Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hypnosis - Schmosis

We've all seen the movies, the TV shows - where a sideshow hypnotist puts an unsuspecting audience member into a trance and inevitably makes them cluck like a chicken or run around doing something totally out of character.  Yes, I suppose a hypnotist could do something like that if they wanted to, but hypnosis has a much more serious side.

Hypnotherapy has been proven to help with everything from phobias and stopping smoking to healing your body and losing weight.  My dad was always really interested in self-hypnosis - I remember there being several "hypnotize yourself" LP's in our home record player.  Did it ever work for him?  I'm not sure but my guess is that he never got to the level he was hoping for as they did end up collecting dust after a few years had passed.  I had pretty much forgotten about his delve into mind-control... until the other day - I was watching the Dr. Oz show and he was talking about how his introduction to hypnosis when in med school had changed his life.  The guest that day was Paul McKenna, a world famous hypnotist who had helped millions of people change their lives for the better.  If you'd like to watch the segment, here are the links (you'll be amazed!):

Hypnosis For Weightloss, Pt 1.

Hypnosis For Weightloss, Pt 2.

Hypnosis For Weightloss, Pt 3.

Hypnosis For Weightloss, Pt 4.

Even though I have been quite successful with my healthy eating and weight loss efforts to date, I do still have a few cravings and sometimes have that hungry feeling even when I know I've just eaten and should not be.  So I decided to give Paul's program a try - after all, he's helped millions, what did I have to lose?

I hopped on over to Amazon and picked up a copy of his book I Can Make You Thin.  The book also comes with a CD that guides you through a 28 minute "guided imagery" or hypnosis session.  The way the system works is you read the book (pretty small, about a 2 hour read) and then you listen to the CD every day for two weeks initially and then as often as you feel you need to after that.

McKenna's weight loss program is simple and seems to be common sense - 1) Eat when you feel hungry  2) Eat whatever you want  3) Eat consciously and enjoy every mouthful and  4) Stop eating when you feel full.  Now this may seem like a no - brainer but how often do YOU eat when you're not really hungry?  or eat way past the point of comfortable fullness?  How about shoveling food in because it's mealtime and you've got stuff to do so you eat as fast as you can & don't even realize how much you've eaten?  The only rule he has that I have any issue with is #2, "Eat whatever you want" - I totally understand that when you deprive yourself of the foods you love you'll feel like you're never satisfied, but whatever you want?  What if what you "want" are chocolate cream eclairs every day for lunch?  Just because you're hungry when you start and only eat until you're full well, I'm guessing you won't lose much that way.

I eagerly poured over the pages of the book and loaded the CD onto my iPhone so I could listen nightly before bed.  I have to admit, I was a bit leery the first time I listened to the CD - I mean, what if I ended up clucking like a chicken every time I heard the word egg or ran out into the street in my knickers??  So the first night, I listened without really trying too hard, mostly just making sure that there weren't any weird suggestions in the mix.  The next night I let myself truly immerse in the sounds that were pouring from my earbuds, relaxing me until my mind was ready to soak in the suggestions coming from the man with the pleasant British accent.

McKenna's program tells us to give it two weeks for the suggestions and program to really take hold, but after just one week I can tell you that it really works!  Listening to the CD nightly is actually quite enjoyable - it is so very relaxing and, although I am aware of everything that is happening around me, I can definitely tell that once I'm a few minutes into it I do have some other state of consciousness - be it in the gap between awake and asleep or in that real state of hypnosis that you see in the movies.  Not sure, but it's really quite pleasurable.  Whatever state you're brought to, it's easy to leave it as I always come out or "wake up" when told to and I have had to stop once or twice to suggest to the puppy in her crate next to me that she be a little quieter.  As for the four golden rules?  Well, 1, 3 & 4 while they are common sense things, they are definitely great rules to follow to ensure that you don't overdo meals.  #2 can be followed easily if you make the conscious decision to choose healthy foods as the foods you want to eat (think fruit, veggies & nuts over sweets, meats & processed foods).  Also, I do suggest listening to the CD with earphones or earbuds as quite often he is speaking different things into each ear & it just wouldn't be quite the same coming through regular speakers.

So to sum everything up:  This is overwhelmingly a great addition to an already established weight loss effort or healthy eating plan.  It's very effective at eliminating cravings and helping you make better decisions about when to eat and importantly, when to stop eating.  And No, you won't cluck like a chicken or run out into the street in your knickers!

- Liz

Posted by Liz of Pink Lemonade

Please note:  I received no solicitation to do this product review - I purchased this product with my own money for my own personal use.  I also received absolutely no compensation of any kind for doing this review.  I hope that everyone who tries this program and is satisfied with it will leave me a comment to let me know.

If you do decide to purchase this book - please do so using the link to the left - I do receive an affiliate commission for your book purchase through Amazon.

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