Some Tip to Help Lose Weight

Working with a competent hypnotist is a great start for weight loss, but there are other things as well that you can do to keep yourself moving along the road to a health weight. We offered some tips earlier. Here are some more. They are easy to do, and will add power to your weight loss regimen.

Eat three meals a day, every day. Never skip a meal. You live in the twenty-first century, but your body still lives in the Stone Age, when there were no supermarkets, not even an occasional deli. People sometimes had to go without food for long periods of time. When that happened, their metabolisms slowed down to save energy by burning fewer calories. When you go long periods of time without eating, your body still thinks it is starving, and slows your metabolism down to save calories—not what you want to happen. Worse, if you don’t eat for a long time, you get really hungry, and are more likely to overeat at the next meal.

Fall in love with protein. A meal high in protein digests more slowly. It also triggers the production of less insulin, so you are less likely to develop insulin resistance, which is the precursor to Type 2 diabetes. Also, research has shown that when your daily diet is at least twenty-five percent protein, night-time snacking goes way down.

Brush your teeth. No one knows quite why this is, but brushing after every meal reduces the number of between-meal snacks you are likely to consume.

Toss in the hot stuff. Spicy food boosts the metabolism, so speed things up with black pepper, or even better, chili peppers.

Cook with coconut oil. It would be a sad thing to have to go without any fried food, but it helps if you avoid some cooking oils in favor of those that are better for you. Olive oil is good (for cold dishes). Avocado oil is even better, and has a very high smoke point to boot. Best of all is coconut oil, which appears to actually boost the body’s metabolic rate.

Increase your intake of fiber. Especially, ramp up your levels of what are called viscous fibers, such as glucomannan and psyllium, which you can find at a natural foods store. These are highly water soluble, so they swell up in the stomach and make you feel more full.

Take a walk. Right after whatever your biggest meal of the day is, get up, go outside, and take a walk. Brisk is better than slow, and long is better than short; but even a slow, fifteen-minute stroll is better than no walk at all.

What Defines a Healthy Weight?

Even as you begin to think about finding a competent hypnotist or hypnotherapist, a part of you probably is still asking if you really need to lose weight.

And even if you are convinced that you do, there is the question of how many kilos you need to shed. What is a heathy weight? And how do you decide when you are there?

For some people, healthy means ideal. They look back at what they weighed when they were teens, and think getting back to that weight should be the goal. That’s not realistic. People gain weight with age. That is a normal, healthy change. Even your bones get thicker when you are older. If you try to force your body to return to that earlier weight, it will fight back, and it will win.

Or you may have fantasies about matching the looks of fashion models, not thinking about the fact that many of them are essentially starving themselves, and often suffer from anorexia or bulimia.

So what is a healthy weight?

How about this? A healthy weight is one that, once you reach it, you can maintain it without a lot of effort. It may slide up or down a kilogram or two now and then, but if you are eating wisely, and getting enough physical activity, that weight becomes stable and won’t vary.

Some people go on line and dig up magic formulas that will tell them their ideal weight. They plug in their height, age, amount of exercise, and what have you, and the formula pops out a number. But, if you pick a dozen of those formulas, you will wind up with a dozen different “ideal” weights, and the results can vary by up to twenty kilograms.

Then there is waist size. Wrap a tape measure around your waist just above the belly button. For a woman, a waistline of more than ninety centimeters is too much. For men the magic number is about one hundred and two centimeters.

Or you can determine your body mass index, or BMI. You will find the means to compute that on line also. A body mass index between 18.5 and 25 is considered healthy. More than that and you are overweight or obese. Less than that and you may want to try out as a fashion model.

But as you begin your hypnosis sessions, here’s a simpler way to know how things are going. When you reach that healthy body weight, you will know, not only from the comments of friends and family, but because it will simply feel right.

Can Anyone Be Hypnotised?

A question that clinical hypnotists and hypnotherapists hear some version of fairly frequently is, “How do I know you can hypnotise me?”

