Lose the Scale and Lose the Weight

June 30, 2010 by  
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I own a lovely bathroom scale. It’s digital. It’s attractive. It looks ultra-modern. And, my laundry hamper is sitting on top of it. Believe it or not, that’s where I intend to leave it. I’m reminded of this every now and then when I lift the hamper. Most likely it will eventually be donated to charity, or sold in a garage sale if I move or become motivated enough to have one.

You may be thinking, why is such an important and useful device hidden from view, wasting away without use? Because I have learned, through trial and error and the study of the mind-body-soul connection, that this gravity measuring contraption is not our friend.

When we use the scale, we start to identify ourselves by a number. And then the slightest fluctuation of that number sends us into a self-esteem spiral. At which time we may continue to binge in self-pity, which is counter-productive. (What is the perfect number anyway?)

When we let go of the scale, we let go of our need to attempt to control something that can be difficult to control. Besides, we need to look inside of ourselves, because that is where the answer is. When we feed our soul, we fill the need that was filled with food. Then we no longer care about the numbers, and instead, we focus on the most important thing: Ourselves.

Does that seem selfish? I don’t believe so. It’s kind of like when you are on a plane and the flight attendant says that in case of a change in cabin pressure, you should take some oxygen first. In other words, when you help yourself, you are better able to help others. (Such as your family.)

So, remember to take care of you – and not the scale.

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WHY DIETING BACKFIRES, and why you must reconnect for weight loss success

June 29, 2010 by  
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The Yo-Yo affect of weight loss followed by weight gain is more detrimental to the body than simply remaining obese. (The weight loss followed by weight gain is actually more stressful to the body than staying overweight.) Here is why dieting causes the yo-yo effect:

At the physical level, when we stop eating the body creates a genesis enzyme that “sticks” the fat together, making it more difficult to release the fat into the bloodstream so that it can be used as energy. (The body does this because it is trying to conserve energy due to the lack of food.) This is why it is important to eat regularly to keep the metabolism going.

At the mental level, we are really being driven by the subconscious mind which is 88% of our mind. The subconscious is where our habits and emotions are, and those emotions really drive the binge-eating. But also, the subconscious mind does not process negatives. So if you tell yourself “I’m not going to eat that” the subconscious hears “I am going to eat that”, so the more you try to deprive yourself, the more you are going to crave it. And even though you may not consciously want something, the subconscious will want it – and it will win every time.

This is why it is important to let go of the diets and deprivation, and simply get in touch with the emotions, stress, lack of sleep, or whatever it is that is actually driving the binge-eating. When we learn to let go of the diet pills, diet food and fad diets (the not-so-quick fixes) and get in touch with ourselves, then we can find the real answers. The book Lose the Diet can show you how. Get it now at: http://www.amazon.com/Lose-Diet-Transform-Connecting-Soul/dp/0982183100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277592174&sr=8-1

WHEN IT COMES TO WEIGHT LOSS: EVERYTHING IN MODERATION

June 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Mind-Body

I recently read an article in a magazine that said that drinking one beer per day is actually good for your health, by lowering the odds of getting cardiovascular disease. Soon after I read that article, there was another article that stated that drinking TOO MUCH beer can lead to gout, which is a painful form of arthritis. Similar things can be said about many of the foods we eat, including chocolate.

However, French women enjoy their chocolate, right? And they seem pretty trim, so why can’t you enjoy it too? If you try to deprive yourself completely, then you might have a binge moment and eat too much. The key is to slow down, take a breath, and enjoy your food.

If you want some chocolate, then take a bite and eat it slowly. Notice the flavor and the texture. When you slow down, you can feel much more satisfied. It also gives time for your stomach to signal your brain that you are full, which can take 20 minutes.

The bottom line is: Eat and experience the pleasure of all of the flavors. Let go of the stress and try to slow down a little. Enjoy the moment, and you will feel more satisfied. Lose the Diet and lose the weight.

