The Atkins Diet is a very popular "low-carbohydrate" weight reduction system, but it is often greatly misunderstood! Popular, if slightly exaggerated depictions of the plan portray dieters devouring nothing but vast amounts of meat and fat. Although the diet itself may not be quite this simple, many dieters have used it to successfully lose weight and improve their health.
On this plan, dieters follow a very specific program based on limited carbohydrate intake. The nutritional aspects of the diet are emphasized over exercise and other factors, although getting physical activity is also a key to weight loss. There are 4 stages to the Atkins plan:
Induction: During this two-week phase at the beginning of the diet program, dieters can only consume up to 20 grams of carbs each day. Dieters can ingest high protein foods such as meat and eggs, fats such as oils and butter, and other foods with little to no carbohydrate content. Many foods containing carbs are not permitted at all, including alcoholic drinks.
This early phase is supposed to help the body switch from burning carbs for energy, as it usually does, into burning stored up fat (the state called ketosis). Most dieters start to see weight loss during this phase.
Ongoing Weight Loss: During the Ongoing Weight Loss stage, dieters gradually increase their intake of carbs by adding 5 grams of carbs into their diet every week. Dieters adjust their diet, continuing their weight loss to put themselves within 5-10 pounds of their goal weight, before transitioning into the Pre-maintenance stage.
Pre-maintenance: Dieters use the Pre-maintenance phase to find out the maximum amount of carbs they can ingest without experiencing weight gain. During this stage, dieters add 10 grams of carbohydrates to their diet each week. Once dieters reach their target weight and can maintain it for a month, they move into the Lifetime Maintenance phase.
Lifetime Maintenance: For lasting results, the Atkins program is designed to be maintained throughout the dieter's life. Using the techniques that helped the dieter reach their goal weight, the dieter maintains an eating and exercise program to stay at their goal weight. Individuals can revert to previous stages if their weight starts to rise again.
Dieters who can stay on the Atkins diet are typically successful in losing weight; however, many people cannot follow through with the program and end up quitting early on in the difficult induction phase. In general, most diets fail because dieters cannot stay committed to the plan.
Many people struggle to stay on diets because they experience strong food cravings, have problems with compulsive overeating, can't control their appetites, or simply do not feel motivated to lose weight. Overcoming these mental obstacles is the most challenging aspect of losing weight.
One reason why many people struggle to manage their eating is because they are emotional eaters. Such individuals eat in response to their emotions, such as when they are sad or angry. However, this practice programs a "conditioned response" into the unconscious mind. This means that when people experience the same emotion that made them overeat initially, they will feel compelled to overeat again.
Hypnosis works by helping our unconscious minds disassociate our emotions from our eating habits. To extinguish the conditioned response to overeat, a hypnotherapy weight loss program is used to break the link developed in the unconscious mind between overeating and specific "trigger" situations.
For example, if you tend to binge eat when you get bored, hypnosis can disassociate boredom from eating in your unconscious mind. Hypnosis techniques can then be used to replace the urge to overeat with another activity, such as exercising. That way, the next time you get bored, instead of having an urge to overeat, you will feel motivated to engage in physical activity.
Hypnosis is an effective stress relieving tool as well, helping us cope with our stressful emotions and relieve tension without eating. As a relaxation tool, it calms the mind, helps you use new strategies to manage stress, and boosts your self-confidence to promote natural weight loss.
Hypnotherapy can also be used to remove the emotional anxieties that keep you from losing weight. Many overweight people use their weight for emotional protection. For example, after a painful end to a relationship, people might find themselves becoming overweight so they can avoid new relationships and avoid having to endure emotional pain again. Through hypnosis, we can think more positively and focus on having better health instead of becoming overwhelmed by our anxieties.
Not only is hypnotherapy an ideal motivational tool, it relieves stress, extinguishes conditioned responses that cause overeating, and can help you overcome the mental obstacles that prevent weight loss. Hypnosis is really effective at helping people stay on a diet plan, such as the Atkins diet, and naturally lose weight.