Quit Smoking and Keep off the Kilos!

Smokers often come up with excuses for why they can’t quit smoking. Maybe they only smoke at parties. Maybe they use cigarettes as a way to meet people. Maybe they just like cigarettes.

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Quit Smoking with Hypnosis

Of the endless reasons why, one very popular pro-smoking excuse is the belief that smoking is a form of weight management. In other words it is a tobacco habit to will help people manage their eating habits and thus keep their kilos to a minimum. While there is a element of truth to the previous statement, the larger reality is that there is really only one healthy path to weight management and that path involves dedication to healthy eating and exercise habits. [Read more…]

Is The Media Responsible For Eating Disorders?

Weight Loss HypnosisThe media bombards us with pressure to be thin and perfect, and this kind of pressure does not lead to a healthy self-image or healthy eating habits. Women, especially teenage girls, are particularly vulnerable to the images of celebrity and model bodily perfection that are really just the result of personal trainers, stylists, and airbrushing. Despite the fact that women logically know that bodies portrayed in the media and popular culture are false idols, they still worship and strive for them and some women go as far as harming their bodies by developing eating disorders as a method of weight control.

Is the media solely to blame

Eating disorders are on the rise across the Western world, and they are now becoming more prevalent in children. The media is not solely to blame for them; there are a variety of biological and environmental factors that contribute to the development of conditions such as anorexia and bulimia. Let’s take a look at some of the basics of eating disorders to get a better idea of how to combat them by creating healthy eating habits.

Some Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a group of conditions characterized by abnormal or unhealthy eating habits; they include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. There is much debate surrounding the precise cause of eating disorders: nobody really knows what causes them for sure. Like many other psychological/medical conditions, it is unclear if biology or environment play crucial roles, but many researchers believe that environmental factors are what shape eating disorders, particularly since they are more prevalent in Western cultures. Many people who develop these disorders have suffered from childhood abuse, be it physical, emotional, or sexual. Teenagers who are particularly influenced by peer pressure and the drive to be thin can also develop eating disorders. Controlling how and what you eat is a way that many deal with stress and feel that they have some order and control over their lives in a very complicated, fast, and high-pressure Western society.

Complications of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are extremely harmful to the body and mind and if left untreated, they can be fatal. Depending on the disorder, they can cause constipation, scurvy, heart problems, cavities/tooth loss, brain atrophy, electrolyte imbalance, and kidney failure. Eating disorders are severe health problems that need to be dealt with swiftly in order to minimize the risk for permanent, long-term health damage.

Treatment for Eating Disorders

There are many courses of treatment for people who suffer from these disorders, ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy to hypnotherapy and inpatient treatment. Helping people with eating disorders to discover an inner peace, inner love for themselves, and healthy eating habits is vital to their recovery and will help them to avoid relapses. If you or someone you know is suffering with an eating disorder don’t wait-get help today.

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How to Quit Smoking and Not Gain Weight

Businesswoman, now a non smoker and watching her weight

Businesswoman, now a non smoker and watching her weight

One of the many reasons smokers cling to their habit is because they believe that it is the perfect form of weight control. Unfortunately, this belief is not based in myth, but grounded in reality: smoking does cause weight loss.

How Does Smoking Help to Lose Weight

Nicotine acts as an appetite suppressant thus causing smokers to eat less. Additionally, cigarettes boost the body’s metabolic rate. Indeed, researchers estimate that smoker’s lose an extra 250 calories a day from the side effect of smoking alone.

The fact that smoking makes weight control easier is particularly problematic because it gives smokers an excuse to keep indulging in their toxic tobacco habit. Many smokers live in a world of denial, enjoying the short-term weight loss benefits of cigarettes without thinking about the long-term health damages of tobacco.

The cigarettes lead to weight loss dilemma which highlights the importance of smoking cessation assistance. Quitting smoking is not just a matter of getting rid of cigarettes. It requires a total lifestyle change. Smoking is a psycho-social habit, and along with the need for re-shaping attitudes towards cigarettes, people who quit smoking are also in need of re-shaping their approach to health and physical fitness.

