Winning the Weight Loss Battle: Part 1
Well, it’s that special time of the year again when we contemplate the year past as well as the approaching future days and months ahead. The holidays are over and day to day life is beginning to return to normal. The seemingly endless celebrations began many weeks ago with Thanksgiving feasts at home with family, loved ones and friends. Invitations galore filled our calendars with parties and dinners and festive celebratory events as we merrily ate and drank our way into and beyond the New Year.
As the holiday season comes to an end it is often time for personal reflection. Your New Year’s resolution may once again be vowing to gain control over your eating behavior and finally lose weight. You may be unhappy with your image in the mirror but still not able to find the ability to end the sabotaging, out of control behavior preventing you from losing that excess weight. It may feel difficult or even impossible to find the willpower needed to begin and follow a healthy eating plan to lose weight. Many people feel totally out of control. Cravings, emotional eating, portion sizes and unhealthy behaviors often get the best of us. We give in and fail again and again. The sabotaging behavior continues day after day despite recognizing what you need to do to make a positive change.
Gain Control & Lose Weight
Like most people, you probably know what to do to lose the weight. You may have the best of intentions to stop eating those sweets or starchy carbs and really begin that “diet” on Monday! We all know diets don’t really work. You know the right foods to eat…but something usually stops you from following through with the plan. Your motivation and willpower suddenly disappear! Sometimes it feels as though there is a good angel and bad angel on your shoulder and the bad angel is winning! Cravings, emotional eating, portion sizes and out of control behaviors often get the best of us …we give in and then we give up. There is good news for those who want to combat obesity, gain control and lose weight. Hypnosis is an easy, natural, relaxing and successful solution to lose weight without dieting.
Hypnosis may be the solution for those in search of a natural and healthy method to lose their potentially unhealthy excess weight without the high cost, risks and side effects of invasive surgery. According to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death” with estimated annual medical costs of $147 billion in 2008. Facts and findings indicate that reducing obesity (BMI of 30+) indicate, “even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10% of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvement in blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugars.”
Think Yourself Thin
Imagine being able to end the weight loss sabotage and almost think yourself thin simply by closing your eyes and relaxing while listening to soft music and perhaps the gentle sound of ocean waves as a trained Hypnotist guides you into a beautiful, calming state of tranquility. With practically no effort at all you drift into a natural, dreamy, drowsy state of peaceful relaxation while your subconscious mind accepts the positive suggestions for the healthy changes you want to make. It may sound too good to be true, but Hypnosis works.
Hypnosis can naturally finally end the old sabotaging behavior and help your mind work for you instead of against you. Hypnosis has the ability to help you regain your willpower to eat consciously and healthfully so you can finally lose weight…. without deprivation… without dieting.
What is Hypnosis?
It is a well-established fact that hypnosis, also known as therapeutic hypnosis, can be used as an effective tool for everything from weight loss and smoking cessation, behavior modification, success and motivation, healing and even pain control. Many other problems such as fears, phobias, pain, insomnia, poor study, memory or learning habits and self-esteem issues are commonly helped using hypnosis.
To some, the very word still conjures up thoughts of creepy old castles, thunderstorms and helpless victims in a zombie-like trance. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. It is a well-established fact that Hypnosis is widely recognized by scientists and researchers as a very safe, natural and enjoyable state of deep physical and emotional relaxation.
Hypnosis may possibly even be as old as mankind itself. The old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis have given way to proven, scientifically-sound applications. The ethical use of hypnosis is seen in a variety of fields, including medicine, dentistry, law enforcement, professional sports, self-improvement, behavioral modification as well as education and can improve a wide spectrum of conditions, challenges and issues.
Hypnosis: The Medicine of the Mind
Today, hypnosis has gone mainstream. Over the years millions of people world-wide have benefited from its use. Men, women and children are using hypnosis regularly and their doctors are recommended it for help with many problems from arthritis to childbirth to stress reduction. Major hospitals across the U.S. are using hypnosis to speed surgical recovery, heal fractures weeks faster and assist in reducing pain and improve healing of burns. It can help to alleviate negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs as well eliminate the emotional and psychological blockages preventing one from accomplishing personal goals.
Hypnosis is not “sleep” but simply a very natural, calm and tranquil state of conscious awareness. During a hypnosis session a trained hypnotist uses specific suggestions to guide you into a comfortable state of deep relaxation. Traditionally, while in this peaceful state, one becomes more focused and actually has a heightened sense of awareness.
During hypnosis the natural endorphin and serotonin levels of the body are increased. As this occurs, the conscious portion of the mind, which is critical and analytical, is temporarily suspended or bypassed. The hypnotic induction simply helps the client to become more directed and relaxed thereby making the transition from conscious awareness to subconscious awareness. In this state, the subconscious mind can easily accept the suggestions for change to benefit the individual.
Are You an Emotional Eater?
The subconscious mind is very much like a computer and, unfortunately, it may be running old or defective programs! Many of us have developed unhealthy relationships with food over the years. We eat when we’re sad, angry, lonely, stressed and even when we are happy. Many of us have developed the habit of overeating and using food to satisfy emotional issues that we may often confuse with our appetite. This habit can gain strength and power over the years to become an automatic response the subconscious uses to address any stressful situation or event.
We may find ourselves overeating to satisfy our emotional “hunger” to feel better. We’ve learned to use food as a drug to modify our feelings and emotions. Consciously we try over and over again to stop that sabotaging behavior but fail miserably blaming ourselves for our lack of ability and willpower. We diet and deprive ourselves and become more and more unhappy. Many people “diet” themselves to weigh over 300 lbs. It’s not your fault. Studies have shown that the sub-conscious mind manages over 90% of our behaviors. It doesn’t even make sense that we can change something on a conscious level when the subconscious is in charge! It’s obvious that simply using willpower and motivation is just not enough. Therefore, if you want to change a habit or modify behavior it can naturally and easily be changed by using Hypnosis. Next month we’ll focus on Traditional Therapeutic Hypnosis or the Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis.
Diane Bahr-Groth, CH, TFT-Adv, Director of Mind-Body Transformation Hypnosis Center specializes in fast and effective methods for weight loss, healthy eating, stress, fear and pain reduction, smoking cessation, success, motivation, sports performance as well as fear and phobia elimination for public speaking and other issues for adults as well as children. She is a registered Consulting Hypnotist and Certified in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis Program™, Thought Field Therapy™, Time Line Therapy™, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Complementary Medical Hypnosis. Established in Fairfield County since 1989, her office is located at 1177 High Ridge Road in Stamford, CT. For more information or to schedule a free consultation or appointment please call 203 595-0110, www.mindbodytransformation.com.