The Self-Hypnosis Diet by Steven Gurgevich & Joy Gurgevich is a comprehensive book with an accompanying
CD that offers a different approach to weight loss. The Gurgevichs teach readers that the chains of compulsive
eating and yo-yo dieting can be broken, without deprivation, by using the technique of self-hypnosis. The book
offers sound nutrition advice and even explores some of the root causes underneath a lifetime of being overweight.
It isnít always because someone is addicted to food. Sometimes their extra pounds offer them "something more"
psychologically than what they perceive would be the benefits of having a slim body.
Though the Gurgevichs repeat a mantra throughout the book of "You can eat anything you want and still keep
your perfect weight," that isnít entirely correct. They eventually tell readers that they can eat anything "that
is good for them" and keep a perfect weight because they are now making good choices. That lifestyle change may
be started and supported by hypnosis.
The Gurgevichs also encourage those struggling with their weight to read everything they can about weight
loss, nutrition, and fitness, as well as to dip into this book on a daily basis after reading it through once.
This information provides a good foundation that will aid those working on their weight to understand more about
nutrition and healthy eating choices.
Next, readers are encouraged to do their trance work (self-hypnosis). Again, this is a good tool to use in
conjunction with developing affirmations and creating visualizations about being your perfect weight. The
enclosed CD has an introduction to hypnosis and five other tracks that listeners can use to create healthy eating
For the person unfamiliar with hypnosis, the tracks on the CD provide helpful instruction. For someone with
hypnosis or deep meditation experience, however, the tracks are very wordy and often distracting. Personally, I
was looking for simpler, clearer suggestions and affirmations within these tracks. I could not sustain listening
to these every day as needed for the predicted effect. However, the Gurgevichs do offer a good framework for
those experienced in hypnosis or meditation, though it isnít laid out quite as directly as I would have liked.
Those of us with more experience can craft our own intentions and affirmations using music or silence as a means
to reach these deep levels of suggestion. I do especially like the ideal of doing mental rehearsal of good eating
habits and food choices and visualizing myself at my perfect weight and being able to dance with grace.
The Self-Hypnosis Diet is an extremely useful tool for weight loss and provides the missing piece in a
holistic approach to healthy eating and exercise.