That’s actually the wrong question. I might be the most powerful, charismatic, smart hypnotist the world has ever seen, but when you stroll into my office, whatever else I may do, I am not going to hypnotise you.

The reason I’m not? Simple. You are going to hypnotise yourself. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

Going into a trance is something you do. I am here to facilitate things, to guide you and show you some different ways you can go into a trance; and I will make suggestions, hopefully useful ones, about productive ways you can benefit from being in a trance.

But you are the boss. You are in charge from the minute you walk in the door. You may decide, for instance, just how you are going to start. Most of the time, your hypnotherapist will have you sit in a comfortable chair. But some people do better lying back on a couch. Some will actually go into a trance more easily standing, or even walking about.

So you are the decider. You decide, first off, if you will go into a trance at all. Then you will decide just when you are going into a trance. You will decide how you are going into a trance. You will be in charge of how long you will stay in there, and what you will do while you are in that trance. Your hypnotherapist will have suggestions, but you will always be in charge of whether you act on them. Finally, you will decide just when you come back out of the trance.

Now, it’s true that you may not feel like you are in charge once you are in the trance state, especially if you are in a fairly deep trance. You may not be consciously aware of making any decisions at all, but you will be, even if you don’t remember afterwards.

So, you ask, why should I spend time and money going to a hypnotist? Maybe I’ll just buy a book or a CD, and teach myself. You could, in fact. The internet is loaded with self-help books and gadgets. What they are not loaded with is professionals who have the training and experience in assisting people with problems.

A competent, trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist works every day with people who are dealing with issues like yours. That professional not only knows how to help you go into a trance, but how to help you use it in a way that works for you.

The ability to enter a hypnotic state is a talent we all are born with. Think of the hypnotist as a coach who will help you hone that talent.

Trance: What You Can Expect

You are about to experience hypnosis for the first time, so naturally you wonder what it will be like. What is it going to feel like? What’s going to happen? What’s the hypnotist going to do? Will you even know what’s going on, and will you remember anything afterwards?

If you have friends who have been hypnotized and ask them about their experience, you are likely to hear anything from, “It was not all that different,” to, “I’ve never felt anything like that before.”

That’s to be expected for a number of reasons. First off, different hypnotists have different approaches and favour different techniques. Also, a competent clinical hypnotist or hypnotherapist will be responding to your needs and your personality, knowing that there is no one approach that fits everyone.

As well, some of what you experience will depend on what you expect to experience. Dr. Milton Erickson, a pioneer in modern hypnosis and hypnotherapy, put it this way: If you think being in a trance is like being asleep, you will feel like you are asleep; but if you think being in a trance is like being awake and highly focused, then you will feel like you are awake and aware of everything.

Still, there are some things that you can expect to experience with any competent hypnotist or hypnotherapist.

First, the hypnotist will spend a lot of your first session asking you about your history, your likes and dislikes, your abilities, and the problem that brought you in; and you can expect the hypnotist will listen and pay close attention to your answers.

Next, you can expect that you definitely will go into a trance. It may be a light trance, or a deep one, which will depend partly on the hypnotist’s approach, but also on just how adept you are at entering a hypnotic state. Some of us can go into a trance just by thinking about it, and some of us have to work at it.

Most of the time while you are in a trance you will be at least somewhat aware of what’s going on around you; but sometimes you may drift off to a more interesting place, and suddenly find yourself with old memories or new, creative thoughts.

While you are in a trance you will be more open to suggestion, and you may find yourself able to do things that you cannot typically do in a normal waking state—not noticing pain, for instance.

Throughout the duration of the trance, you can expect not to feel any discomfort, anxiety, or cravings. Part of the typical trance experience is to feel distant, or even disconnected, from everyday sensations.

Finally, when the session is over, you can expect to feel relaxed, comfortable, and ready for the rest of the day.