Weight Gain is Not Always Associated with Quitting Smoking 

Quitting smoking does not equate to weight gain if the quitter in question is willing to create a balanced diet and exercise plan. This does not need to be complicated or difficult. Instead, people need to understand that weight management is basically built around the certain principles.

Stay Health and Eat super foods

Super foods include green vegetables, colorful vegetables, Omega-3 fatty fishes, lean proteins, legumes, brown rice, spices, herbs nuts and fruits. A diet fortified in these foods will keep a person’s body going strong (and will also mitigate the harmful effects of tobacco smoke) by way of a diversity of nutrients and antioxidants. Conversely, when people eat diets heavy in starches, processed junk food, sugar and unhealthy fats, weight gain becomes a major problem—with or without cigarettes.

Stay Healthy with Exercise

The second key principle of weight management is exercise. The body needs regular cardio activity such as walking, swimming, running, aerobics or cycling in order to keep the metabolism running, the muscles growing; exercise is also a weapon against mood disorders. Around Day 4 when the energy kicks, most people are greatly motivated to exercise.

Why do People Gain Weight When they Quit Smoking

When that energy kicks in on day 4, there are some people who ignore this burst of energy and they are the ones who put on weight. Add to that the fact they are probably not eating healthy and are more inclined to eat high levels of processed food.  When a person quits smoking they are certainly hungry as the body is craving healthy food.

How to Quit Smoking and Not Gain Weight

When the weight management pillars of super foods and exercise are combined, they keep the body in its optimal state. What many smokers who use cigarettes as a means of weight management don’t want to admit is that they don’t want to go through with creating a fully healthy lifestyle—that takes time and effort. It is easier to puff on a cigarette and keep eating unhealthy foods than it is to give up the habit and learn how to eat and exercise right. But this is a fatal excuse—habitual smoking can only lead to severe medical problems and even death. If people want to quit smoking and manage their weight, then they need to be ready to make the commitment to move their bodies and eat the right foods, In other words, they need to make the choice that is healthiest for their mind, body and spirit.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Avoiding The Weight Pitfalls Of Smoking Cessation


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If you are a smoker or you know a smoker, then you know that when it comes to quitting smokers always have an excuse, a reason for why they just aren’t quite ready to give up tobacco. One of the most common excuses smokers use to avoid putting out that last cigarette is weight gain. Many smokers claim that smoking helps them keep their weight in check and they fear that if they quit, they will, to put it bluntly, get fat. If we look beyond the appalling fact that many tobacco users laud smoking as a health benefit in terms of weight control, we are forced to confront the reality that smoking actually is a weight deterrent, as paradoxical and unhealthy as it may sound. According to smokefree.gov, smoking cessation causes the average person to gain between 4-10 pounds or roughly 2 to 5 kilos. Since smoking is an appetite deterrent and nicotine raises the rate of our metabolism, giving up tobacco means that the metabolism slows down while the desire to eat increases. Hence, the weight gain.

Even though smokers tend to gain weight after they quit, this does not mean that they will permanently be on the road to obesity. Within six months, those who have quit smoking are usually back to their normal weight. If you are a smoker and are worried about your weight, and use this as a crutch to keep lighting up, here are some ways to help yourself get healthy and keep your weight in balance:

  • Exercise: it is never too late to get yourself moving and grooving and in shape. Make walking, running, bicycling or any other physical activity a regular part of your life and reap the benefits of a healthier, fitter body.
  • Eat right: Your diet will determine your weight. If you eat right and cut our excess sugar, junk and other gunk you will find that you feel better mentally, physically, and you will be able to find the weight that is right for your body and makes you happy.
  • Set realistic expectations: If you are worried about gaining weight if you quit smoking, then realistically assess the state of your body. How was your body before you started smoking? What is your weight now? If you never had Heidi Klum’s body in the first place, then don’t act like the few excess pounds gained after smoking cessation will ruin chances at being a super model. You are in control of your weight and you have the power to make yourself healthy, but don’t compare yourself to perfection—smoking cessation should be about creating optimal health for your uniqueness as an individual.

