What is Hypnotherapy?

What is hypnosis?                                                                                        

There is no debate as to whether hypnosis exists or works. Science simply cannot agree on what it is and how it works, although The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:

“In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.”

These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people’s minds. In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made to do anything. It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis.

A hypnotist merely helps to facilitate your experience – hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.

Definition of hypnotherapy

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It involves the induction of a trance-like condition. When in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist’s voice. In this relaxed state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. The therapist is then able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.

Hypnotherapy is the practice of promoting positive development or healing. Hypnotherapy aims to re-program patterns of behavior within the mind, enabling irrational fears, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

Four extracts from Dr. Hilary Jones’ book, “Doctor, What’s the Alternative?” provide an accurate and accessible description of what hypnotherapy is, how it works, and how hypnotherapy can help you change and grow:

How does it work?

Hypnosis alters our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. The subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind this is the part which has to change for the client’s behavior and physical state to alter.

For example, a client who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the client from succeeding. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.

What form might the treatment take?

Any misconceptions a potential client may have about hypnosis should be dispelled. The technique does not involve the client being put into a deep sleep, and the client cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioral habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. They have to want the treatment to work and must establish a good clinical rapport with the therapist in order for it to do so.

The readiness and ability of patients to be hypnotized varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However the patient can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist. This can help counter distress and anxiety-related conditions.

What problems can be treated by hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders. It is used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit in obstetrics. It can shorten the delivery stage of labor and reduce the need for painkillers. It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcoholism, and to help with bulimia. Children are generally easy to hypnotize and can be helped with bedwetting and chronic asthma.

Fears of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behavior, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit. Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating respond well, and even tinnitus can be treated by these techniques.



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Whаt іѕ Hурnоthеrару?  

Hурnоthеrару іѕ a fоrm оf thеrару thаt іѕ соnduсtеd wіth thе hеlр оf hурnоѕіѕ, whісh іѕ a nаturаllу оссurrіng state оf mіnd thаt еvеrуоnе hаѕ еxреrіеnсеd аt оnе tіmе оr аnоthеr. Whеn уоu wаtсh a tеlеvіѕіоn рrоgrаm аnd “ѕрасе оut” tо thе роіnt thаt уоu аrе unаwаrе оf whаt оthеrѕ аrе ѕауіng аrоund уоu, уоu аrе іn a fоrm оf hурnоtіс trаnсе. Bу purposely рuttіng thе mіnd іn a hурnоtіс trаnсе аnd еѕtаblіѕhіng whаt іѕ rеfеrrеd tо аѕ “ѕеlесtіvе thіnkіng,” іt іѕ роѕѕіblе tо еnсоurаgе thе mіnd tо rеjесt lіmіtіng bеlіеfѕ thаt ѕtаnd bеtwееn уоu аnd your wеіght loss gоаlѕ.

Hоw Dоеѕ Hурnоthеrару Wеіght Lоѕѕ Wоrk?

Wеіght lоѕѕ саn be hаrd tо асhіеvе wіth аll thе dеmаndѕ mоdеrn lіfе makes оn реорlе. Nо wоndеr mеn, wоmеn аnd еvеn сhіldrеn аrе іnсrеаѕіnglу еаtіng on thе run. Thе ѕtаndаrd wеѕtеrn dіеt knоwn аррrорrіаtеlу аѕ S.A.D. іѕ hіgh іn ѕugаr, fаt, ѕіmрlе саrbоhуdrаtеѕ аnd оf соurѕе сhеmісаl аddіtіvеѕ. Thіѕ diet іѕ mаkіng реорlе fаt аnd trіggеrіng аn еріdеmіс оf dіаbеtеѕ аnd оthеr rеlаtеd іllnеѕѕеѕ. On tор оf thіѕ, реорlе аrе асtuаllу mоvіng lеѕѕ. Thе аvеrаgе реrѕоn іѕ buѕу аnd ѕtrеѕѕеd but іѕ nоt рhуѕісаllу еxеrсіѕіng еnоugh.

Strеѕѕ іѕ a ѕіgnіfісаnt fасtоr іn mаkіng рооr lіfеѕtуlе dесіѕіоnѕ аnd саn lеаd tо bаd hаbіtѕ. Individuals whо hаvе gаіnеd wеіght knоw thеу hаvе tо change whаt thеу аrе dоіng, but mоtіvаtіоn іѕ hаrd tо fіnd when thе рrеѕѕurе juѕt kеерѕ ріlіng оn. Thеу рrоbаblу wіѕh thаt ѕоmеbоdу еlѕе (wіth gооd dіеt аnd еxеrсіѕе hаbіtѕ) соuld lіvе іnѕіdе thеіr bоdу fоr a lіttlе whіlе tо hеlр gеt thіngѕ moving іn thе rіght dіrесtіоn. Thіѕ іѕ whеrе hурnоѕіѕ саn hеlр. Thаt nеw реrѕоn lіvіng іnѕіdе thеіr bоdу саn асtuаllу bе thеm!

