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Weight Loss: The Simple Unstuck Living Secret to Shedding Pounds

So many of my clients come to me to ask for help with weight loss. They have tried many of the diets—the low-fat diet, the high-fat diet, the high carb diet, the paleo, etc. etc. etc. What do all of these plans have in common? Complications! Just once I would like to see a diet book written with the average person in mind. My pet peeve is the foods needed for these meal plans are all so different from the real world. When I tried any plan, it seemed I spent more time making lists for “food,” doing “food” prep for future meals or thinking about what “food” I had on hand. All this thinking about “food” menus and planning just kept me constantly thinking about the thing I didn’t want to think about—FOOD! What a pain. And, yes, there was a time when I struggled to lose weight too.

My Weight Loss Secret in a Nutshell

But I have found this simple little secret. I have lost weight and kept it off for over a decade now. Once you know the secret, the rest is effortless because you have to remember just ONE THING.

Ok, so here it is in a nutshell. Don’t let your eating speed limit go above 65 net carbs per day. That’s it. Like the dashboard of a car, that’s the only measure that matters. If you keep your speed at 65 net carb grams per day, I promise you’ll lose that ravenous appetite after a day or two and the weight will fall off. And if you find that your carbs creep over the speed limit, (100+ digit mark which is possible when you have a wedding or special occasion to attend) just consider it a scenic overlook on your journey. You got off the road for a bit, but tomorrow that 65-carb limit will take you back on the highway to your weight loss destination.

You’ll need an easy way to measure just your carb intake (don’t worry about proteins or fat). I recommend a free smartphone app called, cronometer.com. Use this to enter just your carb food each day (not the whole meal plan!). Just keep an eye on the carb counter. If it goes above 65, switch to proteins or healthy fats for the day. That’s it. The first few days you are going to be surprised by the number of carbs you actually eat. You can make different choices.

When Weight Loss is More Difficult

Now I understand that sometimes people gain and keep weight on for issues that are not so easy to change. Some people eat to fill a void they have from loss or grief. Some people eat to fill an emptiness that won’t go away. One client told me she eats when she gets impatient. She is impatient to lose weight. No win. And some eat because the abuse they knew as children keeps them insulated from anyone who could harm them again. This is where hypnotherapy and NLP can help you get unstuck, in only 1-3 sessions 90% of the time.

Feel like your body is no longer your friend but an enemy you have to fight every day? It may be time to find another way to get unstuck and make peace with your middle . . . and your past.

If you’re ready to trash those pound-gaining habits in 1-3 sessions with an investment in you of $90 per session, call me at (928) 367-8208 or email me using the Contact Form on the website. Bringing over 30 years of experience to my practice, I am a highly qualified NLP Practitioner and a certified clinical hypnotherapist. Many have found my friendly ways and precise techniques to be the easiest road toward a better life.

 

Top 5 Ways to Stop Nighttime Grazing in Its Tracks

You start off the day with the firm intention of following a healthy eating plan. The nagging reminder from your doctor to drop those pounds lurks in the back of your guilty mind. Breakfast went well: some eggs and toast. Lunch is a healthy salad with grilled chicken and veggies. About 3:30 p.m. you spy a brownie. Down it goes, without much thought. Dinner is larger than usual, but after all, you’ve put in a busy day.

A little later, you respond to an irresistible siren’s call that beckons you to those prohibited food groups. You know the ones: the potato chips, the ice cream, the chocolate cake. Inexplicably, that chocolate chip cookie is firmly in your grasp. Your brain is shrieking, “No! Put it down! Remember, you’re losing weight.” Your mouth is watering. Your hand is moving closer to your lips.

“Stop!” the brain begs. “You’ve already devoured three of these tonight. And before that, you polished off some Kung Pao chicken and that leftover pizza. Put that cookie down!” By the end of the evening you are in despair and coming to your senses. Once again, the diet demons have visited, successfully derailing your dream of a slim body.

Any of these excuses sound familiar?

  • You are bored, or lonely, or angry, or tired, or frustrated, or (fill in the blank). You deserve that donut.
  • You learned to clean out the refrigerator when you were a kid. But didn’t realize the idea was to toss out old food not become a personal garbage disposal.
  • Once you give in to that first bite of cheesecake, overeating is your companion for the evening. This friendship triggers more stress, guilt, depression and emotional emptiness. And so the cycle continues.

The top 5 ways to stop nighttime grazing in its tracks are:

  • Get up from the couch or recliner. Go for an evening walk, or jump rope for 60 seconds. Polish all the mirrors in the house or do a bit of spring-cleaning.
  • Ride it out. A craving is like a wave. It builds; it crests, then fades away. Generally a craving will last for 3 minutes or less. Ride it out.
  • Create a distraction. Call a friend, take a bath, read a book, do handwork. Dance if you’re listening to music.
  • Eat something other than that piece of leftover pizza. Quite often a drink of water or small handful of nuts can eliminate that hunger pang.
  • Talk to yourself. Am I really hungry? What am I feeling right now? Is this what I really want? How will I feel after eating this? 10 minutes later? Tomorrow?

If you have been-here, done-this repeatedly with nothing ever working very long, Unstuck Living can help you finally kick this old pattern in as few as 1-3 sessions 90% of the time. Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is not therapy. It is an easy and tested method to help people move through old patterns and get unstuck. Everything you need to change your life is already within you. All you need is to have the tools to tap into that wisdom.

If you’re ready to stop that craving in its tracks in 1-3 sessions with an investment in you of $90 per session, call me at (928) 367-8208 or email me using the Contact Form on the website. Bringing over 30 years of experience to my practice, I am a highly qualified NLP Practitioner and a certified clinical hypnotherapist. Many have found my friendly ways and precise techniques to be the easiest road toward a better life.