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February 27, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

The Best Time of Day to Exercise

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Ryan Freilino, Chief Operating Officer at LifeWaves International, Inc. joins the show. LifeWaves International, Inc is a health and wellness company specializing in creating and maintaining health through exercise and lifestyle changes.


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For over twenty years LifeWaves® has been collecting data on what it means to be healthy.  Our program began with a revolutionary approach to health by Co-Founder, Dr. Irving Dardik, Founding Chair of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Council and winner of the Hektoen Gold Medal. Today, we know more than any other organization about what it takes to make and keep you healthy, and that’s precisely what we’re here to teach you.  We will show you how your physiology functions through understandable, easy-to-follow methods, helping you functionally create a healthier lifestyle…a healthy you.  No running or biking for miles and miles hoping that you are doing the right thing. No circuits written for you by a gym junkie. LifeWaves® focuses on the one thing that truly matters: making you the healthiest person you can be.


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Abbreviated Transcript of Interview with Ryan Freilino


Eric Michaels: From the LifeWaves® perspective, what is health?


Ryan Freilino:  Health is having playful and reactive physiology which is capable of quickly responding to the challenges of the environment, and then being able to recover from that reaction. As you go through your day, your body has to meet specific challenges like moving from point A to point B, going up a flight of stairs, or mental stress.  Each of these unique situations creates a response by the body such as a change in heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, the secretion of certain hormones, etc.  A healthy body can react immediately and appropriately to meet these challenges, and then go through the recovery process where things like heart rate, blood pressure, etc. go back to normal values.  At LifeWaves, we think of meeting these challenges as waves: you have your stress reaction, and then your recovery reaction.  To be healthy, you have to be able to do both.


Eric Michaels: How do you or should we create health?


Ryan Freilino:  First understand what stress is, and how it should be considered when thinking about how your body works. You need to have be able to engage this stress reaction, and then disengage that set of processes and start a new set, the recovery process.  When we go through our daily lives, we’re wrought with chronic stress – mental and physical challenges.  So what ends up happening is we train our bodies to keep the stress response turned on, and on top of that, there is an atrophy on the part of our recovery physiology.  It’s use it or lose it.  By keeping the stress response constantly engaged, we’re slowly but surely chipping away at our health.  But, by understanding that the body’s natural healthy patterns are waves we can change our behavior to reinforce our body’s natural stress and recovery patterns. In the long run, understanding the effects of stress is important.  So important, in fact, that the U.S. Department of health and human services claims that up to 70% of all doctor’s visits are the result of chronic stress; not to mention the fact that chronic stress or chronic inflammation has been linked to almost every chronic disease. When we understand that these physiological waves of stress and recovery are a collective response on the part of our physiology, and not just the presence or absence of one or two molecules, it becomes clear that we have to use our behaviors to train these responses.  No one would think to train for a marathon by taking a pill – the physiological processes that have to be trained are just too complex, so it makes sense that we should be doing the same thing in terms of training ourselves to be healthy.


Eric Michaels: How does this knowledge of stress and recovery fit into the larger context of health?


Ryan Freilino: These reactions fit into a larger pattern of rhythms, like the circadian rhythm. Throughout your day, the body’s metabolism should be doing different things as we progress through the day and into night. It is intuitive to most people that their bodies are doing different things when they’re awake as opposed to when they’re asleep.  But what’s not intuitive until it is pointed out is that our behaviors are entraining this rhythm at all times, for better or worse.  So by understanding that our circadian rhythms have a particular shape that is consistent with healthy individuals where things like heart rate or respiration rate are lowest in the morning, in a trough after lunch, and come back to a peak in the afternoon, we can then begin to shape our behaviors to reinforce this pattern rather than work against it. What ends up happening when you do this is you can begin using daily behaviors to reinforce healthy sleeping patterns, because you’re shaping the larger circadian rhythm. When done properly, these behavioral changes during the day lead to better sleep at night, and this starts a positive feedback cycle of a more robustly healthy circadian rhythm.