Hурnоѕіѕ wоrkѕ аt a ѕubсоnѕсіоuѕ lеvеl bу dіrесtlу gіvіng ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ tо thе ѕubсоnѕсіоuѕ mіnd. Positive ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ that encourage wеіght lоѕѕ wоrk аt a ѕubсоnѕсіоuѕ lеvеl tо сrеаtе nеw bеlіеfѕ, vаluеѕ аnd hаbіtuаl thіnkіng ѕо that thе сlіеnt іѕ аblе tо nаturаllу mаkе hеаlthіеr dесіѕіоnѕ. Hурnоѕіѕ еnсоurаgеѕ a hеаlthу lіfеѕtуlе сhаngе whісh lеаdѕ tо nаturаl wеіght lоѕѕ. Thіѕ іѕ whу іt іѕ ѕо еffесtіvе. Dіеtѕ hаvе bееn ѕhоwn tо bе іnеffесtіvе іn thе lоng tеrm whеrеаѕ сhаngіng уоur dіеt аnd еxеrсіѕе hаbіtѕ реrmаnеntlу lеаdѕ tо роѕіtіvе wеіght lоѕѕ rеѕultѕ.

Hурnоѕіѕ ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ fоr wеіght lоѕѕ uѕuаllу іnсludе mоtіvаtіоn еnсоurаgеmеnt аnd соnfіdеnсе buіldіng ѕtаtеmеntѕ аѕ wеll аѕ specific dіrесtіоnѕ tо сrеаtе a hеаlthіеr lіfеѕtуlе. Hурnоѕіѕ ѕеѕѕіоnѕ аlѕо uѕuаllу use vіѕuаlіzаtіоn guіdаnсе tо hеlр thе сlіеnt ‘ѕее’ thеmѕеlvеѕ аt thеіr іdеаl wеіght аnd tо ‘fееl’ hоw grеаt thаt fееlѕ. Thіѕ ѕеtѕ thеm uр fоr success. If a реrѕоn саn believe thеу саn lоѕе wеіght, thеу саn. Unfоrtunаtеlу, mаnу people hаvе trіеd соuntlеѕѕ dіеtѕ аnd fаіlеd аnd, аѕ a rеѕult, thеу hаvе lоѕt соnfіdеnсе іn thеmѕеlvеѕ and іn thеіr аbіlіtу tо tаkе thе wеіght оff аnd kеер it оff. Hурnоѕіѕ fоr wеіght lоѕѕ fосuѕеѕ оn hоw іndіvіduаlѕ wіll fееl whеn thеу lоѕе thе wеіght, thеіr соmреtеnсу tо dо ѕо, аnd оn thе рrосеѕѕ оf сrеаtіng a nеw hеаlthу lіfеѕtуlе thаt thеу wіll еnjоу.

Whу Shоuld I Uѕе Hурnоthеrару tо Hеlр wіth Wеіght Lоѕѕ?

Thеrе are mаnу bеnеfіtѕ tо uѕіng hурnоthеrару tо аѕѕіѕt уоu wіth wеіght lоѕѕ. Fіrѕt, thоuѕаndѕ оf реорlе hаvе fоund ѕuссеѕѕ wіth hурnоthеrару аnd аrе аblе to lоѕе wеіght wіthоut еxреrіеnсіng thе lеvеl оf ѕuffеrіng thаt is оftеn аѕѕосіаtеd wіth dieting. Sесоnd, hурnоthеrару is nоt іnvаѕіvе оr роtеntіаllу hаrmful tо уоur hеаlth, whісh іѕ nоt thе саѕе wіth wеіght lоѕѕ ѕurgісаl рrосеdurеѕ. Fіnаllу, hурnоthеrару аlѕо сrеаtеѕ a long tеrm lіfе сhаngе, whісh mеаnѕ уоu wіll bе аblе tо bеаt уоur wеіght рrоblеmѕ аnd mаіntаіn thе rеѕultѕ thrоughоut уоur lіfеtіmе. Whеn іѕ hурnоthеrару useful?

