“Oh my! I really need to lose weight. I can’t believe that I look like this in the mirror! I think I will skip breakfast and just have a small salad for lunch. Hmmmm, I think I will have some soup for dinner and that’s all I will eat today. That should work out just fine. That will really help me lose this extra weight.” Now, just how many times have you said something like that to yourself? How many times have you decided to only eat one meal a day simply because you were wanting to lose weight?
Well, to be totally honest, that is absolutely the worst thing you can do to yourself. Yes, you just might lose some weight, but it won’t stay off without a major effort on your part. Starving yourself is the best way to add weight, not lose it. The best thing for you to do is simply change your eating habits.
The key to eating and losing weight at the same time is to actually eat more rather than less. Now I am not talking about eating lots and lots of food, but eating more in the way of frequency. If you were to eat 6 small meals a day, your body would thank you. This keeps your blood sugar at an acceptable level, and instead of always being hungry, you would feel so much more satisfied. It might seem counter-productive for you to be eating more frequently than you normally would. But you will soon find, that by eating more often, your appetite will not be anywhere near what it would be when you only eat one, two or even three meals a day.
A LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING
Actually the best way to eat is to have something – like a small meal every two – three hours. Now it could be something as simple as a delicious, juicy apple along with a handful of raw almonds. That makes a fantastic snack to enjoy in-between your meals. It is not only satisfying and healthy, but the combination of the apple and raw almonds absolutely tastes phenomenal!
Judy was a person who was eating only one or perhaps two meals a day, but typically she ate just one. She would go out and get a large pizza pie and make that last as many days as she could. She would do her best to s-t-r-e-t-c-h that pie to provide as many meals as she could from it. Problem was, with her only eating the one meal a day, when she finally did allow herself to eat, she would eat like there was no tomorrow. And of course her body acted like it had no idea when or where her next meal was coming from, so because of that, she was starting to show the signs of increasing her weight.
Judy was very unhappy because she truly felt that the amount of food she ate was more than adequate, so therefore she should be losing weight, or so she thought. Unfortunately, she was still not losing her extra weight by only eating one meal a day. In fact, there were times her weight would jump as high as 5 pounds in one day. So of course, when she saw that extra added weight on the scale, Judy would tighten the belt even more. Judy was literally starving her body and adding so much unneeded stress not only to her body but to her mental faculties as well. She was in quite a vicious cycle.
I had asked Judy why she insisted on eating only pizza as her food of choice, and she had said how much she truly liked it – in fact, she said, she craved it. Then I attempted to explain to her how unbalanced that type of eating was, when to my huge surprise, she literally jumped out of her chair and stood up, pointed her finger and argued with me. She told me I was so wrong – that pizza was a perfectly balanced food. Since there was cheese on the pizza, she was consuming protein, of course the tomato sauce and even on occasion there were mushrooms added, and she was getting her vegetables, then the carbohydrates came into play with the pizza crust. As far as she was concerned, she was eating balanced. Period! It was rather difficult for me to tell her, at that point, that eating only pizza was not so-called balanced. But before I could explain why only eating pizza was unbalanced, Judy then proceeded to tell me that even though she really liked pizza, she was experiencing overwhelming hunger and cravings. Now we could get somewhere!
Due to Judy’s frustration, it was actually easier for me to explain how, even though her idea of eating balanced was inaccurate, that she was not actually harming herself by eating pizza, but let’s face it only eating pizza is not the best type of food your body needs on a daily basis. I told Judy she would be much better off diversifying and expanding her eating tendencies in healthier areas. Judy was really wanting to lose her weight but didn’t want to stop eating her pizza or some of the other foods she had always enjoyed. After I mentioned that she didn’t have to totally give up the foods she liked, Judy began to calm down. I started to put Judy’s mind at ease by telling her of the wonders of hypnosis/CVR to assist her in her weight loss goals. I also told her that eating balanced was only one of the keys. In her case, she really needed to consider eating those 6 small meals each day.
I wound up doing a combination weight loss and stress reduction hypnosis session with Judy that very day. By relaxing her worried mind and getting her to understand the importance of eating correctly, it would be so easy for her to lose those unwanted pounds. Usually when people are at their whit’s end and so very frustrated, they will jump at anything they can to accomplish their goals. Thankfully I was able to get through to Judy to approach her weight loss in a very sensible and logical way.
Judy was so terrified of putting on more weight, that she actually was a bit resistant to the hypnosis and the suggestion to eat those 6 small meals each day. Recognizing her fears, I immediately calmed her down and relaxed her first. Once she was relaxed, it was so much easier for her to accept the helpful suggestions of the best way to eat for her.
Eating what you like is never a problem. Of course, how much of what you eat can be. I hesitate to talk about calories, because people typically get caught up in counting calories and totally lose the whole purpose of what is attempting to be accomplished. There is a simple rule of thumb to remember about eating. Your stomach is actually quite small, so eating food in the amount of the size of a deck of cards would be the best thing to do at any given meal. You might think that’s not a lot of food, and it isn’t, but if you recall that you will be eating every 2 to 3 hours, that time will be here before you know it, and it will be time to eat again. By all means, feel free to set an alarm to remind you that it’s time to eat. When you chew your food slowly, and enjoy each bite, you might even find that in spite of eating the smallish amount of food the meal before, you are actually still full! Then when that 2 or 3 hour time frame rolls around, the speed of how fast it arrives may surprise you, and even more of a surprise, you may not even feel hungry. However, and this is very important, make sure you eat when the designated time has arrived. It is critical for you to stay on track with your new eating pattern. You are now building new habits, and like all habits, they need to be repeated in order for them to work. (Think about that one… )
Now if by chance you do find yourself still hungry after your deck of card-sized meal is finished, feel free to help yourself to a tall, refreshing glass of water with lemon added to it. Drink it right down and chances are you will find that your remaining hunger pangs have gone away. Interestingly enough, by drinking the water, it is very possible that you will realize you were probably more thirsty than hungry. More than anything else, it is just a case of working with something that is new and strange to you. In a very short amount of time, this new way of eating will become very natural for you.
Most people eat way too much at one time, stretching their small stomachs way out of proportion with the huge amounts of food they consume at each meal. This is not to say that you don’t enjoy eating meals and you can only have fruit or something like that. Far from it. Within reason, feel free to eat the foods you like, but only enjoy the smaller portions. Try using a much smaller plate to eat from. Your eyes will acknowledge a full plate whether it is a large dinner plate or a luncheon-sized plate, so use the smaller one. As a snack, do enjoy yogurt with some crushed nuts added. The nuts will add a wonderful consistency to the yogurt, and will allow you the motion and satisfaction of chewing as well. Nuts also will slow down the rapid digestion of the yogurt allowing you to feel fuller longer. Eating slowly will allow your stomach to register that it is already reaching the full mark. Along with the hypnosis/CVR, your brain will also engage where you will be eating consciously, and the suggestions your hypnotist has given you will make it so much easier for you to attain and then maintain your weight loss goals by eating those six small meals each day.
Like Judy, you too can change your eating habits very easily and effectively. It is simple when you enlist the assistance of a competent hypnotist or CVR specialist. You can also get wonderful assistance from my hypnosis/CVR sessions that are posted on Imagine You Thin.com and are available for purchase. Good Luck!
This post has been written and read 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.