There are about 10 million smokers in the UK, 70% of those smokers want to quit. Thats around 7 million people who want to quit smoking in the UK. Are you one of them? Do you want to quit but just can’t seem to do it? Tried all the patches, gum and still had no luck? Hypnotherapy may be the answer, it is fast becoming a popular way to stop smoking. Hypnotherapy can help you to stop smoking by changing your outlook. You may smoke for a number of reasons, with certain people or in some circumstances. For example some have a cigarette when in the pub, or when socialising with groups of friends. A hypnotherapist can change your reactions to these situations so you do not feel the compulsion to smoke when in said situations. Hypnotherapy Directory is a great way to find out more about how hypnotherapy can help you quit smoking. You can also find a Hypnotherapist near you. You can search by postcode, town or county. Each Hypnotherapist has a profile which lists their experience, training, fees and contact details, to help you find the right one for you. To find a local Hypnotherapist to help you stop smoking why not visit Hypnotherapy Directory Hypnotherapy Directory
December 17, 2009
November 3, 2009
Have you ever wondered the difference between the two? If you are looking to lose weight or shed those extra pounds then this will be helpful. if you have constant cravings then this is a must read.
According to US research, there are five main differences between emotional and physical hunger:
1). Emotional hunger is a sudden feeling whereas physical hunger comes on gradually.
2). Physical hunger is felt in the stomach – emotional hunger is felt in the head e.g. a sudden craving for a particular type of food like chocolate or something sweet or sugar dense etc.
3). When you feel desperate to eat a particular type of food, it is an emotional need. If you are really hungry, then you are open to a wider choice of food options.
4). Emotional hunger wants to be satisfied immediately whereas physical hunger can wait.
5). Emotional hunger leaves you feeling guilty – physical hunger leaves you pleasantly full
Does this ring any bells for you?
Let me know if you would like more information about tacking this issue or something else on your mind.
Howard the Hypnotherapist
November 2, 2009
If you are looking to lose weight then this information will be useful to you and it is around emotional eating.
The human body has an automatic biochemical mechanism that has the ability to tell us when we are hungry and when we are full. The problem with emotional eaters is that they have trained their bodies and mind to override those signals.
Imagine it is nearing lunchtime and you are feeling the hunger signals being generated within the body. So you decide to get something to eat and a drink. As you eat and drink these the stomach begins to fill up, signals are sent informing you that you are being satisfied. Once a level of satisfaction is reached naturally you should stop eating. That’s what is supposed to happen and irrespective of the amount left on your plate you will feel pleasantly satisfied leaving whatver is left. that is what typically people who are naturally slim do.
In the case of an emotional eater, the ‘stop signal’ is completely ignored and they carry on eating for a psychological reason rather than a physiological one. They go way beyond the point where they should really stop and feel bloated, lethargic and guilty. In fact if you are eating for psychological reasons then no amount of food is going to satify you. if you are an emotional eater you will probably be familiar with this process.
if you drive a car and the oil light comes on would the oil light go out if you topped up your fuel tank with petrol or diesel? Of course not so why do we continue to do this with food?
Why would a person want to do that?
The answer lies in ‘conditioning’ – we are taught when young that food can bring comfort. We are trained right from the time of being toddlers that food is a reward, a prize a comfort. “be good and you can have a sweet” “there there have a piece of chocolate to make your knee better” when you may have tripped.
Advanced Hypnotherpay and NLP are used in our easy weight loss sessions to deal with this in a completely different way. to find out more contact us now and find out how emotional eating and other elements come togeather with our Easy Weight Loss Sessions.
November 1, 2009
Here’s some interesting studies that have been carried out on the success of Hypnotherapy as appossed to normal weight loss systems diets etc.
they are from the USA and if anyone has any more recent independant research from teh US or UK i would be gretful if you could let me know.
One of the things that you will ntice is the dates in the research and i am glad to say that things have improved dramatically in terms of process, tools and success rates.
Bolocofsky, David N.; Spinler, Dwayne; Coulthard-Morris, Linda (1985).
Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management.
Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41 (1), 35-41
109 17-67 year olds completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. Results show that, at the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. However, at 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects showed significant additional weight loss, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group exhibited little further change. More subjects who used hypnosis also achieved and maintained their personal weight goals.
Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J., (1986) Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Volume: 54 489-492
Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment….hypnosis was more effective than a control group (17 vs. .5 pounds on follow-up).
