In the early 1990s I worked for a commercial property management company. As part of the accounting team (that also collected the rent), I got to know a local hypnotist who did a brisk business performing hypnosis for both weight loss and smoking.
He advertized his results and sold "packages" of 7, 10, and 14 sessions that also came with a money-back guarantee. In the four years of our acquaintance, I watched his practice grow and expand. This hypnotist is still in business today and advertises heavily in our local paper.
Although I was never a client, the idea of being alone with a potential "creep" kept me from trying hypnosis. Which brings me to hypnosis via audio CDs. This post links to a well-known home hypnosis weight loss program.
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