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How to Love the Pains of Weight Loss : Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Losing weight can be painful. It is not uncommon to experience psychological, emotional and even physical pain when losing weight.

Desire can be a powerful motivator and if you are reading this you probably have the desire to lose some weight. The ability to navigate the potential pains of weight loss could greatly help you sail to your desired new weight. But its not all plain sailing is it?

Love and Pains of Weight Loss - Newcastle Hypnotherapy

You most likely know people who are a healthy weight and look good with it too. These people often seem to eat what they want and still continue to stay a stable healthy size. Their secret is not genetics but they do have one secret in common.

I will share this secret and more importantly how to apply it later in this post. First though, understanding your own desires to be a healthier weight is of the utmost importance.

Soon it will be New Year and with it people all over the world setting resolutions or goals to make their life better and more enjoyable. Often such goals are not reached. They are started but not maintained. So you need to understand your motivations!

Understanding Your Motivations

It’s not really enough to decide to lose some weigh and off you go to join a gym or hire a dietician. All of this can help but unless you have a very clear understanding of your own values, the deep reasons for starting this journey, you might not maintain the volition to stay on course and reach your destination.

It is more common for people to want to avoid pain than seek what will make them feel better. This is simple biology; for an equal amount of pain and pleasure the pain hurts more. In more psychological terms this is called either problem or solution focused and to make changes you need to have both.

For instance are you more motivated to avoid, to move away from being overweight? Or are you more motivated to seek to be the weight you want to be? You need to know your own biases because it will make it easier for you to reach your goals.

What is the bigger picture or what will losing weight actually do for you? Weight loss is never just about weight loss. What kinds of values are you willing to make use of in order for you to reach your goals? How will this affect the other people in your life? What is the long term purpose and utility of attaining your weigh loss goal? Again you need to explore and know all of this. Why?

Why You Need to Understand Your Motivations

If you look back over the history of you life, you will see that everything you have attained of genuine value has taken some effort. Effort can be physical , psychological and emotional. Effort or lack of, creates your habits.

In order to establish a new habit like healthy eating, it will require you to quite literally change your brain. Our brains are inherently plastic and what we do regularly strengthens those parts of our brain that drive our habits.

Exploring and deeply connecting with your own true motivations will help you to change that part of your brain that runs your personal auto-biography. This is the story we tell ourselves about ourself. It will help you stay on course. Think self fulfilling prophesy.

Changing a habit is therefor effortful. When you are truly aligned with the value of your goals, the bigger picture and can see the clear benefits. Putting the effort in to attain your goals becomes easier!

The Pains of Weight Loss

OK so we both know weight loss is not always plain sailing. If you have dieted before you probably know most diets work well for a while and then they tend to go off course and stop working. Only something like one in ten people who start a diet continues in life keeping the weight off. A significant portion also end up gaining weight!

Diets fail for a number of reasons. Mainly I think a lack of sustained motivation, diminishing returns and a combinations of life stressors blow people off course and that is when the old habits resurface.

Knowing just a little about how life stressors affect you can be a great aide in maintaining new habits long enough until the become your normal habits.

There are two very important aspects to setting and maintaining new habits and these come from the work of Dr D. Kahneman and equally Dr R. Sapolsky and Professor M. Marmot.

First from Kahneman is Prospect Theory and Regression to the Mean. Secondly from Sapolsky and Marmot is how stressors affect people. You don’t need to know the names just the concepts because they will help you sail through the pains of weight loss.

  • Weight loss is immediately to the weight you are now. Not some weight from the past or future but now.
  • The psychological pains or pleasures from weight gain or weight loss will feel less emotional over time. So regular updating your goals and motivations is important. This is a key factor in the failure of diets and the formation of new habits.
  • If you gained 1kg or lost 1kg, the weight gain will be more emotionally negative than losing 1kg will give emotional pleasure.

When people are stressed around two thirds of people turn to high carbohydrate foods. This actually reduces stress and makes us happier – but only short term.

