Lose Weight - Think You Cant?
You step on the scale and groan at the number peeking between your toes.
"I'll start a diet today!" you think. Not so fast. Unless you are mentally ready to lose
weight, almost any diet you try may be doomed to failure.
In a widely accepted model of behavioral change, there are five stages of
motivational readiness. Bunny Vreeland, Clinical Hypnotherapist, suggests that if
you're stuck at an early stage, your diet won't work. You may never even get started!
Studies suggest that people may feel ready to lose weight, but if they are
unprepared to alter their behavior, they'll fail, reports the American Institute for
Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. in a column titled "Nutrition Notes."
The five stages of motivational readiness that can be applied to dieting, exercise, or
just about anything in your life:
Stage One: Precontemplation
A person has no intention of changing.
Stage Two: Contemplation
A person intends to change--later.
Stage Three: Preparation
A person is ready to change within the next month.
Stage Four: Action
This stage is reached when a person has recently changed a behavior.
Stage Five: Maintenance
This final level occurs only when a person has carried out the new behavior for at
least six months to two years.
When we get stuck in one of the first three stages, the difficulties we perceive with
the change outnumber any advantages. In addition, we may lack confidence in our
ability to successfully make changes.
If you want to move forward in living a healthy lifestyle, the 'pros' have to outweigh
the 'cons' in your mind. Remember, if continue to do what you have always done,
you are going to get what you always got. Be specific about what you are trying to
overcome and creative about possible solutions. Research shows that the balance of
pros and cons relates to each small behavioral change, not just to the goal, like
Someone who is trying to lose weight may see many more benefits to shedding the
pounds than remaining overweight, but if all the person can envision are barriers--
instead of benefits--to decreasing food portion sizes and exercising regularly, then
change is unlikely. However, if you are ready to change your thinking pattern, you
will see a change in your behavior. Vreeland advises. "We are each highly
suggestible all of the time. Everything in life is created twice, first in your mind, and
then in your body.
"The good news is that one success can build your confidence in making more
Bunny Vreeland is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist who works
with Weight issues as well as sugar addictions.
She can be reached at 800-755-4083/805-984-1237 or www.BunnyVreeland.com">http://www.BunnyVreeland.com
Her 6-session CD series, Lose Weight and Keep it Off is now available for $29.99.
Bunny incorporated Hypnotherapy into her image business over 10 years ago and
specializes in Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation, offering a money back
In addition, she has successfully helped clients with: Fear of Flying... Heights ?
Fear of Dentists ?Doctors and other phobias. As a Medical Hypnotherapist, she
specializes in Irritable Bowl Syndrome problems. IBS responds remarkably well to
hypnotherapy, showing an 85%-92% improvement.
She is a member in good standing with the Camarillo and Ventura Chambers of
Commerce, a Hall of Fame member of the Better Business Bureau, National League
of Medical Hypnotherapists, American Hypnotherapy Association, The American
Board of Hypnotherapy and the International Hypnosis Federation.