Enjoying Weight Loss!

January 7, 2009 |

Like anyone with ‘weight issues’ you likely look askance at weight loss ‘programs’ that offer the world. And rightly so. Everyone knows that successful, i.e. healthy and sustainable, weight loss depends on the balance between calories taken in and those expended. So most diet programs just fiddle with this equation. They change one or another variable - the quality or amount of food, the type and frequency of exercise – or with body or blood typing guides for good measure. What they fail to take into account is that managing your weight is more about lifestyle than physiology. You have to take action, daily, many times a day, into perpetuity. At this point, you fall rapidly into the category of behavioral management.

Hypnosis is one technique that directly works to re-enforce behavior. What I didn’t realize, and learned from Dr. Mark Hyman, is that hypnosis for weight loss is approved for clinical use by both the British Medical Association and the American Medical Associations. Used on a regular basis, it can help you learn positive eating behaviors and create healthy long-term patterns of food intake.

Let me backtrack. Mark Hyman, M.D. is a functional medicine physician whose prevention-centered approach is on the frontier of scientific medicine. Functional medicine is grounded in research in biochemical individuality, and treats the underlying cause of chronic disease by looking for disturbances in how what we take in is processed by the body, to include hormonal and inflammatory imbalances, and digestive and detoxification mechanisms. Among many other things, Mark Hyman is Chief Editor of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, was Director of Medicine at Canyon Ranch, and a prolific author, including of the New York Times bestseller, Ultrametabolism. When I learned that he recommends this hypnosis program as part of a weight loss program, I thought I’d look into it.

The 8 session CD set Enjoying Weight Loss– now there’s a concept! – offers a variety of trances that offer positive suggestions on a range of issues, from making better food choices and avoiding temptation, to getting out and exercising, and dealing with stress and anxiety. Because hypnosis helps to create new thought patterns as well as access subconscious blocks, self-destructive behavior that appears to be out of your control slowly becomes a thing of the past. The program involves relaxing with the CDs through a headset twice a day for 20 minutes. Each session builds on the one before, so you will notice more and more positive change the deeper you go.

The soothing voice belongs to Dr. Roberta Temes, creator of the program, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis, and editor of Medical Hypnosis, the first medical textbook on hypnosis. She’s also on the faculty of SUNY Health Science Center.

There’s not much more I can tell you that you won’t find by going directly to the link. Give it a try, I hope it works for you, I’d love to hear from you about it (either way!). At worst, consider it as a way to relax and regularly shift your thoughts away from the stress of dieting every day!

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