  • Events being unpredictable. The more unpredictable your life is the more stress you experience.
  • Feelings of being out of control. The more out of control your life feels the more stress.
  • If there is a sense that life events are getting worse you will feel more stress.
  • If you are stressed and don’t have outlets for your stress you will feel more stressed.
  • Lack of social support makes stress more stressful.

We both know that weight loss is going to be more like a wave than a calm ocean. So you will likely both lose and gain weight over the days and months to come.

If you know that some days you may gain a little, knowing that weight gain will have a negative effect. Simply knowing about this effect means you are ready to deal with better. This means weight gain is predictable and the potentially negative emotional effect can be controlled.

Working with me you will be keeping a daily record of your weight. This is really useful because you can chart your progress and notice the patterns of habit formation in relation to your emotional states.

When you are in love pain doesn’t hurt” – Joseph Campbell

Aligning your values and purpose and loving those emotions like the wind in your sails to reach your goal could help you make all the difference. To stay on course avoiding the stressors your going to need to navigate and keep going sailing towards the kind of future you want.

So What is that One Secret?

These people have habits that are aligned with their emotional outcomes and have been strengthened over time to become their usual behavior. They learned to be that way. And habits are learnable with effort and the correct motivations.

You could become a new you by changing your habits.

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss in Newcastle

Understanding and fully using your motivations coupled with effort is a great way to make the habits of healthy eating a permanent vacation. It will take real effort on your part and most things you have attained in life of real value have required effort.

Aligning your emotional values with your goal is incredibly important. Understanding how and why stress will affect you during new habit formation helps you stay on course.

What I can help you with is maintaining the positive psychology to help you change old habits for new. This will also involve regular follow up conversations following any hypnotherapy sessions we have.

When you are ready to set a new course in your life. When you are serious about losing weight through the establishment of new habits please give me a call to find out how I can help you.

Thank you for reading!

Nigel Hetherington 0770 481 8467

 

 

PsychoSomatic Secrets of How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off with Hypnotherapy

When you read the word psychosomatic in relation to weight loss, what does that conjurer up for you? Psycho relates to the internal thoughts and emotions we all can feel. Somatic relates to your body and physical sensations. Together these will massively effect your ability to lose weight and keep it off long term.

Before You Read On – Weight Loss is Not About Weight Loss

Weight loss is not about weight loss – it’s about what happens from the results! Passing an exam or a driving test is not about passing the test its about the freedom and possibilities that arise from that result.

Pleas ask yourself why is it you want to lose weight and what purpose will losing and maintaining a healthy weight serve for you? Your reasoning will become important because I use hypnotherapy and psychotherapeutic methods here in Newcastle to help you with the psychological aspects of weight loss.

When you become aware of your own deeper motivations and the real reasons you will most likely discover something that can be incredibly empowering and lasting in your own life. You also need to know the effects of certain foods in relations to weight loss. There is a free paper at the end of this post that offers this valuable information.

Weight Gain – Your Environment and Your Psychology

When you have a problem remaining the right weight and ruling out medical conditions it is easy to say there is a problem in your psycho-somatic balance and should you agree, how would you like to know how to rebalance that system both short and long term?

If you struggle in keeping your weight at a sensible and healthy balance then I am sure you will be all too familiar with diets and exercise routines that you have tried for a while, noticed some results and then took your foot of the gas. What happened next? You lost motivation and the weight came back. Heck, I bet you even put on a little more.

Personally I have been what I regard as really ”over weight’ two times in my life. The first time was when I was working offshore in Norway and I got fat. The second time was when I got very serious about gaining weight using weights and strength training. Knowing how to gain weight can be just as useful as knowing how to take it off and keep it off.

Working offshore in Norway on all of the oil rigs there are a 24 hour kitchens that catered for all kinds of tastes. Just about any kind of food you can think of was available all the time. Just turn up any time and graze. The ever open, all you can eat buffet. Well in six months of grazing I put on an extra 3 stone from my normal weight.

As a contrast working from my base weight and engaging in daily weight training for six months I also put on three stone. The diet I was consuming were pretty different comparing the Norway buffet and the foods I was eating to support my muscles growing.