The cold, hard truth is that smoking cessation usually causes weight gain, but the good news is that you have the power to create the body and weight you want, without the positive or negative influence of tobacco. This starts with exercise, a healthy diet, and realistic expectations about what is right and achievable for your body. Stop making excuses and take control of your body today—quit smoking!

Manage Your Weight With Hypnosis


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There are many strategies that people employ to lose weight, some effective and other just false fads (think crash diets). The truth behind weight loss is that it is about forming and maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits-there is not magic way to lose weight, it is a matter of discipline and effort. One way you can find assistance in developing healthy eating and exercise habits that will contribute to your ability to manage your weight is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is not like the Frankenstein trances you see in the movies-it is an effective method of cognitively teaching yourself good habits and learning to control your impulses. Let’s take a closer look at how hypnotherapy can help you manage your weight.

Obesity and overeating are major problems in the Western world. The fast pace of life and the easy, cheap access to junk food and fast food put people at a high risk for developing unhealthy eating habits. While many people like to blame their weight problems on a bad metabolism or other external causes, barring a genuine thyroid dysfunction, most weight problems being internally-they being with an inability to make and maintain healthy choices. This is where hypnotherapy can come in and be effective in helping you manage your weight. A hypnotherapist will lead you through guided instructions while you are in a highly receptive and intuitive state in order to help you train your subconscious to make healthier decisions and better choices related to exercise and diet. Once you have internalized the instructions/suggestions for health and wellness from your hypnotherapist, you will have an easier time building and maintaining good habits. Thus, hypnotherapy is all about acknowledging that you are the driver of your mind and the controller of your actions-only you can make the choice to be healthy and implement that choice and hypnotherapy helps you to realize this fact.

Weight management is a crucial component of living an enjoyable life. It is not about achieving the perfect body or the Hollywood standards-it is about finding a weight that is comfortable for you and will help you avoid the health risks associated with obesity such as heart attack, diabetes, and stroke. Managing your weight is about leading a healthy lifestyle, not achieving perfection. If you feel that you are struggling to keep your weight under control, take the time to research more about hypnotherapy. It will help you take control of your actions and feel like you have the power to shape your own weight destiny.

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Skipping Breakfast Is Not A Weight Control Method


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Many people are looking for the ultimate diet, usually as a means of avoiding the harsh, time-consuming reality of exercise. It doesn’t help that the media is obsessed with promoting not only flawlessly skinny body images, but “easy” diets that supposedly involve little or no work. A diet in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, it is the dietary choices that you make that count. Some people choose healthy diets that focus on cutting out sugars and processed foods, but others go a more unhealthy route- they travel the path that leads to anywhere from crash dieting to developing eating habits that mirror eating disorders.

One common misconception related to weight control is that skipping breakfast can help you slim down. In fact, the opposite is true. Skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain and increased weight control issues. One reason for this is that people who skip breakfast are more likely to take in higher levels of calories at their next meal; additionally, they tend to snack more frequently through the course of the day, and snacking is usually sugar and junk food driven. Skipping breakfast also plays with your blood sugar levels, which can cause moodiness and a lack of energy. There are studies that also indicate that people accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer bigger meals than when they eat spread out, smaller meals. Thus, skipping breakfast is in no way a healthy or reliable method of weight control.

You have probably heard the platitude over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but this truth cannot be emphasized enough. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For starters, breakfast gives you the energy you need to be able to execute and complete the tasks for your day ahead. Eating breakfast helps you form consistent eating habits which helps regulate you blood sugar. Eating breakfast is also a complement to your weight control efforts: not eating breakfast means that you are fasting for nearly 20 hours and thus you are not producing the enzymes your body needs to metabolize fat. Without enzymes kicking your metabolic system into gear you cannot lose weight.

While it is important to eat breakfast every morning, this doesn’t mean that you should go to a pancake house or swallow down McDonald’s drive through each morning. Breakfast only supports weight control when it is made up of healthy, balanced foods. Fruits, grains, cereals, eggs, and yoghurt are all great ways to start your morning without falling into the black hole of junk food options. As with all other meals during the day, breakfast must be healthy for you to reap any wellness rewards.

