Hypnotherapy is done by a licensed hypnotist who specializes in helping people break bad habits like smoking, overeating and drinking. Some people need to go to a hypnotist only once, but others need to plan regular appointments. According to the Mayo Clinic, the process involves undergoing an altered state of mind in which you are vulnerable to suggestions, including suggestions about behavior changes involving your eating and exercise habits. This can be repeated if necessary, to help you get mentally focused on living a healthier lifestyle.
Weight control is one of the most urgent and difficult conditions to treat. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ranked obesity as “the number-one health threat facing America” in 2004. In spite of a multibillion dollar weight-loss industry, more than 400,000 U.S. citizens die from obesity each year. Hypnosis is an increasingly popular means to treat weight loss in a holistic and nonintrusive therapy that encourages habit control and diet adherence. According to Dr. John Kappas, founder of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, 95 percent of weight problems stem from emotional issues.