Hурnоthеrару іѕ uѕеful whеn уоu hаvе a ѕресіfіс реrѕоnаl рrоblеm уоu wаnt tо ѕоlvе. Thе ѕоrt оf рrоblеmѕ thаt hypnotherapy саn bе аррlіеd tо іnсludе:

Phуѕісаl рrоblеmѕ

Hурnоthеrару саn hеlр wіth сhrоnіс раіn аnd muѕсulаr tеnѕіоn. It іѕ еffесtіvе bоth fоr rеlаxіng thе bоdу аnd аltеrіng thе wау thе brаіn реrсеіvеѕ раіn tо rеduсе іt’ѕ іntеnѕіtу.

Emоtіоnаl рrоblеmѕ

Thеѕе саn іnсludе fеаr аnd аnxіеtу; е.g. рhоbіаѕ, раnіс аttасkѕ, еxаm nеrvеѕ еtс, grіеf, аngеr, guіlt, ѕhаmе, lоw ѕеlf-еѕtееm аnd mаnу mоrе.

Bеhаvіоrаl рrоblеmѕ

Thеѕе саn іnсludе ѕmоkіng, оvеrеаtіng, drіnkіng tоо much аnd vаrіоuѕ оthеr kіndѕ оf аddісtіvе bеhаvіоur. It іѕ аlѕо роѕѕіblе tо hеlр wіth іnѕоmnіа аnd dіѕturbеd ѕlеер.

In gеnеrаl, hурnоthеrару рrоvіdеѕ a uѕеful соmрlеmеnt tо оthеr kіndѕ оf mеdісаl саrе. Yоu ѕhоuld сhесk саrеfullу аѕ tо whеthеr уоur hурnоthеrаріѕt іѕ mеdісаllу ԛuаlіfіеd аnd оnlу tаkе mеdісаl аdvісе frоm ԛuаlіfіеd рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ.

Hоw dоеѕ hурnоthеrару wоrk?

Hурnоthеrару wоrkѕ thrоugh thе uѕе оf hypnosis. Thіѕ іѕ thе рrосеѕѕ bу whісh thе hурnоthеrаріѕt hеlрѕ thе сlіеnt аttаіn a раrtісulаr ѕtаtе оf соnѕсіоuѕnеѕѕ called trаnсе.

All оf uѕ еxреrіеnсе аltеrеd ѕtаtеѕ оf соnѕсіоuѕnеѕѕ ѕuсh аѕ ѕlееріng оr dау drеаmіng еvеrу dау. Thе trаnсе ѕtаtе іѕ dіffеrеnt іn thаt іt hаѕ ѕресіаl рrореrtіеѕ. In аn оrdіnаrу ѕtаtе, реорlе аrе lіmіtеd іn thеіr ability tо rеѕроnd to ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ. Thеу mау fіnd іt hаrd tо соntrоl thеіr thоughtѕ, fееlіngѕ аnd bеhаvіоr. In раrtісulаr, іt іѕ dіffісult fоr thеm tо соntrоl thеіr unсоnѕсіоuѕ mіnd – thаt раrt оf thе mіnd thаt соntrоlѕ аutоmаtіс асtіvіtу ѕuсh аѕ еmоtіоnѕ аnd habits.

Call today for  a free phone consultation 414-241-2563.

Discover Your Power with Self-Hypnosis


Self-hypnosis is a trance-like state characterized by increased suggestibility, extreme relaxation, and heightened imagination. If you can put yourself into a hypnotic state) of consciousness at will, then you can get the benefits of improved mental power and well-being. Self-hypnosis refers to a situation where you intentionally put yourself in this relaxed state without the help of anyone, not even a hypnotherapist.

Self-Hypnosis improves the power of the mind because it induces a state of increased suggestibility and extreme relaxation to treat a host of physical and mental conditions. This technique is medically recognized, and it uses innate powers to promote all kinds of physical and mental improvements. Some health care professionals are trained in hypnotherapy — chiropractors, nurses, doctors, dentists, and psychotherapists. However, with self-hypnosis, you don’t have to rely on someone else to guide you into this powerful mental state – it is something you can do on your own.

But how does self-hypnosis feel? If you’ve ever found yourself entranced or mesmerized by ripples in a pond, ocean waves, or a crackling fire, then you’ve experienced self-hypnosis. These experiences make you feel profoundly relaxed and lost in your thoughts; you become temporarily unaware of the world around you – just like someone absorbed in a novel or a movie.

