Weight Control and Dieting Made Easy
Weight control has always been one of my favorite teaching topics because it is so rewarding to see people lose weight and be themselves again. Especially when they had tried almost everything to lose weight and keep it off.
I say almost everything because it is surprising how many people have never thought of self-hypnosis for weight control. That’s a shame because weight control with self-hypnosis is extremely powerful and a lot easier than anything else.
With all the seminars I have conducted all over the United States, and the weight control sessions I’ve conducted for college students, I’ve helped thousands of people regain their lives. I’ve been told many times that I have saved someone’s life. This is what it feels like to many people who slim down.
They get their personal pride back and find fun in their lives again. This usually begins to set in just a few days into working with self-hypnosis for weight control. A sense of humor reemerges along with a new found hope for a future unburdened by fat.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. One evening I was conducting my Red Rocks Campus weight control group. It was a warm evening in July and we were meeting in a corner of the field house. I estimate there were about two-and-a-half tons of hungry dieters present that night.
This group had just begun their weight control efforts a week earlier so the self-hypnosis was just beginning to kick in for them. They were in a better mood because good things were beginning to happen for them. But they were also hungry. That is typical for a few days when the transition from big eater to food indifference is taking place in the subconscious mind.
It was warm inside the field house so I had opened the doors leading outside to let in some fresh air. I was holding forth on that evening’s instruction to the group when a large black beetle made its appearance. It came ambling in through the open door and headed across the floor between the seated group and where I was standing.
First one and then another person’s attention was drawn to the beetle. Pretty soon everyone in the room was watching it. I stopped talking and watched it, too. Silently. Fifty or 60 eyes watched that courageous little beetle march slowly across the floor. When it was about three-quarters of the way across it evidently remembered something it had forgotten, turned around, and headed back the way it had come. All eyes moved with it. It was as if we were spectators at a very, very slow tennis match.
I remained silent and motionless. I didn’t want to break the spell. This had promise and I was letting it play itself out. I waited to see what was going on in their minds. Everyone seemed oblivious to the fact that I had shut up — a rarity in itself — and that we were all entranced by a bug walking across the floor.
This went on for what seemed a long time, although it was probably no more than half a minute or so. Then Clarice Wright calmly said to the bug, “You’d better get out of here before someone eats you.”
That did it! Everyone cracked-up. We were all laughing so hard it took a long time for us to settle down and get back to business.
The incident naturally led to a discussion of willpower, of being hungry and trying to resist the temptations of doughnuts, ice cream, fried chicken, and whatever else happened to be someone’s particular weakness.
I don’t remember what Eunice Carlson said about her dietary Achilles heel, but I vividly remember her comment that gave the weight control group a nickname that stuck. Eunice was one of the “early takers” for whom weight control with self hypnosis was beginning to take hold. She told us that the whole process – bringing the subconscious mind into alignment with her conscious desires – was known around her house as her “fat-be-gone” program.
Everyone laughed again. It does not sound funny now, but it was hilarious when Yoo-neese — that’s the way she pronounced her name — said it. Maybe the beetle brought some kind of humor contagion with it because we were all pretty silly the rest of the evening.
Yooneese’s epithet stuck and the group was known informally from that night on as the Fat-Be-Goners. This of course became shortened to ‘Goners and in a strange way contributed to the mystique of the group. That and the beetle tale became enduring fantasy themes around the campus.
Yooneese, Clarice—just about everyone, in fact, who ever went through the ‘Goners weight control program — had tried other methods of weight control. Most of them had tried weight control through dieting many times in the past. On those occasions when they did manage through Herculean efforts to lose a little weight it would just came right back again when the dieting ended. And dieting must always end sooner or later. That’s what makes it an inappropriate method of long term weight control. Well, that and the fact that no one wants to go through life continually feeling deprived.
Dieting as a form of weight control has other downsides, too. One is the original pounds of overweight that come back at the end of dieting. And they are often accompanied by friends. That is, it is not unusual to gain back more than was lost during dieting.
I probably don’t need to tell you how discouraging this can be. It makes you feel like something must be wrong with your body. I lost count of the number of times I heard, “I think I got a metabolism problem,” or “Something’s wrong with my thyroid.” It never was, of course, but it just seems sometimes like something has to be malfunctioning. Surely our bodies are not supposed to be so ornery.
