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Hypnotherapy as an adjunct to the dietetic management of obese patients
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Results: They studied hypnotherapy as an addition to dietary management to see if it had any real effect. This was a relatively small study with only 8 participants. All were female and ages 24-60; they were clinically obese. Each woman was put on a diet before treatment began. Hypnotherapy lasted a maximum of 20 sessions and mainly used the typical trance technique. The following is a piece of the hypnotherapy stated to participants: “Your desire to lose weight is far stronger than any desire you had in the past, so that should you be faced with high calorie foods, you will decide without hesitation that you have no heed or desire to eat those high-calorie foods. These new eating habits will make weight loss possible.” The results immediately after treatment were that there was a 3-17% reduction in body mass index (BMI). The follow up was conducted 2yrs after the study ended, and 6 of the 8 participants had maintained their reduced weight.

"Hypnotherapy as an adjunct to the dietetic management of obese patients", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 95 Iss: 6, pp.15 – 18. (1995)
By: Evelyn Greaves, Former Manager of the Nutrition and Dietetic Department of the North Herts NHS Trust, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK
G. Tidy, General Practitioner at the Portmill Surgery, Queen Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK
R. A. S. Christie, General Practitioner at the Portmill Surgery, Queen Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK

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