Best Weight Loss Program Natural Awakenings Reader Poll
Why Lose Weight?If you are one of the 65%
of Phoenix or Arizona residents who are overweight or obese, you probably tried many different diets.
And, you most likely discovered that even if you were successful
in losing weight through that diet, in 90% of the cases the weight came back. This is
frustrating! Many people conclude it is hopeless. It is not!
One reason this is so frustrating is because not only does excess
weight affect one's self-esteem and quality of life, it most likely has--or WILL--affect your health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the health consequences for living with excess weight are significant:
Overweight and obese individuals
are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including: hypertension, osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, coronary
heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, and some cancers (including breast and
The average (5'4") woman
would be obese if she weighs 174 pounds or more. The average American man (5'10") would be obese if he weighs 207 pounds.
In a February 27, 2013 article entitled,
"Want Health Insurance? Get on the Scale" some recent changes in employer-provided health insurance were discussed: "The Affordable Care Act requires employers
to offer health insurance, but some companies are making workers jump through new hoops to get it. In order to be eligible
for some--or all--of the company health plan, 15% of employers now require employees to undergo
biometric screening or fill out a health assessment . . . In the case of screenings, employees typically have
to step on a scale, have their waistline measured and get blood drawn to test cholesterol and glucose levels."
"Obamacare" is in its initial
stages, and American employers (and employees) are dealing with the highest health
care costs in the world. Just as life insurance companies charge more for smokers, it is reasonable to expect
that health insurance costs, co-pays, and availability of services will continue to be determined by important
health factors such as being overweight or obese. Weight is now an economic issue, as well as a health and self-esteem issue.
Can you afford to keep carrying those excess pounds?
of a weight loss program is to help you achieve and HOLD a weight that represents a BMI of 25 or less. Unfortunately,
only 35% of adults in Phoenix have a normal BMI. Most adults in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Chandler are
not even close to that goal! If you have significant weight to lose (50 lbs. or more), getting to a normal weight might
represent a daunting task. In those cases, I recommend you begin by aiming for a weight loss of 10% of
your total body weight (let's say 20-25 lbs.). This is a much less intimidating goal, and success achieving it will make
you optimistic about future weight loss.
Once you see how easy it is to lose weight with
hypnosis--with no deprivation or radical dietary restrictions--you will continue losing weight until your BMI is in the normal
weight range. Most importantly, these changes are PERMANENT! I have encountered
and heard from many previous weight loss patients. Even years later, they are at or below the weight they were when they finished
their hypnosis appointments.
would like to read what Consumer Reports, Oprah
and Smithsonian magazines said about hypnosis for weight loss, click here.
Dr. Oz Recommends Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss
On his multi-Emmy Award winning show on February 8, 2012 "Hypnosis
to Lose Weight," Dr. Oz said: "Hypnosis can help you control the demons that cause you to overeat." On that
show, Dr. Oz discussed how he was first introduced to hypnotherapy as a very skeptical medical student at the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine. However, after seeing a demonstration and hearing about the uses and benefits of hypnosis,
he was convinced!
How does it work?
In a typical situation, you will be given hypnotic suggestions to convince your mind that you like to be active,
that you like healthy snacks, that you like fruits and vegetables. Importantly, the message of "smaller
portions satisfy" will be locked into your subconscious. You will practice knowing when you are hungry and distinguishing
that feeling from all the other times you eat. With practice you will only eat when hungry and you will be given suggestions
to stop eating when you are full or nearly full. This approach has worked successfully with clients who had 20-100 pounds