Great News For The Obese – A Little Weight Loss Goes A Long Way

Great News For The Obese – A Little Weight Loss Goes A Long Way

Weight loss is something that really concerned me for many years.  This diet and that diet – I tried so many. Yo yo effect though – I just had to wait a time before the process had to start again.

I did find the answer but more about that in a minute.

One of the things that most struck me was the setting of the target and time to achieve it.  Usually achievable as long as the diet was followed.  However there was not a real reason for choosing the specific target that was just a weight figure.  The real reason I was wanting the loss  was clinical as I had high blood pressure.  If I had kept a target of reaching a weight where I knew more about the physiological effects would the target have been different.

And what would that target be?

Now I don’t read a journal call Cell Metabolism over breakfast – in fact it is almost impossible to read for 99 per cent of people out there.  However there has been a report in there this week about research carried at the University of Washington in the US.

They did some studies on 40 obese people losing weight on diets.

Important weight loss findings:

The first few pounds may be the hardest to shed, but they are by far the best.  Obese people only have to lose 5 percent of their body weight to achieve a marked improvement in their health from rejuvenated liver to a low risk of diabetes. The scientists checked their research participants at 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent milestones. They recorded a range of health markers including cholesterol, blood sugar, and insulin sensitivity, a key measure of the risk of diabetes.

Oliver Moody in ‘The Times’ reports that Samuel Klein who is director of the university’s centre for human nutrition said this:

“The biggest bang for your buck”

“The guidelines for treating obesity recommend a 5 to 10 percent weight loss, but losing 5 percent of your weight is much easier than losing 10 percent.  So it may make more sense for patients to aim at the easier target.”

“If you weigh 200 lbs, you will be doing yourself a favour if you can lose 10 lbs and keep it off.  You don’t have to lose 50 lbs to get important health benefits”

The last paragraph contains a very important phrase.

Keeping the Weight Loss – KEEP IT OFF!

The answer for me a few years ago was realising that everything – yes everything was in the mind – I needed a new mindset.

The answer was nothing to do with different foods and calories etc – it was just looking at what I was doing that was affecting the body shape I wanted and the health benefits I needed.

Using a self-hypnosis audio from my friend Adam Eason was the answer.  I was able to change a lot of habitual things that were getting in my way.

  • My portions on my plate were too large and I would often go up for second helpings.  Eating until I felt full (that is actually uncomfortable) and eating too fast.
  • Snacking in between meals – enough said aren’t all those snacks just full of sugar.
  • Using the wrong cook books.  Why are my two most thumbed books now by Dave Myers and Si King – The Hairy Dieters.
  • As for puddings I started by cutting them down in size but in time I began to feel that I didn’t want them and they became quite unpalatable.  Just bizarre – I don’t even want sticky puddings any more.
  • When I see James Martin on Saturday Kitchen adding more butter to his meal I just think UGGHH!

So that is that – I don’t really now have to think about it at all – I have just acquired new good habits.  I am habitually weight sorted.

I really do think that self-hypnosis and thinking about your particular habits that are controlling your weight for you can be your helper.

To get hold of Adam Eason please check out – ‘Mind Your Weight’

The first 5 per cent is all you need worry about – that is great news.

Mental Health – An Important Question For You

Mental Health – An Important Question For You

Many of my blogs are light hearted, bizarre or whatever; but NOT today. 

This is Important and I hope that you will stay with me for a couple of minutes while I am talking passionately about something I care about.  In fact we should all care about this as one in four of us will need mental health therapy sometime in our life.


I am hoping that somebody reading this will consider training to be a therapist in the field..

Mental Health.

All over the news this morning and in the newspapers there are reports about the Mental Health services here in the UK.  I am not at all surprised and have a lifetime of working in several areas of health. 

More about that in a moment.

Paul Farmer, the chief executive of ‘Mind’, the charity that has led a review of Mental Health services says that there are “thousands of tragic and unnecessary deaths” with many more lives ruined as people struggled to get the healthcare they need.

What is the size of the problem?  

 About two million people a year are seen by mental health services and Mr Farmer thinks this needs to increase by a third.

This will include an expansion of talking therapies (such as cognitive behavioural therapy – CBT) to treat 600,000 more people a year70,000 children offered help and 30,000 more mothers with post-natal depression.

The report is being accepted by the Government and Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England pledged to commit extra £1billion to mental health.

About 400,000 of those offered extra therapy will be people with long-term physical conditions such as cancer or arthritis struggling with depression, anxiety and relationship problems as a result of their illness.

Maureen Baker, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs said “That we would like to ensure every GP practice has easy access to trained mental health services such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other talking therapies”.

So how many people do you know who have?:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression,
  • Phobias,
  • Addictions,
  • Panic Attacks,
  • Eating Issues
  • Pain
  • IBS
  • Low Self-Esteem

That list is tiny -the funny this is that I am always at a loss where to stop with issues that can be helped with Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.    It doesn’t matter – the point is that so much of health is related to what is going in our mind.

