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Weight Loss and Hypnosis…What the Research is Indicating.

hypnosisMany studies have been conducted to understand the effect hypnotherapy has on a person’s ability to lose weight and their ability to keep it off in the long-term. In 1998, a study involved 60 obese participants. The patients were randomly divided into one of three groups. One group received hypnosis for stress reduction; another group received hypnosis for limiting portion sizes, and the third group received only conscious dietary advice.

Researchers studied the percent of body weight lost at 7 different follow-ups from 1-month to 18-months after the treatment. At the 3-month follow-up, all participants in the three groups had lost 2-3% of their baseline body weight. However, at the 18-month follow-up, the group receiving stress reduction hypnotherapy reported continued significant weight loss compared to no change in the other two groups. This study shows that when hypnotherapy is used in combination with stress management suggestions, weight loss is significant in the long-term (Stradling, Roberts, Wilson, & Lovelock, 1998).

In a meta-analysis of two studies involving hypnotherapy and weight loss, Kirsch (1996) found a significant difference in amount of pounds lost comparing participants who received hypnosis and those who did not receive hypnosis. The initial follow-up showed the average weight loss to be 6.00 pounds in the non-hypnosis group and 11.83 pounds in the hypnosis group. The last follow-up conducted with the studies showed that the non-hypnosis group lost an average of 6.03 pounds and the hypnosis group lost an average of 14.88 pounds. This meta-analysis showed that use of hypnotherapy more than doubles the pounds lost over time.

These studies indicate that hypnotherapy is a valid form of weight loss treatment and has lasting effects in the long-term. Hypnosis is an effective, natural method of losing weight with improved likelihood of keeping it off.

Sources:
Kirsch, I. (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments: Another meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3), 517-519.

Stradling, J., Roberts, D., Wilson, A., & Lovelock, F. (1998). Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorder, 22(3), 278-281.

Woman Hypnotized to Think She had Gastric Band Surgery for Weight Loss – Loses 56 pounds So Far!

Oprah’s Weight Loss Goals 2009

Dear Reader,

Thanks for coming around. Forgive me for being absent for too long, but I’m back again. My new year resolution is to get back to the gym on a regular, 6 day a week basis.

Oprah’s Falling Off the Wagon show this past Monday got my juices flowing. The show focused on her struggles with her illness-related 40 lb weight gain. Her acute insight and frankness made the show riveting for me. It’s not often she talks about her deepest insecurities, and personal issues. You could see in her face that she wasn’t entirely comfortable admitting she has these self-doubts, and that made her sharing more of a gift.

At one point she reflected back on a show where she featured Cher and Tina Turner and with hurt flashing in her eyes she unfavorably compared her plus-size body to their older but fitter ones. She admitted that she’d been sticking to head shots for her O magazine covers. As they showed the covers as examples of how she’d been ducking from showing her rounder shape I think I even saw one cover of a child. Had she resorted to using childhood pics? I don’t know for sure, but she is the only cover girl for her rag, and I am pretty sure I caught a glimpse of one cover that had a little girl on it. I don’t normally buy the magazine but I imagine she made it relevant and scored by talking about childhood stuff.

She reminisced about when she had been gorgeously hard-bodied. In one clip from the past she’s wearing a short shirt which shoes off her flat, tight belly and she’s glowing with joy and pride! She’s laughing and says something like, “Look at me I’m fifty and showing off my belly!” She recalls fondly her stunning cover girl days, then gets present and says sadly, “I thought I had it – and then life happened.”

Anyway, I can totally relate to her self-dissatisfaction with her weight gain. I, too have had a weight gain of 40 lbs over the past 2 years. My weight gain also was influenced by an illness. Ten years ago I lost 200 lbs. Up to two years ago I was very fit – going to the gym 6 days a week, eating very little junk food. I was at my peak, and then to quote Oprah, “I thought I had it, and then life happened.”

What happened to me was a deadly jacuzzi-bacteria blood infection. It impaired my immune system and caused all sorts of debilities rendering me unfit for strenuous gym workouts. My lack of exercise showed up on the scale. I’m healthier now, and realizing I need to get back to the gym, but I also know my limitations. I had been trying to start back up where I’d left off, and I finally get that that’s not going to happen. At least not without probable injury. I have to start slowly and build into a new, powerful routine.

What happened to Oprah? Apparently she had become Vitamin D deficient which probably contributed to a thyroid condition. The thyroid illness affected negatively her metabolism and energy levels. The thyroid condition took a toll on her exercise regimen and caused frustration and despair. Oprah then fell into that bad conversation many of us are familiar with called “What’s the use?” and ate like there was no hope. The added calories and lack of exercise led to a depressing weight gain of 40 lbs.

Now, if you know me, you know I have been harping or should I say Harpoing (sorry, that was bad) about how many of us ARE vitamin D deficient which can lead to all kinds of nasty little disorders. Think about this – we have all become so scared of the sunshine we avoid it, and yet skin cancer is on the rise. What’s up with that? As a result we have become a nation of vitamin D deficient sun-avoiders. I myself am supplementing with a delicious liquid vitamin D that is based in concord grape juice. And I try to get all the sunlight I can. I love getting my D.