Kirsch, Irving (1996).
Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments–Another meta-reanalysis.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.
Averaged across post treatment and follow-up assessment periods, the mean weight loss was 6.00 lbs. (2.72 kg) without hypnosis and 11.83 lbs. (5.37 kg) with hypnosis….At the last assessment period, the mean weight loss was 6.03 lbs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis and 14.88 lbs. (6.75 kg) with hypnosis… Correlational analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time
Should you have any comments of questions please feel free to let me know.
Thanks and keep well
Howard the Hypnotherapist
October 30, 2009
People often ask me Why is the Easy Weight Loss System so successful?
The simple answer is because it is completely unique to each individual client.
You know people are different even identical twins have some differences. so if this is the case how can a standard system work on everyone?
We use a fully flexible and unique methodology that combines Hypnotherapy and NLP among a number of other tools to make every session suit the person.
Different people have different weight problems, and equally those weight problems have various causes we treat everyone as an individual.
Some overeat emotionally, some make bad choices as to what to eat, some need to exercise, some picked up bad eating habits from childhood or the diet industry, some have body image problems…
We work with you and your issues.
on the basis you agree with that then let look at some common reasons why we are successful at what we do.
1) We will not try and sell you supplements and diet products.
The diet industry is continually looking to sell you product after product with new improved this and less fat, calories etc. We fundamentally disagree with this principle. Slim people don’t use those products so why should you.
2) We work out the main themes as to why you are overweight.
When you make an appointment we send you a questionnaire that starts to details your relationship with food, and the potential causes of you being over weight. Over the years we have honed this to be really insightful and accurate. it tells us how you respond to differing situations.
This questionnaire gives us clues as to what we will be dealing with when we meet for the first and probably only time. Yes it’s all done in one session.
3) Is it a Emotional vs physiological eating pattern
Some people have never discovered he subtle difference between an emotional urge or need to eat and a physiological reason. i have covered this element in more detail elsewhere in this blog, if you need anymore information feel free to contact me.
4) Specific advice based on your questionnaire and our discussion.
We ensure that together you and i come up with the strategies and hypnosis suggestions that are going to work for you. So for instance you have an urge to eat chocolate every evening we deal with that. if you find that you have to eat everything on your plate so that it’s clean then that’s what we deal with. and if you eat because you are bored or unhappy then we deal with that to.
5) we have to challenge our natural instincts
years ago food was scarce and only available in season. our ancestors didn’t know where the next meal was coming from and had to eat everything in front of them as there was no certainity where or when the next meal would be available.
Today that’s just not the case. as i write this from my office in Central Milton Keynes i have within a 5 minute walk at least 15 food outlets and that’s counting all the vending machines. The supermarkets around me are open 24/7 and we can buy strawberries in January to December.
Today we don’t have to deal with the potential unavailability of food it’s quite the opposite. Lets not even get into the calorie rich foods that get churned out of the international corporations with the fancy packaging etc.
Anyway you get the picture everyone has their own reasons why they are overweight and i believe has to be treated in an individual way, in a nutshell that’s why we are successful at what we do.
Hope that helps answer some of your questions
Let em know if you need more information
Howard the Hypnotherapist
October 27, 2009
What is an emotional eater?
Under normal circumstances, a few minutes after birth, we are held by our mothers, feeling warmth, love, comfort and security. As we are being fed and gently rocked, our subconscious minds take this all in as a very nice situation to be in.
When you were young, it’s quite possible that you were rewarded with food for being good. If you hurt yourself or were upset, perhaps you were given some chocolate to ‘make you feel better’ or to “take your mind away from the trauma”.
These are all very pleasant feelings and the emotional eater attempts to recreate them as an adult by eating.
Most diets don’t deal with this issue and so people continue to eat when they are not hungry.
Most diets concentrate all their and your energy on “how much” you can or can’t eat, leaving the person feeling deprived.
A key to consistent and permanent weight loss is to ensure that you deal with your emotional eating and advanced hypnotherapy can help with this issue quickly.
If you are looking to lose weight quickly and easily in very natural way without diets and meal plans or gunky shakes or pills off the Internet contact us today.
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Let me know and take care
Howard the Hypnotherapist.
October 26, 2009
What is this drug called Champix (Varenicline)?
