Whether you want to lose 5 pounds or 50, there are numerous ways to go about it. Many of us are aware of the mainstream approaches like personal training, dietitians, health coaches, and even doctors, but don’t forget about hypnotherapists! Hypnotherapy is an effective tool that can help with weight loss by breaking negative habits, thought patterns, food associations, and other subconscious reasons for the initial weight gain. “No other weight loss method addresses the core issues at the root like hypnosis does,” says Capri Cruz, Ph.D., psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and author.

Does It Work?

This naturopathic approach to weight loss is not covered by medical insurance and therefore doesn’t have a whole lot of research on the topic. However, there have been scattered studies that suggest that hypnotherapy can be a dramatic factor in losing weight. Studies from the 1990’s found that people who incorporated hypnosis into their diet and exercise programs lost up to twice as much as those who did not.

Hypnotherapy is effective for individuals who are open to the suggestions provided by the therapist and who appreciate an emotionally vulnerable approach to healing. You are in full control during treatment, so the effectiveness will depend on the your goals, emotional understanding, and desire to act for change. Anyone who struggles with sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine as a result of negative habits will benefit from hypnotherapy for weight loss.

What To Expect During Treatment

The hypnotherapist will speak with you about your goals and assess the details of your case to formulate a plan for treatment. You can expect to sit or lie down in a comfortable position with your eyes closed. This deep state of relaxation is most similar to when you are about to fall asleep and are calm in your body but still aware of exterior sounds. In this place, your subconscious mind is most open to change and this is where the therapist will guide you through suggestions and specific techniques that will help you reach your goals. Results can be seen in one to three sessions, while some individuals can take up to 15 sessions for the results they desire.


Are you interested in trying hypnotherapy for weight loss? Janna Colaco is a certified hypnotherapist and owner of Mechanics of Grace Hypnotherapy in Fullerton, CA and has helped many clients achieve their weight-loss goals and create healthy lifestyle habits. Her approach is friendly and warm with an emphasis on making sure her clients create lifestyle habits they enjoy, and see positivity in every step of the journey. Her hypnotherapy practice helps treat a wide variety of cases including improving self-confidence, sports performance, stress reduction and more. View a complete list of services on her website or call (714)269-6908 with any unanswered questions. She is currently available to do sessions over the phone and via FaceTime. Visit her Facebook page and Instagram to follow along!