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Your Inner Child needs you, in ways you’ve been Neglecting your Whole Life.

   Healing Your Inner Child

I encourage everyone to embrace the child that lives within them.

I don’t know why you are seeking hypnosis. Everyone’s goal is unique. What I do know is that from the day you were conceived you began receive stimuli, good or bad. It formed the way you feel about yourself. Those deep roots have a direct affect on your everyday life; the way you perceive things, the way you react in certain situations, the way you deal with others.

Have you tried several other methods that seemed to work at first, but then fizzled out? You may have even tried hypnosis before. If you didn’t get to the root of the problem, like a weed, it will return. That is why I encourage all;

You must heal your inner child in order to grow with confidence.

Have you ever noticed that most failures stem from a lack of self-confidence? Anger, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, sexual dysfunction and negativity are all results of a fearful child within.

It has been proven that positive attitudes help maintain healthy bodies. Heal you inner child today, and heal your body!

I don’t care if you are the CEO of a multi-national company. There is a child withing you waiting to be healed and comforted. You owe it to yourself to heal and come out a stronger, self-assured and self-loving person. You deserve it!

Effective Weight Control Via Hypnotherapy.

There are 3 main components to weight loss hypnotherapy.

When working in tandem, these methods are used when the subject is in a hypnotic state.

  1. Direct suggestion. To form and maintain new eating habits.
  2. Visualization. Placebo effects are real; picturing the slimmer version of yourself gives the directive to your body to aid you in this goal. Recall, reflect and see the new you.
  3. Willpower. Motivation and the will to do what must be done for the betterment of yourself.

Weight Loss, or Weight Control?

We often come across the term ‘weight loss’, but psychologically, viewing it as such is harmful. You see, when we lose something, we unconsciously seek it out; and there is a reasonable chance you might just find it again. When talking about our dreaded fat, that’s not what we want!  A more fitting term would be weight control, or even weight management. Thousands of people all over the world have turned to hypnotherapy as a fast, safe means to shedding the unwanted.

This multitude includes legions that are on the Weight Watchers regime. It is so much easier when you’ve got the enormous power of the subconscious on your side working for you.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Well, we must remember that all our habits are controlled by the subconscious mind. Eating the wrong foods, eating between meals and eating too much, a liking for sweet things, or perhaps alcohol are all habits and as such, they are controlled by the subconscious mind.  Therefore if we can reprogram the subconscious we can change these habits.

It is relatively simple, under hypnosis, when the subconscious is open and receptive, to get it to accept new ideas and suggestions.  These ideas and suggestions help to change our behavior patterns and remove food-related anxieties.

It is quite normal for people to achieve a weight loss of between half and one and a half kilos weekly through hypnosis.

People who have experienced changes like those mentioned above are often amazed at the power of the subconscious mind. Reprogram your subconscious mind and Bingo! You’ve changed your eating habits and you have started to shed that flab. You just don’t want those fattening foods any more, so you just don’t eat them. Coupled with this, because of other ideas that are implanted under hypnosis,, subjects find themselves taking more interest in exercise and physical excellence in general.

Again the subconscious accepts these as reality and so they help to produce the desired changes.

Not until you have tried hypnotherapy for yourself, will you know how effective it is and how easily and quickly you can get into shape.

 

Go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose but your flab.

Your destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of the choices.

Breaking the habit of being yourself.

Have you ever tried to remember where you left your keys, only to remember where they were just as your attention turned to something completely different? Because your conscious mind was engaged in something else, it allowed your subconscious to function openly without judgement. This allowed the memory of where your keys were left to surface. Hypnosis functions in much the same way. By enabling yourself to be relaxed through the use of your imagination, you can bypass the conscious mind and allow yourself to find the original causes of limiting beliefs and habits you want to change. Hypnosis can bring your subconscious back to an earlier time and give you an opportunity to make a choice you may not have had then. You can re frame your outlook to the point where its easier to let go and experience more choices in your present.

