If you are overweight you may be tired of everyone telling
you that losing weight is just about eating less food and or
consuming fewer calories. You may have tried every diet old
and new. But, sometimes it seems that our bodies have found a
way to turn a plate of lettuce into a pound of fat! Many
people who attempt weight loss discover sooner or later their
efforts are complicated by metabolic programming that keeps
weight on the body regardless of how one changes their eating
If you or your friend or client is overweight and you'd like to see if such programming is affecting weight loss efforts take the following questionnaire:
o Do you find that no matter how much you starve yourself the
doesn't fall off as quickly as it should?
o Do you find yourself eating less than your more slender
friends and still don't
o Do you find your food cravings going way up even as the
pounds begin to fall
off? As if you were starving instead of dieting?
o Do you become tired and lethargic when dieting?
o Do you gain back all the weight you've lost from a diet
with alarming speed?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you probably
have some subconscious metabolic programming to hold weight
on your body instead of burning it up for energy as it
Now here's the good news! There are many ways we can deal
with this programming through hypnosis so you don't have to
fight your body as well as your food cravings to lose weight!
First, we must look at the likely causes of this programming.
The metabolism of food is the intricate process by which
nutrients from food are consumed and utilized by the body. It
is a complex process in which several factors are involved.
One is the function of the thyroid gland, the "master switch"
which regulates the rate of cellular metabolism. Through
hypnotic imagery we can turn up the production of thyroxin,
the primary metabolic hormone produced by the thyroid gland.
More thyroxin means more fat burned more weight loss and more
energy for you. There may be medical reasons for thyroid
dysfunction, which is why we suggest a full physical
examination and possible testing of your thyroid function
before proceeding with a course of hypnotherapy.
Another key element to the body's metabolic processes is the
activity of two key pancreatic hormones: insulin and
glucagons. These key metabolic hormones cause our body to
store or burn fat. The types of food you eat directly affect
the activities of these hormones. In general, it seems that
most carbohydrates, including sugars, cause the secretion of
insulin, which increases sugar metabolism and storage.
Glucagons, secreted after a low carb meal, help the body burn
protein and d fat, including the body's own fat reserves.
This is part of the reason low carb diets are becoming
So how does hypnosis help you change your eating choices?
Because all eating habits become rooted in the subconscious
mind, simply deciding to eat differently rarely is sufficient
to create long term changes in our eating habits. The imagery
of hypnosis targets these subconscious programs and changes
them in a way that is both permanent and nearly effortless.
Personal hypnotic scripts which can be recorded on a self
hypnosis tape and listened to every night in bed can be
created by working with a Hypnotherapist. In addition, it is
of critical importance to address emotional eating habits, a
process I outline in my three part article True Secrets of
Permanent Weight Loss.
Exercise is also a key component in the activation of the
metabolism. Researchers have discovered that regular
exercise, even as little as thirty minutes a day, speeds up
metabolism not only during exercise but also for many hours
afterwards, even when you are resting. Of course, many of us
have a hard time with exercise. Enter again the power of
hypnosis. Hypnotic suggestion can be used to increase one's
motivation toward physical activity as well as increase
strength and endurance. But often it takes much more than
direct hypnotic suggestion to get more involved with exercise
One of the innovative processes we use can take you
back to what you enjoyed doing physically as a child. You can
pick one or two of these activities that you will again
enjoy! We use the power of hypnosis to bring back the
excitement you experienced as a child at play. We can also
return to those traumatic experiences that caused us to turn
ourselves off to the joys of physical activity, and rescue
the past self from these traumas. An experience of being
rejected, humiliated or injured on the playground in a team
sport, for example, can lead one to shut down the desire to
play outside. Our rescue mission allows the child to receive
comfort and a promise of safety from the adult self along
with an invitation to play outside in a new way with the
One of the more common sources of metabolic programming is
genetic. Some human genetic lines (South Pacific Islander and
Eskimos provide just two extreme examples) preserve fat on
their bodies more readily because these traits served their
ancestors well for thousands of years, especially in times of
famine. Changing these genetic codes within our DNA may be
difficult for even the most skilled practitioners. However,
with hypnosis we can persuade the metabolism to override
these DNA programs and help us let go of fat. Many times my
clients have said to me "My whole family is overweight!" This
is the time to utilize specific hypnotic suggestions geared
to override DNA programming.
Another common theme among those who struggle with weight
loss is that the subconscious mind may be afraid to lose
weight because if one's weight problems disappear than one
might actually have to face other scarier issues. One client
told me in trance that if she lost that weight over which she
was obsessing she would have to "Do something with my life,
and I don't know what to do!" At the Institute we can test
for these issues and offer a plan of healing. One valuable
technique that can be used here is a journey to the future
self to discover how to successfully fulfill one's life
Another common theme I have discovered among women clients
with metabolic programming to stay fat is the body's need to
insulate itself with fat in order to protect itself from
unwanted sexual advances. A large number of my obese clients
are victims of childhood sexual abuse. Many others have
gained weight to silence their own unmet sexual needs within
an unfulfilling marriage. Others use weight as an excuse not
to meet men and thus risk rejection or betrayal. If you are
not aware of such subconscious programming it could be deeply
buried in the subconscious mind, and still be affecting your
metabolism. Your hypnotherapist can help you discover and
heal these problems. I have personally experienced great
success in rescuing clients from early sexual abuse trauma,
which has often resulted in rapid weight loss without any
apparent dietary change.
I have given you some of the more common causes of cellular
programming to retain fat and I've outlined some of the steps
needed to reduce or eliminate such programs. If such
programming complicates you or your patient's efforts, please
feel free to call/ or email our office for a referral to a
hypnotherapist in your area. You should be aware that not all
hypnotherapists are trained in the advanced systems described
in these pages. It is your responsibility to see that the
one you see has adequate training and experience in these
Copyright 2005 © By David Quigley