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  1. The Mindfulness Diet Think yourself Thin and how to eat mindfully

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    A new Book called The Mindfulness diet seems to be jumping on the bandwagon to help with weight loss. It's actually got some great advice. I know that because they are advocating exactly what I have been teaching my weight loss clients for the past few years!

    The book, by Dr Patrizia Collard and Helen Stephenson, is called a new approach to eating which gives you the power to take control of your eating and think yourself to a better body and soul. Stars such as Meg Ryan and Goldie Hawn have spoken about how mindful eating has helped them and you can follow the same advice to help you lose weight and feel healthier and fitter.scales with one foot

    The concept behind the Mindfulness Diet teaches you to appreciate food , nutrition and healthy eating, as well as how to deal with the kind of cravings that hamper many diets and healthy eating drives. Alongside the advice the book also contains recipies. Of course recipie books are interesting because most of them just stay on the bookshelf in the kitchen gathering dust..and grease.

    The techniques of eating mindfully that are talked about in the Mindfulness Diet are the same ones that I teach my clients. When we start to eat in a mindful way we can ejoy our food and when we enjoy it, it no longer becomes about just eating for eating sake.

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    Eating mindfully,  will train your body to know what it needs and Patrizia said the diet’s biggest advantage is “being truly connected to this moment, enjoying every meal as if it is your wedding feast, fully and truly getting all the benefits out of it by savouring the moment”.

    Here are their ten tips... I have to agree with how well these work because they are pretty much the same tips on the worksheet I have given to my clients for years. Have a read and then think about how they could help you to lose weight...Mindful eating...


    1. Listen to your body. Are you hungry? If you are, how hungry are you?

    2. Use smaller serving plates and bowls. Studies have shown our satisfaction is tied in to “relative” portion sizes. So, if we have a very small plate piled high with food, we’ll feel much more satisfied than if we have a large plate with a small amount of food.

    3. Be flexible when eating out. There is no obligation to have a starter, main course and dessert. Why not have starters instead of a main course?

    4. Serve up at source. When serving food at home, try to plate it up by the oven or hob, rather than at the table. If the excess is on the table in front of you while you are eating, that’s where your mind is likely to be. Studies have shown you are likely to eat faster with the excess in front of you. Presumably this is prompted by some survival instinct from the past, when we weren’t sure where the next meal was coming from.

    5. When you eat, just eat. If you sit down at a table with a large box of chocolates and no distractions, you are unlikely to polish off the entire box. But when you’re watching TV or involved in another activity, this awareness can be drowned out.

    6. Learn what a portion size is. As a general rule, a “cup” is about the size of a large tennis ball, 85g of meat is about a deck of cards and 30g cheese is the size of a domino.

    7. Think little and often. Try to maintain a stable blood-sugar level and moderate level of satiety by eating small meals throughout the day rather than a couple of ridiculously large meals.

    8. Have a salad as a starter. Be smart and eat raw vegetables or salad to burn off that extreme hunger before the meal itself.

    9. Have a glass of water before eating. Sip a good-sized glass of water in the 10–15 minutes leading up to a meal. This way you can be sure you are serving up only what the body actually needs.

    10. Shop smart. Bulk buying foods can often enable you to pick up great bargains. If you are unable or unwilling to break those down into smaller portion sizes when you get home, consider the possibility of buying smaller versions. While you may not get the same value for money, think of the cost (financial, physical, mental and emotional) of overeating large portions of food.

    You can read all about my approach to helping you to end diets forever and lose weight that you keep off for life here: http://www.markpowlett.co.uk/slimmeryou.html

    Don't forget you can also listen to a FREE relaxation MP3 by clicking the link at the top of the page.

  2. Hypnotherapy for Weight loss in January

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    Although it is mid December and many people are still finishing off their Christmas shopping.. other people are already starting to think about weight loss hypnotherapy for the New Year. Is your new year's resolution to lose weight and get fit?

    January is always a very busy time when it comes to helping people with hypnotherapy for weight loss. Whilst for much of the year I spend more time helping people with stress and anxiety that start of a new year is always the time that thinking about losing weight after Christmas comes to the fore. The phone starts ringing early in December because as time goes on and people who have already seen me tell their friends, they come to realise that unless they start to think about how to lose weight in January now then it may be too late to book an appointment when it comes to the time to look into weight loss hypnotherapy.


    How does hypnosis to lose weight work?

    It is important to know that hypnotherapy can help you to lose weight, feel more motivated and happier, fitter and so much more full of life. However, it doesn't do this by magic! You really have to want to make a change and if you feel half hearted about it then why on earth would it make a change? If you think that you can just close your eyes and then open them a while later having seen the fat melt off your body by magic then you are in for a surprise!  What does happen is that you start to see all of the benefits and you find that unlike being on a diet all the time you can eat what you want to eat!  There are no more restrictions on you and you can find that this means that rather than thinking about food all of the time (sound familiar!) you can enjoy your life and also enjoy your food.

    How often have you eaten something that you felt you shouldn't have and then felt awful afterwards? Imagine not having that feeling and actually enjoying food once again.


    Here's my Six Ways to lose weight without trying to help you on your way...

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    How do I know if hypnotherapy for weight loss works?

    That's an easy one to answer!  I know because it's how I keep the same waist size and weight now that I am in my late forties, as I had in my twenties. Like many people I started to put on weight as I got older but after many years of practicing what I preach I feel fit and healthy and I love feeling that way. I can't imagine being any other way for me. I won't be letting myself go because I know how good I feel now and why would I want that to change?  If you look around the internet and search for weight loss hypnotherapy treatments you will find many hypnotherapists who really don't look like they practice what they preach.

    Ask yourself this question: If you were looking for someone to help you get fit and be your own personal trainer would you go for the overweight one who struggled to climb up the stairs? Of course not. You need to have confidence in who you work with. That's why I don't need to use a stack photo from the internet of someone looking slim I can use one of my own....

    mark p at seaside arms outstretchedJanuary is a great time to think about making that change because you will already be motivated, but it doesn't matter what time of year it is. If you are looking for help to lose weight, let go of bad habits and feel great for the future then any time is the right time!

    You can read all about my Slimmer You - No More Diets Hypnotherapy for weight loss programme HERE: Weight Loss Hypnotherapy

    You can call me on 07980 233160 or email me on [email protected] if you would like any advice or have any questions at all.