Hypnosis can help alleviate anxiety and other stress-related disorders. It helps with situational anxiety such as fear of taking exams or of public speaking. Self-hypnosis is also useful if you have a medically related concern such as that experienced before or during chemotherapy, surgery, a dental procedure, or other medical treatments and tests.

It can minimize the symptoms of panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder. Medical experts have used it successfully for a long list of chronic diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, asthma, migraines, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, eating disorders, chronic pain, and bruxism. It also helps those with dementia, Tourette syndrome, sexual problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, memory issues, insomnia and sleep disorders, epilepsy and depression.

You can use hypnosis to improve all areas of your life. It is most commonly used for weight loss, to sleep better, quit smoking, or for general stress relief. Hypnosis is used to increase concentration, focus, and productivity, improve self-esteem and confidence, and enhance relationships. You can use self-Hypnosis to make you whatever you want to be —healthier, happier, and more successful.

Since the 1950s, many medics have acknowledged hypnosis as a valid medical therapy. It is therefore not surprising that a wide variety of healthcare professionals have integrated it into their practice.


Discover Your Power with Self Hypnosis

Next workshop:

Dates: Saturday, January 20 & 27

Time 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: HK Hypnosis 4650 N. Port Washington Rd

Fee: $125.00  Early Bird  Price $90.00 if paid  before January 15th

Call 414-241-2563 or  Sign up at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-your-power-with-self-hypnosis-tickets-30803273420 2017 

14th Annual World Hypnotism Day

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Milwaukee, WI – The fourteenth annual World Hypnotism Day sponsored by HK Hypnosis will take place on Monday, January 4th. With New Year resolutions facing us, the timing is perfect for World Hypnotism Day. Learn how to beat the Resolution Blues and succeed at your goals.

World Hypnotism Day has proven to be one of the most impressive displays of professionalism and sharing of knowledge and skills by hypnotists around the world. Many people are unaware of the Benefits of Hypnosis and may have misconceptions about hypnosis. In order to promote the benefits of hypnosis and to dispel myths surrounding hypnosis, World Hypnotism Day (January 4) was originated by Tom Nicoli. It is now recognized in twenty two countries worldwide. Talks, interviews, workshops and articles are available around the world while explaining the many benefits Hypnosis brings. Free resources for the public can be found at www.worldhypnotismday.com .

The popularity and benefits of hypnotism increases daily as we have read and heard the headlines in Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Canadian Living, Shape, O magazine and on popular syndicated television shows. Now it’s time to come out and learn more about how hypnotism can help you, especially for your New Year’s resolution’s.

HK  Hypnosis LLC will hold this annual event Monday, January 4th 6:30-8:30 p.m. 4650 N. Port Washington Road.

Free and open in the public.

 For further information, interview or World Hypnotism Day events in the Milwaukee, Northshore area, please contact:

Heddy Keith 414-241-2563, Heddykeith51@att.net



Healthy Lifestyle Changes Can Save Your Life

Blood Pressure Demands the 3 C’s: Check, Change, Control.



When it comes to blood pressure, what you don’t know can definitely hurt you. Many of the 80 million American adults who have it don’t know they have it. It has no symptoms. It can only be reliably diagnosed by a healthcare professional using a blood pressure monitor. Once diagnosed, it can’t be cured; but it can be controlled, which requires daily attention. It’s rampant among African-Americans. Left undiagnosed, it can lead to strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure.

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Based on the premise that “healthier blood pressure sometimes takes a community,” the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association created the Check. Change. Control. program. It uses health mentors to help people with high blood pressure do what they need to do to control it — eat right, be active, visit their doctor and take their medication. The mentors are local volunteers, sometimes family members, who are trained to encourage participants to monitor their blood pressure and stay consistent with their plan for controlling it.

If you don’t know your blood pressure, you can get it checked at no cost in many pharmacies, healthcare facilities and fire stations. And checking it once is not enough because blood pressure increases with age. If your blood pressure is above 120/80 mm Hg, the American Heart Association recommends getting your blood pressure checked by a doctor at least once every two years starting at age 20.

In addition to personal contact, the Check. Change. Control. program uses Heart360, which is a web-based tool to help track blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, physical activity and medication. It also makes suggestions about action plans, and helps participants connect with healthcare providers and mentors to share progress. Heart360 is like a personal hub that pulls together all the information you need for you and your doctor to be actively working to reach — and keep — your blood pressure at a healthy level.

