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How to Use Hypnosis to Achieve Weight Loss

Learn how to achieve weight loss using hypnosis from clinical hypnotherapist Debbie Catz in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Debbie Catz. I'm a certified clinical hypnotherapist here in the San Francisco Bay area. I have a masters degree in social work. To learn more about this you can visit my website at And now I'm going to help you understand the simplicity of hypnosis. So, prior to using hypnosis to achieve weight loss, the first thing you want to do is assess your motivation. How ready are you to lose that weight? And one way you can do this is by asking yourself, on a scale of 1 to 10, and with 1 being, "Oh, I love my food and I'm really not ready to give any of it up," and 10 being, "I am so done with being overweight, I am ready." And you assess where you're at on that scale of 1 to 10. If you're a 1 or 2 or 3, you're probably not really ready, and that means that hypnosis is not going to help. But if you're more like a 7 or an 8, then you're really getting very close to being ready to take the plunge and to do this. So, my recommendation would be if you're about a 7 or above, maybe even 6, to hire a professional hypnotist, hypnotherapist, to work with you. And what they'll do in the initial interview, they'll talk about your habits, you're overeating, whatever it is that's putting the weight on you. You know, they could be emotionally based, there could be all kinds of reasons why we eat. And so, they'll also determine with you, what some of the best ways, some good suggestions to give your subconscious mind. Like, for instance, one of them might be that you decide that you're repulsed by sugar, anything with sugar in it. And that can actually be placed into your subconscious mind, that thought. And so when you see cookies and cakes and ice cream and all those good things, you're just repulsed by them, you have no desire for them at all. So there's a number of different ways through suggestive therapy, using the reprogramming of the subconscious mind, which is what we do with hypnosis, a number of different ways that you can use hypnosis for weight loss. And then, there's one other issue with something like weight loss, a habit. Sometimes overeating and weight gain can have a tie to a deeper issue, a deeper psychological issue. For example, sometimes when a woman has been sexually abused as a child, she will overeat, it's a protection. So, for that kind of an issue, if that comes up in your interview, then the hypnotist or hypnotherapist would probably recommend some deeper hypnotherapy sessions to really get at the source, at the cause of the overeating, and then dealing with the eating at a later date. But hypnosis is great for all habit reduction, overeating and all of those kinds of things. So, good luck if you're ready to do it.

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