New York Medical Diet & Weight Loss Doctor - Dr. Anelise Engel - Manhattan, NY
Healthy Weight Medical Solutions
New York Medical Weight Loss & Diet Specialist

Hypnosis & Weight Loss

Hypnosis has been scientifically proven to be an effective complement to any weight loss program (see below for cited studies).

I wholeheartedly recommend my husband, Mark Engel, as a hypnotist. He's had years of training and experience and has been able to help many of my patients with weight loss as well as in a variety of situations such as phobias, sleep disorders, emotional issues, and unwanted habits.

Mark Engel's Hypnosis Weight Loss Program was designed for people like you who sincerely want to reduce their weight and are willing to make lasting lifestyle changes to reach and maintain their ideal weight.

Hypnosis can help you with motivation and will-power as well as help you deal with emotionally based eating habits, e.g., eating for comfort or to relieve stress. Habits can be a major stumbling block in any weight loss plan. Through a comprehensive interview process, Mark Engel learns what unique triggers affect your personal eating habits and uses hypnotic techniques as well as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to develop a customized plan for you. Through hypnosis and NLP you will learn to look at food differently and change your habits permanently.

The Hypnosis Weight Loss Program provides you with the tools to break negative habits, reduce stress, control your impulses, and develop positive self-esteem. Through our Hypnosis Weight Loss Program you can help make the positive changes necessary for a healthier life getting rid of bad habits and/or the emotional reasons for over eating.

To set up an appointment contact Mark Engel at (212) 645-8038 or visit his website:

Scientific Studies Show Hypnosis Can Boost Weight Reduction

Good news for those of you wanting to lose that weight. More than a decade of controlled scientific studies and analytical reviews show that hypnosis, in conjunction with proper exercise and nutrition, can enhance weight reduction and help keep the weight off longer. A review of studies published in leading medical journals since 1985 offers compelling evidence that hypnosis is the added ingredient that helps people stay on track with weight control.

Here's what the studies found:

  • Hypnosis is effective in weight reduction when used in conjunction with behavioural therapy.
  • Effective hypnosis programs generally consist of six to eight or more sessions of group or individual hypnosis.
  • Study participants who scored highest in hypnotisability had the most significant weight reduction results. Although just about everybody can be hypnotised, some find it easier than others to imagine themselves thinner and healthier.
  • In studies comparing a control group to a hypnosis group, the group exposed to hypnosis lost more weight and kept the weight off longer.
  • Hypnosis helped people correct faulty thinking and associations around food and helped them get control over non-hunger-related eating.
  • In a study comparing behavioural therapy to hypnosis, both groups of participants showed the same results at the end of the study. At follow-ups at eight months and again at two years, however, only the hypnosis group continued to lose weight.
  • Hypnosis can be administered by a hypnotist or via self-hypnosis; each method proved effective.
  • Hypnosis helped study participants remember specific weight reduction goals and behavioural recommendations.
  • Unlike most programs, which focus only on diet and exercise, hypnosis might include suggestions for ego strengthening, decision making, stress management, self-soothing, mental rehearsal, and enhanced motivation, all of which are helpful in successful weight management.


Allison, D. B., & Faith, M.S., 1996. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy for obesity: A meta-analytical appraisal. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 64 (03): 513-16.

Andersen, M. S., 1985. Hypnotisability as a factor in the hypnotic treatment of obesity. International journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 33 (2): 150-59.

Barabasz, M., & Spiegel, D., 1989. Hypnotizability and weight loss in obese subjects. The International Journal of Eating Disorders 8: 335-41.

Bolocofsky, D. N., Spinier D. & Coulthard-Morris, L., 1985. Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioural weight management, Journal of Clinical Psychology 41 (1): 35-41.

Cochrane, G., 1992. Hypnosis and weight reduction: Which is the cart and which is the horse? American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 35 (2): 109-18.

Cochrane, G., & Friesen, J., 1986. Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 54: 489-92.

Coman, C. & Evans B., 1995. Clinical update on eating disorders and obesity: Implications for treatment with hypnosis. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 23 (1): 1-13.

Farrington, G., 1985. Effects of self-hypnosis audiotapes on weight loss: Relationship with ego-strength, motivation, anxiety, and locus of control. Dissertation Abstracts International 46 (6B): 2048.

Greaves, E., Tidy G., & Christie, R.A.S., 1995. Hypnotherapy and weight loss. Nutrition and Food Science 95 (6).

Kirsch, I., Montgomery, G., & Sapirstein. G., 1995. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioural weight loss treatments—Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 63: 214-20.

Schaumberg, L.L., Patsdaughter, C. A., Selder, F. K. & Napholz, L., 1995. Hypnosis as a clinical intervention for weight reduction and self-esteem improvement in young women. International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research 1 (3): 99-107.

Stradling, J., Roberts, D. & Lovelock, F., 1998. Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. International Journal of Obesity 22: 278-81.

Vanderlinden, J., & Vandereycken, W., 1994. The (limited) possibilities of hypnotherapy in the treatment of obesity. American journal of clinical hypnosis 36 (4): 248-57.

Acknowledgment and thanks to Judith E. Pearson.


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