How To Quit Smoking With Hypnosis

When you make an appointment for hypnosis to stop smoking, you have taken an important first step on the road to breaking free of your nicotine addiction. You are on your way to success, but there are other things you can do for yourself to make the road smoother, and make your effort more effective.

Here are five things you can do right off:

First, look at the reasons you want to stop smoking. Forget why you should stop. For most of us, the minute we think should, our inner rebel says, “Don’t tell me what I should do, mate.”

What matters isn’t why you should quit; you’ve known all that for years. What matters is, why do you want to quit? Whether you only have one reason or a dozen—“My breath stinks,” or “My fingers look like licorice sticks,” or, “I don’t want to die,” make a list of them.

Next, write those reasons down, or print them out. Make a few copies of that list. Tape a copy of that list to your bathroom mirror. Put another on the inside of your front door. If you work in an office, put a copy in your desk drawer. If you have a mirror in your bedroom, tape one there. Put copies anywhere you are likely to see them frequently.

Now, every time your eyes come across one of those lists, stop in your tracks, look at the list, and read it. Read it slowly, and out loud, and, like they tell actors, with feeling.

Next, tell everybody you are quitting. Tell your friends, your family, your coworkers. And don’t just tell them once. Brag a little. This will actually make it harder for you to start again.

Now, give your home a thorough cleaning. If you have ashtrays, toss them out. Take all your smelly clothes to the cleaners. Some may be so smoke-polluted that they will still smell afterwards. In that case, throw them in the trash, no matter how much that pains you. Do the same with rugs and curtains if need be. It will cost some money, but then how much have you been spending on cigarettes?

Finally, identify your smoking triggers. These are behaviors and situations that have always gone with smoking in your life—having a beer, playing poker, drinking a cup of coffee. As your trance skills grow stronger, you will be able to use self-hypnosis in these situations, but for now just avoid these things whenever you can.

Why Hypnosis Works

More and more people are beginning to realise that hypnosis is real, and that it is a great tool for all kinds of jobs. Membership in organisations like the Australian Hypnotherapy Association is growing. Skilled clinical hypnotists and hypnotherapists help people lose weight and stop smoking, combat the debilitating effects of chronic pain, conquer anxiety and depression, and improve athletic performance, among other things.

There are good reasons more people, and the professionals who work with them, are looking to hypnosis to improve their daily lives.

Here are a few of those reasons:

First off, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are positive. Conventional allopathic medicine assumes that something in you is broken, and the physician is the expert who fixes you. In hypnosis, the view is that nothing is broken; you are simply not using the inner strengths and abilities you were born with. The hypnotist’s job is to help you identify those assets and put them to work.

Next, part of the power of hypnosis comes from it being an altered state of consciousness. Even a light hypnotic trance lets you focus your attention intensely, with no distractions; and a skilled hypnotherapist helps you aim that focus where it will do the most good. It’s like having a spotlight in a dark theater. Whatever the spotlight touches is brilliantly lit, everything else is dark, and you control the light.

Being in a trance also lets you ignore your conditioned sense of what is possible, and be more open to the power of suggestion. For instance, your everyday, logical belief says you can’t possibly use your mind to numb a painful part of your body. In the altered state known as trance, you discover that you can do this easily.

The hypnotic state also give you ways to do what’s known as dissociating. For instance, a traumatic memory has at least two parts—the recollection of the event itself, and the awful feelings that went with it. Under hypnosis you can split those two things apart and put the feeling aspect to one side so that the memory loses its power to cause fear or pain.

Finally, with hypnosis you are the boss. All hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis. It isn’t a thing the hypnotist does to you, but something the hypnotist helps you learn to do for yourself. Most problems come with a deadly dose of what is called learned helplessness, a belief that life happens to you, and you have no control. Hypnosis puts you in charge. Once you experience that feeling, you will never let it go, and it will spread to all aspects of your life.

What Does Hypnosis Feel Like? Are you in a Trance?

