It seems as if every time you turn around, there is another diet fad sweeping the country. Just how many of those diets have you experimented with and tried? Did you really find the one that works for you? How long were you able to stay on that diet? Were you able to keep the weight off? If you have, then I will gladly say “Great Job!” Very few times is anyone able to work with a “fad” diet and lose the weight and most importantly keep it off!
You might ask yourself this… How safe is this “so-called diet”. Am I eating proper meals every day? Are they balanced? Am I getting enough food? How do I feel… Am I nervous because of what I am eating… or NOT eating? There are so many questions that can and should be asked. Do your homework! Never automatically trust anything blindly just because of an advertisement that you may have heard or seen somewhere. Chances are, the only weight you will easily lose will be the weight of your wallet.
Is a liquid diet right for you? My best answer to this is probably not. Although the over-the-counter diet drinks are supposedly enhanced with “nutritional value”, more than likely they are nothing more than empty calories. Honestly, can you see yourself only drinking your meals? How many of those can you consume before the need to chew food kicks in – and kick in it will! When you do finally cave in, will you immediately turn to those fattening foods that you craved and missed while you were liquid dieting? Or are you going to play the game and make believe that what now goes onto your mouth is only a temporary fix for your ravenous cravings. Honestly, has this happened to you? I would be very surprised if you said no.
Your body can only take so much of things that are not normal. And its not normal to only drink your meals! Now you can easily lie to yourself – yes you can – we do it to ourselves daily. We call it justification! You can very easily say to yourself and others how much you really do enjoy drinking those chemical-laden drinks in your efforts to lose the weight. But your body knows better! Yes, they might fill you up for a while, but in all actuality, how long does that satisfaction really last? Not very long I’m afraid.
Let’s move on to skipping meals. Typically people tend to skip breakfast when they are trying to lose weight. They probably figure its easier not to eat and actually program their mind (yes I did say the mind) to not even want any kind of food until much later in the day. Whatever happened to “breaking the fast”? Something your body truly needs and looks forward to having happen. Can you easily go 12 ~ 14 ~ 16 hours without food while you are awake? Not normally, so why would you choose to do that to your body on a daily basis? You are actually putting your body into a starvation mode by not eating appropriate meals at an appropriate time. Hmmmm, a great way for your body to simply store every morsel of food you consume instead of burning it up properly as fuel. Hey, your body doesn’t know when it will be fed again, so it’s taking no chances – and can you blame it?
I’m sure you are aware that if you skip breakfast, you can easily find yourself absolutely ravenous later in the day when you finally do allow yourself to eat – and then proceed to devour just about everything in your path. If it’s not nailed down, you eat it. Then you feel guilty, get angry with yourself and can even feel depressed – afterwards you start to berate yourself, or worse – then you simply justify your actions yet once again. Oh, I’ll just start over again tomorrow – and this time I will succeed. But tomorrow usually and typically tends to be a major repeat of the day before. Let’s face it, if you were to eat a balanced breakfast, and continue on with balanced meals throughout the day, and even plenty of balanced snacks, that ravenous feeling will never even remotely become a part of your day. Oh my, I do believe we see a pattern forming here. That pattern and very important key word is balanced!!!
Unfortunately, we are programmed not to eat correctly. In fact, even the food pyramid is grossly incorrect in what it advocates as proper eating. Ask yourself this… How many servings of bread-type foods do I consume during the course of the day? Typically, its at least 2 or more servings for each meal, with a good possibility of a few bread-type snacks thrown in between your meals for good measure. Now ask yourself how many servings of vegetables do you consume? Yeah, you guessed it, nowhere near as much, even though that amount should be more than double for each serving. Even though they are both carbohydrates, it is so much easier and more satisfying to eat the breads, pastas, pizzas, and other bread stuff instead of the veggies. Its fast, simple and usually right at your fingertips. Starchy carbohydrates are also classified for many people as comfort food.
How many times were you upset about something, and immediately went for a sweet food like ice cream or cookies? Or perhaps bread piled high with your favorite topping? Or maybe even a slice or two of pizza? More times than you can count, I’m sure. That’s simply because those types of foods are truly comfort foods. They make you feel better just by the simple act of eating them. So if you are sad, or unhappy, or whatever mood you might be experiencing – it could even be a happy mood, comfort food does just that – it comforts you!
Funny part is, you may not even really like the way it tastes, or perhaps you do, but you eat it anyway because its there! If you were to have a plate of cut up vegetables in front of you as well as a plate of pretzels or chips or some sort of carbo snack, which one would you gravitate to? Which food would call your name? More than likely, the snackie food. Now, this may not hold true for everyone, but the majority can claim that as a truth. I wonder how many people who do choose the veggies are secretly wishing they would just go for the snackies and “live a little”. It takes a lot of willpower to stay on track like that, or as I have heard it called, a lot of won’t power. However, if your meals and snacks are balanced, it is so much easier to remain on track. You can easily look your nemesis in the eye and simply walk away without feeling deprived! It’s true!!!
Working with hypnosis makes eating properly and staying on track easier than you could ever imagine. Inherently you DO want to lose the weight, but when those cravings begin their serenade, too often we fall prey to their siren song. With the help of hypnosis and CVR (Creative Visualization and Relaxation) not only our bodies benefit, but our minds do as well. It becomes so much easier when you are mentally and physically working together. The most powerful tool I know to retrain the brain is hypnosis/CVR. Can you imagine looking forward to feeling good and looking good all because you have used your mind to achieve your weight loss goal? Oh, I certainly can. I have seen it happen thousands of times. There is nothing quite like it in the world. And the best part is, you can do it all from within you!
Be sure to check back soon for weight loss sessions I will be making available for purchase in the very near future. Then you too can experience the magic of hypnosis/CVR as you are transported to a new world within your own mind. A new world that will allow you to make the right decisions at the right times to eat the right kinds and amounts of foods just when you need it the most. And that decision can and will result in a new, healthy and very proud you for accomplishing your weight loss goals. Here’s to your weight loss success!
This post has been written by Cynthia L. Fertal, M.Ch.T., C.I. ~~ A practicing and successful, professional hypnotist and CVR specialist for more than 20 years.
Disclaimer: This information is for you to actually consider alternative possibilities for your success. Please seek advice from your medical professional before starting any weight loss or exercise program. Taking charge of your body is your right and privilege. Do so with knowledgeable information from trusted sources.