Benjamin Moss specializes in hypnosis to reduce anxiety and anxiety related issues.

Case Studies

Case histories from the files of Clinical Hypnotherapist Benjamin Moss

Weight Loss and Hypnosis

Some alaming facts you should know:

In 2000, for the first time, the number of overweight people in the world rose to match the number who were underweight and starving: 1.2 billion.

A “new and striking” discovery, reported in 2001, was that nearly 25% of American women in their fifties had too much body fat to measure in the usual way, by grabbing a fold of skin with calipers that gauge the layer of fat underneath.

In the United States 65% of adults and 15% of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight, and the fastest growing group of obese people are 100 pounds or more overweight:

Between 1986 and 2000, their numbers quadrupled, from 1 in 200 adults to 4 in 200. This year, more than 100,000 in that category are expected to undergo drastic surgery that shrinks their stomachs and shortens their intestines to help them lose weight. Obesity kills over 300,000 people a year in the United States, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers and is on the World Health Organization’s list of major global health risks.

The good news is that people who are substantially overweight can benefit from reducing even a little. Dropping just 10% of one’s body weight and sometimes even less can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and the risk of diabetes.

Any change in diet that decreases the amount of calories consumed (a 150 lb. person needs about 2,045 calories a day) and increases the calories being burned off can produce weight loss. Several currently popular diets approach weight loss by changing the ratio between carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Some of these programs are so restrictive that it is extremely difficult to stay on them for any length of time. There is a natural tendency to rebel and weight is often quickly regained. Most of us know, intuitively, that the way to lose weight is by cultivating healthy eating habits and exercising consistently.

Hypnotherapy has been shown to be tremendously effective in helping people achieve long term weight loss because hypnosis works directly with the subconscious level of the mind where eating habits are formed and sustained.

*Case Study 271LR

“I had no cravings at all! It was amazing!” said Liz Robertson after successfully eliminating sugar and sweets from her diet through hypnosis. After three weeks and three hypnosis sessions, Liz had lost 10 lbs., she was eating more fruits and vegetables and had significantly curtailed her carbohydrate consumption (specifically rice and pasta).

At this point the focus of the hypnosis sessions shifted to exercise motivation so Liz could accelerate her weight loss by burning off fat and calories more efficiently. Immediately she began a combination of walking and running three to four times a week and in less than 90 days from her 1st hypnosis session she was down 20 lbs. Most important, she has beautifully maintained her healthy eating habits and exercising has now become a true habit pattern. ” This program is a thousand times better than Weight Watchers!
It was easier than I’d ever imagined.”

How did hypnotherapy help her achieve a goal that had eluded her for so long? Hypnotic suggestion was used to help Liz choose foods that she knew, intuitively, to be beneficial to her health and to her weight. There was no list of foods that were forbidden or allowed. Most people already know, very well, which foods are good for them and which foods are not – but they find themselves consistently violating their own intuition. Hypnosis strengthened and reinforced Liz’s natural tendency to eat in a way that was harmonious with her knowledge and intuition. She found it easy to let go of foods that were clearly heavy, fatty or greasy. She shied away from foods that were too starchy, too “processed” and foods that were just undeniably “junk.” “It was easier than I’d ever imagined.”

*Individual results may vary from person to person.

*Case Study 364EJ

The very first month he lost 18 lbs. and broke his nearly addictive relationship with sugar.

Not every hypnosis client progresses so smoothly. Eliot Jansenn scheduled a series of weight control sessions after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Sixty – three years old and more than 100 lbs. Overweight, he had just attended a hospital sponsored seminar on bariatric surgery (commonly referred to as “stomach stapling”). His description of the event; the drastic nature of the surgery, the terrifying risks involved, and the desperation of the other attendees was sobering. He decided to try hypnosis.

The very first month he lost 18 lbs. and broke his nearly addictive relationship with sugar (specifically: twinkies, chocolate donuts, yodels, snickers bars, cupcakes and chocolate chip ice cream). He began eating big salads, baked salmon, steamed zucchini and fresh fruit. Soon Eliot was playing racquetball four days a week and taking long walks with his wife on weekends. “My energy level is amazing! I just feel terrific – and exercising and eating this way just feels right. It’s not even difficult.”

Eleven weeks after his first hypnosis session Eliot had lost 30 lbs. and his physician was thrilled when his blood tests showed his blood sugar and cholesterol levels now within the normal range. His blood pressure had come down as well to the point where his doctor reduced his blood pressure medication. “I feel 20 years younger!”

Two months later however, Eliot returned from a vacation in Colorado where he’d started bingeing terribly on sweets. All at once the healthy eating habits went “out the window” and the exercise came to a halt. A week later he resumed his hypnotherapy sessions and got quickly back on track. Because of the severity of the health issues involved and because of Eliot’s tendency to “relapse,” I recommended that he continue hypnosis sessions once a month, consistently, for one year.

*Individual results may vary from person to person.

*Case Study 972CE

Catherine Emery arrived for her first hypnosis session looking quite slender and fit. At age 37 she had a youthful, attractive appearance and an upbeat personality. She just didn’t look like a weight control client. “My weight is about right but I really have to work at it to keep it there!” Catherine wanted to use hypnosis to help her be more consistent about going to the gym. Although her eating habits were for the most part pretty healthy, she had occasional indulgences with junk food and a particular weakness for Godiva chocolates. “I just need a boost to stay on track.” For her, “motivational” hypnosis was used to strengthen and reinforce her commitment to exercise and to pursue vibrant good health.

Hypnotherapy is particularly effective in these areas:

  • Breaking the sugar habit
  • Making healthy choices
  • Eliminating evening eating
  • Controlling portion size
  • Ending compulsive eating
  • Exercise motivation

During the past 15 years, hundreds of men and women have worked with me to lose weight with the help of hypnosis. They changed their eating habits, started exercising regularly and kept the weight off – even though many had struggled unsuccessfully with other diets before coming to see me. The effectiveness of hypnosis for weight loss has now been confirmed again and again by controlled scientific studies.

If you are sincere about slimming down and getting into shape, a short series of hypnosis sessions can help you achieve your goal !

Benjamin Moss C.HT.

*Individual results may vary from person to person.

For more information about how hypnosis works with weight control contact the Benjamin Moss Hypnosis Center

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