It’s all in the mind: Hypnosis seen as aid to controlling waistline

More than 2 in 3 adults in the U.S. are considered to be overweight or obese, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Overweight and obesity are risk factors for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems.

Not surprisingly, many people are anxious for the best and most effective means possible for shedding unwanted pounds.

Kimberly Lowe, of Muncy, was among those skeptical of using hypnosis to lose weight.

Last year, she became a believer after going through a hypnosis program.

“You would come out of a hypnosis session feeling better, calmer. I noticed a change overall in how I viewed food, how I thought about it,” she said. “Over the course of about a month, I dropped a good 5 pounds.”

Deborah Miller, a board certified hypnotist, will conduct hypnosis weight loss sessions next month in Hughesville.

“Hypnotism is a gentle, effective, side effect-free method of removing emotional blockages and fears, alleviating pain, adapting to life changes, losing weight, and breaking bad habits,” Miller said. “For positive and healthful personal changes, hypnotism has been found to provide quick, comfortable and lasting solutions. It allows you to enhance your God-given talents, including will power and motivation.”

The National Institutes of Health has noted that more than 3,000 clinical studies are available proving positive effects of hypnotism.

Hypnotism was approved as effective by the American Medical Association as well as the American Psychological Association in 1958.

“It’s basically utilizing the subconscious mind,” Miller said. “You are open to learning new things and breaking old habits.”

Lowe said after undergoing the sessions she certainly felt and ate differently, even though, as she put it, “I am a person who is very skeptical of these things.”

Edwina Horn, a personal trainer and owner of Live Well Fitness in Muncy became a believer as well, according to Miller.

After going through her hypnosis program, she found the natural technique changed the way she looked at food and eliminated cravings for certain foods she wanted to avoid.

Horn, Miller noted, also came away feeling more positive and relaxed and even experienced better sleep.

The course is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31, at the Townsend Bed & Breakfast, 160 S. Main St., Hughesville. Registration at 570-317-4219 is required.

More information is at www.HypnosisCanHelp.Me.