-10 glasses benefits the weight loss process. Everyone has heard that when on a weight loss program, water is crucial, but no one ever tells us why! We think it’s important to know why.

I had one client say that her doctor always told her to drink a glass of water with lemon juice, but she never knew “why” so she didn’t do it. In our class about acidity / alkalinity she learned of the benefits, so she started doing it.

After our class, we get hypnotized to…well, whatever the class was on. So if the class was on water, we’ll get hypnotized to drink more water!

I must say, the hypnosis is the best part – we have the most advanced brainwave units available to get us into the alpha/theta state. People sometimes ask me, “What if I can’t be hypnotized?” I say, “Well, I’ve never met anyone yet who couldn’t be, and with our technology, you’re going down!” That’s what I tell them, and it’s the truth.

People also ask me, “What does hypnosis feel like?” it feels different for different people, but commonly, it’s a very relaxed, comfortable feeling. As if the mind is still awake, and the body is asleep. Some people will feel very light and floaty…while others feel very heavy, and limp, like a wet rag lying on a kitchen counter. Others feel tingly, as if they could feel the blood circulating through their bodies. It’s a very healthy state.

Every health and fitness expert will tell you everyone would do their bodies good if they’d spend 20-30 minutes engaged in some relaxation technique – whether hypnosis, meditation, prayer, reflecting quietly by a pond…As we know, much illness is triggered by stress. Hypnosis is a famous for stress reduction.

Lately, we’ve been going over the concepts of The Secret, and how to use Visualization and the Law of Attraction for creating a fit and trim physique. Most people with weight issues have hazy and fuzzy self-images. One thing we do is have the hypnotized client visualize him/herself thin – and you’d be amazed at how many people cannot do that – imagine themselves thin. And it’s just their imagination! It’s the first rule of manifestation: The clearer and more accurate the vision, the clearer and more precise the results. I think you can guess how important it is for us to get clear on our goals!

That’s all for now!

Hypnotically yours,
Gina Fox, CHT

HypnoLean Groups
120 West Grand Avenue, Suite # 204
Escondido, California 92025
(760) 233-8800

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Weight Loss in 3 Easy Steps – Hypnosis CD

cds1.jpgHello Again! Every now and then I’ll share some “cases” with you. Here’s one I thought was significant.

>>>>> The Case A 38 year old lady (whom we’ll call Hilda) phoned me with a burning question – which I’ll get to later. Hilda is suffering a dilemma common to many of us in the quest for ideal weight – Fear of Failure. She is currently in Weight Watchers for her third time. The first time with WW she lost forty pounds, and kept it off for ten years. Unfortunately, over said years The Lost Forty has crept back like a lichen, until her body is covered with it again, plus an additional ”finder’s fee” forty, leading her to where she is present day, at 220.

Between then and now Hilda’s tried Weight Watchers a second time (lost seven pounds before giving up), Jenny Craig (lost twenty pounds on that before giving up), and Atkins on and off (losing and re-finding several pounds on that, finally realizing that diet could never be more to her than a part-time lover), and she’s back to WW.

So far with WW she’s lost five pounds but she’s really struggling with sticking to the plan. She’s afraid she’s going to cheat and lose all willpower, and that she’ll end up another six months/ten pounds heavier before making another attempt. She’s exhausted – frustrated with the roller coaster.

Her question to me was : Would listening to a self-hypnosis cd for weight loss help her stick-to-it-ive-ness?
My Recommendation: Yes, yes, yes. Yes. Yes. A good hypnotic Cd can definitely enhance a well-balanced weight loss program, such as Weight Watchers. In fact, many university studies are concluding that for weight reduction success, hypnosis and a good weight loss program is a combination that can’t be beat. Participants that did BOTH hypnosis AND a weight loss program lost more weight, and kept it off longer than people who only did the program. That’s pretty much a duh! when you consider the power of the two components working together.

Daily listening to a good CD gets her all this:

Changes occur from the Inside –> Out

Emotional (self) support

Increased focus and commitment,

Positive reinforcement,

Unconscious programming for permanent changes.

A well-balanced weight loss program (which WW is) gets her all this:

Changes occur from the outside => In

Group support

Nutritional guidelines


Behavioral structure

All that said, she invested in several of my CDs. (She’d come to my group classes if she could however she lives in Arizona and that’s an unreasonable commute!) The CD I recommended she begin with is called: Weight Loss in 3 EZ Steps. It’s main focus is diminishing the yo-yoing effects on her system and psyche, so she can renew faith in herself, her potential, her future. The following is a brief description of the CD I told her to start with and listen to exclusively – once a day, for thirty days, while staying on her WW program:

(Title – Weight Loss in 3 Easy Steps Track 1 – Focus (10 minutes). Finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. This brief session sharpens the mind for renewed commitment. Gets you excited about staying the course. Ideal for lunch-break refresher.

Track 2 – Taking the Steps (20 minutes). Excellent for the stress/emotional overeater. Perfect for the ex-yo-yoer. In the relaxed state, finally let go of frustrations over past weight loss failures. Find yourself super-focused on your weight reduction goals of today, becoming increasingly super-charged about sticking to the weight reduction plan. Listen 1-3 times daily for thirty days. )

If you’re interested in implementing the power of self-hypnosis CDs into your weight reduction strategy send me an email. I will assist you however I can – via email if necessary! In the meantime I’ll let you know about Hilda’s successes as I hear from her!

Till Soon, Gina

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