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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.

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Another Woman Hypnotized to Think She has Gastric Band Surgery – Loses 55 pounds!!

http://www.naturalnews.com/026796_hypnosis_hypnotherapy_natural_health.html

A woman lost 55 pounds after undergoing hypnosis to implant memories of a gastric band surgery in her head.

“I’ve tried every other diet and exercise plan the world has to offer,” said the woman, Marion Corns. “Now I am able to shed up to three pounds a week because I believe I’ve had a band fitted into my stomach. Bizarrely, I can remember every part of the ‘procedure’ – including being wheeled into theatre, the clink of the surgeon’s knife and even the smell of the anesthetic.”

Corns underwent the hypnotherapy at the Elite Clinic in Spain, which was recommended to her by a friend who had gone there to quit smoking. The therapy involved a number of sessions in which she was familiarized with the procedure of a gastric band surgery, including a real surgical gastric band and stomach model. She then underwent several sessions of hypnosis, in which every stage of the surgery was narrated to her. She was made to touch the gastric band, while a recording of surgical tools played in the background. The hypnotherapists also pumped smells into the room to simulate those found in the operating and recovery rooms of a hospital.

After her first hypnosis session, Corns began to lose weight, just as if she had undergone the real surgery.

“Now if I try and eat a large portion I feel a pulling sensation in my tummy as if my stomach is stretching,” she said. “I simply cannot eat large portions of food any more.”

Clinic owner Martin Shirran said that health insurance should cover the gastric band hypnotherapy as an alternative to true surgery and with fewer side effects.

Jacqui Lowdon of the British Dietary Association cautioned that such therapy is not without risks, however.

“If this works and people can achieve the same kind of weight loss without surgery, it is important they are getting the correct dietary advice as well,” she said. “It is also important to have a target weight and to know what your ideal weight is.”

Sources for this story include: http://www.foxnews.com.

Afternoon Saturday Group Added

Our AM Saturday weight loss group is completely booked so we are going to open a second session, in the afternoon, which will meet from 1:00 to 2:30. It’s the fastest hour and a half ever, because we are a fun, supportive bunch.

Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100, this group addresses your individual issues.

The class is made up of four parts.

Maximize focus and commitment.
Redefine self-image.
Adopt new relationship with nutrition and exercise.
Hypno-programming for motivation and success.

At the first session each new member will receive a copy of our exclusive Cancun Diet Plan, and an amazing take-home hypnosis CD.

Please call (760) 233-8800 for a free evaluation. Private sessions also available. Since 1999.

Hypnotically yours,

Gina Fox, CHT
HypnoLean Groups
120 West Grand Avenue, Suite # 204
Escondido, California 92025
(760) 233-8800

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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.”

Tips For Staying On the Road to Permanent Weight Loss

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Mood: ReflectiveListening to: Loreena McKennitt – Live in Paris and Toronto, Disc one

So here we are, it’s the start of a new year, and we’re all brimming with self-promises to live our lives with more self-respect, more self-confidence, more self-satisfaction than years past. I am no different. Over the holidays – basically since September – I’ve put on 10 pounds. What happened in September is I caught a nasty, life-threatening jacuzzi bacterial infection. I was on big-daddy antibiotics, and rest and recuperation through November. Because I was so sick, I vacationed from the gym, and basically became very sedentary. That didn’t help, and to worsen matters, three words: Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Years. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve lost a couple of the pounds I’d put on, and starting today, I’m getting back to my workout regimen. I should be back to my pre-sedentary weight by February 10. Yes, 2007.

Remember, EXERCISE is the 2nd most crucial component to keeping the weight off. Okay, because I know you’re wondering about the other crucial components, I’ll tell you, from personal experience, what they are.

Number one: Changing Your Mind. In my world that means using hypnosis to De-hypnotize your mind from the old ways of interacting with food. It’s crucial to reprogram your mind with new, positive ways of – not just eating – but thinking of food. By reprogramming your mind you’ll stop going back to bad habits. Okay, so you’re saying, ”but you gained 10 pounds.” Well, there are various factors at work in my body. First of all, I’ve lost 200 pounds, and here is the bad news for me…you can lose the weight, but the fat cells don’t go away. They sit there waiting like evil, thirsty little sponges for the slightest opportunity to soak up fat. For the rest of my life I will be someone who gains weight more readily than someone who doesn’t have those extra fat cells just waiting. One positive is that five years ago I could’ve gained 10 pounds and it would’ve just served to depress me, and I’d gain another 10 and another 10 until I finally started a new diet. Nowadays, I get back on track easier and faster. I know I could never get the 200 lost back again. It’s not who I am anymore. Thank God. The two pounds I’ve already lost is simply due to letting go of the holiday eating. My new normal eating habits – January through October – are pretty good. But I do let myself indulge over the holidays.

Number two: Exercise. I have to get back to the gym. I love it once I fit it back into my daily routine. Also, because of my recent health issues, I have to start out slow, and work it up. Today, I’ll do about 10 minutes on the ball, 15 minutes on weights, and 10 minutes on the stationary bike. Tomorrow, and for a week, I’ll stick to that level. It won’t tax me, I’m not apt to get hurt or overdo it, and it’ll be so refreshing that I’ll probably look forward to doing more tomorrow. To me, that’s the most important thing – Wanting to do it again tomorrow. Because if I can keep working out regularly for the next 21 days, I’ll have developed a very good habit.

Number three: Good nutrition. About the second week of January I went back to my normally good eating habits – that is, getting my protein, fiber, veggies. Here is an average day’s meals for me:

Breakfast: protein shake, with flax seed, and frozen blueberries, and coffee or carb free Monster Energy drink. Snack: Tangerine, or nuts and raisins. Lunch: baked Salmon, steamed Basmati rice, salad. Dinner: stir fry veggies with chicken. Sometimes for a snack I’ll have another protein shake. Low carb and high protein. I use whey, but they say egg white protein is the best. Expensive though.

Number four – Hydration. Got to get the water in – 8 -10 glasses. Herbal teas are good. Hot or cold. I make fresh lemonade with splenda – yummy. Adding the juice of a lemon is a good way to alkalize the system, which is a boost to health.

Okay guys, let’s get back on track! Looking forward to feeling the weight melt off again!

Luv, Gina