Many people are initially surprised to learn that much of what they thought they knew — about eating, gaining weight, and everything else related to food and their bodies — is wrong.
This makes it impossible to reach or sustain weight goals. But once you get onto the right track, everything gets a lot easier. I have also lost track of the times I’ve heard someone say, “I can’t believe how easy this is.”
You’ve probably heard a lot about things like metabolism imbalances that can cause overweight. Genetic factors, too. Maybe even about light-deprived pineal glands causing overweight. There are numerous topics like this that are often worth considering. They should be ruled out only by competent medical advice any time you have reason to suspect something is amiss with your health.
But for most overweight people the cause of their unwanted girth can be simply stated. That is, it is the result of eating too much and exercising too little. Drinks included. Soft drinks have become a huge part of the world-wide pandemic of obesity. And now comes word from scientists that artificial sweeteners can cause problems. Among them is the desire to eat more. So drinking diet versions of a soft drink can cause problems.
That is to say, artificial sweeteners have been implicated in problems of overweight. Not from their calories (they usually have hardly any) but from what happens inside the stomach. That’s very discouraging.
What I’ve just said you may already know. But here is a real game-changer of a fact: The fundamental, underlying cause of most overweight is not what or how much we eat but why we eat so much.
For most of us the why is mental, not physical. According to recent poles, more than half the world’s population is overweight and in need of weight control. Such widespread eating disorder is prima facie evidence that a lot of eating behavior is beyond conscious control. Otherwise we would have to say that fat people are either stupid or ignorant, or both. But we know there are a lot of very intelligent and educated people out there who have serious problems with their weight.
It’s another case of bad things happening to good people.
Few things are more discouraging to someone who is overweight than to hear a physician, friend or relative say, “Just don’t eat so much!”
As if it were simply a matter of willpower!
The fact is, we should just forget about willpower. “Willpower” is really just a cruel hoax.
There is no such thing as willpower. At least not in the way most people think of it. As for those times when it looks like a person has willpower? Those are just cases in which the subconscious mind happens to be okay with what is consciously desired. Not wildly in favor of it, but okay.
Please think for a minute about that last statement. This is profoundly important to anything you want to do, achieve, quit . . . whatever! Because the subconscious part of your mind is the boss. If you want to do something that is not okay with your subconscious, it won’t happen.
And here is something that becomes obvious when you think about it. Your conscious mind is what you think you think with. Your subconscious, though, is pretty much unknown to you. Foreign territory. Yet it is the one that is really in control.
It takes at least a semester to really begin to understand this. If you are interested in pursuing this subject, get your hands on my book, Self-Hypnosis. Or if you’d like to know how to get information from your subconscious mind (stuff you couldn’t possibly know), try ideomotor questioning.
Fortunately you don’t have to take college courses or read dull books (humph!) to get the benefits of self-hypnosis for weight control. With a good hypnotic induction talk (mine, of course), you can get the benefits of hypnotic suggestion. The biggest benefit is that this brings your subconscious around to what you consciously want.
To put it another way, you bring the subconscious into alignment with conscious desires. Do that and you will want to eat less. You’ll want to exercise more. Or at least get up and move around more. And if you don’t want to eat, you won’t eat. If you are subconsciously driven to exercise more, you will get up and start moving. And enjoy it.
Combined with rudimentary nutritional knowledge about which foods and how much of them to eat, and which to avoid, hypnosis is the perfect way to lose weight and keep it off. Weight control without tears, as someone has said.
It is also possible for hypnotic suggestion to cause changes in metabolic functioning. This will drop your setpoint, that weight at which your body wants to be.
Self-hypnosis has been demonstrated time and again to change the way the physical body works. For example, a person who was gaining weight on 1500 calories a day begins to lose weight at the same calorie level. People often find they can get away with eating more because the body’s methods of dealing with food have shifted gears.
That makes life a lot more fun. To not have to worry about every little calorie. For clothes to fit and feel comfortable. It is hard to put a price on any of this. It is pretty obvious for most of us that self-esteem is priceless.