Check. Change. Control. is based on research led by Dr. Kevin L. Thomas of Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Thomas used a multipronged approach to reduce blood pressure among a group of patients of different ages, ethnicities and genders. This approach was used with 1,756 people, 75 percent of whom were African-American, grouped by the severity of their high blood pressure. Those with the lowest blood pressure levels (below 140/90) received the lowest level of intervention, a bimonthly automated reminder to enter their blood pressure measurements into Heart360. Those in the middle group (with a reading between 140/90 and 159/99) used Heart360 in addition to receiving lifestyle counseling and medication evaluation from physician assistants. Those with the highest blood pressure levels (above 159/99) received the most hands-on follow-up. In addition to the interventions in the other categories, this included an assigned community health coach who conducted home visits. These interventions increased the number of participants with healthy blood pressure by 12 percent. That’s about 210 people in six months who brought their blood pressure down to less than 140/90.

Because of this success, the AHA provided grants to 18 healthcare markets in 2012 to create pilot programs. Now, the Check. Change. Control. program has 90 programs in 60 markets, including Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia. As of June 2014, there were 20,720 people enrolled.

Knowing your numbers, reducing them if necessary and maintaining your program can help you avert catastrophic outcomes caused by high blood pressure. Sometimes, controlling it takes a community.

Enroll in Check. Change. Control.

If your community does not have Check. Change. Control. yet, don’t let that stop you from discovering and monitoring your blood pressure numbers. You can get your numbers at no cost at many places in your community, and you can enroll yourself in Heart360. AHA has extensive blood pressure information online.

Your blood pressure is serious business, so get serious about it.

Kenneth Mathews describes things he has done to live a healthier life.

Salute To Veterans

“Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.” —Jennifer M. Granholm

Veteran's Day Graphic for Meals & DealsAll across our nation we celebrate and pay tribute to our veterans, to those who give their lives to protect our lives. It is with this heartfelt gratitude that I offer Free introductory hypnosis sessions to our veterans during the month of November.

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.” —Wallace Bruce

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” —Bruce Lee

A life worth remembering… as I think about this and the sacrifices these courageous men and women make in our country’s behalf,  my heart is overflowing with appreciation and compassion. It is our duty to not only remember them on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, but everyday.  I am so grateful for our soldiers and the sacrifices they make everyday, sacrifices that we take for granted.                                                            Veterans Thank You 13 - 1

“When the soldiers came home from Vietnam, there were no parades, no celebrations. So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.” —William Westmoreland. 

Let’s make sure from now on we honor our soldiers and take care of them when they return. For information about Veterans Day Appreciation meals and discounts go to: http://www.signaturetwo.com/news.

By: Anna Fleet

Maybe you already knew that particular foods contain high thermogenic effect, which essentially means they help to boost your metabolism. However, the majority of the population has no idea exactly what foods burn calories as you chew, or contain particular nutrients and compounds that fuel your body’s internal metabolic furnace and help you literally melt the calories you consume far more quickly.

Here are ten foods that nutritionists credit with helping you burn fat…

  1. Hot Peppers

image red hot chili peppersChili peppers sure do pack quite a bunch! They have a compound called “capsaicin” that gives them their zip and heats up the body, firing up your metabolism and helping you burn off excess calories. Capsaicin is present in fresh, pickled and dry peppers, along with flaked pepper spices like cayenne and red chilies. Weight loss experts recommend adding them to your soups, sauces, and rice dishes to boost your diet’s automatic fat-burning potential.

If you don’t like spicy food, you can still benefit from chili peppers. A recent University of California study found that peppers with a compound called dihydrocapsiate also helped st udy participants burn fat. Dihydrocapsiate is a non-burning (i.e. non-spicy) form of capsaicin which incr eases your body’s ability to oxidize fat. Researchers recommend making it a regular part of your low-calorie diet if you’re not a fan of spicy dishes – this will help you benefit from the natural fat-burning properties of chili peppers without setting your mouth on fire.

  1. Green Tea

Image green-teaGreen tea contains a substance known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been scientifically proven to provide your metabolism with a temporary boost. EGCG is an antioxidant which helps your body make better use of a naturally occurring hormone and neurotransmitter called nor-epinephrine. The main metabolism effect of nor-epinephrine is that it sends signals to your body, telling it to start breaking down fat cells and using their stored energy.

While green tea doesn’t contain a lot of caffeine, it does have some – about 25 to 50 milligrams per cup, on average. Caffeine synergizes with nor-epinephrine, enhancing its fat-burning effects. One recent study showed that men who took dietary supplements containing EGCG burned 17 percent more fat by exercising than men who didn’t. If you’re regularly exercising and eating a low-calorie diet, incorporate hot or cold green tea into your diet to kick your fat-burning regimen into overdrive

  1. Oats

Oats are very high in image cupof oatmealfiber, and when your body needs to break down fiber-rich whole foods, it burns up to twice as many calories during the digestion process. Dietary fiber also helps regulate your appetite, giving you a lasting feeling of satiation and helping ward off hunger throughout the day. This makes you less likely to reach for sugary or fatty snacks, especially in the hours between breakfast and lunch.

