5 Ways Hypnosis Leads to Sustainable Weight Loss

If you have trouble losing excess weight, it’s likely that your body and mind are conspiring to keep that extra weight on you. When you’re bored or sad or upset, the brain’s natural tendency is to make the body do something to feel better, and food provides the immediate gratification.

However, bodies of research show that hypnosis works in partnership with weight-reduction therapy by revealing the subconscious motivations for keeping you trapped in unhealthy behaviors, such as eating in response to emotional distress. These hidden traps are why willpower alone is so often ineffective.

Using the mind to reprogram your response so that you’re not reaching for food all the time is an effective way to regain control of eating. The technique involved in hypnosis not only helps you understand why you want to eat when you’re not hungry, but also why you don’t feel like changing the behavior that, consciously, you know would be best for you.

Here are five ways that hypnosis addresses subconscious behaviors and leads to sustainable weight loss:

1. Provides insight into what is really going on

We often act on beliefs and habits that are stored in our subconscious without even realizing it. Hypnosis helps tap into the subconscious mind for insights into what is really going on that can be keeping you from successfully having a healthy relationship with food.

2. Releases hurtful emotions that lead to eating

Hypnosis brings clarity to the emotions that have been holding you back and allows you to discover if the emotions are even valid—based in reality or based on a misperception. Once understood, you can release the hurtful emotions, leaving you with insights that help guide you toward better decisions. By discarding emotional baggage, you feel lighter and better. You reduce emotional eating and begin to feel in control of your life.

3. Creates a new default response

Hypnosis creates new pathways in your brain. If your go-to response for stress is to eat ice cream, you may have linked the feeling of stress with the response of eating ice cream and now it has become a well-worn path in your brain. In hypnosis, you work on removing the cause for the underlying stress itself, but also on updating your response to stress by changing that old habit to a new one. For instance, drinking warm tea in response to stress provides a relaxing alternative that doesn’t carry the hidden price tag of excess weight gain.

4. Taps the power within

By reaching deep down inside and tapping into your own inherent power, you can actually see and hear things differently. What’s filtered and brought to your conscious awareness changes. For instance, you can put food back into its proper place by seeing it for what it really is: energy and nutrition for the body. You come to realize that the only one putting food in your mouth is you, and that you have all the control over your eating.

5. Re-imagines your future

Hypnosis gives you the ability to reprogram your subconscious mind toward the future you want. Imagine doing the activities that lead to weight loss, like grocery shopping for healthy food and eating healthy meals. See yourself as a smaller size and imagine walking around in your lighter body. Hypnosis lets you say to your subconscious mind, “This is the path we’re on; this is where we’re headed.” The change you want to achieve is then accepted by the subconscious mind as true, and you see results quickly.

Keep in mind that hypnosis itself doesn’t change people—instead, it helps rid them of the real or artificial barriers to a healthy outlook and returns them to their joyful selves.

Erika Flint is an award-winning hypnotist, author, speaker and co-host of the popular podcast series Hypnosis, Etc. She is the founder of Cascade Hypnosis Center in Bellingham, Washington, and creator of the Reprogram Your Weight system. Her book, Reprogram Your Weight: Stop Thinking About Food All the Time, Regain Control of Your Eating, and Lose the Weight Once and for All (Difference Press 2016), unveils how hypnosis taps into an individual’s inherent power for weight loss success. Visit CascadeHypnosisCenter.com.


Margie F
Margie Fabout a month ago

Thank you for the information.

heather g
heather g1 months ago

I think that would work for me - it's a pity she's not local.

Ann B
Ann B1 months ago

this is good advise but doent work for all

Danuta W
Danuta W1 months ago

thank you for sharing

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper1 months ago


ERIKA S1 months ago

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Rosslyn O
Rosslyn O1 months ago

Self hypnosis can do many positive things for our body, from beating depression, building up your self esteem and yes, even help to rewire your patterns to weight loss. I actually tried full-on Hypnosis and that was really a total waste of both our time. But listening to CDs in a quiet area has worked well for me. One still needs to be positive about wanting to move forward and in this case, loose those unwanted pounds and then act upon it with diet change and exercise as your confidence builds. Next thing you will notice that the weight will continue to drop to a healthier level and you wont even be all that conscience of it happening. flagged all 3 spam

Aldana W
Aldana W1 months ago

I am glad to have hypnosis brought to my attention once again.

Kay M
Kay M1 months ago

Good evening and thank you for this article- good information- sincerely KAY M,.

Ian C
Ian C1 months ago