Why wait for your weight loss; or, quick fix with a ‘fast’ fix?

Why wait for your weight loss; or, quick fix with a ‘fast’ fix?

I’ve written at length of the benefits of NLP and clinical hypnotherapy, to create desired behaviours, and mollify unwanted ones. And a question occurred to me, based on a conversation with a senior doctor in Kent, about diet and heart disease. The lion is not affected by heart disease like we humans. He eats when he’s hungry and stops when he’s full. I didn’t appreciate the wisdom in those words at the time, as we devoured a lunchtime curry. Lately, those words have returned to me, like a thief in the night. I am interested in the physiology, that is the function of our bodies when under stress, or adapting to ingest of food and so forth. The issue of ‘fasting‘ – Ha! You thought the ‘fast fix’ in the title was about speed? No, I was being artfully ambiguous – looms large, thanks to proponents such as Dr Michael Moseley, whom reversed his own diabetes by fasting regimes. A great deal is misunderstood by the term ‘fast’. What is the definition? Wind back a little and think about ‘breakfast‘ – it is nothing more than the breaking of the fast, which occurred during your sleep. How easy was that fast to perform? How much willpower did it require? None. Exactly. So fasting need not require willpower, if you do it right. Interesting research suggests that if you avoid late night and early hours eating during your fasting sleep, you will keep weight off and even lose it, if you are a night eater. Moreover, if you can extend that fast to say 12-16 hours, you may appreciate even...
Lose weight with hypnotherapy and NLP – in parts

Lose weight with hypnotherapy and NLP – in parts

Which part of you wants to lose weight, and which part wants to keep eating? June 2016 Imagine yourself ie what you think of as ‘YOU’ as being like a board of directors, sat around one of those big, impressive boardroom tables. Each of those directors has an opposite number, sat across from them. They converse, converge and in the case of weight gain and weight loss, compete. You see, these ‘parts’ have become distanced from their opposite number. One part wants to overindulge; the opposite wants to put the brakes on this and lose the extra weight. And that’s what weight loss is – a tussle, a conflict, a civil war inside you. The good news is, with a little help from your local, qualified clinical hypnotherapist, trained in parts therapy, you can get those parts to re-establish communications. Because, and this is the important bit, both of those warring parts want the same thing for you. Often your happiness. they are just going about it from different angles; the consequence of which is either excessive weight loss, or substantial weight gain. It’s all about gaining agreement, by negotiating between the various parts that make you ‘You’. Most addictions are got rid of by resolving inner-conflicts, such as these. Next time you feel like that extra helping, or snack, or treat, ask the part responsible for that craving to come forward; and ask the opposite part that wants you not to eat, and makes you feel guilty to come forward. And ask them what they agree on; it should be your happiness. Ask them to occupy one of...
The hidden power of words and power of suggestion Part I

The hidden power of words and power of suggestion Part I

Eclectic thoughts on harnessing the power of suggestion for your own benefit in everyday transactions. Part I “Have a nice day!” How hacked-off have you felt since shop staff, from coffee shops to department stores started thanking you for your custom by that irksome Americanism? (Unless you’re American, I suppose) I know I did. Moreover, studying NLP and hypnotherapy language patterns to the extent I have, makes me just a little bit more sensitive to the features of speech. After all, it’s one of the ways I elicit what is really going on in a client’s mind, which they probably hadn’t even noticed. Until one day, I sought to unpack what that phrase contained to generate my less-than-favourable response. Scowling, mostly. After all, they’re just doing their job and some shiny-suited middle-manager thought it was better than a simple “Goodbye!” (As an aside, what has been the buyer’s remorse and subsequent return rate on goods since staff ceased reinforcing the value of the purchase with a Goodbye/Good buy homophony, surreptitiously weaving its spell on the unconscious? Hmm…) You can see where this is going. So stay with me. All good things to those who wait… So, parking my initial annoyance that culturally, we were becoming America’s stationary aircraft carrier in the west, I examined what it might mean. What possible objection did I have to the wish that I go and have a nice day? It’s a pleasant wish. I concluded that it was the insincerity that accompanied the delivery, the paralinguistic features of the speech utterance that created a schism between delivery and intent. And hence my conscious...
The way you make me feel – NLP and hypnotherapy for habit and addiction