Anyway, back to Oprah. The bottom line is her 90 lb weight loss success can still be considered a major accomplishment. Keep in mind she has managed to keep 50 or so lbs off!! For like 10 years – maybe more!! That in itself is incredible. In fact, anyone who knows about weight loss success knows it frequently happens that way – lose 100 lbs, regain fifty. Lose fifty, regain 20. Lose 20, regain 5 – and that’s perfectly typical. Time, and persistence are definite factors in achieving weight loss mastery.

Especially since LIFE does have a way of getting in the mix. The important way to remain being is persistent and conscious. I wish I could talk to her about using hypnosis to make this weight loss effort more fun, more conscious, and more effective. More on that in the next edition. Coming soon.

For more information on the episode and her striving visit her website: Oprah.com

Till later!
Gina Fox, CHT

FOX Hypnosis / Hypnosis Training International
120 West Grand Avenue, Suite # 204
Escondido, California 92025
(760) 233-8800

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“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”

Movie Popcorn?

popcorn.jpgAn excerpt from this article, called Seduced By Snacks: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/dining/11snac.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

An appalling example of our mindless approach to eating involved an experiment with tubs of five-day-old popcorn. Moviegoers in a Chicago suburb were given free stale popcorn, some in medium-size buckets, some in large buckets. What was left in the buckets was weighed at the end of the movie. The people with larger buckets ate 53 percent more than people with smaller buckets. And people didn’t eat the popcorn because they liked it, he said. They were driven by hidden persuaders: the distraction of the movie, the sound of other people eating popcorn and the Pavlovian popcorn trigger that is activated when we step into a movie theater.” This is a great article! Highly recommended reading!

Weight Loss in 3 Easy Steps – Hypnosis CD

cds1.jpgHello Again! Every now and then I’ll share some “cases” with you. Here’s one I thought was significant.

>>>>> The Case A 38 year old lady (whom we’ll call Hilda) phoned me with a burning question – which I’ll get to later. Hilda is suffering a dilemma common to many of us in the quest for ideal weight – Fear of Failure. She is currently in Weight Watchers for her third time. The first time with WW she lost forty pounds, and kept it off for ten years. Unfortunately, over said years The Lost Forty has crept back like a lichen, until her body is covered with it again, plus an additional ”finder’s fee” forty, leading her to where she is present day, at 220.

Between then and now Hilda’s tried Weight Watchers a second time (lost seven pounds before giving up), Jenny Craig (lost twenty pounds on that before giving up), and Atkins on and off (losing and re-finding several pounds on that, finally realizing that diet could never be more to her than a part-time lover), and she’s back to WW.

So far with WW she’s lost five pounds but she’s really struggling with sticking to the plan. She’s afraid she’s going to cheat and lose all willpower, and that she’ll end up another six months/ten pounds heavier before making another attempt. She’s exhausted – frustrated with the roller coaster.

Her question to me was : Would listening to a self-hypnosis cd for weight loss help her stick-to-it-ive-ness?
My Recommendation: Yes, yes, yes. Yes. Yes. A good hypnotic Cd can definitely enhance a well-balanced weight loss program, such as Weight Watchers. In fact, many university studies are concluding that for weight reduction success, hypnosis and a good weight loss program is a combination that can’t be beat. Participants that did BOTH hypnosis AND a weight loss program lost more weight, and kept it off longer than people who only did the program. That’s pretty much a duh! when you consider the power of the two components working together.

Daily listening to a good CD gets her all this:

Changes occur from the Inside –> Out

Emotional (self) support

Increased focus and commitment,

Positive reinforcement,

Unconscious programming for permanent changes.

A well-balanced weight loss program (which WW is) gets her all this:

Changes occur from the outside => In

Group support

Nutritional guidelines

Accountability

Behavioral structure

All that said, she invested in several of my CDs. (She’d come to my group classes if she could however she lives in Arizona and that’s an unreasonable commute!) The CD I recommended she begin with is called: Weight Loss in 3 EZ Steps. It’s main focus is diminishing the yo-yoing effects on her system and psyche, so she can renew faith in herself, her potential, her future. The following is a brief description of the CD I told her to start with and listen to exclusively – once a day, for thirty days, while staying on her WW program:

(Title – Weight Loss in 3 Easy Steps Track 1 – Focus (10 minutes). Finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. This brief session sharpens the mind for renewed commitment. Gets you excited about staying the course. Ideal for lunch-break refresher.

Track 2 – Taking the Steps (20 minutes). Excellent for the stress/emotional overeater. Perfect for the ex-yo-yoer. In the relaxed state, finally let go of frustrations over past weight loss failures. Find yourself super-focused on your weight reduction goals of today, becoming increasingly super-charged about sticking to the weight reduction plan. Listen 1-3 times daily for thirty days. )

If you’re interested in implementing the power of self-hypnosis CDs into your weight reduction strategy send me an email. I will assist you however I can – via email if necessary! In the meantime I’ll let you know about Hilda’s successes as I hear from her!