Many people are skeptical about “going back” when we know the past is over and gone. However, to our inner world, our subconscious, there is no difference between now and before. That’s why dreams often interchange the past with the present, sometimes even different places we’ve lived appear in the same dream. Where the conscious mind often functions through judgement and fear, the subconscious simply mirrors what pictures are given to it. The subconscious doesn’t distinguish any difference between a picture of something feared, and reality. It acts according to the pictures it receives. The good news is that the mind is only capable of having one thought at a time. By learning to “switch the channel” to a more positive picture or memory, your subconscious is free to create behaviors that associate with those positive feelings.

For example, if you tell yourself “I am fat” you may feel a lack of confidence, and a feeling of futility with giving yourself the body shape you desire. This can lead to more over-eating, and continue the cycle of feeling bad. But have you ever considered what would result from learning how to consciously recognize the negative thought you are giving yourself and replace it with a postive suggestion, such as “every day in every way, I get better and better”? You might feel a sense of pride saying, “no, thank you” to an offer of a piece of cake, as you focus on the picture of the new body shape you’re creating one day at a time.

Hypnosis can help you see what is hidden in your subconscious, and allow you to gain control of your choices, rather than an unknown and unseen force

Stop All this Self Sabotage, Quit Smoking Because you Can.

Why stop smoking?

Every smoker knows that to quit smoking will be the best favor he can ever do himself. However it’s a favor that, all too often gets left undone.  Sure, everyone knows that smoking is a bad, expensive, stupid, stinky, dominating, teeth yellowing, cancer forming, and life threatening habit. That’s right, and everyone knows that, but strangely, possession of this knowledge is not, in itself, enough it doesn’t do the trick. They go on smoking in their millions. Why?

Over the years I must have asked this question to thousands of smokers and I think I must have heard all the answers.

Let’s take a moment to look at just three of them.

“It helps me to relax”

False.

The nicotine just gives a little satisfaction to the craving that the cigarettes themselves caused in the first place.

“Cigarettes help to relieve tension and calm the nerves”

Not True.

It’s a scientific fact that nicotine makes the heart beat faster, many more beats per minute. This pounding of the heart produces more tension – and what does the smoker do to combat that extra tension?  He lights another cigarette, of course! It’s a vicious circle.

“The cigarette is my friend. Always there when I need him. Always the same. Constant.”

Rubbish.

The cigarette is an enemy. And an it’s a dangerous one that can kill you. Friends like that you don’t need!

Then you get those that tell you that they’re going to stop next week, or next birthday, or for the New Year.

This means that they are not ready to stop. And the truth is that you’ve got to be ready. Once you are ready you must act without further procrastination.

OK, this is a hypnotherapy website so naturally, I’m going to say that hypnotherapy is the best, easiest surest and safest way to stop smoking. And it’s true; it’s all of those things. Extensive university tests have proved all this years ago. By now you may be wondering just why hypnotherapy is ahead of the field when it comes to smoking cessation. So let’s take a look at just how hypnosis works.

HOW HYPNOSIS WORKS

As most people are aware, hypnosis involves the operator that is the therapist, or hypnotist, giving ideas and suggestions to the subconscious mind. In doing this the skilled, hypnotherapist can bring about desired changes in the subject’s behavior. Stopping the smoking habit is a typical application, but with hypnotherapy all sorts of disorders, habits and conditions can be successfully treated.

During hypnosis the subconscious is open to receive ideas and information, which becomes deeply embedded. Under hypnosis the mind is in, what is often called ‘a heightened state of awareness’. In this state the senses become sharpened and very effective visualization techniques can be applied. It is true that some people are more ‘visual’ than others, just as some are more tactile, or more imaginative. However it is interesting to note how people who normally have low visuality often report that under hypnosis they saw the things, or events, suggested by the therapist “Like a Technicolor movie”

Such things make a great impression on the subconscious and therefore contribute to obtaining a successful outcome to the hypnotic intervention.

I think most of us have experienced this full color movie effect while sleeping. We’ve all those vivid dreams that seemed so real that when you awake it can be difficult to accept that it was only a dream. Sometimes you’re glad that it was. This type is a perfect example of the subconscious at work, producing its own brand of reality.

Of course, when we see these vivid ‘films’ while in the hypnotic state, we are not asleep. We are merely in that deep state of relaxation which is hypnosis.

