Dr Oz: Hypnosis For Weight Loss & Paul McKenna Emotional Eating


Dr Oz was joined by world-famous Hypnotist Paul McKenna to do a segment on Hypnosis for Weight Loss.  Can hypnosis make you lose weight?  Doctor Oz said he learned about Hypnosis in medical school and there may be profound powers within Hypnosis to stop yourself from sabotaging your diet.  You can unlock powers that cause you to overeat.  Paul McKenna taught us how to Hypnotize ourselves at home too – all you need is to dim the lights and grab a fork and knife.

Dr Oz & Paul McKenna

Dr Oz said that Paul McKenna has many top selling books including “I Can Make You Thin” and another book on hypnosis to stop smoking, which has a 97% success rate!  Paul McKenna Dr Oz Hypnosis For Weightloss has a PhD in human behavior, but when he was a little boy, his school told him that he would never amount to anything.  He became a radio broadcaster and a Hypnotist did Hypnosis on McKenna which made him realize how powerful it is and that it really works.  So McKenna decided that he wanted to learn how to use it to help people quit smoking, lose weight and become more self confident.

Dr Oz: What Is Hypnosis?

Dr Oz asked Paul McKenna what is hypnosis?  McKenna said that it is a procedure that involves concentration and relaxation and communicated with your unconscious mind.  Your unconscious mind is the source of creativity in your body and what makes your body do everything automatically (such as making your heart beat).  McKenna said that Hypnosis reprograms your mind like it is a computer so that you can overcome phobias, fears and lose weight.  He said that he never hypnotizes people to do things that they do not want to do.

Dr Oz: Does Hypnosis Work?

Dr Oz told Paul McKenna that he has many skeptics, so what does he tell those people?  He said he does this for himself because it is his passion and he gets self-esteem from helping other people.  He said that he has made a real breakthrough in the area of weight loss, but that everyone should always be skeptical.  So the best thing to do is to try it out and see what you think of it.

Dr Oz Live Hypnosis

Paul McKenna took a few people from Dr Oz’s audience and hypnotized them before the show began.  He said that they can hear everything he says, but when he snaps his finger and says go to sleep, they go into a daydream-like state.  As McKenna did this to several people in Dr Oz’s audience, they all closed their eyes and looked very relaxed.  Then McKenna told them to imagine that they are sitting at the seaside with the orange sun warming you, and that they should reach back and wipe off their brow.  Sure enough, everyone leaned back and touched their brow or forehead area.  Then, McKenna said to think about something funny like a funny movie, and all of them started laughing hard.  Finally, McKenna said that when he snaps his hands they will sleep and relax, and they all stopped laughing immediately.  Then he told them that when you awaken you will not be hypnotized and you will feel awake and alert.  He snapped his fingers and said “Wakey Wakey” and sure enough they all opened their eyes.  Do you think this really happened or that all of the people were acting?  It was just so unbelievable and remarkable that it is hard to fathom unless it is actually done to you I guess!

Dr Oz: How Hypnosis Works

Dr Oz asked Paul McKenna how he was able to do everything he did?  He said that he talked to them before the show and relaxed them deeply.  He woke them up and put them to “sleep” several times so that they were trained to go to sleep very quickly.  I wish they had shown what McKenna did to everyone before the show began!

Dr Oz: Emotional Eating Hypnosis

Dr Oz said that there are two patterns Paul McKenna thinks keeps everyone from being thin.  One is Emotional Eating, like eating when you are lonely or bored.  This is the number one reason that people overeat.  McKenna asked a lady what drives her to do Emotional Eating?  She said frustration.  You can do Emotional Eating Hypnosis by tapping on various acupuncture meridian points.  For example, think about the feeling of frustration for a moment.  Then, tap on the back of your hand and hum.  Next, tap under your eye and tap on your collarbone.  Repeat the tapping under your eye and the tapping on your collarbone.  Immediately afterward you should feel much less frustrated.  This Hypnosis helps to de-link a thought feeling.  After doing this several times you should feel much better.

