Although many people want to lose weight, they do not know how to do it in a healthy and effective way. And so they have many questions in their mind. From time to time,  I receive many questions about weight loss. Here are some of these:

Question: I have too much fat on my abdomen. Is it possible to lose fat just there?

(Ans.) No one can dictate where body fat will accumulate or from where it will be removed. Exercising a specific body area does not burn fat SOLELY in that area. Fat stores from throughout the body are mobilized during exercise. And so your abdomen will lose fat only after a combined program of aerobic exercise and calorie management. However, it is possible to “spot tone” in a particular area, for example, a curl-up exercise can create very strong abdominals.  

Question: I found a lot of weight loss pills in the drugstores. Are any of these effective?

(Ans.) Many weight loss pills are promoted to do everything from curbing the appetite to magically melting away the fat. These pills often affect our metabolic rate and hence have side effects. These side effects (such as nervousness, sleeplessness, irritability, etc) make such pills questionable for lifetime weight control strategies. Some can even cause severe, fatal reactions to a patient.   For example, a patient might have a tendency to commit suicide after taking the pills.

In fact, the European Medicines Agency last year said that a study had found those taking Acomplia, an anti-obesity drug, were at double the risk of developing psychiatric disorders than those taking a placebo.

Some physicians do write prescriptions for weight loss pills for the obese patients. These drugs suppress the appetite and reduce cravings. But these only for morbidly obese people, and used for a limited time period. In fact, weight loss medications provide only a short-term solution to a long-term problem and so should be used with extreme caution.

Question: I’d like to lose weight. Will hypnosis alone be enough? How about dieting? Or do I really have to do exercise too?

(Ans.) Hypnosis helps you to change your eating disorders as well as removing any limiting belief that prevents you from losing the weight effectively and successfully. Because it attacks directly on your subconscious mind, it is more permanent and effective.

Regarding dieting, if you diet without exercising, your metabolism may actually slow down as your body tries to conserve all the fat it can from the few calories it is getting. Thus dieting alone may cause you to lose muscle tissue. In fact, a diet with too low in calories and nutrients may make you tired and lethargic.

To lose weight effectively, you need to decrease your calorie intake as well as to speed up your metabolism to burn more calories. The former can be helped with hypnosis (which enables you to maintain a proper, healthy way of eating) while the latter can be effected through exercising. A good workout is both energizing and relaxing. And you are much less likely to eat out of boredom or nervous tension after exercising.


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