The therapist takes the subject, or client, through various scenes (for want of a better word) typically; these are scenes where the client is enjoying life as a non smoker. He may be encouraged to experience situations where, in the past, he would have smoked. However, now he doesn’t, even though, perhaps, in this scene there are other people smoking all around him.

The therapist will also use direct suggestion to implant the idea in the subconscious that the client is already a non-smoker. The therapist’s dialogue assumes that stopping smoking is not something that the client is about to do, or going to do. NO, he’s already done it! He’s a non-smoker.

OK, to some people much of what I’ve written above might seem like Alice in Wonderland. Well, maybe there is a bit of the fairy tale element in hypnosis. Psychologists, psychoanalysts and psychiatrists all know that the subconscious thrives on make believe and metaphor.

Sounds like a bit of a ‘Tall Story’?

Well, just let me say that the power of hypnosis is incredible. In my work I see living proof of this every day.

WHAT’S HYPNOTHERAPY LIKE FROM THE INSIDE?

People’s experiences, when under hypnosis vary greatly. Some feel very heavy, as if they were made of solid rock. Others, quite the reverse. They’ll tell you that they felt that they were floating in the clouds. Others say they didn’t feel much at all. Some feel that even though they may want to scratch say, their face or nose, they just can’t move, or can’t be bothered. Many people display Rapid Eye Movement (REM) under hypnosis. This, which is seen by the therapist as a sort of fluttering of the eyelids, is one of the signs that he is looking for. REM, when it occurs gives a good indication of the depth of trance. Some clients are aware of these eye movements and some are not. During the session the client is aware of the therapist’s voice. It is quite normal to remember all the therapist’s dialogue afterwards, though some report that at times they drifted away. Often they say that they started to think of other things. This, of course, is the conscious mind. It doesn’t matter if the conscious mind goes on a trip somewhere else, the therapist’s dialogue is still being received by the subconscious and everything’s fine.

The hypnotic trance id an agreeable state but it is quite different from the sleeping state. When sleeping the conscious mind shuts down but in the trance state it doesn’t. It is present but it takes a ‘back seat’ and as mentioned above the conscious may drift about and become occupied with things that have nothing to do with what the therapist is saying. As stated earlier this doesn’t affect the therapy. This is because; in this wonderful state of hypnosis we have complete separation of the conscious and subconscious minds.

Coming out of the trance state at the termination of the session is a bit like waking up after a nap. You may even experience a ‘where am I?’ feeling. Many people note heaviness in the limbs or elsewhere. This soon passes.

Personally, when bringing a session to its conclusion I find myself listening for the client’s first remarks as these give me useful feedback.

Quite often I hear, “I feel as if I’ve had a huge rock lifted off my chest.”

New ex-smokers often blurt out, joyously, “I’m a non smoker!”

That’s a great moment.

Frequent Pit Falls Stopping People from Quitting Smoking Forever

Why do so many “quitting”  smokers slip while drinking?

There may be emotional and physical reasons for this. Emotionally, you may not be over the belief that smoking is a pleasure. Physically, you may have nicotine toxins stored in your colon that are released during dehydration.
Tip 1: Remain hydrated with a glass of water between each drink, If you get an urge, realize you are most likely dehydrated and drink more water.

Tip 2: Read Stop Smoking for the Last Time to address all your unconscious belief patterns about smoking.

Question: Why do so many smokers turn to sweets and then gain weight?

Emotionally, many smokers use cigarettes as a crutch to deal with stress. Food is often a replacement strategy for proper stress relief techniques. Physically, why sweets? Did you know there is sugar in cigarettes? According to the book Sugar Blues, the tobacco industry is second only to the food industry in sugar consumption. Simply, there is sugar in cigarettes so sweet cravings are common.

Tip 1: Eat plenty of natural sugars (fructose, but not fructose corn syrup) especially during the first 72 hours after quitting. Bananas are very helpful and are very good for you when eaten on an empty stomach. Plenty of fruit and water will help with sugar cravings.*

Tip 2: If you want a sweet, eat chocolate with a 70% or above cocoa content. Solid only.

Tip3: Find a stress reduction technique. The book Stop Smoking for the Last Time has a complete Mind-Body Index of Stress reduction strategies. Self-hypnosis is a very good technique and can be practiced anywhere.