Champix is a non nicotine drug that has been developed specifically for stopping smoking or smoking cessation and is only available on prescription from your GP. It is designed to block the rewards from, and reduce craving from cigarette smoking. Thats the theory anyway. Its a 12 week course begins while you are still smoking with a two week starter pack. Before you start your course of treatment you should decide on a date in the second week – usually between day 8 and day 14 when you will stop smoking. it’s a bit like Zyban and in fact i am not qualifed to state the difference, but my views on Zyban have been stated before so just search or just ask and i will let you have them.
Please research the drug before you take it and DO NOT buy it online it really is not safe to do so.
Howard The Hypnotherapist
October 25, 2009
What is this drug called Zyban (Bupropion)?
This is a non-nicotine stop-smoking aid that works by reducing the urge to smoke and is only available on prescription from you GP. Your GP will be able to assess whether you have any conditions, or are taking any other medication, which could make it an unsuitable treatment option for you. side effects are rather numerous and include death which for me is a side effect too far.
Zyban is an eight week course that comes in tablet form and treatment begins while you are still smoking. You set a stop smoking date that falls within the second week of taking the tablets – usually around Day 11 and stop smoking completely on that day. By this time, the drug should have built up to the required levels and decreasing your desire to smoke.
Quite what happens when you stop smoking i don’t know as you will have stopped taking the drug as well.
if you are being offered this drug please please look up the data and the history of it. of course stopping smoking is great for your health but is taking a mind altering drug they only way to do it.
I will have to let you decide.
If you would like to discuss stopping smoking in a better way please feel free to conact us you know where we are…
Howard The Hypnotherapist
October 24, 2009
Weight loss/Slim Naturally
Using our Advanced Hypnotherapy is a very effective weight loss tool and can transform your approach to food, exercise and health.
It will allow you to stop dieting and encourage you to begin to take care of yourself in a more positive way by eating smaller potions of your favorite foods.
You will begin to enjoy exercise.
It will help you to stop obsessing about food
It allows you to leave all those feelings of failure and guilt.
It will enable you to deal with food cravings from chocolate, sweets pastries, etc.
It will enable you to start to believe that you can do it – that you too can become slim, confident and energised.
And it’s all done in just one session.
Find out more by contacting us now to find out how you can start losing weight the easy way.
Howard the Hypnotherapist
When smokers think about quitting smoking they may think about what it is they are trying to deal with or stop. A question I often get asked is (depending on how easy or hard people find it to stop smoking ) whether smoking is a habit or an addiction.
If you were to ask smoker or non smokers alike? “Is it more difficult to stop – a habit or an addiction?”, you would no doubt get a majority saying that an addiction is far harder to stop. In fact calling something that we get an urge to do, an addiction, can rob us of our power. It is like saying ‘I can’t stop because I am addicted to smoking’ or ‘I can’t stop because I am not in the smoking is control’. Any addiction will have people believing that they have little or no control. This is part of the issue with stopping smoking. If smoking is viewed as a total addiction, and have accepted the above perception of an addiction, then you have now made quitting smoking much harder in your mind.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is quite a general term. There can be different types of addiction such as a physical or a psychological addiction.
A physical addiction is when the body craves for something.
A psychological addiction is when the mind believes it wants or needs something.
Now, coming back to stopping smoking, is it a physical or psychological addiction, both or something else? This area has many differing opinions. After all with over 4,500 chemicals entering the body with any single puff it would seem logical to assume that there must be some physical addiction. Yet when sleeping for 6 to 8 hours everynight and then waking up in the morning the vast majority of smokers will NOT smoke in between and most now won’t smoke immediately upon waking.
First they may have breakfast, or wash, or have a cup of coffee first before lighting up, or light up as the kettle is boiling to have that first cigarette of the day. If smoking really was a 100% physical addiction then surely the body having been without those 4,500 chemicals during sleep would be craving for a cigarette so much that the smoker would have to light up immediately. However in almost all the case of the hundreds of people I see and have seen over the years this just this does not happen.
Every airline I know has a full non-smoking policy even most airports have an exclusion zone which is only going to get bigger with time. Not get news is you are going on holiday what a way to start it.. anyway some fights might last for 12-14 hours or more with waiting time. Most travellers are fine on a plane and this would be impossible is smoking cigarettes was a 100% physical addiction. What do you think? Does this make sense to you or do you think your experience is different to the above?
So is smoking a physical addiction a physiological or something else?
Let me know your thoughts.