Weight Loss Visualizations and Affirmations

June 28, 2009 by  
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Weight loss visualizations and affirmations are part of mind training techniques that help to program the subconscious mind for success.

Visualization is an ability to see in your mind’s eye what you want to achieve.

Affirmation is an important aspect of the creative visualization process. Affirm means to make firm. Affirmation is a strong positive statement that something is already so. You are making firm something that you are imaging.

Every thought you think every word you say is an affirmation.

Whenever you say “I hate myself”, “I don’t like the way I look”, “I am so fat” you are making an affirmation. These affirmations help you visualize things that you DO NOT want.

The more you say and visualize things that you don’t want, the more of it will come into your life.

How Visualizations and Affirmations work?

Magic Lamp

It looks like a magic but it is not… No magic lamp required!

When you repeat something in your mind over and over again, it becomes your habitual thought. If you do it long enough it becomes a part of your subconscious mind that makes sure whatever you affirm becomes or stays your reality.

If you always repeat to yourself “I am fat” or have any other negative image of yourself your subconscious mind will do everything to keep that image.

So you want to lose weight you go on a diet but eventually you start sabotaging your diet and get back to your “old overweight self”. No matter how hard you try you come back to the same starting point sometimes weighting even more than before.

And all of this due to the power of your subconscious mind.

This is basically how the Law of Attraction works.

As a Man Thinketh

And what we are? What we think of most of the time. We are what we think and what we think we become/stay – this is a vicious circle.

Creative Affirmations and Visualizations Help Break This Vicious Circle

Affirmations help us replace these outdated negative statements with the positive constructive ones.

Affirmations can be done silently, spoken aloud, written down or even sung or chanted.

Even 10 minutes a day can counterbalance years of negative programming. Naturally the more frequently you remember them the more positive experiences you will have. There are many positive statements that you can repeat to yourself and write for yourself.

Affirmations for Weight Loss

Affirmations

Effective Creative Visualizations and Affirmations

In order for affirmations and visualizations to be effective you need to quiet your mind.

Techniques such as chanting, meditation, breathing exercises can be very helpful in quieting the mind.

However they are just pre-requisites. Affirmations and visualizations work the best in the deeply relaxed state that can be achieved through progressive muscles relaxation or self-hypnosis. This can be achieved through the guided deep relaxation or hypnosis.

Hypnosis can help in every area of life from spiritual development to stopping cravings and weight loss.

Here is the site the program that I recommend: Mind Training for Weight Loss and Anything Else

http://www.weightlosspaths.com/mind_training

Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss

June 27, 2009 by  
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Self-hypnosis for weight loss is not something mystical or unattainable. Lots of people achieved success by mastering the self-hypnosis techniques and applying them to all the areas of their lives.

Self-hypnosis is a process that helps us to go deep into the subconscious mind and change the negative programming in any aspect of our lives. This can happen by giving new, empowering suggestions to your subconscious mind while in a deeply relaxed state.

Your life right now is a reflection of the program that is running over and over in your subconscious mind.

Do you like what you see? If not, then it is time for change.

Self-Hypnosis vs. Affirmations and Creative Visualizations

Repeating the positive suggestions are helpful any time during the day you do that. They can help you to snap out very quickly of different negative states.

For example, if something in your life doesn’t go in the direction you want to, you are most likely keep repeating to yourself “Nothing is working in my life, everything is wrong”. The more you say it the more negative you will become – this is a vicious circle. At this point try to break your negative states by repeating: “Everything is good, everything is going well”.

At the beginning you will feel a lot of resistance and will be irritated by doing so but if you continue repeating this in your mind you will start feeling better within 10-15 minutes. You’ll be able to see clearly and realize that everything will pass including the life phase you are in, one that you perceive as “negative”.

This is the power of positive affirmations at work.

This kind of suggestions work on a superficial level of the consciousness. While they work, they are NOT making a permanent change. In order for the positive changes to become permanent they need to reach your subconscious mind.

Self-hypnosis techniques help you to relax deeply so you will be able to change the negative programming permanently.

Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss: Stage One

Sunshine in Forest

Before you even go into the creative affirmations and visualizations part you need to learn how to relax deeply.

The first stage of self-hypnosis is the progressive muscle relaxation. Here is how to do that:

Sit or lie in a comfortable position, close your eyes, mentally scan your body and relax all the muscles. Then concentrate on every single muscle and relax it. For example, repeat in your mind “my arm is completely relaxed; my arm is heavy and warm”. You should feel the heaviness and warmth.