*Check with your doctor before making any changes to diet or exercise.

Do I have to give up coffee when I quit?

Quitting cigarettes should be done by itself. Thinking you have to give up coffee, comes from the old “trigger” theory. The problem is that giving up coffee alone has its challenges and only make things harder. Cigarettes are a stimulant, so if you give up coffee and cigarettes the body response is more harsh than giving up cigarettes alone.

Tip 1: Continue coffee as usual and if safe* even increase consumption slightly to offset any caffeine withdrawal from quitting cigarettes.

Tip 2: Triggers are conditioning and hypnosis breaks conditioning. If you want to drink coffee and quit, your best bet is to see a hypnotist.

*check with your doctor

Q & A on Hypnosis, NLP and how it can cure YOUR addictions.

 

Can I really quit in one session?   Many people do. But the point is that you can stop instantly once you no longer desire smoking. This can happen in one hour, this can happen by hypnosis, this can also happen spontaneously like it has for millions of people. Bottom line, your mind has the power to overcome addictions and bad habits.

Why does it work?  Bottom line, mind has the ability to control the brain and break addictions Urges come from the brain and the brain can simply turn them off. Whether the cause is physical, emotional or psychological, Top-Down Processes in the brain, discovered by neuroscientists in 2005, have 10X more neuro-fibers than bottom-up processes(your five senses). Addictive behaviors are learned bottom-up so theoretically, once activated, Top-Down Processes can obliterate learned habits in an instant.

What is Mind Over Addiction? It’s a new paradigm that sees the mind as the root cause of addiction and attempts to activate the brain’s Top-Down Processes to eliminate addiction. It is a more holistic approach that recognizes 3 Cs of addiction, Conditioning, Coping and Chemical urges. Yet sees chemical urges, such as nicotine, as minor or temporary issue; or sometimes not a problem at all. It’s based on the premise that there is a Conditioned State Energy (CSE), which is the invisible drive of addiction, that is caused by belief, emotions and experiences. In other words, urges are really a thought, belief and nervous system (anchors) problem. Yet, you mind has the ability to override all this in an instant!

What is the Instant-Easy? It’s the moment in time when someone has a revelation or “Ah-ha!” that finally frees them from addiction for good. This is a common way people heal from addiction. It is purely a mental revelation that the physical substance does not control you anymore. The Instant-Easy occurs the moment you meet its conditions — complete detachment from the substance and realizing you hold the keys to freedom and DECIDE to use them. It is thought that this is the moment Top-Down Processes override the addiction and often is accompanied by a sense of euphoria.

Do I need strong Willpower?  Believe it or not you do have willpower, the problem is that you currently use it to keep smoking. Very few people can avoid doing what they really want to do. So why do you want to smoke? Because you currently believe is serves you. The bottom line is that when you give up your attachment to smoking, willpower is no longer needed to quit.

Will I gain weight when I Quit Smoking?  Average weight gain reported by the Surgeon General can be about 4 pounds but this can be avoided by following simple steps such as, do not replace cigarettes with sweets.  Use water as a replacement behavior for food and continue to breathe and do some walking. If you have an eating problem, that problem can be addressed directly. It can also be quite possible that this 4 pounds is healthy water weight and not inches, but again, it can be avoided.

What is NLP?  Neuro-Linguistic programming is a science that duplicates the success of doctors who had great success enabling behavioral change such as Milton Erickson and Virginia Satir. NLP is thought by many to be the most effective human change sciences to date.

Is this safe?  Hypnosis and NLP are totally natural and safe techniques. You are in control it is a totally enjoyable and relaxing experience.

More Hypnosis Myths De-bunked. All these stage acts are nothing but a Circus!

OVER the years, hypnosis has picked up all sorts of weird associations from stage hypnotists, the media and superstition.

This is a great shame, because in reality, hypnosis is your single most effective tool for change. Hypnosis is your birthright, and you should know how to use it so it doesn’t use you. Here we dispel the biggest hypnosis myths.

