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Archive for July, 2009

Over eating while under the influence.

Monday, July 20th, 2009

This is not a temperance blog! I occasionally enjoy a glass of wine with my dinner. But, I will nurse one glass all night!  Remember this though,  alcohol can be extremely hazardous to your weight loss.  One of the worst effects that alcohol has on weight loss is that it’s all sugar. And your body will more readily metabolize those drinks or glasses of wine first, rather than body fat or other foods.

As in the case of people that I see with alcohol abuse problems,  one cannot have the fifth or sixth drink or seventh drink and maybe lose the entire weekend,  unless that person  has had the first drink.  It is not news to anyone reading this blog, that alcohol impairs judgment. Period – no exceptions. Would you really want to fly on an airliner with a pilot that had been drinking? How about having a surgeon operate on you that’s been drinking as well?  Of course not.

What does this have to do with overeating? The word is inhibition. For those that are serious about losing weight,  the lowering of  inhibitions is disastrous. When some one’s inhibitions are affected, they are either unaware or do not believe they are lowered or non existent!!! For example – a person with a weight problem goes to a restaurant to have dinner with friends.  At that point the overweight person  is in control, but just barely.  He or she knows what food that they should order to eat.  But…  The waiter arrives  with the drinks,  now keep in mind, we are not talking about getting drunk.  By the time that the drink is half gone,  so are the inhibitions as well.  After the  second drink is started,  what’s left of good judgment is history. The person rationalizes that “these drinks won’t hurt” or  “this meal won’t matter” or “I’ve had a rough day” or “this is my birthday” or “I’ll really get back on my diet tomorrow!” Are these reasons or excuses? Why sabotage yourself  once again?

It is a proven fact that alcohol and weekends can be destructive when trying to lose weight.  You have been “good” all week and have cut back 600 calories. Do you realize that you can destroy that deficit and then some in a Friday night?  If you decide  it’s is more important to lose excess fat and keep it off,  rather than drinking for awhile, you will give yourself a large advantage.  It is easy enough to lose track of what and how much you are eating if you’ve had nothing to drink.  Chapter seven of my book deals with absent minded eating.  It points out that one always needs to be aware of what and how much they are eating.

Here’s something to remember – one glass of wine a day = one pound a month,  one vodka tonic a day = three pounds a month and one martini a day = close to nine pounds a month! We are not talking about giving up that glass of wine to enjoy with a meal forever,  but a tool to help you to jump start your weight loss program!

Bob Crow has a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Contact Bob at 404.277.1827 if you desire to lose weight and keep it off forever!

Absent minded eating.

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

While you were talking on the phone, you were eating potato chips. You got off the phone and discovered you had eaten the whole bag! A relationship  went in the hopper. While being upset about it and talking to a friend, you ate a whole container of cookie dough. You didn’t take time to eat lunch. By the time you got home you were  starved and felt awful. You needed something to bring your blood sugar up so you began to eat cheese and crackers while preparing dinner. When you finally realized what you were doing, you had already eaten a tube of crackers and a quarter of a pound of cheese!

Sound familiar? No one overeats because they’re  hungry. People over eat because they are upset,  worried,  bored,  hurting,  angry,  excited,  tired, depressed or even happy! Absent minded eating occurs when we are either distracted by a problem or an emotional occurrence or have deprived ourselves of nourishment by not eating a balanced meal, thereby allowed one’s energy level to drop.

Although it sabotages your weight loss program as much as deliberately and knowingly eating too much, absent minded eating is insidious. You generally don’t realize what you’ve done until after the fact. The key is to be aware. Watch for signs of a mood shift or  energy drop.

Contact Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 to lose the weight that you desire to lose and keep it off forever.

How to make self fulfilling prophesys work for you!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

How many times when something bad happened to you have you said  “I knew that that was going to happen” or “This always happens to me” or “Everything always goes wrong” or “I just knew it wasn’t going to work out the way I wanted it to?”

Interesting isn’t it? What do you think you were visualizing in your subconscious mind before things went sour? Not what were you wishing for – what were you visualizing? Were you visualizing a happy and productive result? Or were you visualizing something that you didn’t desire? Hoping for good things and visualizing good things are vastly different! What were you visualizing? Are you sure? Then why was the first thing out of your mouth – something to the effect that you knew in advance the things were going to go sour?

Many people visualize certain things in their conscious mind, but where and when it really counts they are visualizing what they don’t want. We were not born afraid of spiders, or snakes, or climbing trees, or public speaking, or riding in elevators or any other limiting behavior. No… we were all born with only two fears, falling backwards and loud noises. Everything else was learned.

Man is the only machine that is meta programmable. That means that he can reprogram his cognitive maps that are found in the subconscious mind! How does one program the subconscious in the first place? It is done in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. During the relatively short period of REM sleep, the subconscious can process eight hours worth of material in five minutes! A dream or nightmare that you felt went on for hours probably lasted for from three to twenty seconds. Now if all the subconscious has to process is previously processed garbage – the cognitive maps only get negatively reinforced.

The only way that one can access the subconscious mind is through hypnosis as hypnosis is the bridge to the subconscious. Hypnosis is controlled daydreaming. One cannot make the behavioral changes that need to be made in the conscious mind. That’s why pictures of Bentley  automobiles and zillion dollar houses on your bathroom mirror don’t work. You are trying to effect behavioral change in the conscious mind and that can’t be done.

If you wish to begin visualizing what you want to happen in your subconscious mind,  call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 for a complimentary consultation.