“Tis the season to begin thinking about weight management”, says Dr. Ed Lewellen of Keller, Texas. “The upcoming holiday season means great food and drink. It can also mean a few extra pounds which leads to the second most common New Year’s resolution; to lose weight”. With the national concerns about obesity, people are looking for ways to shed those unwanted pounds in non-surgical ways. These include hypnosis, acupuncture and cryo-therapy.
Dr. Lewellen is a master hypnotist and uses this method to help remove “mental malware” which interferes with the mind’s ability to manage behaviors. “Imbedded memories can cause our bodies to react to food in unhealthy ways”, says Lewellen. “When we redirect the mind to eliminate disruptive activities, it can focus on productive activities, including making healthy food choices or breaking addictions like smoking or drinking”.
Vanessa Waits, a full time student at Texan Wesleyan University, and a client, is convinced of the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for weight loss. “I thought it was an interesting experience”, says Waits. “After sitting down with Ed and explaining my issue, he was able to eliminate my cravings for chips and cookies in one session. They were the first things I wanted after class, now I can enjoy them occasionally, but I don’t crave them continually. I have had continued success for over a year and a half. I am a firm believer.” While Waits is a success story, Lewellen says that hypnosis isn’t effective for everyone. “You have to be open to the experience. If you are convinced that it isn’t going to work, your results are not going to be productive.”
So why does hypnotherapy work? The abstract from Alfred Barrios’ (1970) article in Psychotherapy, research, theory and practice states:
“Recent clinical evidence contradicts the common criticism and misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy. Based on a review of recent studies, it is concluded that “the main use of hypnosis is not as a means of direct symptom removal. Nor is its main use as an uncovering device. The current trend is to use hypnosis to remove the negative attitudes, fears, maladaptive behavior patterns, and negative self-images underlying the symptoms.” The reason hypnosis is so effective in facilitating therapy is that “the incongruent perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes are kept from interfering with the suggestion (and thus with the conditioning).” (Barrios, 1970)
Lewellen agrees, “I work with clients who want to improve their life. This means finding the root cause of the challenges which keep them from achieving the goals which are important to them. I don’t heal anyone, I help them heal themselves.” Clients agree. Saul David, CEO of the Empire Development Groups is a client of Lewellen’s. “When I need to speak to a group, a few minutes with Ed helps focus my attention.” The hypnotic trance is a participatory one. Lewellen says that the subjects hear and participate in the session for the most benefit.
Hypnosis is an option for persons who are interested in alternative methods of weight loss. Ensuring that any weight loss program is safe for the individual is critical. As these are alternatives to medical procedures or drugs, each person must ensure that any alternative procedure does interfere with their medically monitored pharmacological program.
Dr. Edward Lewellen is the author of The 90-Second Mind Manager and Creating a Life in Forward Motion. His credentials include a Master Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner from the University of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), A Master Hypnotist through the American Alliance of Hypnotists, and Executive Coach from The Employers Edge and a Master Executive Coach in Transformative Thinking. Dr. Lewellen is a speaker/presenter for Lockheed Martin events, Bell Helicopter Global Headquarters, UNT International Department King’s University Psychology Department, and Cancer Support Community. His office is in Keller, Texas, USA. Contact Dr. Lewellen at 972-900-9207
University of Maryland Medical Center: Hypnotherapy
Psychology Today: The trouble with hypnosis
Barrios, A. A. (1970). Hypnosis: A reappraisal. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, Vol 7(1), 2-7.
Connie Hanner is the President of the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce. She keeps residents and visitors up to date on what’s happening in Colleyville and the surrounding areas. Click “subscribe to this author” and never miss a story!