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Healthy, long-lasting, Weight Loss is achieved
through life-style choices. With support and guidance
these positive changes in life-style can help you to reach
and maintain your Weight Loss goals.

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A Weighty Problem

We all need certain things to survive and flourish, shelter, sanitation and other basic needs. Nutrition is one of the things we need, and mostly, we get it from food.  The first nurturing a healthy new born babe receives is being held and fed.  That is the very beginning of our relationship, so to speak, with food.  If we are fortunate, food is a part of our daily lives, and part of our celebrations, and rituals.  Certain foods can immediately connect us with fond or unpleasant memories.  Having candy or baked goods may remind you of a visit to your Grandparent's home, while being served spinach may cause you to recall a very different type of experience. 
Some weight problems are related to medical issues. Some people's problems with weight come from falling into a pattern of using food as a way of feeling good or nurturing themselves.  We even refer to some foods as "comfort foods". The biggest problem comes when people start using food to feel differently, and develop a pattern of living to eat, instead of eating to live. 

What Causes Problems With Weight?
There are many reasons people are overweight according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP):
  • Having weight problems in your family
  • Eating when lonely, sad or stressed
  • Being pressured to eat by friends or family
  • Using food for recreation
  • Taking medicine that makes you feel hungry
  • Having a low metabolism (the rate you burn calories)
  • Having problems with hormone levels

Health Risks Of Being Overweight

According to the National Institutes Of Health, if you are overweight, you are more likely to develop health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, gout, and gallbladder disease.  Being overweight can also cause problems such a sleep apnea and osteoarthritis. The more overweight you are, the higher your risk is for developing health problems.  Weight loss can help to improve the harmful effects of being overweight, but many overweight people have difficulty reaching their "ideal" weight.  Studies now show that people can improve their health by losing as little as 10 to 20 pounds, or 10% of their weight.
Regular physical activity is an important part of effective weight loss and weight maintenance. It also can help prevent several diseases and improve your overall health. It does not matter what type of physical activity you perform-- sports, planned exercise, household chores, yard work, or work-related tasks-- all are beneficial. Studies show that even the most inactive people can gain significant health benefits if they accumulate 30 minutes or more of physical activity per day.

Research consistently shows that regular physical activity, combined with healthy eating habits, is the most efficient and healthful way to control your weight. Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain it, you should understand the important role of physical activity and include it in your lifestyle.

Change The Way You Think And Feel About Food

It is important to examine your attitude towards food in general. A qualified therapist can help you to do that in a productive way. Do you see food as an enjoyable source of nutrition and sustenance for your body? Or do you equate food with other things? By working to develop a healthier attitude about food in general, you can increase your commitment to maintaining healthier eating habits.

It is helpful to break your weight and lifestyle goals down into smaller, more manageable ones. You may begin by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet; then work on reducing the amount of fried foods being eaten. By making small, but permanent changes in nutrition and lifestyle, overweight people can become lighter and smaller at a healthy rate.

Another strategy for success, is to stop thinking in terms of a short-term "diet," and start thinking about making a permanent change in your eating and lifestyle behaviors. Before setting out on such a change, it can be useful to examine your current eating and exercise habits. Keep a journal for a few weeks to help determine, for example, the times you're most likely to eat for reasons that have nothing to do with hunger, times when you eat out of frustration, for example, or boredom.

Hypnosis And Weight Control
The American Medical Association, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association have developed educational programs to alert the public about the health hazards and chronic diseases which are associated with being overweight.
Many times we have resolved to adopt healthy habits, but despite our conscious efforts to lose weight, we find that after a short time we fail.  Instead of maintaining a healthy life style, we return to our old familiar behaviors.
Dramatic results can often be achieved with hypnotic techniques including visualization and guided imagery.  The key to guided imagery is to learn to deeply relax and open your subconscious mind to suggestions that enable you to erase those unwanted behaviors and the desire to have unhealthy foods and replace them with a stronger desire for a full, rich, and healthful life.
Utilizing hypnotherapy in your weight control plan will make it much easier to change your unhealthy patterns into healthy behaviors and thought patterns.  You will still need to make better choices in the foods you choose, and move more, but you can do this without feeling deprived and worrying about failing.

Helping Children With Weight Problems

Parents often ask about how to handle weight problems with their children.  It is easy to recognize that the way a parent approaches the subject of being overweight can impact a child's self-esteem.   Here are some suggestions:

Support your child. Don't criticize or blame him or her for the problem. Talk with your children about their concerns over their weight and health. Teach them to accept, and feel good about themselves whatever their body size.  
Set a good example.  Prepare healthy well-balanced meals, and keep a selection of healthy snacks on hand at home. Children are good learners, and they learn best by example.  Setting a good example for your kids by eating a variety of foods and being physically active will teach your children healthy lifestyle habits that they can follow for the rest of their lives.
Make sure your child's meals outside the home are balanced. Find out more about your school lunch program, or pack your child's lunch to include a variety of foods.  Also, select healthier items when dining at restaurants.

Little changes mean a lot. Just a few habit changes in your family can make a big difference. Discourage kids from eating while watching TV or on the computer. Eat as a family as much as possible and encourage kids to eat slowly and learn to enjoy good food. Invite children to participate in food choice and preparation

Some Info About Eating Disorders

  • Eating Disorders affect large groups of women and men throughout the United States.

    • 5 to 10 million adolescent girls and women struggle with eating disorders.
    • 1 million adolescent boys and men have eating disorders.
    • Nearly half of American women are on a diet on any given day.
    • 1 in 4 men are dieting on any given day. 
    • Fifty percent of 9 and 10 year old girls feel better about themselves if they are on a diet. 
    • Thirty-five percent of so-called normal dieters progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 1 in 4 will progress to serious eating disorders.
Helpful Links:

NIH publication: Your Health-- The Reason To Control Your Weight

MSNBC News Losing it: Dateline ultimate diet challenge

Active at Any Size-- A guide for very large folks

"To get what you want, stop doing what isn't working."

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