We are happy to announce our new event: Weight Loss Workshop!
It will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
During this 3-hour event in a small group of only 6 participants, we will demonstrate and practice some powerful mental exercises for weight release, including working with cravings and low motivation!
We are excited to launch a new type of self-hypnosis audios. They are interactive!
All self-hypnosis audios are pre-recorded, as far as I know. Some of them are pretty good. I personally use the guided trances by Dr. Stephen Gilligan regularly to help me achieve my goals. However the pre-recorded audios have one disadvantage – you cannot control the hypnotist. So some people may not have the best results with such audios, since they are not given enough time to follow the instructions.
In our interactive self-hypnosis program we found a simple way for listeners to control the process – using the keyboard as feedback device.
One of the reasons why losing weight is so difficult is that the information on healthy lifestyle coming from different sources is very inconsistent. In other words, we just don’t know what to do to lose weight and get healthy! Just look at these headlines:
“Panel Urges Hour of Exercise a Day” —New York Time, September 2002
“Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” —Time, August 2009
“Low-Carb Fad Fades, and Atkins Is Big Loser” —Washington Post, September 2005
“Low-Carb Diets Combat Metabolic Syndrome” —Washington Post, July 2007
By the way these headlines were taken from the chapter “Spotting bad science 101” from the book The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris (see below).
To make sure you achieve your goal – your ideal body weight – you need precise information backed up by scientific research and tested on a lot of people. You need to know:
which food is good for you and which types of food you should avoid
which physical activity will help you lose weight faster and with less effort
Otherwise you may end up eating “healthy bars” that eventually will be stored around your waist. Or you may start going to the gym 5 times a week doing too much exercises that will exhaust your internal resources and hinder your progress.
The two books that we recommend to our clients for weight loss are:
The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
The Primal Blueprint was originally published in 2009 and is backed up by a significant amount of scientific research. The author explains why certain types of food should be limited or avoided. This approach to healthy lifestyle was tested by thousands of people. And we personally follow the recommendations from this book in our day-to-day life.
The recommendations from The 4-Hour Body are very similar to those from The Primal Blueprint. The author mentions one interesting concept – minimal effective dose. In order to get benefits from exercises, you just need to do a certain amount of them. If you start overdoing you lose the benefits. And it makes sense. In our busy world every second counts. And if you can lose weight faster by doing LESS exercises, isn’t it great?
How your unconscious mind can help you lose weight
However, knowing what exactly you should do is only half of the battle. Let’s consider this scenario. You are highly motivated, you start dieting, you work out regularly and everything seems to go fine, but then something happens and you end up eating donuts in front of your TV instead of going to the gym. We can try to find an excuse why this happened – a bad day, low energy level – but the main reason is that these old eating habits are too hard-wired in your brain.
Using just conscious willpower for most of us is simply not enough to change these hard-wired habits. You need to literally reprogram your brain to make sure that a new healthy lifestyle, including eating and physical activity, is fully accepted by every fiber of your soul. And hypnosis is the easiest way to do that.
Today I would like to talk about how you can quickly neutralize negative emotions, and not only neutralize, but to create a powerful positive state that will help you in all aspects of your life.
You probably heard about “emotional eating”. It’s when people eat to cope with some negative emotions.
The food quickly allows them to switch their state and replace the negative feelings with positive ones.
Unfortunately, this strategy is a bad solution in the long run, since most people use unhealthy food in such situations.
By the way, the same thing applies to people who smoke. The cigarette allows them to quickly switch their state, for example take a break and get relaxed.
So this quick fix may be effective right now, but just like with emotional eating, ultimately it’s a bad strategy.
One of the possible solutions is to find another way to quickly switch our state without the use of food or cigarette. The question is how.
Before answering this question, I want to speak about the results of one study.
The scientists observed people who have anxiety. And they noticed that when someone has anxiety, only one part of their brain is activated, and the other one is not. So the scientists came up with this idea that if we restore the balance in the activity of both hemispheres we will be able to reduce negative feelings.
And one way to restore the balance between left and right hemispheres is to do a physical activity that engages both sides of the body.
So I wanna give you three different ways to help you rebalance your brain and switch your state very quickly.
One such way is juggling. You can start with one ball. Then add another ball. As soon as you reach three balls, your life will never be the same.
Eventually you can add another ball. And another one. Or add another person.
Another way to change your state is based on polyrhythm. The basic pattern is two-over-three and it goes like this.
One easy way to learn it is to start by clapping your hands like this.
You can pause the video now and try it yourself.
Once your clapping is good enough, you can do the rhythm.
Again you can pause the video now and do it yourself.
If that’s too easy, you can learn 3-over-4.
Another way to quickly change your state is the alphabet game. You will find the instruction on this website.
What is common between all these exercises?
First, they all have a certain rhythm.
Next, like I mentioned, we engage both sides of the body and this way we stimulate both hemispheres.
Another thing is that we use all our senses – we see, we hear sounds and we feel something with our hands.
Juggling and polyrhythm exercises also have a feedback mechanism – if we make a mistake we know it right away, so we can improve our performance.
By the way our performance is an indicator that we successfully switched our state.
If you perform these exercises correctly, you will notice that they will help you to be more relaxed, centered, balanced, tension-free. Enjoy the process! Be playful!
So next time when you have a bout of anxiety, do these simple exercises, activate your brain and I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Probably, you’ve already tried at least a couple of diets where you count calories.
