Cutting calories and dieting is a hot topic, and most of us are very interested in this particular subject. We are a nation obsessed with appearance. The media portrays an image of the ideal woman on magazine covers, billboards, commercials, television shows and in movies. That woman is thin and strong, with a flawless complexion, and beautiful hair, styled to perfection. The men are not free from the pressure of the ideal male image either. Their media counterparts are strong, toting a stunning white toothed smile, and the constantly praised six pack. These are images that the majority of us cannot live up to, nor should we want to.
Positive self image is no doubt important to our confidence, energy level, and overall health. Diet and exercise play an important role in becoming your personal best, and some of us do need to shed some pounds. When it comes to dieting there is no shortage of advice and the variety of diets is overwhelming. The list includes the Atkins, Cabbage, South Beach, Mediterranean, Celebrity, Model, Nutri-System, Weight Watchers, Grapefruit, and the 400 Calorie Diet just to name a few.
Hypnosis is a weight loss program that has gained popularity. Joan Wilson of Naples, paid for and attended a hypnosis seminar that was being offered in Sand Point. When commenting on her overall experience with this program, she said that there was no hypnosis, which is defined in www. merriam-webster.com as “a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject”. Instead, the session was simply about the power of suggestion by the speaker. The meeting was conducted in a large group setting of about forty people with distractions, including a cell phone ringing, making it difficult to focus on the speaker. For about a month afterward, Joan paid close attention to making great food choices and lost ten pounds. Unfortunately, as most fad diets go she has since gained back the lost weight, and would not spend the money on this type of diet again.
Quick fix fad diets do not work. Sure you may be able to rid yourself of some excess weight fairly quickly, but the majority of dieters gain it right back and most times with extra pounds finding their way to the trouble spots. The best and most proven way to get rid of excess weight is to eat smaller portions and exercise on a regular basis. Unless you need to for health issues, try not to deny yourself certain foods, but eat in moderation and stay within a reasonable daily calorie range for your specific needs. Keep a journal of everything you eat and take notice of your trouble areas. There is a free web-site that is full of information, a calorie counter, food journal, blogs, recipes, encouragement, and much more to help you with your weight loss goals at www.caloriecount.about.com.