To come back from a deeply relaxed position, start to move slowly you fingers, feet, arms and legs, stretch your body, then count to 10 and open your eyes.

Do not rush through this process. If you have never done this before it will take some time before your body learns how to relax deeply.

Do the relaxation exercises 2 times a day for 10-15 minutes for about a week before you attempt to go deeper.

Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss: Stage Two

Beautiful White Flowers

After learning the basic relaxation techniques you need to go deeper into the hypnotic state.

It is easier to do with a guided imagery CD that can slowly take you down into your subconscious mind.

In this stage you have to use your visualization skills. Imagine go down the stairs. With each step that you take your body relaxes even more. When you finish your decent you find yourself in a beautiful breath taking place that is special for you.

It is safe and only you know about this special place. See a waterfall or a river and feel how the sound of running water relaxes you deeply.

You can write the script before go into relaxation. You can also record yourself and playback while doing the relaxation exercise.

Another option is to buy a guided imagery professional audio to achieve quickly the hypnotic, highly suggestive state.

Here is the site the program that I recommend: Mind Training for Weight Loss and Anything Else

http://www.weightlosspaths.com/mind_training

Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss: Stage Three

Now you are ready for positive affirmations. You can listen to the suggestions on the guided imagery CD or repeat your own in your mind or record the affirmations beforehand and playing back while in a deeply relaxed state.

You can use the weight loss affirmations found here:

Creative Affirmations and Visualizations for Weight Loss

Make sure you take your time and pause after saying each one so you will really FEEL it. The feeling part is very important and this is what will make your affirmations work.

Self-hypnosis for weight loss is completely in line with the Law of Attraction and provides steps that can help you to apply the Law of Attraction to your life for weight loss and anything else you desire.

Self-Hypnosis for Weight Loss: Stage Four

This is the final stage of coming back from a deeply relaxed position. It is very important to come back slowly.

Start moving your body first, then count till 10, open your eyes and clap your hands to come out of relaxed, hypnotic state.

Final Words

Self-hypnosis or hypnosis and other mind training, programming technique are the first step in any goal-achievement process, including weight loss however afterwards you need to know how to proceed with your particular goal in order to succeed. In case of weight loss you need to know what the right diet is, how to exercise without exhausting yourself, detoxification techniques and other important things.

Additional reading:

Creative Affirmations and Visualizations for Weight Loss

EFT for Weight Loss

June 25, 2009 by  
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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – what is it? How it can help with weight loss or with anything else?

EFT for weight loss has been used successfully for some time. EFT involves tapping certain acupressure points in a sequence that helps energy to flow freely in the body and hence can help with numerous different conditions.

As per originators of this powerful technique, it can help cure almost anything.

A Girl with Hands in the Air

How EFT Can Help with Weight Loss?

EFT can help lose weight in numerous different ways.

For example, it can help with cravings. It can also help to let go of toxic emotions, of attitude of not loving and accepting yourself the way you are right now.

By starting loving and accepting yourself the way you are, you start taking better care of yourself – you exercise regularly, start eating healthy food, have no problem to follow any weight loss regime till you achieve your goal.

This attitude of loving and accepting yourself the way you are will also help you to maintain your ideal weight.

EFT for Weight Loss Video

EFT and Other Weight Loss Aspects

EFT is just one of the mind-training, re-programming techniques. Other techniques that can help you in your weight loss journey are hypnosis or self-hypnosis, affirmations and visualizations techniques, relaxation and good night sleep.

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

June 25, 2009 by  
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Hypnotherapy is an important weight loss tool. It can help to re-program your mind so you will do all the right things and lose weight.

While self-hypnosis is geared towards people who want to do it themselves, hypnotherapy session is conducted by a professional.

This can be done through actually visiting the hypnotherapy professional or through professionally recorded audios that can guide you through all the stages.

Among other mind-training techniques, I used guided imagery CDs as well as binaural beats and Alpha-level CDs to reach deeply relaxed state of mind where I could repeat my own affirmations.

They helped me while I was on my 25-pounds weight loss journey. I also used these CDs for achievement of other important goals in my life.

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss Video



Hypnotherapy for Everything

Hypnotherapy can help to re-program your mind to achieve anything you want.

