There are many reasons that a person might want to lose weight. Some people are close to their ideal weight and just want to trim up a little so that they look good on the beach or to fit into the perfect dress for a big party. Some people are overweight and have been told by their doctor that losing weight could improve certain existing health issues or reduce the risk of future ones.
Whatever the reason, weight loss is very important and should be something that is done with success in mind, and with a view toward sustaining that great decision.
Everybody knows you will lose fat if you consume fewer calories than your body burns. With the exception of people with incredibly rare genetic health conditions, that one simple calorie in versus calories out equation holds true. The number of calories that a person needs will depend on their age, gender, lean body mass, overall weight and activity level, but the idea of burning up more than you take in matters if you want to lose weight.
So, why does weight loss seem so complex then?
Well, it’s actually hard if you’re only focused on calories. Considering almost everything has them – even a black coffee contains a tiny amount of calories. Add milk or cream, and there’s more. Something you think of as “way too many calories” like a chocolate bar could contain 250 calories, but one of those fancy coffees with creamy syrup and flavorings added could contain 800 calories! There you go – you’ve just consumed over 1000 calories without eating any “real food”, that could be more than half of your daily allowance if you’re a small woman! Yikes!
If you want to lose weight, it works best to change your food selection process. To raise the calories out, you move your body more. To reduce the calories in, you make different choices.
Now that’s where most people struggle… the different choices. Used to fad diets that just con you into thinking they’re a good option, many people believe they have to severely restrict their choices; sacrifice their favorite foods… be miserable until they get those darn pounds off… then… hooray! You can go back to eating what you did before.. and here come those extra pounds right back on your butt.
Hypnosis is a very different approach – using your imagination and your unconscious mind, you learn how to make different choices that you actually WANT to make – not that you’re “forced” to make. Your shift in eating patterns becomes natural and welcome. And, it becomes something you want to continue to do for the long term.. not just for now.
Many people start exercising to lose weight, but then treat themselves to a snack after exercise, and eat back more calories than they burned. Yes, treats are OK – no-one is saying that you can never have a donut again. It’s important to understand, however, that weight loss and keeping weight off means making a series of decisions over a long period of time. If you’re making food choices based on how the food feels inside you, instead of how you feel emotionally in that moment, the outcome is much better. Hypnosis helps you change your awareness from emotions to your body and what feels good in it.
Making changes that work now and long-term is an important part of losing weight. Over time, if you get relaxed and used to making decisions based on how your body feels (like naturally thin people do) you will actually stop craving junk foods, and you’ll feel better and healthier. This is where the idea of ‘intuitive eating’ comes in – pay attention to your body! It will help you understand the amount that you need. And a bonus: healthy food is DELICIOUS!!