Hypnosis Works for Weight Loss – Here's Why
People are always asking me if hypnosis works for things like weight loss or to quit smoking or to relieve stress along with a wide variety of circumstances and the answer is almost always "yes." The reason my answer is almost always yes is because all of your emotions and most of your behaviors are either controlled entirely or greatly influenced by your unconscious mind and the unconscious mind is where hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming works effectively to create the lasting positive changes people are wanting.
Let's take weight loss as an example. Eating is very much an unconscious behavior. People eat for a variety of reasons, the least of which normally is healthy nutrition. People eat when they're stressed, bored, depressed, celebrating, tired, anxious, being social and from time to time to nourish their body. All these reasons, except healthy eating, are controlled by the unconscious part of your mind.
Positive Stress vs Negative Stress – Do I Want Either?
Positive stress, also known as Eustress is the excitement felt by people when they are confronted by a demanding situation, which they think they can handle. People intentionally create Eustress through sports, gambling, business, watching scary movies and riding roller coasters. Eustress is created by the subconscious mind. Negative stress (distress) is also created by the subconscious mind and can sometimes be very appropriate and useful… for example… in an emergency situation.
For many years hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been rooted in science with a growing body of anecdotal and evidence based results being reported in a wide variety of publications. While the American Medical Association (AMA) currently has no official position on the effectiveness of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, in 1958, the AMA reported hypnotherapy has a recognized place in the medical arsenal and that it’s a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses and emotional conditions. In short, they were acknowledging that hypnotherapy works. Additionally, the American Psychology Association (APA) website has declared that most clinicians now agree hypnotherapy can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide variety of conditions. Even the Mayo Clinic agrees that hypnotherapy works.
Driving to work today, I heard the radio ad for the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety. In the ad, they promised they knew how you could relieve yourself of stress and anxiety through their exclusive method and offered a free CD to explain how the program works. Since, as a Certified Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, I regularly help people to live a stress free and anxiety free life, I wanted to find out more about their program and called the toll free number.
Robin Williams and Joan Rivers are two comedic icons yet live(ed) in two remarkably different worlds. Robin used humor, along with alcohol to cope with and mask depression while Joan used humor to laugh at everyone including herself. I can only wonder how funny Robin might have been if he had been able to remain sober and manage the depression that robbed him of his life and the world of his amazing talent and humanity.
Depression is not a laughing matter. Depression affects more than one's mood. It negatively affects a person's health, their longevity and their productivity. The causes and potential cures for depression are the subject of study and conjecture.
Whether it's the quiet confidence of your doctor whose advice you willingly follow to the self assured financial advisor you entrust your money to or the charismatic confidence of a public speaker, we all admire self confident people.
Self-confidence is an essential element in almost every aspect of our lives affecting everything from our careers to our relationships yet many people struggle to gain it. Sad too is the fact that low self confidence can be a vicious circle as negative outcomes, the result of low self-confidence, tend to confirm a person's low self-image thereby lowering self-confidence even further.
We live our lives in accordance with to our beliefs. Beliefs are the structure of reality… or more accurately, reality as we percieve it. It's our beliefs that control or limit what we we can or can't do or become in life. In fact, your beliefs are so powerful they can either make or break you. Using hypnotherapy, I work every day helping people eliminate their limiting beliefs while creating new, empowering beliefs. The one constant over the years is that we… all of us.. are our beliefs.
Thanks to on-stage entertainers and a wide variety of movies featuring hypnotized cast members acting stupid or worse, being manipulated to do unspeakable things, for many, hypnosis has a bad rep for being little more than pure entertainment.
The truth about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. however, is something completely different. Hypnosis as a healing tool has existed since the 15th century and since 1841 and has been further refined and improved by some of the most capable and advanced psychologists and researchers of their time. While its story has been tarnished by decades of disrepute, since the it's now making its way back into the mainstream.
When the American Medical Association deemed obesity a “disease” it may have done more harm than good. A new study suggests that calling obesity a disease tends to make certain people less likely to eat healthy or exercise. This data was the result of responses from 700 participants who took an online survey.