So why my interest – why am a passionate about this?

I worked in nursing for 34 years  and was always interested in the connection between the physical and mental approach to recovery from disease of surgery.  It was easy to see that people with a positive mindset recovered quicker than those that  were negative.  Easy to see but in the everyday life of the ward impossible to research. 

That was just one notable observation – but there were many more but not enough time to research and verify them.

How things have  changed though – I am now involved through my work with a hypnotherapist – indirectly in  the mental side of health rather then the physical.

I left nursing in 1996 to set up a web design and marketing company (a long story).  The companies I most liked working with were health related for obvious background reasons. 

Then I met Adam Eason – a Hypnotherapist who was also training new hypnotherapists.  As we worked together I got to video his hypnotherapy training for use on our website. Adam’s teaching on the Hypnotherapy Training course taught me so much more about the physical / health approach to care.    It is research based and his hypnotherapy is based around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the whole approach significantly follows my nursing psychiatric training.  

I have seen so many of Adam’s students develop into Hypnotherapists and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists.  They are now in a great position to help with this new mental health initiative to provide additional therapeutic resources.

My reason for writing this blog post today is to ask you a question.
What are you doing in your life?
Could you train for a really worthwhile career as a Hypnotherapist or Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist?

Many of the hypnotherapists I have met have trained because they have used hypnotherapy for their own issues.  Adam Eason originally started his career because he had a physical condition (psoriasis) which was treated with hypnosis. 

Physical condition – mental solution – How interesting is that?

If you want my guidance at all – I can tell you, just how wonderful it is having a career that really helps people. There is a massive MASSIVE need.  You will get so much out of your work if you can help individuals – nothing is more rewarding.  Just take my word for it.

What is great is that you can start to train TODAY

Please do take a look at and get your prospectus for Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) course or if you are already a hypnotherapist then there is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist (CBH) course.

If you get a prospectus and have further questions – you will find my contact details in there – do please feel free to call me to talk about this as a career.  Just take a look – it might be a call for you to do something new and really worthwhile.

England Won Rugby and Cricket One Day Match and Arsenal Won

England Won Rugby and Cricket One Day Match and Arsenal Won

What a weekend.  I love my sport and there it all was – a weekend made for me.  England Rugby, England One Day Cricket Match AND my team Arsenal playing Bournemouth – BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT –  I missed it all.  I’ll come back to that in a minute.

I had a great weekend though videoing module 5 (Fifth Month) of Adam Eason’s Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course.  The way that the diploma course is organised is that the students attend a monthly weekend for 10 months.  That means that students can fit the training into their working lives.  Until I was involved in this training I didn’t realise what a great model it was.  The students come back each month and really get to work well together – even skypeing and working with others on the course in between sessions.  Great friendships made and a relaxed way to learn.

My involvement with the course is to video the tuition so that we are able to make the classroom content available for anyone wanting to study on our Platinum Membership site.

I just love the contact I get with the students and tutors monthly.

However as mentioned above this weekend had a mass of sports fixtures which meant I was missing out on downing pints of beers with mates and generally being tribal.

So it made me smirk to myself as Adam started talking about ‘Parts Therapy’ therapeutic techniques.  It would take too long here to explain in any detail, but in essence there are behaviours — such as smoking — that people would like to give up but they continue because there are things they actually like about smoking. Parts therapy tries to provide alternative compensatory benefits to the part of you that is keeping the behaviour going, .  Not a great explanation but that is not why I mentioned it.

I was smirking because I was sitting there with my own interpretation of the parts therapy.  Part of me thought it was great to be at the diploma weekend because of the reasons above, BUT there was a LARGE part of me that wished I was elsewhere this particular sporting weekend.

Anyway for me there was a WIN, WIN, and WIN and recordings I know I will enjoy watching.  So there is some compensation I will enjoy the replays.

Food For Thought – Think Yourself Thin

Yes you can Think Yourself Thin – but the people that matter do not seem to know it.

A news item on the BBC Newsbeat website caught my eye today and quite literally gave me some food for thought.  It stated that according to figures they had seen that the number of under 25 year olds in England had been given weight loss surgery by the NHS quadrupled over the past 3 years, and that some were as young as 15 – Wow!!

This surgery apparently included the fitting of gastric bands, gastric bypasses and stomach stapling which if looking at the costs charged by private clinics (around £5,000 for a gastric band) must have been a blow to the NHS’s already stretched budgets. Now I’m not going to rant on about the downfall of todays society nor condemn these types of surgery out of hand, but I will get on my usual soap box and beg the question why these kids aren’t referred to clinical hypnotherapists first, leaving this type of surgery as a last resort?

