Hypnotic Weight Loss

Can hypnotism help you shed extra pounds without your knowledge?

There are tricks, gimmicks, and do-it-quick schemes for nearly everything in life. But there is one exciting technique for losing weight that is as controversial as it is fun at the local comedy club. That technique? Hypnotism. So what is the skinny on this fat-stripping method, and is there any chance it could help you lose some weight on accident?

Understanding the Technique

Hypnosis isn’t always about making you act silly or do something you’ll regret. With hypnosis that leads to weight loss, the goal is to get into your subconscious and encourage you to take on new, healthier habits. How does this occur? With a couple of steps.

The first step is to hypnotize you, so that you’re ready to accept the new ideas that are going to be planted in your brain. To get you in this ready-to-receive mindset, a hypnotist will use some of the tricks of the trade that you’ve seen on stage. Once you are fully relaxed and ready to receive what your hypnotist has to say, here is what you’ll hear: “High-calorie, fatty, sugary foods are bad.

Fruits, vegetables, and lean meats are good.” According to hypnotists and individuals who have benefited from their services, the end result can be dramatic weight loss. Instead of running to the doughnut store to satisfy cravings, hypnotized individuals fulfill their hunger in the fruit aisle.
But the question on everyone’s mind remains the same: Does it really work?

So, Does It?

Unfortunately, answering this question isn’t as easy as you may think. Because while some people would be quick to shout the praises of hypnosis, there are others who would condemn it as tomfoolery. That’s because hypnotic weight loss, like many other weight-loss techniques, does not work for everyone and cannot work on its own. Sure, you may spend an hour at the hypnotist’s office, but you’ve got to allow yourself to listen to your new subconscious thoughts before you’ll get any results.

That means when your brain tells you to get an apple, grab an apple and not a piece of apple pie. Hypnosis-induced weight loss also requires something else from you. You’ll need to do the same thing your non-hypnotized peers are doing for good health. You’ve got to get to the gym and work out. For the biggest bang for your hypnosis buck, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day three to five days a week.

But Be Careful

Think you’re ready to get into the hypnotist’s chair for a round of hypnosis? Before you put yourself in the hands of a hypnotist, do your homework first. Opt for a hypnotist who is also a healthcare provider, such as a physician or psychologist. This way, you can be confident that your hypnotist has your overall health in mind and will not do anything to take advantage of you.

Additionally, if you’re tired of spending money on weight loss techniques that don’t reap results, you may want to shy away from hypnosis. Though it may work for you, it may wind up spending you more money than you feel it’s worth. And since there is very little scientific proof that hypnosis is effective in helping you lose weight, you may be better off shedding pounds the old-fashioned way. Get to the gym and consult an exercise professional about your goals and how you should go about reaching them.

After Weight Loss

Have some other issues you’d like to deal with through hypnotism? Go to the right hypnotist, and you may be able to get a number of health issues under control. From sleep disorders and depression to nausea and ulcers, hypnosis has helped many people enjoy improved health. Hypnosis has also been used to improve athletic performance and help victims of abuse cope with their feelings.

Are You Flexible Enough?

Why and how you should work harder to boost your flexibility.

If flexibility is a secondary concern for you, it’s time to move it up on your priority list. Because while you may consider flexibility to be important only for gymnasts and wrestlers, flexibility offers great benefits for people of all ages, stages, and interests.

What should you know about flexibility? Good question.

Why It’s Important

Before you’ll spend time stretching your muscles, you need to be sold on the idea. So why is flexibility important? Because flexibility doesn’t mean being able to contort your body until you look like a human pretzel. Rather, flexibility is the ability to move your muscles and joints throughout their intended range of motion. Why should this matter to you? After all, you get along pretty well without being able to touch your toes, and you’ve never been hindered by an inability to do the splits, so stretching can’t be that big of a deal.

But did you know that you’ll never reach your maximum strength if you aren’t flexible? Stretching ensures you have full use of your muscles and ligaments. In the gym, this means you can perform each repetition properly and strengthen the entire muscle and ligament. Being flexible also increases your balance and coordination and helps you perform daily duties. Grabbing a lost house shoe under your bed, grabbing a book from the top shelf, and checking your car’s tire pressure are all made easier if you’re flexible.

How to Flexifize

Ready to grow your flexibility and improve your overall health and well-being in the process? Here are a few things to remember and do to help your body being its most flexible.

Stretch everything out. You may use your legs more than your arms or your calves more than your back, but you need to stretch them all out. When you stretch, make sure you focus on your back, thighs, calves, hips, and arms.

Take it easy. Yes, you want your body to become flexible so you can be stronger and be better able to grab the peanut butter on top of the refrigerator. However, it’s not going to happen over night. If you’re just starting a stretching routine, take it slow. Improper or excessive stretching carries many risks as excessive exercise.

Do it daily. While you may be accustomed to doing a quick stretch before hitting the treadmill, that isn’t enough to be truly flexible. To up your flexibility, you’ll need to spend at least 10 minutes stretching every day—even when you’re not going to the gym. An easy way to squeeze a little stretching in is by doing it during a coffee break or before the start of your day.

Find a stretchable class. Weight lifting, spin, and other exercise classes cause you to shorten your muscles. To counter this effect on your muscles and ligaments, join a yoga, tai chi, or dance class. With these classes, you’ll have a good time, get in some great exercise, and leave feeling more flexible than when you first entered.

Your First Stretches

If you’re flexibility challenged, use these stretches to get started on your way to a healthier, more flexible you!

Calves: Put both hands flat on a wall, fence, or tree, and stand with your right foot forward and the left extended backward. As you bend your right knee, lean toward the wall, careful to keep the heels of both feet on the ground. When you feel the stretch in your left calf, hold for 20 seconds. Relax and change legs.

Thighs: Sit on the floor with both legs facing forward. Lift your right knee and place your right foot flat on the floor over your left leg. Put your left elbow on your right knee and your right arm on the floor behind your right hip. Slowly twist your waist and shoulders to the right, as you push the stretch farther with the pressure of your left elbow on your right knee. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, return to the starting position, and repeat in the opposite direction.

Back: Lying flat on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold them there with your arms for 20 seconds. Release, relax, and repeat for three to five repetitions.

Arms: Put your left hand behind your head as if trying to touch the middle of your back. Grab your left elbow with your right hand and push your left arm down until you feel the back of your arm stretching. Then hold for 20 seconds and repeat.