Dr Oz: Obsessive Dieting Hypnosis

Paul McKenna said the second that that keeps people from being thin is Obsessive Dieting, which is the case for Janice who has tried every diet that you can think of – high protein, low carb, low fat, protein powders and pills.  All she thinks about is dieting and eating.  She usually starts a diet on Monday and by Wednesday or Thursday she eats something bad and the diet is out the window until the next Monday.  Janice said that she feels frustrated, angry, guilty and terrible about herself.  There is a simple technique that helps a lot of people, because most people think about food all day long except for when they are actually eating and then they shovel the food in as quickly as they can.  McKenna showed Janice eating pizza at her computer for one meal and then eating pizza with a blindfold on for another meal so that she could not see her computer or distractions.  When she was blindfolded, she ate about half as much.  Simply by slowing down the speed you eat at and getting rid of distractions when you eat can make all the difference.

Dr Oz: Fork & Knife Hypnosis

Paul McKenna told everyone in Dr Oz’s audience to take a fork and knife and to retrain their muscle memory.  Most people eat very fast, but when you chew your food slowly you digest it better and you will eat significantly less without feeling like you are missing out.  Hold your fork and knife and imagine your favorite food is in front of you.  Cut a little bite and put it in your mouth.  Put down the fork and knife and chew your bite 20 times.  By doing this, you will retrain your muscle and learn to eat slowly so that you will eat much less food.


  1. says

    Hypnosis is a great technique for weight management. As a certified hypnotist I see many clients with eating problems. The two named in the article are the main issues. I call it weight management not weight loss because when you lose something you will always try and find it. By changing the way your subconscious mind acts and reacts with food and eliminating the beliefs and behaviors associated with that at the subconscious (unconscious) level, the conscious part of our mind which is analytical and critical will follow suit. It sounds easy and it can be as long as the client is fully committed to change and not looking for a quick fix. By reinforcing the ideas suggested under hypnosis, such as eating slowly and mindfully, exercising and moving more, being more aware of the “I’m full” signal, change happens fast and with reinforcement it will become permanent.

  2. Sarah Morris says

    I watched this episode and after decades of fighting anorexia and bulimia…I had better control over my thoughts…even just for a day it counted. I want to know more and I really think it could help. I spent my day sledding with my kids. NOT obsessing over food. It was a day I’ve been praying for.

  3. says

    I watched this segment and noticed afterwards that I automatically put my fork down between bites and chewed and got more flavor out of my food. After doing this for three bites, I realized what I was doing but continued as it felt like it was the right thing to do. I went for a Valentine’s Day supper at our favorite restaurant and ate 1/2 of what I normally would. My husband commented on how I had slowed down my eating and noticed me laying my fork down! I do hope this works for me, as I want to lose about 10 to 15 pounds. (I do exercise daily aerobically, plus do Zumba twice a week, and weight training twice a week!) Thank you Dr. Oz for having Paul on your show!

  4. says

    I tried hypnosis a few years back, but he just hypnosised me against a certain food. In my case it was mac and cheese, and I have to say I had NO desire for it for about a year. It didn’t work as far as weight loss because I just replaced the mac and cheese with other foods, but the way Dr Kenna is doing it I believe can work. I’m willing to give it a try.

  5. says

    Hypnosis is a dynamic tool for health and a natural process that bypasses the critical mind (CONSCIOUS) and accesses the noncritical receptive mind (SUBCONSCIOUS). When positive suggestions are planted in the SUBCONSCIOUS mind, change will occur. I’m a certified Hypnotist and presently working with clients who want to manage their weight. Yes, it works! Half the battle is simply erasing misconceptions about Hypnosis and opening our minds to the process. it is not a pass/fail event. Learning to use our incredible minds is always a success!! Call me. Love to work with you ! JanLeeHypnosis 724-884-3307

    I was not home to watch Dr Oz..but am thrilled he had a Hypnotist on his show. It’s way past time for alternative medicine to take its rightful place beside traditional ..both can work together!

  6. says

    I am very excited to see mainstream, western medicine physicians, acknowledge the power of Hypnotherapy. Hypnosis has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. I would like to confirm that Hypnotherapy is not the magic cure all, however it is an excellent no risk modality for most everyone, who truly desires change at a very deep and healthy level of understanding and acceptance. Most of my practice is direct referal from physicians in our community, as they have experienced first hand the power of this amazing tool, that is provided by a realistic and trained therapist.

  7. judy griffin says

    Comments from people who have used hypnosis to stop smoking and if it was effective. How can I find a hypnosis in my area who you know is not bogus.

  8. Virginia Tilton says

    Dr. Oz,Thank you for having Paul McKenna on your show. I had heard you were going to have a hypnosis on your show this month 6-2012, I have lost 8lbs. thank you

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