For more information on mindful eating visit the Center for Mindful Eating at: http://tcme.org/

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KATY PERRY Loses Weight and Stays in Shape Doing what she Loves

June 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Body-Mind

No one can deny that Katy Perry is in great shape. So, how does she do it? By doing what she loves. That includes dancing and performing. It also includes jumping rope.

Kathy was quoted as saying: “When I want to get in shape, I jump rope. It’s rhythmic and it’s so easy and I can listen to music while I do it and I can jump rope for a half an hour straight. It’s really exciting.”

Why do these activities work SO WELL for Katy? Because Katy loves to do them. It’s something she truly enjoys, which makes it fun. When you get some physical activity doing what you love, then you are more likely to do it longer, and you will stick with it.

After all, imagine doing some type of exercise that you do not like. How long will it last? You can train your subconscious mind by getting into the habit of doing it, but it will take at least 21 days to do that – if you can stay with it that long.

But it’s so much more pleasant when it is something that you are PASSIONATE about. So, think of an activity that you would love doing. What is it that makes you happy? Is there some activity that you enjoyed when you were younger? Then choose that activity, and you will most likely stick with it, and the weight loss process will be so much easier.

Good luck, have fun and enjoy getting in shape!

A WORD ABOUT THE BOOK LOSE THE DIET

June 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Mind-Body

When I have worked with hypnotherapy clients, I have discovered that the number one issue that people want help with is weight loss. In fact, obesity has become a crisis in the US. More than one third of US adults – over 72 million people in addition to 16% of US children are obese. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1980 obesity rates for adults have doubled and rates for children have tripled. And obesity has led to other health issues.

Even though we know everything there is to know about calories, carbs, fats, proteins and how much we “should” weigh, the problem keeps getting worse. I wanted to talk about why that is, and provide tips and tools so that people can achieve permanent weight management success.

First of all, diets are impossible to maintain, and therefore cause the Yo-Yo affect of weight loss followed by weight gain, which is more detrimental to the body than simply remaining obese. (The weight loss followed by weight gain is actually more stressful to the body than staying overweight.)

Here is why dieting causes the yo-yo effect:
At the physical level, when you stop eating your body creates a genesis enzyme that “sticks” the fat together, making it more difficult to release the fat into the bloodstream so that it can be used as energy. (Your body does this because it is trying to conserve energy due to the lack of food.) This is why it is important to eat regularly to keep the metabolism going.

At the mental level, we are really being driven by our subconscious mind which is 88% of our mind. (I refer to it as the “soul”.) The subconscious is where our habits and emotions are, and those emotions really drive the binge-eating. But also, the subconscious mind does not process negatives. So if you tell yourself “I’m not going to eat that” the subconscious hears “I am going to eat that”, so the more you try to deprive yourself, the more you are going to crave it. And even though you may not consciously want something, the subconscious will want it – and it will win every time.

When we learn to let go of the diet pills, diet food and fad diets (the not-so-quick fixes) and get in touch with ourselves, then we can find the real answers. Lose the Diet shows you how.

Inspiration

June 7, 2010 by  
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Larry James

June 7, 2010 by  
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“Lose the Diet lets you start living the joyful life you are meant to have. Kathy Balland will help you get on the right track!”
— LARRY JAMES, author of How to Really Love the One You’re With

Nadja Piatka

June 7, 2010 by  
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“Once you discover Kathy Balland’s recipe to get control of your weight and health, you’ll never diet again!” — NADJA PIATKA, author, inspirational speaker and founder of Nadja Foods

Marci Shimoff

June 7, 2010 by  
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“Lose the Diet provides valuable insight that will help you finally achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Stop your dieting, and start reading this book!” -MARCI SHIMOFF #1 New York Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul, featured teacher in The Secret

Lynnell Thomas, Phoenix, AZ

June 7, 2010 by  
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“After reading a lot of this book I was like wow, Kathy is telling people basically the things that I have taught myself in my journey… I decided that I needed a lifestyle change for myself and for my children. I wanted to be able to watch them grow up and be a part of it and not just from the sidelines. I want to be an active part of their lives. Not only have I lost over a hundred pounds, but emotionally I have gained self worth and I have found myself again.”

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