In the weight loss process it can help not only to eat right and exercise regularly but also to be motivated to go till the end, till you achieve your goal.

There are different hypnosis programs, some provide separate modules for a particular purpose and it is a cost-effective way to buy only modules that you need.

For example the mind-training program at weightlosspaths.com/mind-training program provides modules for spiritual development, weight loss, manifestation, astral projection and many others.

They provide specifically recorded binaural beats that take the listener into deeply relaxed states of mind where they can repeat their own positive affirmations.

Other programs provide hypnosis techniques in conjunction with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) that makes them very powerful. They are general purpose programs and can be used to achieve practically anything in life.

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss: Binaural Beats

Binaural beats and Alpha-level audios help to go deeply into relaxed hypnotic state without going through all the steps of hypnosis.

You need to pre-written your own affirmations that you can repeat to yourself in deeply relaxed states. The affirmations should be in the present tense and positive.

For example, don’t say “I won’t eat junk food” instead say “I eat healthy food”; don’t say “I will lose weight”, say “I weight xxx pounds (your desired weight), I am full of energy and vitality”.

You can find the list of affirmations for weight loss here:

Creative affirmations and visualizations

You can also write your own using the guidelines above.

Here is the site the program that I recommend: Mind Training for Weight Loss and Anything Else

http://www.weightlosspaths.com/mind_training

Eat Healthy Foods

June 24, 2009 by  
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This is a guest post.

What Are The Healthiest Foods To Eat?

Sandwich Health Food
Everybody keeps hearing that they should eat more healthy food, but what are healthiest foods to eat?

Well, the healthiest foods are whole foods – foods that have not been altered or refined. For example, whole grain bread, brown rice, nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. These kinds of foods contain the nutrients that are important for optimum health.

Junk Food – Why Is It So Unhealthy To Eat?

What makes junk food such a bad food choice?

Chocolate Dessert

The term “Junk Food” incorporates such a wide range of food these days, since so many different types of food are made in so many different tastes and varieties.

Basically speaking, junk food includes food that has a lot of added sugar, and has had most of its nutrients removed. For example, white bread is white because it had been refined to the point where it has very little fibre or nutrients left. It is mostly just pure carbohydrate.

Sweet foods such as chocolate are bad because they are so high in sugar. Foods high in sugar will upset your blood sugar level, causing unstable moods and weight gain. Sugar also rots your teeth. Also, did you know that each time you consume sugar, you use up your body’s store of B-vitamins?

People who eat a lot of junk food like this often find it hard to lose weight.

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Why Is Healthy Food So Good For You To Eat?

What makes it so healthy?
Apple Fruit

Every time you eat healthy food, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, you are literally fuelling your body with the right nutrients it needs to function effectively. Just as your car needs the right food in order to function effectively, so does your body.

So eat some healthy food, now! Go on, what are you waiting for? Go grab a piece of fruit!

The Benefits of Eating Healthy Food

Why it’s such a good idea to eat healthy food

Fruits Vegetables

When you eat healthy foods, you become more healthy. But what does this mean? What does it actually mean to be healthy?

Although a lot of people’s reason for improving their health is mostly about appearances – they want to lose weight and look better – this is not the only aspect of health. When you feel healthy, it improves every aspect of your life. You feel happier, you have more energy, you enjoy your hobbies and interests more, you get on better with other people. It’s not just about BEING healthy, it’s about FEELING GOOD!

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Low Carb Diet Recipes

June 24, 2009 by  
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Weight Measure Orange

So, you are looking to lose weight, and you have decided to take the low carb diet approach, but you’re stuck for some ideas for recipes to cook.

On this page, I will give you some ideas for low carb diet recipes that you can cook yourself. Of course, there are many more low carb diet recipes out there for you to try, but these will give you something to try to start with.

Recipes I have included are:

– low carb breakfast recipe

– low carb pizza recipe

– low carb peanut butter nuggets recipe

Low Carb Diet Breakfast Recipe

Flapjacks

Start your day the low carb way!

Healthy Oat Granola – for that quick low carb diet breakfast. Just grab them and go!

What you will need:

1 2/3 cup quaker oat bran hot cereal, uncooked
1 cup quaker oats (quick or old fashioned, )
1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk solids
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup hulled sunflower seeds
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp water
1 tsp grated orange peel
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup dried banana chips
1/2 cup raisins

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the oat bran, oats, dried milk, honey, sunflower seeds, oil, water, orange peel, and vanilla. Stir them up thoroughly. Spread the mixture onto a 9 x 13 inch baking tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring once after 10 minutes. Mix in the raisins and banana chips. Leave to cool.