There seem to me two crucially important aspects in weight management. The first and most obvious we realise is exercise because this is how to create a body deficient in energy and this is what will utilise the bodies energy stores reducing adipose tissue – fat.

The second is to me much more important. This is the psychological components ( Psycho in Psychosomatic ) comprising ‘environmental-pressures’ and the mental focus to have and maintain long term ambitions in terms of your weight. This is the purpose and motivation that will most likely lead to higher self esteem and self worth and the why I invited you to think about at the beginning of this post.

When I worked offshore there was bad-for-me combinations of a very stressful job, odd sleeping and working times and a 24 hour buffet serving all sorts of delicious sugary carbohydrates that for many people are actually stress relievers.

I got overweight, though only about one and a half stone while I was writing software. There was a ‘cult’ of all of us bringing in biscuits, sweets and cake which we all grazed on throughout the day.

Sure we were thinking hard and that actually does use up energy. Yet reflecting now most members of that software programming team was overweight. And some much more than others. Perhaps it was another way of dealing with in-job stress or coping with monotony or maybe it was a bi-product of a grazing culture. Perhaps it was all of those things and more.

The point I want to stress is two fold. You can have responses in your environments and these can be powerfully mediated by your own long term and powerful reasons, purpose and values for maintaining a specific and healthy weight over time. This is what I can help you with.

Possible Reasons Why You Are Overweight

There are lots of ‘reasons’ why you are overweight. A combination of these will of course be worse for you and may over time adversely affect your health.

  • Eating excess processed foods ( especially sugar )
  • Taking in more energy than you burn off
  • Stress Full life and comfort eating
  • Eating when you are not hungry
  • Lack of low to moderate intensity exercise
  • Poor knowledge of food and storing fat
  • Your responses to your environments

Most of these can be mediated and managed with the right psychology. This really does mean having a deep knowing why its important for you to lose and maintain a healthy weight and being able to tap into your deep motivations.

Thank you for reading this far. I am making an assumption that you are serious about becoming a certain healthy weight. As such I want to offer you a free paper on food that is accented on giving you powerful knowledge that can be used to lose weight, keep it off and potentially dramatically change how and what you eat.

I am not a dietician so this free paper is informational only. This is exactly the knowledge I used to gain weight and also the knowledge you can use to maintain a healthy weight. Add the correct psychological attitude for you and you seriously increase your ability to get what you want.

Call now to request your free paper : UnSecrets of Weight Loss – Newcastle Hypnotherapy from Nigel Hetherington. Call 0770 481 8467. If you would like a free telephone consultation you can arrange one at this time too.

What I really can help you with is for you to gain and strengthen the psychological attitude that can help you maintain a healthy weight long term where you feel good about yourself over time. This will have everything to do with that question – why do you want to lose weight?

Working together initially involves a telephone conversation so I can be sure you are interested and committed to long term solutions and not the ‘quick fix’ short term solution.

I don’t believe things like hypnotic gastric banding or bariatric surgery are long term solutions for the vast majority of people who struggle with their weight, their moods and how they cope with stress. At the most basic level you are restricting your food input and this is almost certain to make you hungry and even obsess about food.

I don’t believe fad diets work for most people because if they did there wouldn’t be a massive global market in diet books, self help and semi-legal drugs to expel fat from our bodies. It is simply not enough to hope for a quick effortless fix.

It will most likely take effort on your behalf and if you think about it really honestly now, what have you achieved of genuine worth and value where you have not had to exert some effort? What really needs to change is both at a behavioural and psychological level.

Booking An Appointment

After an initial telephone consultation we will arrange an appointment and after this you will contact me by way of follow up at regular intervals over the next 12 months. Additional appointments are only as required.

Thank you for reading and remember to call even if at the moment you only require the free paper UnSecrets of Weight Loss.

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Weight Loss Truths That Will Shock You – Especially Hypnotherapy To Shrink Your Stomach!

