Can Hypnosis Help with Weight Loss?
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What is Hypnosis?Hypnosis is a sleep-like state in which a person is more responsive to suggestions then when they are in their usual day-to-day waking state. Hypnosis can be used for many things, such as pain relief, quitting smoking and helping people with psychological problems such as anxiety.
Hypnosis is best conducted by health professionals trained in hypnotherapy, often a psychologist or psychiatrist. Get a referral through your GP. People can also hypnotise themselves using self-hypnosis.
How Can Hypnosis Help with Weight Control?
Hypnosis can make healthy food seem more appealing
What do the studies say about how good hypnosis is for weight loss? Over the years many studies have evaluated hypnosis for weight loss. Most found positive but modest results. How well some studies were performed has been questioned, so it’s hard to find how useful hypnosis really is for weight loss.
How Safe is Hypnosis?
Fatigue can be a side effect of hypnosis
Hypnosis isn’t a magical cure for weight control, but it may help when conducted under the safety of a qualified hypnotherapist.
For further reading about hypnosis, visit the website of the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association: www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au
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This article was compiled in consultation with CalorieKing.com.au experts and in reference to the following sources:Canadian Living.com, 'How hypnosis might help you shed pounds', http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/how_hypnosis_might_help_you_shed_pounds.php
Hypnocentre, 'Possible Dangers and Complications (in Treatments Using Hypnosis)', http://www.hypnocenter.com/article.php?article_id=31
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Last updated: December 17th, 2008
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