Are You Sabotaging Your Own Health Goals?
When you decide to "go on a diet", what are your thoughts, feelings, and actions? If you are anything like I was a few years ago, it's slightly overwhelming. Okay, not slightly… it is VERY overwhelming!
Does this sound familiar? "I have to give up so many things, and I know I am going to be so hungry", "I surely don't want to be around anyone that is eating anything I can't have", "I don't know if I am going to be able to do this". "No, I am going to do this! I am determined to go on a diet!" "I will make it happen this time... what is it that I am supposed to eat?" "Oh wait, no, I can't have that either!" Ugh! This is called will power and will power is temporary. It is not going to sustain you in the long run.
Who has vowed to start a diet on Monday, you do great for a few days, or maybe even a week, and then you start feeling grumpy, grouchy, hangry, and stressed out?
All “diets” do is focus on calories, and you know that you need to consume less calories than you eat in order to lose weight… right? Well, not so fast… it is about calories, but it is MORE about WHAT you are eating. Do you ever look at the ingredients of what you are eating? Are you aware that what you are putting in your body can affect all kinds of things… your gut… your digestion… your cravings… your brain?
For those of you taking supplements that are giving you soooo much energy and weight loss? One word… BAD. Why? Because it is a supplement, plain and simple. You are ingesting toxins and calling it energy and weight loss. Over time this is not sustainable. The weight will pile back on if you were to discontinue taking your supplements. Learning about nutrition, ingredients, what is good for YOUR body, and how foods can heal the body, is what is most important.
You are taking pills that burn the fat so you can enjoy greasy burgers and fries. What? Is this what a healthy lifestyle is? I don’t believe so. And, you are doing yourself more harm than you can ever imagine if this is the regimen you are on.
Back to the weight debacle…
But… calories in, calories out… and you vow to exercise… so, you go on a diet anyway. You follow someone’s guidelines on how many ‘points’ you should eat, how many carbohydrates you are allowed, how much exercise you think you should do (and my goodness… what the hell am I supposed to do in the gym anyway?)… etc. etc.
You reduce your calories and then by day eight or so the guilt sets in and you are grouchy, ready to pounce on anyone eating a slice of pizza, or your favorite desert. By day twelve or so, you are feeling very deprived, and then you just tell yourself it’s not worth it.
You quit and decide you’ll “start again” on another Monday… whenever that may be. This is will power, and it will never work.
Does this sound familiar? Of course it does! One of the things that is happening is when you reduce calories, you are also reducing nutrients your body needs. All too often people are eliminating foods, and/or cutting calories so much that their body is starving for the nutrition. Our bodies require us to provide it with the right kind of nutrients to sustain energy and for our body to function at peak performance. Wouldn't you love to have energy, sleep well, and um... have things "move" the way they are supposed to?
92% of Americans are deficient in more than one macronutrient.
Torturing yourself, obsessing over what you are eating, giving yourself a guilt trip, being overly emotional… none of this is necessary. You CAN “win” this.
The other piece to this puzzle is your mind… your thoughts, your choices, your language. This is actually the biggest piece to the puzzle, the most important piece. If you are not changing your thought patterns and your habits, your never ending quest for a healthy lifestyle will continue indefinitely.
- You visualize yourself as lean, attractive & fit
- You think, feel and eat like a naturally thin person
- You feel relaxed, confident and in control
- You activate weight loss-controlling hormones
- You favor healthy, nourishing food
- You eat more often & feel full with a few bites
- You begin to love and respect your body
- You feel compelled to become physically active
Imagine... these healthy behaviors are second nature and yours to keep... They come easily and naturally to you...
Back to your mind…
At the conscious level, you know all the reasons you should lose weight. You really, truly, want to lose the flab and get back in shape. You’ve tried every trendy diet, miracle pill, and exercising gadget... but failed. You vow to start again. As a result of all these starts and stops and feeling like you have no control, you’ve become discouraged, hopeless, and depressed.
Consciously, you’ve been determined to start eating healthy and exercising, but somewhere deep inside there's another powerful force that makes you put off the healthy behaviors, day after day.
The events in our lives are outward projections of what’s lurking in our subconscious mind. That includes our thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and beliefs. We are who we think, feel, and believe we are. That goes for the good and the bad. If that’s so, can we intentionally put thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and beliefs into the subconscious mind to create our future? The answer is: You bet! The frustrating reality is that your subconscious mind will go at great lengths to protect you from losing weight.
This default is stored deep in your subconscious mind and no matter how much conscious effort and will power you put up, it keeps interfering with your weight loss goal.
How do you change it?
One way you can begin to change this is to think that you want to “release” weight instead of “lose” weight. Just reframing the way you think and speak about this can help you to reprogram your subconscious mind. Tell yourself, every day, that you are achieving your ideal body. The subconscious mind cannot process negatives, like the words don’t and not. If I tell you don’t think of a pink balloon… what are you thinking about?? Exactly! A pink balloon! In everyday life you would tell yourself; “I will not gain weight” and you’re subconscious mind only sees and hears “I will gain weight”. That is the reason why we should make sure our affirmations and daily thoughts are structured in a positive way.
Using positive affirmations about your body, health, food you eat, etc. will help you tremendously. What you think about, you bring about, so if you are telling yourself that you’re fat, you can’t lose weight, you just can’t resist the cookie, you don’t know what to do… all of this is sabotaging your efforts and you are giving up the immense power you do have. Say things like...
- I fuel my body with healthy foods.
- Nutrition is very important to the quality of my life.
- I enjoy healthy foods.
- I deserve to be healthy and have my ideal body.
- I always take care of my body.
- I give myself permission to create, and maintain, my ideal body.
- My body tells me when I’ve had enough.
The key to affirmations is REPETITION AND FEELING. You have to believe in what you are saying and say it over and over again.
The most effective way to permanently release the weight, effortlessly and automatically, without having to torture yourself and obsess over it, is the use of hypnosis. With hypnosis, you re-program your subconscious mind to allow your body to release the extra weight. As a result, your brain automatically adjusts your appetite, metabolic rate, and physical energy.
After these sessions, you change the way you look at food, at exercising and even at yourself... you start behaving naturally as a slim person. You never feel hungry. You eat what you want and truly enjoy becoming active again. Forget about agonizing over calories and dragging yourself to the gym... it all happens effortlessly. You simply relax, use hypnosis for weight management and watch the pounds melt away without ever coming back.
The conscious mind is the will, the subconscious mind has the power.
With 3-5 sessions of hypnosis, you will (most likely)
- Discover what underlying issues are causing your weight gain
- Reeducate your subconscious mind about ideas that may have been learned about eating at at young ag.
- Change negative ideas about food to positive thoughts for letting go and releasing the weight
- Retrain your imagination to visualize a future more perfect image of self; living the improved behavior patterns
- Improve awareness of eating and exercise habits
Other benefits you gain with hypnosis:
- Discover that hypnosis is very relaxing
- Decreased heart rate and blood pressure
- Restful, uninterrupted sleep
- Reduced intensity & frequency of headaches, including migraines
- Less allergies
- Increased sex drive, stamina, and great mood
- Re-balance of your immune system
- Greatly diminished fears, stress, and anxiety
- Improved relationships
- Increased brain power, clear mental focus & improved memory
Are you interested in more information? Email me and we can set up a day/time to talk via phone or Skype and I'll answer your questions and explain everything.