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Weekends… a chronic weight loss enemy that needs to be defeated!

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

My name is Bob Crow. I’m a behavioral therapist board certified in both clinical and medical hypnosis.  Hypnosis is not our only therapy… but by far it’s the most effective. I work with those that desire to lose weight through hypnosis, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Many of these individuals are tired of the weight loss roller coaster and seek a permanent weight loss solution through hypnosis in Atlanta. The program consists of three phases and it’s most important to finish all three to assure permanent weight loss. The three phases are the weight loss phase. The re feeding phase is where some of the foods that weren’t available in the weight loss phase are re introduced under controlled conditions. And lastly, the maintenance phase which enables one to not regain the weight they’ve lost.

Those that stick to my program seven days a week – have great success. You noticed that I said seven days. Not five. Not six. But seven days a week. But most people when they’ve tried conventional weight loss programs, took the weekend off! But if you take the weekend off, whatever calorie deficit achieved through the week, will be lost on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Many that say they’d like to lose weight have been doing it that way for years, but with no lasting long term success. The eating cues most often come from events or places.

What is it about weekends that causes most diets to tank? Well on the weekends the daily routine is changed. Many get up later which allows their blood glucose to drop to lower levels than it would be when they get up through the week. They eat later and absent mindedly eat what they shouldn’t. With their daily routine changed the opportunity is there to eat foods that aren’t in the weight loss phase. Samples available at Costco and other grocery stores. Tail gate parties, weddings and ball games. Also if they go to the mall, they are off their eating schedule, so they go to the food courts located in the malls.

One’s weekend might start this way. Friends are met after work. The friends get there before you do and order drinks and chips. Before you arrived, you were determined not to eat what’s detrimental to you, but the appetizers and maybe your favorite drink await you. And… well a couple of nachos won’t hurt. Will they? Actually yes. When one eats the foods that they shouldn’t in the weight loss phase, they’ll re-awaken their desire for those foods and won’t be able to eat just two, or three or four chips or whatever it is.

One of your new behavioral changes will be to view food as fuel for your body and mind! The old you, viewed food as entertainment, something to make you or feel better or something to do. So if you hang out people on the weekends that still look at food this way, you’ll do what they do. You’ll eat! And if you eat the things that put the weight on you in the first place, you’re guaranteeing that you’ll destroy your hard won week’s progress. By the way…don’t make your weight loss program a topic of table conversation either. Friends don’t know how to lose weight and keep it off. They only have opinions!

Is there a way to break the cycle of five weight loss days followed by the diet destroying days on the weekends? Yes there is! It’s hypnotherapy. Hypnosis will enable you to not want to take the weekend off and to avoid many of the things that you did to sabotage yourself in the past. If you’re serious about losing excess weight and want to make the behavioral changes that will enable you to do so, I invite you to call Bob Crow for a complimentary consultation to get you onto the road to your last weight loss program ever!

Why’d I do that? or Why hypnosis?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Have you ever asked yourself “why’d I do that?” You did it because of the programming of the cognitive maps in your subconscious mind! But why hypnosis?

Who we are. What we’re about… our personality, our habits, our moods, our memory banks, our cognitive maps – are found in our subconscious mind. In order to make any permanent behavioral changes in your life, you’ve got to make changes in how you see yourself and what you see yourself capable of achieving! I’m Bob Crow – a behavioral therapist that is board certified in both clinical and medical hypnotherapy. I practice in Atlanta Georgia.

Many have tried to improve their life using discipline, willpower, resolutions and positive thinking. The reason that one cannot make these changes permanent is because they are attempting do so with the conscious mind – not the subconscious mind.

Some have wanted to:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Lose weight permanently.
  • Maybe not drink as much.
  • Be more confident.
  • Be more self assured.
  • Be a better sales person.
  • Become a great public speaker.
  • Become a better husband, wife or manager.

Others might have desired to

  • Shoot scratch golf.
  • To have a killer serve in tennis.
  • To perfect their music or acting.
  • To be an engaging entertainer.
  • To get rid of anxiety.
  • In other words to excel in life!

In efforts to make behavioral changes in their lives, they’ve read tons and tons of self help and positive thinking books. They’ve attended motivational speeches and bought and listened to motivational cds and cassette tapes. They’ve really tried. But they tried by using their conscious mind – not their subconscious mind!

Efforts to make behavioral change using the conscious mind are destined to fail. Period! Permanent behavioral change – meaning behavioral change that lasts for more than a couple of days… can’t be made in the conscious mind. Habits, either good or bad aren’t located there. They’re located in the subconscious mind! That’s where one has to go in order to effect real, permanent behavioral change.

Permanent behavioral change must occur in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is made up of the alpha and theta states. The alpha and theta states or modes are where we find our cognitive maps. A working definition of the cognitive maps comes from the Downs and Stea* text book – Cognitive Mapping and Spatial Behavior: “Cognitive mapping is the process by which and individual acquires, stores and recalls information about their everyday life.” These cognitive maps are where we find our habits and opinions. Opinions of who we are… confident, self assured and strong or timid, scared and fearful? These maps direct our behavior. If we want to change our behavior – we must do it by reprogramming the cognitive maps in our subconscious mind. Reprogramming these cognitive maps are the key to changing our behavior. The only way to access the subconscious mind deliberately is through hypnosis.

Hypnosis is the bridge to the subconscious mind.

