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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 colon). 


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?

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss in Phoenix

The Goal
The goal 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.
 
If you would like to read what Consumer Reports, Oprah and Smithsonian magazines said about hypnosis for weight loss, click here.

Doctor Oz Endorses Hypnosis for Weight Loss

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 to lose.