7 Successful Habits For a Slimmer You

Kathleen Alleaume, trusted health expert, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, author, and busy mum, shares her best ways lose weight and slim down – you’ll never try a fad diet again!

Break the fast
I know you’ve heard this a thousand times over – that’s because it’s the truth. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and a great time to sneak in fibre and goodness from fruits, grains and dairy. For a balanced option be sure to include low-GI carbos (muesli, high-fibre cereal or grainy toast) with some lean protein (eggs, dairy, soy, nuts). Pair this with some fresh fruit or veg for a great (and balanced) start to everyday.

Wet your whistle 
We often confuse hunger for thirst; so by staying well hydrated you can prevent overeating at mealtimes – hence avoid the kilo creep. Always quench your thirst with water first before other food or drinks.

Sneak in an extra serve – of veg that is 
It’s as easy as adding some spinach to your morning omelette, or snacking on crispy carrot sticks with lunch. My e-book shows you what veggies are in season and how to make them the star of your meal instead of the side dish.

Power of proper portions
We live in a world where super-sizing is the norm, but big meals lead to big bellies. Try using smaller plates to serve your meals, filling half with vegetables, a quarter with low GI carbohydrates, and a quarter with lean protein.

Sit and savour
Make mealtimes relaxed and enjoyable. Set the table (even if it’s just yourself) and turn off any distractions like the television and mobile phones. Chew slowly and take a good 20 to 30 minutes to eat your meal, stopping when you feel satisfied. In other words, eat mindfully.

Get physical
Find 30 minutes or more to move each day. To stay active in summer, hitting the beach for a surf or swim, or a soft sand run, or play Frisbee with your friends. To learn exactly how much energy you burn during these water workouts click here.

Be a priority
Feeling healthy and good about yourself is not a luxury – it’s an absolute necessity. If you know you have a crazy week ahead then do some simple meal prep on the weekend and have a few back-up dinners in the freezer just in case. You can also squeeze in some exercise at work or while you watch TV.

Find out more about Kathleen’s e-book 10 Days to a Healthier You here.

How do you slim down? Tell us in the comments!

January 30, 2014

The Lazy Way to Lose Weight

Can you hypnotise yourself thin?

We all know the rules for losing weight – decrease your processed food intake and increase your water, vegetables and exercise levels. But if we all know this incredibly basic formula, why are so many of us struggling to lose and keep the weight off?

Sydney-based weight loss motivation expert and My Mind Coach owner Kylie Ryan says hypnotherapy could be the key to treating the underlying causes for weight gain, that can’t be treated with diet and exercise alone.

“Even if you don’t know why you eat a packet of biscuits when you’re not hungry, your subconscious mind does and it is driving your decisions. Hypnotherapy can train your subconscious to make better decisions for your health.”

Hypnosis has been proven in clinical studies to improve weight loss results dramatically (double in some cases) compared to a control group. The group using hypnosis slimmed down almost double the results of the control group.

How does weight loss hypnotherapy work?
Clinical hypnotherapy is quite different from stage hypnosis for entertainment. The person being treated retains a relaxed level of consciousness and is always in control of their own decisions throughout the session. Your mind is in two places at once, you’re inside the world of your imagination as well as being aware of your surroundings.

Weight loss hypnosis works so well because it  addresses the underlying mental and emotional reasons a person became overweight in the first place. It can be used to resolve distorted unconscious associations and beliefs, like “I’m not worthy”, “skinny girls are bitches”, “I’ll never lose weight” “it’s unsafe to be slim”, as well as unresolved negative emotions like anger, shame, sadness, embarrassment, fear and past trauma.

Kylie’s process of hypnosis and coaching does all of this as well as more tactical weight loss based auto suggestions like, “I want to eat crunchy greens, and healthy, whole foods.”, “I have an itch to exercise each morning”. If you just do the suggestions without resolving the underlying reasons the success may only be short-lived.

What is the hypnotherapy for weight loss process like?
The process of hypnosis for weight loss can be done in private sessions with a hypnotherapist, or by listening to hypnosis recordings. With a private hypnotherapist the sessions will involve coaching and deep questioning around the issues, and then customised hypnosis sessions for the specific challenges that the person faces. You can expect a portion of the session to be discussion together, and a portion to be relaxation while the hypnotherapist talks during the hypnosis. Hypnosis feels like relaxation, being aware, and very, very relaxed.

How many hypnotherapy sessions are required?
Ideally 10-12 sessions over time if working privately, but Kylie says you can expect results to be noticed immediately. Recorded hypnosis should be listened to regularly over the entire period of the change.

Hypnosis is most useful when it is used repeatedly over time to embed and reinforce the positive messages in the subconscious mind.

Who is the ideal candidate for weight loss hypnotherapy?
The ideal candidate can easily enter a state of trance or follow instructions well. A simple test is if you are able to lose yourself in a good movie or book. Everyone is able to learn to enter trance through hypnosis if they want to.

Kylie Ryan is Australia’s leading weight loss motivation expert. Having lost 30kgs and transformed her own life, Kylie knows firsthand how to make a lasting change from fat and frustrated to slim and sexy. Kylie inspires women around the world via her weight loss mindset blog and creates transformations through her Goddess Body Quest 8-week mindset program.

Would you try weight loss hypnosis?

January 6, 2014