STRESS, HORMONES, AND WEIGHT GAIN
Most people admit that when they're under stress, healthy eating habits can be difficult to maintain. Whether eating to fill an emotional need or grabbing fast food simply because there's no time to prepare something healthy, a stressed-out lifestyle is rarely a healthy one. Weight gain when under stress may also be at least partly due to the body's hormones like cortisol, which can actually promote weight gain when you're stressed out, according to some researchers.
Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands and stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy and also helps to maintain blood sugar levels. If the cortisol levers are off because of increased stressors the end result can be an increase in appetite.
Cortisol has been termed the "stress hormone" because excess cortisol is secreted during times of physical or psychological stress, and the normal pattern of cortisol secretion (with levels highest in the early morning and lowest at night) can be altered. This disruption of cortisol secretion may not only promote weight gain, but it can also affect where you put on the weight. Some studies have shown that stress and elevated cortisol tend to cause fat deposition in the abdominal area rather than in the hips. This fat deposition has been referred to as "toxic fat" since abdominal fat deposition is strongly correlated with the development of cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes.
Stress is certainly not the only reason having for abnormal levels of cortisol.
Weight gain or loss is dependent on a number of factors including resting metabolic rate, food intake, amount of exercise, and even the types of food consumed and the times of day food is consumed. Genetic factors also likely influence our metabolism and may explain some people's tendency to gain or lose weight more rapidly than others.
Whether or not a particular individual's stress levels will result in high cortisol levels and weight gain is not readily predictable. The amount of cortisol secreted in response to stress can vary among individuals, with some persons being innately more "reactive" to stressful events. Studies of women who tended to react to stress with high levels of cortisol secretion have shown that these women also tended to eat more when under stress than women who secreted less cortisol.
In fact, exercise is the best method for lowering cortisol levels that have risen in response to stress and has the added benefit of burning calories to stimulate weight loss.
You can use hypnosis to help you:
* Stop eating sweets/junk food
* Get off Fast Food
* Stop late-night munching
* Stop overeating/eat only when you are hungry
* Start making healthier choices
* Enjoy smaller portions
* Stop obsessing about what you’re going to eat and develop a healthy relationship with food
* Stay on your weight management plan of choice such as Weight Watchers, South Beach,
LA Weight Loss, or Jenny Craig
* Hypnosis can even help you stop bingeing and purging**
**If you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, I will need the consent of your therapist or medical doctor before proceeding with hypnosis.
Q.Can Hypnosis help with weight loss?
A. Yes. Countless people have used hypnosis successfully to take weight off, and keep it off. In fact, according to a Dateline Study and others, those who used hypnosis not only lost weight, but they kept it off longer than those who just used dieting alone. That is because until you change the underlying beliefs that caused the overeating/overweight, any diet will achieve only temporary results. Clearly, those who used hypnosis were able to make changes at deeper levels of the mind, so that their eating habits were changed for life.
Q. Can hypnosis help me get off sweets, junk food and eat less?
A. Yes. I’ve personally helped thousands of people in my practice to drastically cut back or eliminate sweets from their diet, stay away from junk food, and gain some control over their portions. I include stress reduction and self-esteem suggestions in every session, because the research shows that it is easier to lose weight when we are feeling better about ourselves and are less stressed. There are several NLP and other proven hypnotic techniques that I use to achieve these results, as well as¬†suggestions that food (or sweets or junk food) is becoming less and less important to you, that you naturally prefer (crave) healthier foods, and so forth.
Q. How many sessions does it take?
A. This can vary from person to person, but in general, I recommend 4 sessions to start for weight loss. This is for several reasons. First, weight loss tends to be a bit more complex, in that there are usually several emotional reasons why we’re overeating (stress, boredom, to reward ourselves) and several behaviors we want to change (late-night munchies, addiction to sweets, portion control, lack of exercise). Hypnosis works best when we focus on one issue or behavioral goal at a time. If we try to do too much in one session, we dilute the results. So for best results, it is best to concentrate on one¬†goal¬†per session. For instance, one session might be devoted to portion control, another to getting off of sweets, another to exercise motivation, and so on. Sessions also build on one another and have a cumulative effect. If you’ve struggled with weight loss for many years, are clinically obese or have sabotaged yourself in the past, then six sessions may be a more realistic number for you.
Q. Can I use hypnosis to stay on Weight Watchers, Paleo and Vegan?
A. Yes, and hypnosis can make it much easier to stick with any one of these weight management plans. For instance, if you choose to stay on a Vegetarian diet, I can give you suggestions that you automatically choose the Vegetarian choices, and are satisfied on this plan. If it’s Weight Watchers, suggestions can be given that you find it easy to stay within your points total, that you write everything down, etc. Hypnosis can be an excellent complement to your diet plan. Of course, many people choose to do hypnosis without any particular diet in mind, and that works just as well.