The way you make me feel – NLP and hypnotherapy for habit and addiction

NLP, especially when delivered via hypnosis, to create a very potent hypnotherapy, is one of my tools of choice in dealing with habit and more often, addiction. When the comedy genius (and I do not use that term either often or lightly), Robin Williams, took his life, I, for one, was not surprised when, counter to media assumptions, the coroner found no trace of either alcohol or drugs in his body. The assumption had been that drink and drugs drives people to suicide. This generalisation is simply not true. It establishes a false causation between the act of drinking in despair placing the individual on the low road to suicide. In this case, the reverse was probably the case. When Mr Williams took alcohol and drugs, he, like many, used it to change the way he felt. This sentiment is felt by all of us – when we eat that chocolate, go on that shopping splurge we can’t afford, place that bet, drink that lager or wine, or smoke that cigarette or cannabis joint or even snort cocaine, inhale crack or inject heroin, we are filling an unmet need in ourselves. Something feels lacking and we want to fill it with something  -something we associate with a ‘hit’ of pleasure; a pick-me-up, if you like. We want to change the way we feel about the situation or circumstance we find ourselves in. And alike all addictions, we increasingly require more and more to achieve that hallowed, initial experience or ‘high’. Now, NLP beaks experiences down into their constituent components, or modalities – what we see, hear, feel, touch, taste,...

Why exercise isn’t enough – NLP and hypnotherapy for weight loss

Any formal NLP or hypnotherapy session will commence with an intake protocol – a case history, if you like. When personal habits such as drinking, smoking and exercise are raised, the weight loss clients often insist they take the recommended amount of weekly exercise. So what is going on? When contemplating a life with the blubber bouncing up and down when you climb stairs quickly, or aching knees when you’re walking, the thought of exercise can leave you reaching for the so-called comfort foods, as you put off losing weight for yet another season. You see, weight loss is a choice. Not the result of a single action. It is an ongoing programme. One is neither losing weight, nor dieting – one either loses weight or one doesn’t. Your conscious mind will always try and keep you safe, prevent you from changing, although it didn’t seem to protest much when you were piling on the pounds, did it? Well the good news is that exercise is NOT the most important factor when losing weight. Today’s tip for beginning weight loss is that the food you eat plays by far the dominant role. More particularly, with the hormone response of your body to food. Imagine me cutting a fresh juicy lemon in half right under your nose. You can hear the knife cutting through the thick skin, maybe feel the spray of the juice released touching your skin and smell that zesty odour. Mmm… Now, just imagining smelling that lemon, filled with natural sugars is sufficient for your body to release a small amount of insulin. that’s right. Just thinking...

Runaway thoughts about food – NLP and hypnotherapy perspectives for weight loss

When using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy for weight loss, it is less the portion control and calorie counting that many therapists STILL rely on and more quelling unhelpful thoughts. Restrictive diets do not work – the major long term effect of dieting is weight gain. Huh? The ‘diet industry’ is a fifty-year old business model that relies on, wait for it…Yes, REPEAT BUSINESS. More specifically, YOUR repeat custom. Moreover, this means that you, through all the trials, tribulations and tears; having dieted, sinned, dieted again, sinned some more and finally given up after reaching a so-called ‘target weight’, and slowly but inevitably pile those pounds back on, and more often than not with interest. Roll on the next diet, fad, gym membership or tropically-sourced superfood that aids weight loss. And so the vicious cycle continues. NLP and hypnotherapy have some amazing tools to put you back in control. I’ve made the point before and it bears stating again to new readers that you didn’t need raspberry ketones, fancy teas or strange tinctures and concoctions to put on weight; ipso facto, why would you need them to shift that weight? HELPFUL TIP TO REDUCE CRAVING Much of my work as a weight loss consultant using NLP and hypnotherapy, together with sound, established nutritional advice, is you can control your reaction to food with your mind. The very sight of, or thought about food elicits and insulin response, which prevents the condition for fat-burning mode for your body. If food cravings are your weakness, one thing you can do is make the food stimuli less appealing by doing the following:...