Sometimes there is a nice short-term effect, yet when it comes to long-term efficacy, most such diets fail miserably.
So why is that:
first, diet is a temporary measure, so it yields a temporary result (at best)
second: our body may go into a “starvation” mode, which makes it much more difficult to lose weight. Our body just wants to save us from a famine! So it frantically spares the very few calories it gets. Once the diet is over, the rate of weight gain is often skyrocketing. No wonder! The body is primed by the diet to accumulate calories, just in case. That’s the reason why so many people end up playing yo-yo with their weight;
third, diets don’t address emotional issues around food; it’s like trying to fix an engine with duct tape;
fourth, diets set our mind into a very unresourceful state: we simply cannot win! If we exercise our willpower and refuse temptation – we feel deprived and sad. If our willpower fails and we indulge, then – guess what – we feel guilty and sad. Our mindset is trapped in this sadness, that’s why conventional dieting is not a long-term solution;
besides, many fad diets are too restrictive and, for this reason, unhealthy.
What actually works? The lifestyle! It’s one of your biggest assets in life. Once your lifestyle is healthy (80% of the time that is), the weight release will happen all by itself, and the best part: you’ll keep it off naturally! Lifestyle is a huge thing; it’s composed of so many different parts! It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think of changing it. However, it doesn’t have to be tough. The secret is: make a small change at a time! A tiny little change goes a long way.
During these series, we will suggest and help you install some easy positive tiny changes. Sometimes you might feel that it’s too ridiculously easy to be effective, yet bare with us: give it a try and notice the outstanding results for yourself.
In each short video, we will briefly discuss a specific topic, then we will provide you a simple, yet powerful strategy to use. Sometimes we’ll give you a short guided meditation to help you integrate the information. You will reach your very own unique AHA moment that will allow you to effortlessly install a new TINY change into your life… for good.
And the first TINY change that I’d like to suggest today: make a salad out of everything! Do not deprive yourself of your favorite food. Instead, mix it every time with something LIVE, that comes directly from the Mother Earth. And add a LOT of it. Add spinach, or iceberg lettuce, or tomatoes, or sweet peppers and cucumbers, or whatever you find the most appealing that day! You can mix your ice cream with some berries or other fruits. This simple action has multiple benefits: you’ll eat less empty calories and more vibrant, colorful live nutritious foods; you will feel better after a meal – not only physically, but also mentally. And it’s so easy and delicious!
One of our clients turned her pizza into a salad, and it was amazing! She instantly noticed that she felt so much lighter after a meal – no bloating, no heaviness, no mental fog.
If at this point you don’t find yourself running to the nearest grocery store to buy some veggies and you feel that you need a little extra encouragement, please download the short guided meditation below. It’s called “Lust for Veggies”.
In this video, I will show you a rapid method of dealing with a craving effectively. It’s super easy and only takes a few minutes.
Cravings can be quite uncomfortable physically. The curious thing is that they’re rarely related to hunger! Most often, cravings are triggered when we have a certain emotion that we don’t want to have. It may be boredom, anxiety, sadness, or any other type of unwanted emotion. So, cravings have a very useful positive intention. They help us distract ourselves, change our feelings. In short, they allow us to break our current state! However, we all know that it’s not the most useful strategy. It is a very short-lived solution that generates a long-term problem!
So, is it possible to change our state doing something else? I bet it is!
To feel the benefit of this method, I’d like to ask you to create a craving right now artificially. It’s easy: just imagine yourself having your favorite treat right now. How it looks, how it feels, how it tastes…Then, grade your craving on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is “I don’t care” and 10 is “I must absolutely have it right now or I’ll die”. Note the number you get!
Now, here is the technique.
First, take a comfortable position and start noticing things around you. Notice three things you can see, 3 things you can hear and 3 things you can feel. Do it at a comfortable pace without rushing. State out loud or with your inner voice what you observe: “I can see my notebook… I can see my room… I can see my cat. I can hear some traffic outside. I can hear my clock ticking. I can hear my voice. I can feel my feet on the floor. I can feel my hair touching my skin. I can feel the tongue inside my mouth”.
Please pause the video now and do it!
Second, do a pleasant physical movement that you feel like doing. It can be as subtle as moving your head or your hands in a gentle way.
Or as simple as standing up and going to the other room. Or just swinging your arms like this.
Or you can turn on your favorite music and do some dance movements. If you feel adventurous, you can even do a few sit-ups or jump a few times. The choice is limitless.
There is only one condition: you need to continue physically moving for no less than two minutes. You can switch from one movement to another any time you want, just keep going for 2 minutes. At the end, you can add saying out loud or in your mind: I’m in control! Or I feel great! Something along that line.
Please pause the video now and do it!
Now, if you really did the two steps, please try to find your initial craving and discover that it has changes or disappeared all together. If you still have a little bit of craving, grade it and just repeat the technique one more time.
All in all, the whole technique takes only 3 minutes to complete.
The first part of the technique is very effective to help your mind return to the present moment. You temporarily disconnect from any concerns you might have.
The second part helps quickly change your physiological state. You will easily notice that after only 2 minutes, your breathing has changed, which means your physiology has changed. And once this shift is in place, thoughts and emotions will follow suit.
Now, anytime you feel the craving building up, do this 3-minute technique! You’ll be amazed by its simplicity and effectiveness.
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