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Low Carb Diet Pizza Recipe
Ideal as a snack

What you will need:

4 English muffins
8 oz pizza sauce
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
8 green pepper rings, quartered
16 slice pepperoni, cut in half
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Split the muffins in half and toast them in the toaster. Spread the pizza sauce on both pieces of the muffins. Spread the onions on top. Cut each of the muffin halves into four pieces.

Put the eight muffin pieces in a circle around the edge of a paper plate (four plates will be used). Put one-quarter piece of the green pepper on top of each piece of muffin. Put one-half slice of the pepperoni on each piece of muffin. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top.

Put each plate, uncovered, in the microwave, and cook on HIGH for 1 minute; rotate each plate one-half turn after 30 seconds.

Low Carb Diet Peanut Butter Nuggets Recipe
Ideal as a snack

What you will need:

2/3 cup crushed corn flakes
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp liquid honey or corn syrup

Mix 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs, coconut, peanut butter and honey; stir thoroughly. Measure out 2 tsp portions, make into balls. Roll in remaining corn flake crumbs. Chill until firm, keep in covered box in refrigerator.

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Lose Weight Walking

June 24, 2009 by  
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Lose Weight Walking – Why? How?

Blue walk clouds

If you want to lose weight, one of the best exercises you can do is walking.

Walking is great for mind and body. It is a great way for the mind to relax while the body gets a steady form of exercise. Also, walking is great because it can be done anywhere.

Types of Walking to Lose Weight

What type of walking would you like to do more of?

Peace Love

Walking can mean taking a trip off into some mountains and spending a day going for a long, tough hike up steep slopes and through exciting valleys, full of nature and wildlife.

If that sounds like too much to do you though, don’t worry, there are other forms of walking you can do. For example, how well do you know the town you live in? Have you ever thought of exploring that on foot? What about another town or city? Yes, urban walking can be just as much fun.

So, why not have fun while you lose weight!

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Lose Weight Walking Every Day

Incorporating walking into your everyday life

Colorado Mountains

Do you often drive most places you go?

To work?
To the store?
To your friends houses?
Even to the gym to work out?

Are any of these places within walking distance? If so, then try walking everywhere you can. You will burn many more calories every day, and become significantly fitter in the process.

Lose weight by walking every day!

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Glycemic Index Food List

June 24, 2009 by  
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Glycemic Index Food List – Why It’s Important

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The reason it’s important to use a glycemic index food list, is that it can really help you to control your weight.

Every time we eat food, our body converts the food into sugar, to be used as energy. However, some foods convert to sugar quicker than others.

If a food converts into sugar quickly, this causes a rapid rise in blood sugar level, followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar level as our body tries to even itself out.

The excess sugar gets temporarily stored in the body, and then if not used up soon as energy, it gets stored as fat.

Therefore, if you can keep your blood sugar level more stable, by eating low glycemic foods (that convert to sugar slowly), you will be able to control your weight.

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List of High Glycemic Index Foods

Foods To Avoid

French Baguette

Eating a large amount of these foods will cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar level, which will probably make you feel irritable, as well as cause you to gain weight.

• Glucose, Maltose & Sucrose (sugar)
• Honey
• Watermelon
• Pineapple
• Raisins
• Banana
• White Rice
• French Baguette
• Water Biscuit
• Cornflakes
• Parsnips (cooked)
• Potatoes
• Fizzy Drinks

List of Low Glycemic Index Foods

Eat Lots of These Foods

Hazel Almond

Eating more of these kinds of foods will keep your blood sugar stable, which will result in a more stable mood, plus better control of weight.

• Grapefruit
• Cherries
• Pear
• Apple
• Barley
• Wholemeal Spaghetti
• Wholegrain Wheat Bread
• Wholegrain Rye Bread
• Porridge
• Oatcakes
• Beans, Lentils & Other Pulses
• Nuts & Seeds
• Meat, Fish & Eggs
• Sweet Potato

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Diets to Lose Weight

June 24, 2009 by  
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What Diets Are There That Claim To Help You Lose Weight?

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If you’re looking to lose weight, you’re probably wondering what diets there are out there that can help you to lose weight.