Q. I feel my eating is out of control. Can hypnosis help?
A. Yes. When eating is out of control, emotional issues need to be addressed. Perhaps you are eating to alleviate stress, frustration, boredom or loneliness. Or maybe you think you need the weight for protection or that you don’t deserve to look and feel your best. Maybe you like to reward yourself with food. Whatever the reason, hypnosis can help once again. Under trance, you’ll be given suggestions that apply to your unique situation, goals and needs. For example, you’ll receive strong post-hypnotic suggestions that you now deal with your emotions in a positive, constructive manner and stop using food to satisfy your emotional needs. Powerful NLP techniques and Parts Therapy may also be used to achieve results.
*Note: if you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, I will need a consent form from your therapist or medical doctor to work with you.
Q. How does your weight loss program work?
A. During the first session, I’ll ask you a series of in-depth questions so that I can develop the most effective, results-oriented session for you. For best results, both the underlying emotional reasons for eating as well as specific behavioral changes will be addressed. Each session includes some stress reduction and self-esteem boosting, because we know every issue is resolved faster when we are feeling better about ourselves.
You determine your priorities. I’ll ask you what specific behaviors you’d like to change, and where you’d like to start. For instance, maybe you want to get off sweets, eat less and exercise more. I’ll then ask you to prioritize your goals, although I may make recommendations. Hypnosis works best when we focus on one goal at a time. If we try to do too much in one session we dilute the results. Or perhaps you feel you always sabotage yourself and don’t know why. In that case, I’d recommend doing some advanced techniques to discover why for our first session.
Q. How effective is hypnosis for weight loss?
A. The good news is that hypnosis is very effective for weight loss. A recent Dateline Study showed that hypnosis was the most effective way to lose weight, even over Atkins. Recent studies have also shown that those who use hypnosis are able to keep the weight off longer than those who simply go on diets. I have personally been privileged to witness hundreds of people achieve their weight loss goals with hypnosis.
*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.
Hess Hypnotherapy Saint Petersburg
12360 66th St N, Largo, FL 33773
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HYPNOSIS PROGRAM FOR SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS
Over the years, numerous studies have been done which prove hypnosis to be an effective way for both adults and children to achieve and maintain ideal weight, shape and size. Hypnosis for weight loss is intended to help clients change their attitude about food and exercise, so the cravings stop, fullness comes more quickly, emotions cease to trigger the appetite, etc.
WEIGHT LOSS & EXERCISE MOTIVATION
Our weight loss program helps you change your eating habits by changing your attitude about food and exercise. Unlike diets involving deprivation, hypnosis techniques help you change the way you think. Foods you need to avoid are not longer appealing, and you become more attracted to good, nutritious, lower-fat, lower-calorie foods.
THE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM INCLUDES 3 SESSIONS
(To encourage optimum results) *
Package of three weekly visits: $375
All of the sessions are recorded and a CD is provided to listen at home to reinforce the weight loss sessions. As far as we know we are the only hypnotherapy clinic in the area that provides free custom recordings of all hypnosis sessions. These recordings make the hypnosis much more powerful and effective.
Research shows that hypnosis can be an effective method to:
Change eating habits
Increase self-confidence & self-esteem
Minimize mental blocks
Establish a positive, winning attitude
For best results the hypnosis client must:
Have the desire to make changes
Continue with reinforcement sessions until ideal weight, shape & size achieved
Use a self-hypnosis recording twice daily throughout the program
Communicate openly with the hypnotists so that all contributing factors are addressed
Follow hypnotist’s recommendations after each visit. This may include visualization techniques, keeping a temporary food log etc.
DIETS DO NOT WORK
They make you feel deprived. Diets begin and they end, so they are not a long-term solution to weight control.
Two things are important: what you put into your body and how much fat you burn. Hypnosis can help you gain control by helping you to desire the foods that are fresh, clean, and nutritionally valuable.
You can also address emotional eating and begin to separate emotional hunger from physical hunger. If you get off track for a day or so, you can easily get back on track so that you do not put the weight back on.
Weight loss sessions are customized to your specific needs. Suggestions may include: eliminating non-healthy snacking, becoming full on smaller portions, and eliminating emotional eating due to stress, boredom or anger. If you are following a specific diet, suggestions include staying within your diet guidelines. Suggestions for a good self-image, self-confidence and exercise motivation may also be included in your session.