The altered state of consciousness known as a trance is what defines hypnosis. If there is no trance, there is no hypnosis; and that trance state is different from a normal waking state.

When you are in a trance you are normally super-relaxed; your body is still, quiet, and calm. In a trance, you have what amounts to tunnel vision; your eyes see what is right in front of them if they see anything at all. You won’t notice your body unless your hypnotist of hypnotherapist guides your attention in that direction. As a trance deepens, you may not hear anything at all except the hypnotist’s voice, and possible not even that. While the trance lasts you will usually have no awareness of the passing of time.

Clearly, the hypnotic state is an altered state. On the other hand, it is not at all unusual. In fact, the altered state we refer to as a trance is normal. You spend considerable parts of each day in a trance, and you don’t even notice it most of the time.

Here’s an example. You’re driving somewhere along a route you take frequently. Suddenly you can’t remember if you made a left turn you needed to make; but then you’re at your destination, so of course you made the turn. The thing is, you were driving in a trance. Part of you was paying attention to the road, and the traffic signs, and your speed, and the vehicles around you. The rest of you was someplace else.

Here’s another example. You’re at a really good concert, all wrapped up in the music, and then intermission comes and you realize that you are hungry, and your neck is tight, and the seat is hurting your rear end. You hadn’t noticed any of that before, because the music had you in a trance.

And another. You are sitting with a friend, having a conversation, and suddenly you realise that your friend is gazing at you expectantly, and finally says, “Well, what do you think?” and you realise two things. First, you don’t know what your friend is asking about, and second, you haven’t heard a word your friend has been saying for who knows how long. Your mind had wandered off to some other space and time. You were in a trance.

You can undoubtedly think of many other times when you had experiences like these. When they come spontaneously you may call it daydreaming, or being preoccupied, or being in what some people refer to as a brown study.

When you do it on purpose, with or without a hypnotist’s help, it’s called hypnosis. So now you already know what to expect when you walk into my office on the Gold Coast office for your first appointment.

Can you be Stuck in a Trance? | Myths about Hypnosis

A thing that makes some people reluctant to try hypnosis is fear of the unknown. That’s especially likely to be true if all you know about hypnosis is what you’ve read in books or seen at the cinema. Now you’re being asked to go into some stranger’s office, and let that stranger put you into an altered state and peek into your mind.

It doesn’t help that there are a lot of myths and half-truths about hypnosis. One common concern is this: What if I go so deeply into a trance that I never come back out?

Not to worry. There has never been a recorded instance of anyone going into a trance, no matter how deep, and not being able to come out of it.

For starters, most useful trance states are not all that deep. You are not going to go over the edge and fall into some mysterious shadowland of no return. Most of the time you will be completely, if a little distantly, aware of everything going on around you. You will be in touch with your body, and how relaxed it feels. You will hear what the hypnotist is saying. If your hypnotist uses music as part of the trance induction, you will hear it. If your eyes are closed, you will be aware of that, and know that you could open them if you wanted to.

Now, in some cases, you might slip into a really deep trance, the kind referred to as somnambulistic, where you have no conscious awareness of your body or your surroundings. Not to worry. Even in a trance that deep, a part of you is always aware of what is going on around you, paying attention to what is happening, and ready to pull you back into conscious awareness if need be.

Let’s imagine the worst: You are in a super deep trance, in another world mentally, and your hypnotist has a massive heart attack, slides to the carpet, and dies on the spot. What would happen then is that you would stay in your trance a while longer, then gradually move from hypnosis to normal sleep, and eventually wake up.

The reason for that is a thing called homeostasis, which is the tendency of any system—in this case you—to want to keep on being pretty much the way it usually is. Being in a deep, somnambulistic trance is not at all usual, and so, left to their own devices, your mind and body will find their way back to a normal state of consciousness.

So when you walk into the hypnotist’s office, not only can you look forward to a positive experience, you can be sure that when it’s over you will be able to walk back out again.