Experts recommend eating oatmeal for breakfast, but watch out if you’re buying quick-cooking or instant oatmeal. Many of these products contain added sugar, which will effectively neutralize its healthy effects. Instead, reach for unsweetened whole-grain oats, and add some honey or fresh fruit to boost its flavor appeal. Pair it with protein-rich nuts and you’ll have one of the healthiest breakfasts on the planet. You can also sprinkle oat bran on your soups, salads and stir fry dishes to give your body an internal workout!

  1. Grapefruit

Chances are you’ve heard that one of timage grapefruit white backgroundhe best fat-burning breakfasts you can eat is half a grapefruit with a cup of black coffee. This can be a great start to your day, especially if you follow it up a couple of hours later with a healthy “second breakfast,” containing fiber-rich, high-protein foods. Grapefruit helps your body dissolve fat and cholesterol, which fighting hardening of the arteries (a process known as “arteriosclerosis”).

A medium-sized grapefruit has only 74 calories, but packs a whopping 15 grams of belly-filling pectin fiber. This fiber helps you feel full for a longer period of time, regulating hunger levels throughout the day and making you less likely to snack between meals. Grapefruit it also very high in both vitamin C and potassium, and it contains absolutely no fat and no sodium. Add it to your breakfast regimen and watch your waistline shrink!

  1. Lean Turkey or Chicken

image lean Chicken-Breasts2Turkey and chicken are both very lean sources of protein, and both have what is known in dietary circles as a “high thermogenic effect.” In essence, this means that it fires up your body’s internal furnace during the digestion process, sending your metabolism into overdrive. Because turkey and chicken are both very low in fat, they are also much lower in calories than fattier meats like beef and pork. It’s a win-win situation for your body, which gets all the nutrients and benefits of meat from far fewer calories, all while burning more energy during digestion.

However, turkey and chicken both come with an important caveat. If you want to maximize the fat-burning potential of these meats, it’s important to take the skin off. Poultry skin is very high in fat, and it will significantly alter the nutrition content of the meat. Get rid of it, and flavor the meat with spices or low-calorie, low-sugar sauces.

  1. Lentils

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By now, you’re probably noticing a trend – the higher a food’s protein content, the better it is for weight loss. Your body has to spend more calories breaking down protein, making it automatically better for burning fat, and it also takes your body longer to digest protein. This leaves you feeling fuller for a longer period of time, and studies have shown that people eating high-protein diets consume far less calories during an average day than people on lower-protein diets.

Lentils are an excellent choice because they are very high in protein, yet very low in fat. In fact, they have one of the lowest fat contents of any protein-rich food. A single serving of lentils also provides for 35 percent of your daily iron needs. Lentils are also low in sodium and very high in potassium. Few foods offer the nutritional punch of low-calorie lentils. Add them to your soup recipes, or put them in regular rotation as a side dish.

  1. Fish

Certain types of fiimage grilled salmonsh are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which promote fat loss by kicking your metabolism into high gear. The dietary action of omega-3 fatty acids is similar to that of protein – it forces your body to naturally burn more calories while helping you keep your appetite in check throughout the day. Fish is a great choice at lunchtime; the earlier in the day you eat it, the longer you will benefit from its appetite-regulating properties.

Fish also reduces your risk of heart disease, reduces cholesterol, and can help relieve arthritis and joint inflammation symptoms. A can of water-packed tuna has about 90 to 120 calories, which isn’t much considering its nutritive benefits. Salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna are all very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which may also help protect your brain and boost your cognitive capabilities. Just watch out for high mercury content; choose organic or sustainable sourced products rather than their mass-produced counterparts.

  1. Berries

Berries are very rich in antioxidants, and getting more antioxidants from natural sources is a great way to help boost your metabolism. The antioxidants contained in berries promote better blood flow, which helps your body build stronger muscles. The more muscle your body has, the more calories it will burn – even when you’re at rest. Invest some time in iimage basket-of-berriesmproving your fat-to-muscle ratio and you’ll benefit from passive calorie burning and weight loss.