As I have stated more times than I can remember, and I will keep stating it until I’m blue in the face, that controlled hypnotherapy will get to the root of the cause, in this case weight loss/over eating, educate the patient and help maintain a healthy weight consciousness for life, with no fear of side effects – at a fraction of the cost. There are hypnosis programmes out there designed to promote healthy eating and motivation to exercise, for example Think Yourself Thin

For the seriously obese this mind approach can be taken even further.  Simulated Surgery.  In fact my friend and colleague Adam Eason currently has a Hypnotic Gastric Band MP3  for less than £40. Participants in this programme simulate the whole of the Gastric Surgery procedure but in hypnosis sessions. The operation is all done in the mind as if it had really happened.  Dramatic results have been achieved and I really do hope that one day doctors involved with weight control will look at some of this non invasive approach.

Just food for thought but maybe the NHS Management teams would like to buy a few copies of it and make themselves a huge saving in time and money. 

Tackle obesity with the mind not the knife.

Stopping Smoking – Women Take Note!

Staying on the topic of stopping smoking I want to continue the subject by  going back to the article I mentioned in my post ‘Dr Mark Porter Blowing A Smokescreen Over How To Stop Smoking.’ In it he makes the point that women may be more susceptible to the damaging effects of cigarette smoke than men, something I’m not totally disagreeing with, it’s the possible reasons for it that rankle with me. He states,” Quite why women should be more likely to smoke than their male peers, or be more susceptible to smoking related illnesses such as premature heart disease (a 25% higher risk according to the latest study), is unclear. Likely factors range from its use as an appetite suppressant to the marketing tactics used by tobacco companies, which seem to be aiming more at the female smoker with slick packaging and menthol or ‘light’ brands.”  I was fascinated by this and decided to investigate further …..

The article is correct in so much as that women are more susceptible to harm from cigarette smoke than men.  This is backed up by research appearing on most of the respected medical websites around the globe all of whom quote another article this time in ‘The Lancet’ dated 11th August 2011 (the same article Dr Porter used in his article I suspect) entitled ‘Cigarette smoking as a risk factor for coronary heart disease in women compared with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies’ by Dr Rachel R Huxley DPHil and Mark Woodward PhD in which their interpretation of the research states ..

“Whether mechanisms underlying the sex difference in risk of coronary heart disease are biological or related to differences in smoking behaviour between men and women is unclear. Tobacco-control programmes should consider women, particularly in those countries where smoking among young women is increasing in prevalence.”

As Dr Porter said in his article, the reasons why women appear more susceptible are unclear, which makes his likely factors just as unclear making his smokescreen even smokier. However I totally agree with him that tobacco advertising needs to be monitored more closely and that tobacco companies should take full responsibility for their actions but I am convinced that if someone wants to smoke they will get their hands on a packet of cigarettes regardless of its shape, size or colour. In fact having talked to friends who smoke they always buy a favourite brand which they stick to and the next governing factor is price. Not a sexy looking packet.

Anyway whatever the reasons for starting smoking these will be stored away in the mind of the smoker – male or female.  It is vital then if we ever want to get people to stop smoking to first approach the mental side of the process and move the smoker to the position where they really WANT to stop smoking.  I repeat the point I made in my previous post, “why won’t more GP’s link up with Clinical Hypnotherapists to offer a more holistic approach to treatment especially in areas such as smoking and weight loss.”  These treatments get to the core of the issues whatever they may be, so come on Dr Porter, women may possibly be more susceptible, but more gullible, I think not – ask my wife!

You can read the full Lancet article mentioned above at

Are You Hypnotising Yourself And Your Family Deeper Into Debt And Depression?

You may be prolonging the agony of the recession without even realising it by the way you communicate with yourself and family.  You may be hypnotising your family into deeper financial and mental depression with no way of stopping the downward spiral.

Despite what the politicians may tell us about the recession being over, for many people it is still a stark reality affecting every aspect of their everyday lives.  The problem can be made worse by the way we react to our individual situations, the way we think, talk and act towards ourselves, family, friends and even potential employees.

Now I appreciate that when you are unemployed and suffering all the hardships that it can bring that it isn’t easy to go around whistling a happy tune all day, but that is exactly what you need to be trying to do.  Consider the alternative, the alternative that you have probably chosen if you are in that unfortunate to be in that position.

Do you allow your frustration to show through, getting angry when family members ask for something you cannot afford?  Are you continually criticising others about what they spend their money on?  Do you show resentment towards those who are better off than yourself?  If you are doing any or all of these things then you are definitely hypnotising yourself deeper into unhappiness and the prospect of a family breakup.

Continually acting like this is programming your mind for more trouble and the only way to stop that happening is to stop hypnotising yourself with frustration and anger and start hypnotising yourself with positivity and calm.  Not easy I know, but even the smallest change into a more positive mindset will make a difference and you will amaze yourself at how quickly and easily you can progress.

By regaining some of your confidence and self-esteem, you will feel better within yourself, better to handle your situation and possibly even more important you will appear to be a better person to others, especially to that all important potential employer. So if you are going through the traumas of the recession my advice to stop hypnotising yourself deeper into it and try to take better care of yourself, such as getting exercise and more sleep, practicing yoga, meditation or my top tip of positive self-hypnosis.

Author: Guest Writer – Steve Tallamy who recommends “High Self-Esteem In 21 Days” by Adam Eason

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