Managing Your Weight

Man with a big belly

Managing your weight with the help of hypnosis.  Are you obese or overweight?  If you are, don’t feel alone.  According to the national Institute of Health, more than a third of all adults are obese and more than 1 in 20 are extremely obese. In fact, if you put the categories of obese and overweight together you will be describing more than two-thirds of our population.

Without going into the reasons our society has become wider around the middle, let me address the solutions.  If you are obese or overweight and want to manage your weight there are many commercial diets and products being advertised with you in mind.  Everything from pills that promise to curb your appetite to a myriad of exercise equipment and gym memberships to slim you down.  The ads are alluring and their promises appealing, but… and this is a big but… are you ready to make the sacrifices called for by these weight loss programs?  Are you ready to start managing your weight by exercising daily, eating  a directed regimen, and follow a plan?  If so, good for you.  If not, maybe hypnosis would be the best way for you to meet your goals.

Some would say the hardest thing about dieting is the need for willpower. Hypnosis for weight loss is not about willpower. Willpower is when you deny yourself something you really want. Hypnosis is about reprogramming your subconscious so your subconscious doesn’t fight your intellectual desires.

Do the diets seen on TV really work?

Any of the commercially available diets on the market today will work for most people.  Some are not as healthy as others, but they will all work… in the short-term.

Does this sound like you? – Your willpower is the strongest when you first sign up for one of these diet plans.  This is also when you find you are most successful.  As you lose weight the diet gets harder and harder to follow and, to keep your rate of weight loss, you have to eat less and less food.  Your willpower wanes until you finally stop the diet altogether.

So, what do you do when you quit dieting?  You reward yourself of course, and you do that by eating.  Soon you have gained back all the weight you had lost and usually even more, so you are now heavier than when you started your diet.  Being on this “YO-YO” diet is not managing your weight.  It can even be unhealthy.

Here are some basics for managing your weight

If you’re serious about losing weight you should keep in mind a couple of facts…

  1.  Losing weight should never be your main goal… Preferably, your goal will be to become as healthy as you can.
  2.  There is only one formula involved in weight loss.  Weight is directly related to your calorie intake and your calorie outgo. 

Scientifically speaking, 3,500 calories = one pound.  That means to lose 1 pound per week you need to cut your calorie consumption by 3,500 calories for the week (or 500 per day).  For 2 pounds per week just double the previous figure.  But what do you cut it from?  You must cut these calories from your maintenance calories.  That is, the amount of calories that it takes for you to stay at a steady weight, neither gaining or losing.  Most people who are moderately active can calculate this by multiplying their weight by 10.  Of course adjustments could be needed due to metabolism or other factors, but it should get you into the ball park. As an example, if you weighed 200 pounds, your maintenance calories would be around 2,000 calories per day.

Next cut your calories per day from your maintenance number by 500 for each pound you want to lose.  So if you weigh 200 pounds and want to lose 1 pound per week, you need to cut your 2,000 calorie per day eating to only eating 1,500 calories per day.  Not too hard right?  Now if you want to lose 2 pounds per week you need to cut back to only 1,000 calories.  O.K. so that’s a bit harder, but wait… there’s more!  As you lose weight, your maintenance calories also go down.  So now after losing 20 pounds, your maintenance calories are just 1,800 and to keep up the 2 pound per week rate, you now only get to eat 800 calories per day.  You see, the more you lose, the harder it is to lose… until you give up and go off the diet and gain all that weight back

What if I don’t count my calories?

Sounds pretty hopeless doesn’t it?  Well, don’t despair.  Hypnosis can help you take back control of your life and change your eating and exercising habits for the better.  Although the formula I outlined above involves calorie counting, there are other ways hypnosis can help you lose weight without counting calories.  For instance, if your subconscious mind is given the positive suggestion that you underwent a gastric bypass, you could find yourself eating less food because you felt full quicker.  Everyone is different so Conroe Life Changes customizes each program for your individual needs.

Hypnosis for weigh loss:

  • Works with any other program or by itself
  • Change preferences from unhealthy foods to healthy foods naturally
  • Weight management results are long term
  • Process is natural and does not rely on pills or fad gimmicks
  • Improves your self-image and reduces stress
  • Program is easy to follow, just relax into the process
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