There are several hard and potentially disturbing truths that anyone that is seriously interested in weight loss and maintaining the weight off – which are two very different things – must know and understand.

This post will be relevant to all individual people who want and need to lose weigh as well as those of you who are considering using any psychological method such as hypnotherapy to help you lose weight and keep it off.

So here is the first idea we need to explore. Weigh Loss has very little to do with the old idea that reducing the volume of food you consume will help you lose weight. This may be shocking for the bands of hypnotic gastric banding providers who are in essence telling you to control the volume you eat by imagining your stomach is smaller.

Hypnotherapy Weight Loss

This is the idea, and it sounds like it could be good, is cut down on the amount of food you eat and do more to burn off the excess. But there is abundant research evidence that proves there is no direct relationship between calorie deficit ( eating less calories ) and weigh loss.

But There Is No Direct Link To Weigh Loss And Reducing Food Volume

Its just a small matter but some foods have the potential to make you store fats and put on weight and others do not. So it should be worryingly obvious that gastric banding alone, and I mean the surgical operation, or even reducing the amount you eat can not and will not make you lose weight over any period of time.

In the UK a recent government study shows that 1 in 4 adults are obese and the percentage of male adults that are obese and overweight is 65% and the percentage of female adults that are obese and overweight is 58%. This shocks me and I believe I understand why people are becoming so fat.

In a study by Colleen Rand in relation to being obese ( something which 1 in 4 UK people are ) instead of being obese:

  • 100% would rather be deaf.
  • 89% would rather be blind.
  • 91% would rather have a leg amputated.

The surgical procedure bariatric surgery or as we know it gastric banding is a very extreme form, a last resort if you like, to attempt to control weight gain. It costs between £5000 and £8000 and is used to treat ( possibly the wrong word ) life threatening obesity by restricting the size of the stomach.

There is no direct relationships between the amount of food that you put in your body to the amount of weight you carry. In abundant research there is no direct relationship between calorie deficit ( eating less calories ) and weigh loss.

How Our Bodies Store Fat

There are three food groups and there is only one of them that creates the conditions where it is possible to store fat in a fat cell as a triglyceride.

Lets explore our fat enabling friend the carbohydrate. When you eat carbohydrates, these are essentially sugars, which are broken down to provide energy in the form of glucose. If you don’t use that available glucose it will be stored away as glycogen. That is excess glucose will be stored away as four parts water and one part glycogen.

When we eat carbohydrates our friend the hormone of plenty, insulin, does its part to return the blood glucose level to the more usual state. So insulin converts glucose into glycogen to be stored in the muscles and liver as an on tap energy source.

There are two types of human body fat. One is know as fatty acids which are small chain molecules that are burned up for energy. The other form is known as triglycerides. A triglyceride is three fatty acids bound up with glycerol. A triglyceride within a fat cell will need to be broken down into the simpler fatty acid to pass the fat cell membrane and be used as a fuel.

The more glucose available to fat cells the more glycerol can be made. If there is more glycerol available there is more fat that can be stored in the fat cells as triglycerides. And where is an amazingly abundant source of glucose? You got it carbohydrates.

Fat storage can only occur when there are carbohydrates and glucose present in the body. It is that simple.

How Our Bodies Utilise Fat

How fat is stored is different to how our bodies will utilise stored fat. Working in position to insulin released from the pancreas is another pancreatic hormone glucagon. This little helper converts stored glycogen in the liver into glucose.

In response to falling blood sugar the pancreas produces glucagon and in turn the fatty acids stored in the liver are utilised to provide fuel for the body. If there is no glucose and carbohydrates available then and only then will the stored triglycerides begin to be broken down and use as energy.

When the triglycerides are being broken down with an enzyme lipase the fatty acids are released and the glycerol can be converted into glucose for use in the brain.

So I hope you have a very clear understanding that restricting the amounts you can eat has nothing to do with what you eat and that when you are eating any form of carbohydrates and glucose you are creating the conditions for fat storage. The evil little fat hoarder is carbohydrates.