Another benefit of berries is that they are very low in calories. Strawberries are very low in calories, with only about 45 per cup. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries all range between 60 and 80 calories per cup, and all four types of berries help keep your blood pressure down. This reduces your risk of heart disease and heart attacks – another reason to add berries to your oatmeal or whole-grain breakfast cereal. They’re also one of the best snacks you can eat.

  1. Apples

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You already know that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but apples can also help keep the calories away as well. A few crispy bites is a safe way to elevate your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, providing you with a nutrient-rich, low-calorie source of satisfying energy. A medium-sized apple has just 80 calories, with all kinds of antioxidants and absolutely no sodium, saturated fat or cholesterol. Like berries, apples make a great midday snack.

Given that apples are also rich in antioxidants, they can help improve your body’s blood flow and help you build healthier, stronger muscles. As a general rule of thumb, choose apples with darker skins more often. The darker an apple’s skin, the richer it is in antioxidants, and the stronger its fat-burning effects will be. However, if you strongly prefer Granny Smith or golden delicious apples, rest easy – these varieties also pack a strong antioxidant punch.

  1. Coffee

Sure, caffeine has its drawbacks – excessive consumption can cause an elevated heart rate while potentially image cup of coffeetriggering anxiety and insomnia. However, moderate coffee drinkers can take solace in the fact that their morning cup of java provides a big metabolic boost, meaning that this stimulant naturally speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn more calories than normal. It also helps get you up and moving more quickly in the morning, providing your energy levels with a helpful push in the right direction.

In addition to moderating consumption, you should also be careful about what you add to your coffee. Piling on the sugar and heavy cream will turn this metabolism-boosting beverage into a fat trap. Instead, use low-fat milk and sweeteners instead of sugar, or avoid sweetening it altogether. Coffee is healthiest when it’s consumed black, so if you can make that transition, your body will thank you for it.


10 Foods Proven to Burn Fat


You know how sappy movies go right to your heart? And champagne goes right to your head? And tax day goes right to your wallet? Well, some foods go right to your gut and cause nearly instant fat gain, right where you don’t want it.

They call this type of weight gain “deep fat tissue,” and it leads to deeply felt embarrassment when it comes time to strip down for the neighborhood pool party. It also leads to some more serious issues—heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s among them.

Where your body stores calories depends on your hormones, and some foods trigger just the exact right hormonal reaction—they hit you in the gut like a Dear John letter. Fortunately, new research in Zero Belly Diet, the New York Times bestseller from Abs Diet author David Zinczenko, reveals the six most common “insta-belly” foods, and offers some ingenious alternatives to help you indulge without the bulge.

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    In the contest to find the very worst possible food for your belly, Harvard researchers believe they have a winner. It’s not just that they’re saturated with saturated fat, causing abdominal fat gain. It’s not just that they’re crusted with salt, causing mid-level bloat. It’s not even a pure calorie play—there are plenty of more caloric snacks out there. What makes potato chips so epically bad for your belly is not what they have, but what they lack: the ability to make you feel satisfied. A handful of chips can turn into a big empty bag in no time simply because our bodies expect us to make them happy when we eat food. Daily chip consumption alone was responsible for adding nearly two pounds of flab to study participants’ frame every four years. That means if you cut out chips, you would lose more than half a pound of fat directly from your belly, even if you changed nothing else about your diet.

Eat This Instead: Nip your salty cravings in the bud with Beanitos, a chip made from navy beans, brown rice, oils and spices. This snack time favorite has a texture and flavor reminiscent of traditional nachos, but far less saturated fat.


If you want to get your beach boddiet soda imagey back, you should cut out sugary beverages and replace them with diet versions, right? Wrong.

Recent studies have found an association between the consumption of diet sodas and a wider waist circumference. What’s more, diet soda drinkers have a higher percentage of belly flab than those who don’t sip the beverage, a study in the journal Obesity found. Why? Researchers think diet soda drinkers may overestimate how many calories they’re “saving,” and then overeat.

Drink This Instead: White Tea. This brew blocks the formation of new fat cells and helps the body break down stored fat, according a Nutrition and Metabolism study. That means that even when you overindulge; it’s harder for your body to store the excess calories in your body. And if you want an added weight loss boost, switch to one of the magical 4 Teas That Melt Fat Fast.


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A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips? How about this: A night at the Hut, a lifetime in the gut.

In fact, pizza is the second biggest contributor of saturated fat to the American diet (just below cheese itself), and most slices serve up half a day’s worth of the artery clogger. Researchers have found that unlike other fats, the saturated variety is the most likely to be stored in the stomach.