Hypnosis Myth 1) All hypnosis is the same

As with anything, hypnosis can be good, bad or indifferent. The most common is old-style authoritarian hypnosis of the type “You are getting sleepy, you are feeling confident”. Unsurprisingly, this sort of hypnosis doesn’t work well with many people. Good hypnosis uses subtle psychological principles and advanced communication patterns.It’s like the difference between a football coach who thinks you’ll perform best if he yells at you, compared with the more elegant style of a great leader who knows that to get the best from his people, he needs to understand motivation, to cajole, encourage and reward.

Hypnosis Myth 2) Subliminal work

Using words that you can’t hear. Common sense says they shouldn’t work, and there’s no research proving that they do.

Hypnosis Myth 3) Some people can’t be hypnotized

The only reason you can’t be hypnotized is if you are incapable of paying attention due to extremely low IQ or brain damage. That’s not to say that every hypnotist can hypnotize you however. The more flexible the hypnotist, the more effective she will be with the largest number of people.

Hypnosis Myth 4) Hypnosis is something weird that other people do to you

If you couldn’t go into hypnosis, you wouldn’t be able to sleep, to learn, or get nervous through ‘negative self hypnosis’. (You know when you imagine things going wrong and it makes you feel anxious? Well that’s self hypnosis!) Hypnosis is simply a deliberate utilization of the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) or dream state. We’re not giving people medication here – if it wasn’t a natural ability, hypnosis wouldn’t work!

Hypnosis Myth 5) You lose control in hypnosis

Crazy news stories, stage hypnotists and gossip have created the illusion that you lose control in hypnosis. In fact, when hypnotized, you are relaxed and focused – and able to choose to get up and walk away at any time. You choose to give your attention to the hypnotist, and you can withdraw it at any time. If you have been scared of hypnosis in the past, this article has hopefully convinced you to at least give it a try. But remember, ensure what you’re getting is the real thing.

Four Books for insight on the Mind and the Human Experience

As a Man Thinketh is a literary essay and book by James Allen

This is a set of ideas that explain the power of our thoughts.  It explains why what we think about is ultimately what we become, if you are taken by the ideas in the book, you will soon realize the importance of your Personal Development.  Knowing that every negative thought inside your head has a negative consequence, and vice versa.

Earl Nightingale, a well know author in the Personal Development arena, called the ideas in the book, “The Strangest Secret”.  The secret, he said, is “we become what we think about”.

 

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day , written by Arnold Bennett, is part of a larger work entitled How to Live.

How to live on 24 hours is not your normal Time Management book, it concentrates more on being able to leave behind your normal mundane everyday concerns, the ones that paralyses us from taking action and going after your true desires.

I’m sure you are aware that all the time you spend on worrying about things that you have no control over, can be better spent on the things that matter.

 

One of my quotes “Deal with it when we get there.”

THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION

Theron Q. Dumont
OK then, we know that we must fill our head with what we want and not worry and attract the things we do not want.  We want to manifest our desires and not the things we worry about.  How do we focus upon these things and not let our mind wander?

This book explains in detail how we can concentrate our entire thoughts upon the idea we are working on, it tells us how to use our constructive thoughts and how to shut out the destructive ones.  If we lacked ‘focused’ concentration then we would accomplish nothing.

 

Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book

All of the above and much, much more.  A blue-print for self-mastery is given, you learn that there are no limitations, only self imposed ones.

“When a circus elephant is young he is tied by a large chain to a metal stake driven deep into the ground.  He tries and tries to escape but eventually he realizes that he cannot get away.  That same elephant when he is older is tied by a thin rope to a small wooden stake, but he believes that even if he did try to escape, he would not succeed.  This is a self imposed limitation due to conditioning received over the course of his life.

500 men of greater wealth had an input into this book and over 25 years of research has been put into it.  It has been said that this book has created a huge number of self made millionaires.

Napoleon Hill said’ “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it”.

Losing Weight In specific Areas? Toning just one part of the body? Nonsense!

Toning the midriff proves to be the most problematic area for people; for the lean and weighty alike

For those of us with the desire to lose tummy fat or achieve the sculpted, lean look of models – we often opt for spot reduction or to suffer through grueling exercises, the unsavory diets.