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The Connection Between Weight And Depression


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The medical and psychological communities are starting to come around to a more holistic idea when viewing illnesses of the body and mind: our body and mind are not separate compartments, they have a constant connection and influence on one another. For this reason, many people now recognize that physical problems can start in the mind and problems in the mind can be influenced by physical factors. One area in which researchers find the aforementioned statement to be true is weight control. Many studies, including one published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, are establishing a link between weight control and depression. This conclusion is intuitively self-evident to many people, especially if they struggle with weight control, depression or both. Let’s take a closer look at the relationship between weight control in terms of excessive weight gain and depression in order to better understand how they influence one another and how to end the unhealthy cycle.

One question many people ask when they accept that weight gain and depression go hand in hand, but like the chicken or the egg, many people wonder which one comes first? Unfortunately there is no clear answer to this one: depression and weight gain contribute to each other, but we can’t definitively decide in which direction. Weight gain can cause depression and depression can cause some to gain weight. Weight gain can lead to lower self-esteem and decreased physical functioning; enzyme and metabolic process are not functioning properly and this can affect serotonin levels and brain functioning which can cause depression. Likewise, depression can lead to a decreased physical activity, overeating and indulging in comfort foods and junk food and this can lead to gaining weight. Pinpointing where the cycle starts isn’t necessarily the key to breaking the unhealthy cycle-understanding how both contribute to each other, as mentioned above, is the way to identify unhealthy habits and find a way to create new, healthy ones.

Whether you are suffering from excessive weight gain, depression, or likely both, it is important that you seek professional help to address both issues. Resolving one issue often leads to the resolution of another. Seek a form of therapy and guidance that empowers your sense of control over your body and mind by helping you focus on building healthy habits related to eating, exercise, and mood regulation. Your body and mind are more intimately connected than you realize, and you are the driver of your body and mind. You also have more power than you realize when it comes to controlling your thoughts and habits, so take advantage of professional help that helps you take the reins of your life with strength and confidence.

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What role should fast food play in our lives?


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Junk food, fast food, processed food—whatever you choose to call it, it is everywhere. The proliferation of fast food across the globe has caused a sharp increase in obesity, particularly in the Western world, and according to the Australian government nearly 25% of Australian youth are considered overweight.

Whether or not fast food is good for us, it is omniscient and we are confronted by its smells and advertising daily. So how do we realistically approach the fast food leviathan in our daily lives? Here are a few ways to wrestle successfully with the junk food beast:

  • Don’t be too rigid: While fast food should in no way be a part of your daily diet, there is nothing wrong with indulging yourself every once in awhile. Whether it is to satisfy a craving or to save time when the family needs dinner at the end of a long, stressful day, give yourself the green light to stop at Hungry Jacks every once in awhile.  A healthy diet means balance and balance means it is ok to swing in the bad direction every once in awhile.
  • Plan you meals: Most people choose the fast food option because it is super convenient in our time-strapped world. One way to avoid falling into the pit of junk food is to plan your meals. Make a list every weekend of dinner’s you want to eat the following week—dinner’s that are healthy and balanced. Take the weekend to then shop for your supplies so that you are prepared during the week. An added benefit planning healthy dinners is that they can turn into healthy lunches the next day.
  • Exercise: What does exercise have to do with the role of fast food in your life? A lot, actually. Exercise requires you to be more conscious about what you put into your body. If you exercise, you will need to build healthier eating habits, and you may find that you aren’t so interested in processed foods. Exercise also keeps you healthy and in shape for when you do have your occasional junk food slip up.

Fast food should play a minor role in your life, but not best supporting actor—more like one of the names that flashes up on the credits at the end of the film. You don’t have to be dogmatic about avoiding fast food, but if you are conscious about what you eat and work to build healthy eating and exercise habits, then junk food will naturally be relegated to its proper place—movie nights and stress overloaded days.

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What Is the Thyroid and How Does It Affect Our Weight?