The problem is, a lot of these diets simply don’t work. Or worse – they are bad for your health.

On this page, I intend to take a look at some of the most well-known diets around, and ask the question – does this diet really help you to lose weight?

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Low Calorie Diet – Will It Help You Lose Weight?



For many years, the standard advice to many overweight people is to cut down on the total number of calories they eat in a day.

The problem with this kind of diet, is that it doesn’t take into account the TYPE of food that people eat. The TYPE of food you eat is far more important.

For example, you could eat only a few calories, but if those calories all came from chocolate, you’re not going to be very healthy.

On the other hand, you could eat lots of calories, but if all of those calories came from whole foods such as wholegrain cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables, and quality proteins, then you would be far more healthy.

Also, if you suddenly reduce your calories intake, you metabolism will slow down to accommodate this, and your body will merely burn fewer calories.

Low Fat Diet – Good For Losing Weight?

Cutting out fatty food

Weighting scale numbers

There are good fats, and there are bad fats. Our body needs fat, but the RIGHT kind of fat. It is SATURATE fat which is the bad kind. We need less of this kind of fat, and more POLYNSATURATE and MONOUNSATURATE fats, as well as OMEGA OILS such as Omega 3 (from fish) and Omega 6 (from seeds).

Of course, cut out the SATURATED fat from your diet. However, you will not lose weight from just doing that. You need to eat healthy in other ways too, byt eating lots of wholefoods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, which are full of the nutrients that your body needs.

Low Carb Diets – Can You Lose Weight?

Cutting down on the carbohydrate in your diet

Weighting Scale

The problem here is that our bodies need carbohydrate for energy. But again, just like with the fat, there are good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates.

The kind of carbohydrates you need to avoid are the refined kind, such as white bread, white pasta, white rice, sugar, chocolate, biscuits, etc.

Good carbohydrate means whole foods such as whole grain bread, wholemeal pasta, oats, beans, lentils, and also fresh fruits and vegetables. You are much more likely to lose weight eating good carbohydrates like this.

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How to Fast for Weight Loss and Health

June 10, 2009 by  
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The concept of fasting for weight loss scares people away. However it is not as hard as it seems to be. Fasting helped me to lose weight so I know this first hand. It is especially easy when you get fed up of your extra weight, start having health and numerous other problems because of it.

You just have to be ready to lose weight and then everything falls into place.

Here is an article on fasting:

Fasting for Weight Loss
Fasting has been used for ages to recover health. Body spends a lot of energy to digest food. Fasting provides the body with an opportunity to rest and self-heal. It also gives rest to digestive organs and helps strengthen their mucosal lining.

Regular fasting results in noticeable improvements in health; increases energy level, stabilizes blood pressure, leads to weight loss.

Fasting is usually done for health restoration purposes and not for weight loss: weight loss is just an added benefit.

Do not fast if you have diabetes or are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have any chronic disease it is better to consult a medical doctor before starting a fasting program.

There are different fasting programs. The real fasting is a complete refraining from any food, be it solid or liquid. Juice fasting doesn’t provide with the same effects as water fasting. Water fasting is the quickest way to health recovery. It is a way to detoxify the body and should be undertaken as a first step to a healthy weight loss process.

Healthy weight loss can help the body to get rid of toxins, retained water and extra fat. Fasting can help with all of them.

One-day water fasting is the best way to fast for someone with a busy schedule. It can be done each week on the weekend and will not interfere with your work schedule. You shouldn’t plan any major activities for that day and be prepared to rest all day long.

Here are some tips for the mini-fasting day:

Water

1. Start your day with a glass of water at a room temperature or hot water with a thin slice of organic lemon. And then drink 8-10 glasses of water during the day. You can also drink herbal teas or hot lemon water.

2. Make sure to put on warm clothes so you won’t be cold.

3. Brush your body in the direction of heart starting from your feet to improve the blood and lymph circulation and take a hot shower afterwards.

4.Try not to watch the TV.

5.Take a walk in the first part of the day if it is warm outside.

6. If you are hungry, drink more water.

You might experience headache, weakness: these are normal reactions to fasting. As soon as you start eating they will disappear.

Next day drink a glass of water or hot lemon water before you start eating. Do not break your fast with heavy food. Start with shakes or smoothies, salads, vegetable soups, fruits, dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Return slowly to your regular diet from the day two.

Here is the site the program that I recommend: Body Cleansing for Weight Loss and Health

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