How Hypnosis Affects Weight Gain and Weight Loss

How Hypnosis Affects Weight Gain and Weight Loss

One of the reasons why hypnosis is a highly effective part of successful weight loss programmes, is that hypnosis has often caused the problem in the first place. 

This blog explains how hypnosis affects weight gain and weight loss.

Losing or controlling weight can be a very frustrating process. 

You know what you want to achieve and you know that no-one is physically stopping you. In theory it’s perfectly possible and yet… 

…despite all your good intentions and logical reasoning, you always seem to self-sabotage your plans. 

It’s enough to make you scream, or, even worse, seek temporary comfort in unhealthy, calorie-rich food. 

But, did you know that, without you even realising it, hypnosis (or more specifically, negative self-hypnosis) plays a big role (a) in putting on weight and (b) hijacking your attempts to lose weight? 

There are 2 main hypnotic ‘offenders’; 1) ‘trance-eating’ and 2) negative self-talk. 


We’ve all seen people in a ‘food trance’. For example, at buffets or in patisseries or delis. They’re so transfixed by the smells and presentation of the food on display, that they lose track of the world around them. It’s a form of hypnosis. 

Eating has a similar effect on many people. They’re so absorbed in the process of taking in as much food as they can as quickly as possible, that they don’t appreciate the taste and texture of what they’re eating. 

More importantly, trance-eating often leads to over-eating. This is because the process whereby the stomach sends a ‘full’ signal to the brain when we’ve eaten enough, is quite a slow one. When we eat quickly, we’re very likely to have already eaten too much by the time the full signal kicks in. If we eat slowly and deliberately (and consciously), we not only appreciate and enjoy the food more, we also stop eating when we’re full and therefore eat less. 

Negative Self-Talk

One of the main reasons why many people fail to lose weight is that they talk themselves out of it before they start. Typical statements include: 

‘It’s too difficult’‘I’ve got no willpower’‘I feel like I’m starving’ and ‘I can’t just have one biscuit, I HAVE to eat the whole packet’ 

When we use this kind of unhelpful language, we’re practising a very powerful form of negative self-hypnosis and we’re programming ourselves to fail. 

The Good News 

The good news is that hypnosis is also very powerful as a positive force and can play a big part in helping you lose weight by: 

  • Giving you the self-belief and commitment you need to succeed
  • Helping you eat slowly and consciously
  • Installing good/healthy eating habits
  • Giving you a range of techniques to get you through ‘tricky moments’