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You have probably heard of the thyroid, but do you know how it affects your health? More specifically, do you understand how it controls your weight? Let’s take a closer look at what the thyroid is and exactly how it contribute to weight fluctuations in order to better understand the way our bodies regulate weight gain and loss.

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is the largest endocrine gland and it is located in the bottom of your neck. The thyroid regulates the speed with which your body makes proteins and uses energy. It also controls how your body interacts with hormones. The thyroid gland controls most of the metabolic processes in the body and it is therefore a crucial component of both your physiological and psychological health.

Thyroid disorders

You thyroid controls your metabolism, so when it is functioning properly, all of your metabolic processes are regular and normal, and this includes your ability to gain and lose weight. However, there are a number of thyroid disorders that can contribute to weight problems. These include:

· Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid over produces thyroid hormones. This encompasses a broad range of disorders, from Graves disease to subacute thyroiditis. In terms of weight gain and loss, hyperthyroidism makes it extremely difficult to gain weight because the system is overactive, and this can cause moodiness, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, and an overproduction of sweat.

· Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is the opposite of hyperthyroidism-it is the underproduction of thyroid hormones. An underactive thyroid makes it very difficult to lose weight and can lead to heightened levels of cholesterol and increase your risk of heart attack.

· Thyroid cancer: The thyroid can be affected by cancer and this can also wreak havoc on your body’s metabolic systems and ultimately be fatal.

As evidenced above, struggling with being overweight or underweight can be a hallmark symptom of a thyroid disorder. If you have tried all other options for weight loss or gain, such as a healthy diet and normal exercise, it might be a good idea to visit your doctor and have your thyroid checked. Thyroid disorders are very treatable-they can be helped with surgery, medication, or radiation. Doctor’s will check a patient’s blood work for thyroid hormone levels and then determine the best course of action for treatment.

Understanding the fact that your thyroid plays a major role in your weight management can save you the stress of long hours at the gym or crash diets that don’t seem to work. If your thyroid causes you to gain weight, then exercise and diet won’t fix the problem. If you suspect that your weight problems are due to a thyroid issue, don’t delay-visit the doctor as soon as possible.

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Why Is It Such a Struggle to Lose Weight?


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In a world where people are obsessed with being skinny, yet strangely seem to trend towards packing on the pounds, weight loss is a hot topic. Obesity levels are skyrocketing among children and adults alike, and everyone wants to find the super diet that will help them trim down to a super model figure. However, what everyone has found out is that weight loss is hard-not something you can achieve with the snap of your fingers.

Gaining weight is easy-it doesn’t take much effort to over indulge your eating or remain sedentary. But before you get judgmental and assume everyone who doesn’t look like Heidi Klum is a lazy slob, remember that genetics play a major role in body shape and size, and everyone’s genetic code is different. The main reason why losing weight is difficult is biological, so let’s take a closer look at some of the biological factors behind weight gain and loss:

Age: As you age your metabolism decreases. This means that your body is not able to process the caloric intake at the rate that it used to; how often do you hear people talk about how they can’t what they want like they used to? Aging also leads to a decrease in physical activity, so people gain weight easier and have a harder time shedding it.

Genes: Your genetic code determines your body’s size, shape and weight. If you have a larger bone structure and a naturally muscular frame, no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to achieve the same rail-thin look as a runway model. Each body is built differently, and many body types carry weight easier and lose is slower.

You genetics play a fundamental role in determining your physical body’s weight and shape, and aging slows down your body’s built-in weight control mechanism. It is a fact of nature that there is no magic method for losing weight, no lightning fast way to shed kilos. A healthy, balanced diet and exercise are the only way to maintain a healthy weight for your body. And that is the keyword: healthy. As mentioned above, your body type is the body type that you are stuck with and you can’t turn it into something it is not. Weight loss should not be about achieving some perfect physical ideal, but about keeping your body healthy. Being healthy does not mean you have to be skin and bones skinny and it does not mean that you have the figure of an Olympic athlete. Maintaining a healthy weight means that your body is functioning the way it should and that you feel good about yourself.

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