Fast Track to Smoking Cessation – Hypnosis on the Gold Coast

The good news in Australia is that fewer and fewer people are smoking, and when they do smoke, they light up less often. Between major price increases and stiffer laws—especially in Gold Coast and the rest of Queensland, where it’s become really hard to find a place to smoke legally—the number of regular smokers is about half what it was twenty years ago.

The bad news is that a lot of Australians are still hooked on nicotine. A good three quarters of them say they want to quit, and many try to quit, often more than once, but most of the things they try have a disappointing success rate.

One approach is group counseling or individual cognitive behavioral therapy. They help some people, but they are also expensive and time consuming, and tend to have a high dropout rate.

Acupuncture and acupressure have attracted some smokers, but once again, the success rate is low. The same is true for things like electrostimulation and laser stimulation.

If you go to your family doctor you are likely to get a prescription for Champix or Zyban. They work for some smokers, but are expensive and come with an array of side effects—agitation, sadness, nausea, headaches, muscle pain, nightmares and diminished sex drive.

Then there are nicotine replacements—gums, patches, inhalers—that have their own side bad side effects; and, of course, you are still hooked on nicotine, just in a different form.

There is a better way—hypnosis.

Hypnosis costs less than at least some of the other approaches. More importantly, it works. Hypnosis has a very high success rate. That is because the smoking habit has multiple causes, and hypnosis attacks that habit on multiple fronts.

First is the physical addiction. You light up, get the immediate pleasurable effects, and feel pretty good. But withdrawal happens quickly, you start craving another fix, and so you light up again. Hypnosis attacks the craving directly.

Nicotine affects your mood. It can lift you up if you are down, and calm you if you are agitated. A skilled clinical hypnotist will help you smooth out the ups or downs.

You may be afraid that if you stop smoking you will gain weight, and it’s true that one of the “advantages” of smoking is that it dulls your sense of smell and taste. Hypnosis is one of the most effective ways of managing weight.

So if you are a smoker, and you are ready to stop, hypnosis is a good way to go. It is cost effective. It works, and works quickly. And the only side effects are feelings of accomplishment and pride in having beaten the nicotine beast.

Can You be Fat but Fit..

Even if your mirror is telling you that you’re not the svelte person you once were, and even if you understand that hypnosis is a well-demonstrated way to lose excess weight, the task can feel daunting. No surprise then, that people find excuses to put off picking up the telephone and making an appointment for that first hypnotic session.

One excuse that some people employ is the Fat but Fit fairy tale. It goes like this:

Hey, as long as I stay active, and work out, I can weigh as much as I want and it won’t matter.”

This pleasant fantasy began a number of years back when researchers at Middle Tennessee State University in the United States carried out what’s known as a meta study on weight and health. A meta study is where you collect data from a great many individual studies that have been done in the past, throw them all into the same pot, and re-analyse the results.

In this case they took the participants from several studies and divided them in two ways. First, they split people into three groups—normal weight, overweight, and obese. Then they split each of those groups into two sub-groups—physically fit and not physically fit. The outcome variable was whether or not people died before they should.

They found that if you were overweight or obese, and also out of shape, you were twice as likely to die early; but if you were fat but physically fit, your odds of dying were no different than for people who were of normal weight.

Huzzas all around. Eat all you want. Weigh as much as you like. Just get lots of exercise, and you’ll be fine.

It turned out that there was a small problem in the study’s design. Nobody thought to take age into account. When they got around to that, the researchers found that age made a big difference. Later studies showed that, while people in their twenties and thirties can get away with being overweight, or even obese, things change after that. Excess weight in middle-aged and older people leads predictably to hardening of the arteries, diabetes, cardiac disease, and premature death.

So if you have been living with the delusion that unhealthy weight doesn’t matter, you have two choices. Either find a different fairy tale to use to excuse doing nothing, or grab the phone and set up that first appointment with a competent clinical hypnotherapist.