However, spot reduction is nothing but a false dream and no amount of sit-ups/ crunches can help shrink the tummy without reducing the overall percentage of body fat. Yes, calorie reduction is important – but the key is in eating specific foods (or avoiding some), together with regular exercise. That is what’s going to give you the results you crave.

Eatables: How they communicate with your body

Hey, did you know some foods trigger the storage of excess fat in the middle? Just the same, there are foods which reduce the tummy fat. Foods that strain the chemical balance of the body invariably lead to weight gain in the tummy region. The prime examples of such foods are caffeine and nicotine, stimulants that elevate your blood pressure and heart rate. These alarming responses set our bodies to defense mode. When the body is under stress, it releases cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol slows down the metabolism. This in turn causes the body to cling to excess calories and deposit these as abdominal fat. High deposits of abdominal fat pose serious health risks and are linked to cancer, heart disease and elevated blood sugar levels.

The problem is compounded by insulin production, which is generated to absorb glucose. Many of our most commonly consumed foods cause the production of excess insulin. When insulin spikes, blood glucose levels come crashing down. From there, a familiar chain reaction occurs – pangs of gnawing hunger, leading to binging; over-indulging our favored sinful foods. Without focusing on eating or avoiding the right kinds of eats, your instincts for the sweet and greasy will be damn hard to control. Artificial sweeteners, gluten among others, are the perpetrators at fault.
So far, we took a look at how food directly communicates with our bodies, the reasons as to why weight loss and toning has been such a struggle. Now, let us focus on the game changer: eating the kinds of nutritious foods which combat the increase of blood sugar/ insulin levels; making the most out of your workouts and bringing you that much closer to your goals.

The super-foods listed below are filled with fiber and release nutrients slowly, keeping us feeling satiated for longer periods. These include:

Green vegetables, fiber rich fruits,

lean meat, tofu, whole nuts,

avocados and whole grains.

Green teas are particularly healthy for the body as these contain phytonutrients that perk up the metabolism and provide a host of other benefits.

Melt tummy fat with these workouts

Hand in hand with selective eating habits, the correct exercises is vital to earning that leaner, sexier shape. It is time to cut down the overall percentage of body fat! Your hidden six-pack abs will resurface as fat dissolves through cardio and strengthening.

Cardio exercises include walking, swimming, jogging or biking. You could even take up martial arts or simply spend a few productive hours in the garden. Choose any activity you enjoy and dedicate three to five hours weekly.

Strength training is equally important. Focus on individual muscle groups each time you train. Rotate exercises and push your limits; challenge yourself to do more as you grow stronger, fitter.

Finally, drink plenty of water. If you do not remain hydrated, your body has difficulties metabolizing the food you eat.

The Leptin Factor. A difficult fight and a catch-22 .

Leptin  &  A Properly Balances and Healthy You

Leptin is a master Controller hormone produced by fat in adipose tissue making fat an essential part of the endocrine system which includes the thyroid gland, adrenal glands and sex glands.  It also controls insulin and other hormones.  Leptin’s primary function is to make a phone call to the brain, which controls eating behavior, to let it know if there is too much or too little leptin present in the fat cells. If too much leptin is present (indicating fat storage), the brain releases adrenaline to stimulate the fat cells to release energy to cause fat loss.  The metabolism is triggered to work at full capacity to move fat out of storage and lower the appetite.  This works perfectly for the normal weight person.  When leptin works properly, high leptin tells you they are full and not to eat, so it’s natural not to be hungry after dinner or before bed.  Leptin cycles frequently throughout the day, providing energy and alertness.  Leptin levels are highest during the first few hours of sleep and fall to their lowest level in the morning.

It’s Different if you are Obese

If you are obese, the phone call is blocked.  The brain is not aware of how much fat is in the fat cells, so it continues to send the signal to manufacture leptin to fill the cells.  The metabolism now thinks it is in starvation mode and slows down signaling the thyroid to slow as well.    At the same time, the appetite increases to stimulate weight gain.  Leptin is responsible for addictive and compulsive eating behavior.  The urge and craving to eat becomes uncontrollable.  This process is referred to as leptin resistance.  And since insulin production stimulates leptin production, insulin resistance and adrenaline resistance (caused by stress) are present as well.  All of this can lead to adult onset diabetes.    If one is corrected, the others should correct as well.  When leptin resistance occurs, the body thinks it is starving and the liver stops making active thyroid

Unfortunately, all you need do is think the word “diet,” and the body thinks it’s going into starvation mode, even if it is significantly overweight. So it slows down the metabolism as soon as calories are restricted.  Discouragingly, sometimes you may be on a 1200 to 1500 calorie diet and the weight just won’t drop. And of course, no one believes you aren’t “cheating.”