Ryan Freilino also discusses & answers:

  • What is the difference between LifeWaves® Cycles ExerciseSM and traditional exercise?
  • On average - How much is the right amount of exercise?


Web Site: LifeWaves.com


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February 27, 2011 @ 11:26 am

Where to begin with weight loss

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Jenny Skoog - a personal trainer and fitness expert based in New York City joins the show. Jenny is one who practices what she preaches. Her business motto, “where fitness has fun”, comes from her sheer enjoyment of working out and boosting her own fitness levels as well as her clients.


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Jenny Skoog has been in the fitness world since 2004 and practices what she preaches. Her move into fitness as a career came from her sheer enjoyment of working out, changing her own body and boosting her own fitness level. She turned her hobby into a career, which makes training with her a truly fantastic experience. She loves what she does.  Chances are, she’s been where you are.

Muay Thai kickboxing, distance running, resistance training, Pilates and yoga are all passions of Jenny’s.  She’ll work your passion into a workout regime to make sure you stick to it.  Jenny provides a very personalized service to her clients:  She checks in with them to make sure they’re on point.  Her clients’ success is her success too.  She likes to create goals with her clients as a team and to keep them accountable until they’ve attained it.  She knows that to achieve a successful level of fitness, dedication has to go both ways.  Jenny knows overall fitness goes beyond the gym, beyond sweating, and beyond calorie burning:  It’s a state of mind.

Jenny is certified with National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Interactive Fitness Trainers of America (IFTA), Pre/Postnatal with Annette Lang, Kettlebells with RKC, is a certified Spinning Instructor with Schwinn, and has completed courses on Special Populations, Integrative Flexibility & Self-Myofascial Release.


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Jenny Skoog discusses & answers the following:

  • Losing weight seems daunting.  It's time-consuming and overwhelming. Where does one begin?
  • Everyone knows a whole pizza-pie would affect his or her midsection, but will just a slice of pizza really affect his or her weight?
  • People think of a million excuses why they might not exercise:  “I’m too busy”, “running hurts my knees”, “the weather is too bad”, or “I have a bad back”.  What should people do to stay motivated?
  • Does juice cleanse like the lemonade diet and other crash diets work?
  • What about people who have had a bad day (or week) and or are feeling fat and in a low place, what should they do?


Web Site: SkoogFit.com


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February 26, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

Workouts that best assist in weight loss and management

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Andia Winslow - a Professional Golfer, Certified Fitness Professional and an elite athlete who trains with USA Track & Field joins the show. As an ambassador for the Women’s Sports Foundation, she is committed to work that encourages youth and adults to maintain healthy and active lifestyles.


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As a child, Andia Winslow dreamt of taking to the skies to continue the legacy established by her late grandfather Colonel Robert V. Winslow, a Tuskegee Airman and proud US Air Force serviceman. Although, as a young adult, she set her sights instead on a career as a professional golfer, she was proud to accept her grandfather’s Congressional Gold Medal of Honor on behalf of her family. This commitment to service and leadership has been the undercurrent in all of her ventures since childhood.

A noted junior golf career began at the age of 11 in Seattle, Washington at Jefferson Park Golf Course – known fondly as the “home” of Fred Couples, PGA Tour Professional. Though actively recruited by more than twenty-five colleges and universities as a top 75 world ranked junior golfer, Andia chose to travel across the country to attend Yale University, an institution known famously for its academic rigor. As a college freshman, and the first African American woman to compete in the Ivy League, she helped the Bulldogs secure the storied Ivy League Championship Title.

While at Yale, her interest in historical and ethnographic research culminated in the receipt of three undergraduate research grants. The first, an international travel fellowship, allowed her study in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to examine the effects of globalization on artistic traditions. The second, a Mellon Undergraduate Research Grant, facilitated the completion of her Sociology Senior Thesis in 2004. An interdisciplinary focus in Film Studies and a Fine Arts grant recognized her efforts as a documentary filmmaker. Her first film was selected for official inclusion in ten international film festivals as well as special presentations at higher education conferences and major research universities.

