Weight Control

Is your weight totally dependent upon your calorie intake and the amount of your
physical exercise? The various experiments in hypnosis have shown how the human
mind can affect the body. What you can do under hypnosis, you can learn to do
without hypnosis. Stress and tension can produce a retention of ingested materials,
just as relaxation can allow a more thorough flushing and expulsion of same.
Constipation, gastric difficulties and many overweight problems occur with tense,
negative attitudes. By relaxing and relieving a stressful attitude, many internal
problems are relieved as well. Through the power of visualization and suggestion,
you can actually eat what you want and still lose weight! The elements of your
ingested food can either be assimilated or passed. Your metabolic rate can either be
stepped up or lowered, and you learn that you are in complete charge of all your
bodily functions.
As autogenic training and hypnosis have demonstrated, many physiological
changes respond easily to suggestion and mental imagery. For instance, if you
visualize a man sucking on a lemon, you salivate. If you imagine being buried alive
or drowning, you internally experience panic. It's also easy to see how stress and
nervous anxiety can replay worrisome visualizations that can affect your metabolic
rate through fear. So obviously the absorption of carbohydrates, proteins and fats
can be slowed down or speeded up by your emotional attitude. In one extraordinary
study using hypnosis, imagery and positive auto-suggestions, female subjects
actually brought about their own breast enlargement! If fatty tissue can be
accumulated and guided to the localized area of the breasts for increased size, why
can't fat in the localized areas of the waist, gut and thighs be decreased through a
similar mental process? It can.
To begin with, since your subconscious often acts on your own self-expression,
don't condemn yourself about your weight. Instead compliment yourself each day
with affirmations like, "My body is perfect for me, and it is responding to positive
changes" or "I am eating more sensibly and liking myself more." Such affirmations
are very useful while doing the visualization exercise. The more you give yourself
such positive input, the more perfect and beautiful your body will become. Also,
keep a joyful mental attitude about the exercise, and it won't feel troublesome to you.
Tension retains weight, so relax and let your body respond to you.
Most animals maintain stable weights throughout their lifetime. If they are
deprived of food or force-fed, they lose or gain weight, but it returns to its stable level when they are allowed to eat naturally again. By overriding the automatic controls
with your conscious mind you can shed excess fat from specific area of your body.
Man does not use his olfactory sense with the same acuity as other mammals.
Consciously smelling the savory essences of the food you eat affects the satiety center
in the limbic system and curbs the appetite automatically. The more aromatic the dish
or the environment where you eat, the less the tendency to overeat. Masticating your
food well slows the eating desire, and making or blowing bubbles into each well
chewed mouthful aerates the mass before swallowing for less intake as well.
For a beginning exercise, sit in your easy chair and relax completely all your
muscles from your toes to your head. Now imagine that a sumptuous meal has been
prepared for you. Sit down at the table provided for you and savor it. Mentally
relish each morsel. Smell and taste each dish prepared for you. Feel the food being
bitten and going into your stomach and filling you up. Eat your dessert, and drink
your favorite drink. Now feel the full feeling of satiation. You will find that if you
do this visualization just before you snack, you'll be less liable to overdo it and
maybe even lose the craving altogether!
Before retiring for the night, talk to your fat and know that it will dissipate soon.
Direct your conscious awareness into it. Massage your overweight midsection while
you express assurance and visualize your fatty cells breaking up and sloughing away.
Give your midsection this “expectation directive.” Visualize the microscopic process
of it flushing through your system, and your allowing it to do so. Make the definitive
statement, “I want to be lighter.” Think and feel yourself thinner. Stop trying to
“lose” weight; then your subconscious doesn’t have to help you “find” what it hears
you lost. Simply “release” the weight. Through these conscious directives, your
body will respond.
Some visualizations will work better for you than others, so experiment with your
own creations. You could visualize your stomach already full to capacity and not
needing any food intake. You could visualize your food turned to a horrible color, or
with an ugly smell, or a slimy flavor. Imagine yourself small and inside your
stomach filling it up. Imagine taking a pill that swells up & makes you feel full.
Create whatever imagery works for you, and make it as real as possible by involving
all your senses. Produce sounds, colors, tastes, smells, tactile sensations and
kinesthetic feelings.
Throughout the day create visualizations that will raise your metabolic rate, like
jogging, swimming or making love. You'll find the more you practice any visualization, the more vivid it becomes. You'll also find that a peculiar time distorted process
will take over, and your expended real time on each visualization will be greatly
shortened. Then you'll finally realize how visualizations coupled with your positive
affirmation/intention can bring about a weight reduction in your life. You'll also
begin to trust yourself more with better eating habits.