Even if there is a weight loss, leptin is the main cause of weight gain after dieting.  Once you start to eat more calories, leptin commands the calories toward weight gain.  Those cells joyously want to be filled back up and even multiply so that more food can be stored as fat. This is why it is common for you to gain back all the weight lost plus even more. Food cravings become uncontrollable and nighttime eating increases.  Only after all of the weight has been regained will the leptin signal the metabolism to work to full capacity again.  Unfortunately, fat cells have a tendency to become larger and multiply faster as we age and leptin resistance becomes even more of an issue.

 

THE ALCOHOL FACTOR

Often people who have leptin resistance crave alcohol or even drugs. Leptin reinforces alcohol cravings because the brain thinks that alcohol is essential for survival, confusing the need for food with alcohol.  Having alcoholic beverages at night can cause overeating, even in healthy individuals.  Someone with leptin resistance may overeat even if only one glass of wine is consumed with dinner, but will most always overeat with two alcoholic drinks (and crave more alcohol besides.)  The best thing to do is order a glass of water or Perrier with lemon (or a diet soda) along with a glass of wine when at a restaurant.  Sip on the wine as you drink the water so that by the time dinner has arrived, most of the alcoholic beverage will still be left in your glass.  You will find that cravings for another drink or more food will be diminished just by using this simple tool.  Consumption of beer stops fat loss immediately.

Probably the single thing that stops weight loss and fat loss for most people in this wine-happy age is having more than one glass of wine.  You may do everything right in regard to eating correctly, but that glass of wine could very well sabotage all weight-loss efforts by stopping fat loss.

CRAVING SUGAR FACTOR

A main indicator of leptin resistance is out of control eating after dinner.  If the eating includes too much high glycemic foods, the leptin levels may increase 7 to 9 hours earlier.  Eating too many sweets will cause leptin levels to rise at the wrong time so that fat goes into storage instead of burning for fuel.  If you eat muffins, Danish, cereals or high sugar foods for breakfast, there will usually be a strong urge to eat after dinner.  Compulsive sweet cravings are 100% reflective of leptin imbalance.  They go away when leptin goes into balance.  When a high sugar snack is eaten, insulin levels rise, fat burning is shut off and calories go back to storage.

A high sugar meal increases leptin secretion five times over normal. Foods made with white flour and white rice enter the bloodstream as sugar faster than eating table sugar does.  That includes most breads that are “enriched,” including wheat breads (unless they are stone ground).  It also includes all types of pasta, crackers, potato chips, pretzels and other familiar snack foods.  Potatoes are extremely high in sugar.  We don’t normally think of these foods as “sugar” foods, but they can be lethal to weight loss and maintaining the loss.

Any large dessert at the end of a meal creates leptin and insulin problems.  If you are already overweight, even small desserts keep stimulating leptin resistance and shutting off fat burning. This is especially frustrating for individuals trying to lose weight and having an occasional “treat” which can knock out fat burning mode for 2-3 days.  The more you start to overeat, the more you continue to overeat because the correct full signal does not get into the brain.

It is common that if you have leptin resistance, you will not feel satisfied on a normal amount of food.  This poses a problem as you can feel quite irritable and think you won’t have any energy unless you eat more.   Eating slower is very important.  Take smaller bites and have some conversation.  Shoveling down food does not give time for the body to raise the leptin signal properly.  A tremendous amount of excess food is easy to eat when you eat too fast.  In the hypnosis CD’s for the Forever Slender Program, suggestions are given and reinforced so that you eat slow and eat moderate portions.

 

Click here for the continuation of this post: Ways to Combat Leptin resistance and overproduction

 

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