Before you consider any type of weight loss plan you need to understand what influences how much you weigh today, and what you can do to increase your chances of losing those pounds… for good. And it’s rarely just about a diet plan and counting calories.
Even the area of nutrition is a confusing arena. High Protein and Low Carbs are often promoted, yet other researchers and studies suggest raw fruits and vegetables and limiting meats are the way to go. But food is just one aspect of this complicate weight loss puzzle and I’m going to cover all of them for you today.
Before getting on to what you can do to shed that excess fat and keep it off, we need to cover some basics.
Weight is not just about what and how much you eat, but is also influenced by your background, the way you live, your attitude about food and the role food plays in your life.
The fact is there are a variety of factors that influence your weight. As you can see below some of these factors are physical and others are triggers and habits that no diet plan will tackle, yet cause most diet plans to fail.
These weight influences include:
- Genetic makeup
- Physiology of the body
- The condition of your health
- Food choices and food portion
- Emotional eating issues
- Lifestyle choices (such as exercise, smoking, drinking, etc.)
Attitude Adjustment about Food:
Losing weight is about a number of things.
It includes being conscientious of your calorie intake, what you eat and making sure you take in the necessary nutrients to be healthy. However, losing weight for many of us isn’t just a physical problem because if it were then keeping the weight off would be simple. But anybody that has lost weight only to see the pounds pile on back understands calorie counting is just one piece of the puzzle.
For many people struggling to keep the weight off what is needed is a comprehensive weight loss plan, one that includes tackling their whole relationship with food. It’s also about making sure we are not using eating as a crutch to deal with other problems in life.
What does this mean for us?
It means we need to change the tape playing in our head about food and eating in order to shed pounds. We need an attitude adjustment about food. If you were listening to a song on the radio that you did not like you could change the channel, right? Well, the same goes for our desire to lose weight. We need to change what is playing in our head in order to implement healthy food habits.
The Goal of Weight Loss:
The goal of any weight loss plan is to help you to get to the ideal, or what I like to call, “right size.”
Diet programs and nutritional counseling in and of themselves are not necessarily a waste of time and money nor are they ineffective. The simple fact is they’re only one step in the weight loss process and are generally not enough to help the average individual get to, and stay, the right size.
Most people need to take things one step further. Dieting is usually a bandage put over a more serious problem. Everyone develops habits, thinking patterns and behaviors about food, and these must be addressed in tandem with any diet plan for real progress in weight loss to be permanent.
This explains why so many people lose weight on a diet but then months later find themselves back at square one. They have put most or all the weight back on they lost, and need to start all over again. This is because the real problem of weight gain was not tackled, and once it has, then the chances the excess weight will disappear, and stay away, is increased dramatically.
So what is Stopping You?
The barrier to keeping the weight off is changing your habits and thought patterns around food. It’s quitting using food for comfort or boredom and when under stress to make you feel better. The use of food to address other issues becomes a habit and we readily retreat to it when an emotional trigger kicks in, and we resort to what make us feel good – eating, and many times excessively.
Overcoming our eating habits requires work with the subconscious mind as that is where habits are formed and automated. Many times you’re not even aware you’re reaching for a snack because some trigger happened and your subconscious mind sent the command you’ve programmed it to do for you.
It’s like a smoker who reaches for a cigarette when socializing or under stress – it’s done because that’s what they’ve always done in that situation and the subconscious mind is just playing out the song in their head for them.
Many events that cause these habits to form are long buried in our subconscious and it takes skilled hypnotherapists to identify and eradicate these damaging memories. However, the good news is that, except in the most extreme circumstances, in order to eradicate the habits that pollute our ability to achieve weight loss, it’s not necessary to uncover the root cause.
How to Change the Radio Station:
Weight loss using hypnosis is a way to change our relationship with food so eating healthy foods in the right portions is enjoyable. It replaces the negative habits with positive ones so instead of reaching for the cookie you reach for fruit or another healthy snack. To continue with the metaphor we started earlier, it effectively changes the song playing in your head by switching the trigger to a different radio station. In many instance even the triggers can be eradicated using hypnosis.
This is a gross over simplification of hypnosis but hopefully you get the idea.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool because it bypasses the conscious mind which acts as gatekeeper and instead talks straight to the subconscious (or unconscious) mind which operates our habits on cruise control. Communicating directly with your subconscious provides quicker results because you’re affecting habits without having to relearn through the conscious mind which takes time and will power.
But weight loss hypnosis is not a magic bullet either. It works best as part of an overall plan that includes eating healthy foods in the right portions and an exercise program.
Can you change your triggers and habits through sheer will power alone? Yes, you can.
Just as smoker’s can quit “cold turkey” then people can shed the pounds and keep them off by sticking to their diet plans and never slipping back into negative habits. But just as the success rate of smoker’s who remain smoke-free for one year after quitting “cold turkey” is a distressing 2-5%, then the stats for people with sustained weight loss is equally disturbing.
By all means choose a diet plan that’ll work for you based on your own weight influences such as genetic make up, age, gender, and physiology, and begin consistent exercising. It doesn’t matter if it is South Beach – Atkins – Weight Watchers – pick your preference. Just be aware that the plan that is right for you may not be a popular plan as everybody is different.
But consider supplementing a diet plan and exercise routine with additional support work such as hypnosis to make the impact lasting and to get you out of the weight loss trap for good.
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