Psychological And Knowledge Aspects To Long Term Weight Loss

This is where I can help you. What is absolutely critical in maintaining a lighter and healthier weight is a two fold approach.

The first aspect is you are armed and equipped with the right information that will help you. The latest NHS advice gives old and outdated advice and information. It may work but then again all of the information about foods, weight and weigh loss is not there or is outdated or just plain wrong. Check out NHS guideline and info for yourself right here and be sure to read the comments!

I have attempted to give you up to date and correct information that can help you both understand and actualise your eating, exercising and above all knowledge of what certain food types is actually doing in your body.

The second aspect is the psychological methods that you will probably require to maintain and support a continued new lifestyle where I will help you address underlying aspects of how you can learn to eat much less carbs and have a more active and healthy lifestyle.

Because weight loss is not so much about weight loss it is about what keeping the weigh off long term really means to you. When you want professional psychological help using a variety of means please do get in touch.

Telephone consultations are free and take around twenty minutes. Call now. 0770 481 8467

 

Metabolic Syndrome Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Metabolic Syndrome also know as Syndrome X is predicted to be the single most devastating disease in the West by 2020.  It is estimated now that around one quarter of the world adult population has Metabolic Syndrome.

Hypnotherapy for Metabolic Syndrome can be an affective treatment for the psychological aspects and potentially some of the physical symptoms as well.

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Metabolic Syndrome is a collection or cluster of symptomatology for various conditions that are reasonably good but not absolute, predictors of serious cardiovascular disease to come. These include but are not confined to :

  • Obesity
  • Insulin Resistance ( bordering type 2 diabetes )
  • Hypertension ( high blood pressure )
  • Dyslipidemia ( high blood cholesterol )

The word ‘syndrome’ means “the association of several clinically recognizable features, often occurring together, so that the presence of one or more features alerts the healthcare provider to the possible presence of the others.” Suggesting that if a person has one or two of these symptoms, they are likely heading to collect the full house.

Suppose you have high insulin levels raising the bad cholesterol ( LDL ) and you are well overweight. You are probably heading towards type 2 diabetes. Have Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol and high blood pressure chances are you are a short bus ride away from being obese.

Having Metabolic Syndrome, one or more of the four indicators, and statistically you are three times as likely to have a stroke or heart attack than someone who hasn’t. You are also twice as likely to die that someone who hasn’t. Its all scary stuff with a pretty bleak outlook.

Biological and Psychological Components Metabolic Syndrome

A lot of not getting Syndrome X in the first place has to do with life style and attitudes to life. Hypnotherapy for Metabolic Syndrome can have several directed approaches to assist in changing the behaviours and attitudes that would seem to create Metabolic Syndrome.

  • Weight Loss
  • Managing the Stress Response
  • Change of Lifestyle
  • Motivation

No one is born with Syndrome X. A sedentary lifestyle, little exercise and a diet of processed ready meals are massive contributing factors. Now add in a life filled with stress and we have all the ingredients in abundance as a massive vector for developing Metabolic Syndrome.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help With Metabolic Syndrome

Hypnotherapy probably won’t change your genetics if you are predisposed to some aspects of Syndrome X that are inherited. But understand that being genetically more likely to develop Metabolic symptoms does not mean a person will. Environment,lifestyle and personal history are the real impactors.

When a person is stress regularly there are adverse health affects. Regular and over the top activation of the sympathetic nervous system seems to cause atherosclerosis by way of having regular and too much glucose and triglicerides in the blood. Hypertension can also be cause by way too much stress response.

Stressed people at least two thirds eat more carbohydrates. Eating as a stress response will most likely lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. So there is some very real and clear evidence that stress of a psychological nature can lead to many of the symptoms of Syndrome X.

The possibilities of using hypnotherapy to help with Metabolic Syndrome would be in helping you change the problematic and unhealthy attitudes, behaviours and ways of managing out of proportions stress response.

Hypnotherapy in Newcastle  for help with Metabolic Syndrome psychological factors. Call Nigel on 0770 481 8467 for a complementary consultation.