One can just keep on trying to make the changes in their life just as they have in the past with positive thinking, the self help books and the listening to motivational speeches. But if it hasn’t worked long term in the past, then it won’t work in the future either. Albert Einstein said that “trying the same solution that hasn’t worked before, on the same problem, hoping that somehow it will work today, is the mark of insanity.” Well I don’t think its insanity, but it is kind of useless – isn’t it?

If you have an area in your life that you would like to improve… or if you would like to re-invent yourself, contact Bob Crow for a complimentary consultation. 404-277-1827

* Downs and Stea – Cognitive mapping.

Celebratory Eating

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

It’s your birthday!

It’s Friday!

I’m on vacation!

It’s a picnic!

It’s Thanksgiving!

It’s Christmas!

Okay, just one small piece.

What was I supposed to do? I couldn’t be rude, it was a baby shower.

What was I supposed to do? I couldn’t be rude, it was a wedding.

What was I supposed to do? It was my old boss’s retirement party.

What was I supposed to do? It was my high school class reunion.

How often do I get to have a girl’s night out?

How often do I go on a cruise?

Don’t I have to reward myself for being good once in a while?!?!?

If you don’t move beyond the above kind of thinking, you will never lose the weight that you desire to lose – instead you will destine yourself, to a life of one diet after another until you finally give up.

No matter what the supposed justification or rationalization, the above examples of what I call, celebratory eating, are really just EXCUSES to overeat! You say you want to be thin trim and healthy. In fact you’ve been saying that for years. But if you continue to behave contrary to your weight loss goals by using the above as reasons to snack and overeat – your weight and size will remain the same. If you want to change the way that you deal with overeating – you must do it in your subconscious mind. That way, you absentmindedly eat the right foods – instead of absentmindedly eating the wrong foods. That’s why hypnosis is the perfect solution for permanent weight loss.  The subconscious mind creates automatic behaviors.  Anytime you are in a highly emotional state and eat something, the two become linked in your mind.  Absent minded overeating has worked to your detriment; let’s enlist your powerful subconscious mind and enable you to unconsciously eat right!

In your hypnosis sessions we will link positive feelings to healthier activities.  If you only celebrate or feel good when eating, how can you ever get rid of excess weight?  There are many other activities that can give positive feedback.  Exercise, socializing with friends, reading a good book, playing with your pet etc.  are all activities that are healthier than simply eating.  Nothing tastes better then life!!

We will also use aversion therapy using hypnosis to give you the ability to just say no to the celebratory eating that has sabotaged you for years. Hypnotherapy will give the celebratory over eater an entirely new mindset that will enable them to overcome those moments of weakness.

You’ve tried diets, discipline and willpower for years. If you feel that this is your time and your window of opportunity to finally lose the weight you’ve been wanting to lose for years, and to get off of the constant diet roller coaster, call Bob Crow at 404.277.1827 for a complimentary consultation.


Cutting back doesn’t work!

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

I am a practicing hypnotherapist in Atlanta, Georgia. A great portion of my hypnosis practice here in Atlanta is weight loss. Many people that have came to see me have previously attempted to lose weight by trying to cut back, on what they eat. They’ve done this on a daily or weekly basis for years. Why doesn’t just cutting back work?

Our body is not designed to reflect hourly, overnight or even three or four day differentials in diet, so the results that one sees if any, are minimal. People think “what’s the use” then give up and try cutting back a few days later with the same lack of positive results. In order for our body to survive it wants to maintain a status quo so that it doesn’t stress itself over when or if we will get our next meal, such as cave man and other early varieties of man would certainly have done. It was not until a few hundred years ago that man had the luxury of being able to eat “three squares” a day. And it was not until relatively recent times that “junk” food became available at gas stations and fast food stores and virtually everywhere that enabled him to snack or “graze” almost continually.

Many of the people that come to see me for losing weight though hypnosis in Atlanta, Georgia are what I have called compensatory dieters. What does that term compensatory dieter mean? It means that they cut back what they eat and/or how much they eat for a meal or two, or even four or five days, or they exercise and then rationalize to themselves, that since they’ve “cut back” or exercised they should be able to have a little more of this or a little more of that. They are rationalizing. According to Dr. Gregory House from the popular TV series House, rationalizing means lying to one’s self.

In the cognitive maps found in the subconscious mind, are many, many cues that cause you to revert to your old eating habits. Some of these cues are emotional in nature and some are mechanical. Either way these cues keep one eating the way they are used to eating whether they go on some kind of diet or not. These maps being located in the subconscious mind can only be changed in the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is the bridge to the subconscious mind, it is the only way that one can access their subconscious to change these cues. Diets don’t work. You would really have to think long and hard to recall anyone, that has lost an appreciable amount of weight and kept if off for two years. Why? Because these people revert to their previous eating habits as the old cues in their cognitive maps are still in place. Using  hypnosis for weight loss will enable one to move past the old eating cues and replace them with new eating cues. Once the old cues are replaced with new cues, you will begin to eat in a manner that will keep you thin intuitively!

Cutting back is a mindset that doesn’t work for weight loss. Why? Well let’s say that you wanted to take a boat from one side of the Chattahoochee River to the other, if you placed one foot in the boat and left one foot on the river bank, no part of you would make it to the other side! In using hypnotherapy for weight loss one must incorporate the concept of commitment. Put both feet in the boat! That’s commitment!