Till Soon, Gina

My “before and after” pics : http://www.enterhypnosis.com/meetvirginia.html

Good Resource!

key.jpgI found out about a fascinating new ally in the endeavor for healthy mind/healthy body. His name is Dr. Mark Hyman, a family medicine doctor turned nutritionist/weight loss researcher. His gig is how to eat in a way that stimulates the metabolism for easier weight loss. I love it. Here’s a little about him from his web site:

>>>>>>In his work, Dr. Hyman applies the best of conventional and alternative medicine with cutting-edge science, placing him at the forefront of progressive medical care and education in the United States . A strong and pioneering voice for change in the fundamental way health care is perceived and delivered, as well as for a new paradigm for physicians, he has launched an innovative approach that taps into years of medical research that has not, until now, been translated into clinical practice in hospitals, homes, and the community.

Dr. Hyman is the Editor-in-Chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine…<<<<<

I’ve been enjoying his blog, and as far as I’ve read, he is so right on. If you’re into healthy eating, and want to boost your metabolism, check it out: http://www.ultrametabolism.com/blog/

More to come,

Hypnotically yours,

Gina

( My before and after pictures: http://www.enterhypnosis.com/meetvirginia.html )

The Power Of HypnoTherapy!

virginia-n3.jpgIs listening to a CD as powerful as having a one-on-one session with a present therapist? Note the purposeful use of the word Present. There is nothing worse than having a session with a therapist whose mind is elsewhere. That said…today I’ll talk about one-on-one, interactive sessions. That means that you and your hypnotherapist are in intentional communication with the goal of resolving some obstacle holding you back somehow. I typically use interactive sessions with clients who’ve been overweight since childhood, have more than sixty pounds to lose, and/or are running self-sabotage systems. In these populations there can oftentimes be found deeper underlying issues to get past, before they can embark successfully on the transformational journey of weight loss.

The first two are self-explanatory, but let me illustrate the third – The Self-Saboteurs. This is the gal (or guy) who says she wants to lose weight but can’t give up cookies – NO MATTER WHAT. Now I actually had a client tell me that, about chocolate chip cookies. She started our first session with this statement, “I’ve been through loads of counseling, and even had fights with my therapists – no one is going to make me give up chocolate chip cookies. No one!” This gal was in her fifties, an educated woman (most of our clients are professional people – this lady was a teacher), she had about seventy pounds to lose, and she had emotional strings to cookies. In her case, as it was rather severe, I didn’t believe listening to CDs alone was going to cut it. I DID have her listen to CDs, mostly (at first) for the repeated hypnosis conditioning, creating that supportive cheerleading section in her head, and continued positive reinforcement for the work we were going to be doing.

In our one-on-one hypnosis work, we found out that when she was a child – it almost always goes back to childhood – her mom was manic-depressive. Back then (1940’s-1950’s) people didn’t get on psych medication so easily as they do now. Since her mom was not on any medication her vicious mood swings posed a real threat to her five children. For example, on several occasions when fighting with dad, this mom threatened to kill the kids – IN FRONT OF THE KIDS! She was almost always mean to everyone, except for once in awhile, when she was feeling good, and during those times she showed her motherly love by baking…(sing out in unison) Chocolate Chip Cookies.

My poor client cried hysterically as she dug up a good portion of her emotional damage. As a result of her mom’s strange behavior (well not so strange for a manic-depressive) my client had emotionally associated chocolate chip cookies with all kinds of warm and fuzzies – love, calmness, kindness, acceptance, safety, security. Scary stuff, huh? You might wonder if my job entails hearing scary stuff like this all the time – YES. More often than you’d think.

Back to the client. By revisiting the cause of her obsession, we were able to dissolve the hold it had on her. Imagine the hidden cause as a an angry BOIL, festering like an evil abscess inside her psyche, making her behave in ways that made no sense to the outside world. Nor even to herself, for that matter, for she had no conscious recollection of what was leading her to obsess on cookies. She thought she was born a cookie monster. Now, imagine the work we did was equivalent to lancing that boil. We went through a lot of muck and mire but you have to squeeze it clean. Then it can heal, good as new. That day, after the tears were dried up, I gave her a particularly powerful CD to rebuild her self-esteem and raise her feelings of self-worth. Now cleansed, the CD would be the ointment to strengthen ego, and quicken healing.

She returned the following week and happily reported she hadn’t had a cookie all week! We have a saying, You can’t un-see something until you’ve seen it. I hope you’ve read enough so that the saying makes sense to you. She didn’t know what was there, then she understood, and that transformed the thing into gold. I call it turning lemons into lemonade. I should know. I myself had to go through intense one-on-one sessions. I’m not going to get into my core issues right now, but suffice it to say I was unconsciously holding on to my fat. I had massive hidden fears about becoming smaller, more vulnerable in an unpredictable, threatening world.

Now, would listening to CDs alone have helped lance the boils? Maybe, but it’s unlikely. One- on-one intervention speeds up the process so people like me and my client can get past the ”rewards” of overweight behaviors and get busy losing weight.

There, you have a clue to the difference between listening to CDs and interactive therapy sessions. Hope it moves you closer to your weight loss goals.

Till Later!

Hypnotically yours,

Gina Fox, CHT