Eat This Instead: Bruschetta. All the crusty, tomatoey flavor, not of the broken zippers. Discover the recipe, and the game-changing “75/25” rule that shows How Maria Menounos dropped 40 pounds—and kept it off!


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Any fat-laden carb fest will make you gain weight, but there’s something almost magical about the effect of fried spuds on your body’s fat-storage system–and by magical, we mean Voldemort, not Potter. One 20-year Harvard study found that people who ate fries regularly gained more than three pounds of body weight every four years; over the course of the study, the French fry eaters gained 15 pounds of belly flab from fries alone!

Eat This Instead: Homemade sweet potato fries. Slice a sweet potato lengthwise into strips, top with a few spritzes of coconut-oil cooking spray (a fat less apt to be stored as flab than butter or lard), salt, pepper and garlic powder, and pop them into the oven on 350 degrees F until they’re crispy. When dining out, ask for a side salad and a vinegar-based dressing in lieu of the fries that comes with your meal. And for the full list of what to eat for rapid weight loss, check out these essential 14 Ways to Lose Your Belly in 14 Days!


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Wait—don’t toss your steak knife at us yet! Studies show that eating the right cuts of steak can actually help whittle your middle. But rib-eye, along with T-bone and New York Strip, is one of the three fattiest cuts known to man or cow; in a study by Chinese researchers, consuming a diet rich in fatty, fresh red meat is positively associated with abdominal obesity and larger waist circumference.

Eat This Instead: Choose the right steak and you’ll reap several health benefits. Find out which to buy in the essential list of ab-defining 12 Foods Personal Trainers Swear By.


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It’s natural! It’s packed with Vitamin C! It comes from Florida! What could be wrong? Well, while 100 percent fruit juice is a better pick than sugary drinks like Sunny D, even the all-natural stuff still packs up to 36 grams of sugar per cup—or about what you’d get from popping 4 Krispy Kreme glazed donuts into a blender and hitting frappe. What’s more, most of the sweetness in juice comes from fructose, a type of sugar associated with the development of visceral adipose tissue—yep, that’s belly fat.

Drink This Instead: Trick your belly into shrinking itself by filling your glass with some refreshing spa water. Just add fresh sliced fruit like oranges and grapefruit to plain ol’ H20 and chill. The key is to keep the peels on: citrus peels are rich in the antioxidant d-limonene, a powerful compound that helps flush out toxins from the body and allow it to release stored visceral fat.


Let It Go

Sometimes we cause ourselves much dreaded pain, because we don’t let go emotionally.

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Every 30 days for the past 10 years, I pull a word or a phrase from a blessed bag that contains 12 words or phrases that were researched and found by myself and a few loved ones prior to the start of every New Year. I believe spirit places the selected word into my hand, and this is the word or phrase that I need to focus on and master for the next 30 days. June 1st, I pulled the phrase, LET IT GO. What initially came to mind when I pulled this is that I need to take my hands off all situations that are beyond my scope or control, and let the creator do His job.

By nature, I tend to want to control my own destiny, orchestrating the way I want things to go or expect that they should go. When the outcome is less than desirable for me…

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Life is a Bowl of Cherries

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Just like styles are cyclical, so are life’s circumstances. However, there are some experiences that we never want to repeat, but how we handled them the first time around or rather how we didn’t handle them the first time they occurred, may cause certain outcomes to be redundant in our lives.

As much as we look forward to our future, we also fear what it could bring — responsibility, commitment, hard work, uncomfortable situations, and non-productive relationships. These fears cause us to remain motionless to our dreams, leaving us in a dormant state of mind. This in turn creates unwanted recurring behaviors that we choose to reproduce because the outcome is
familiar and sadly, comfortable.

Some recurrent behaviors are nice surprises that softly tickle our noises like a feather. Making us smile and feel the warm and fuzzy of nostalgia. These circles remind us of inclusion and positive friendships that have…

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The Problem with Lectins

An interesting article.

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Have you ever heard of lectins? Could you give me the one sentence summary of what they do to you? This column will teach you what that means.

Lectins are the proteins made by plants to protect themselves from their predators. They are, in effect, poisons that prevent the plant from being eaten. Plants need to be eaten to propagate – at least their seeds do. That delicate balance leads to lectins needing to be poisonous enough to keep the bugs away long enough so that animals will eat the seeds and spread them around.

Animals need to be able to tolerate the poison to not be too harmed, but still be benefited by eating some of the plant while spreading the seeds around. Lectins are sticky. That results in many useful functions, such as allowing cells to bind to one another, like Velcro. But it also leads to lectins binding to…

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