Although an intellect and an artist, Andia is perhaps best known for her passion and pure athleticism. She hails from a family of athletes that includes current and former NFL players, a professional basketball player and martial artists. She is a formidable on-course competitor -who trained for a time with USA Track & Field- and serves as a professional athlete ambassador for the Women’s Sports Foundation and the LPGA/USGA Girls’ Golf Program. In April 2006, she became only the fourth African American to ever compete in a Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour event.  An elite Certified Fitness Professional and wellness advocate, Andia believes that “the best experiences are those that are shared.” Via her fitness company, ADUB365 FIT, she conducts clinics and speaks around the country promoting healthy lifestyles and physical activity for youth and adults.


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Andia Winslow discusses & answers the following:

  • How do you first address clients who come to you with weight concerns? How do you help them plan to get on track?
  • What is the most immediate action that folks can take?
  • What types of diets do you recommend to your active clients who are looking for moderate weight loss and maintanence?
  • What are the workouts that best assist in weight loss and management?
  • How long does it typically take for people to see sustainable change in their bodies? How much and how long should they workout?
  • Special Tip in Conclusion


Web Sites:
AndiaWinslow.com
YouTube: ADUB365
Twitter: @AndiaWinslow
Facebook: ADUB 365 Fit


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February 26, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

Weight training is essential especially as we age

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Alison McWilliams a fitness expert in Madison, WI and seen on NBC 15 & featured in local magazines. She is a certified personal, group, and corporate fitness trainer, inspiring (primarily) women to achieve their fitness and life goals, while having fun and enjoying the journey.


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I have loved competitive sports since I was young and realized as I got older that athletic effort made me happy and feel great. A feeling I wanted to share with others. I was blessed to co-own Siren Fitness for over 2 years and have transitioned into my own personal fitness business. I have over 16 years experience in the health and fitness industry and am excited to help women not only get physically stronger, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually stronger as well.  Something exciting for people to realize is that exercise can be fun!

The icon of the sun in my logo represents bringing out the light and strength in each woman I serve.

My high-energy, approachable personality has helped me build an excellent reputation as a fitness trainer to women, a sought-after instructor in the area, and an expert seen on the NBC television network. I have an Associate’s Degree in Applied Arts and worked in advertising for 10 years. I am a member and on the board of the Phenomenal Women Networking group. I am certified as an ACE  Personal Trainer and ACE Group Exercise Instructor, Kickforce Instructor, Turbo KICK™ Gold Instructor, PiYo™ Gold Instructor, and certified in CPR/AED .

Besides fitness and being active, my favorite time is spent with my husband and my son when he is home from college. They are my two favorite people in the world and bring me so much joy and laughter!  Laughter is something I need a daily dose of, and I can always rely on my boys for that.

Fitness Must-Haves: Great attitude, great music, and a sassy outfit! Her Words: "A strong mind equals a strong body." Expertise: Making people feel good about themselves, bringing out their best, and showing them that exercise can be fun.


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Alison McWilliams discusses & answers the following:

  • Why is weight training essential especially as we age?
  • Are there other ways to gauge success besides the number on the scale?
  • I know you are not a nutritionist, but you obviously work with them all the time, what nutritional advice do you give your clients?
  • How much exercise do I really need each week?
  • How much weight should I be lifting for weight loss?
  • Special Tip in Conclusion...


Web Site: AliMcWilliams.com


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February 25, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

The MAJOR obstacle in achieving weight-loss

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James Camastra who has 15 years of personal training experience and is President and Founder of Progressive Personal Training, located in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC joins the show. He has recently been voted one of the “Top 5 Personal Trainers in NYC” in Best of Citysearch 2010 and completed a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science.


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James graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science from SUNY CORTLAND, was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi (an international honor society in education), and won the National Physical Education and Health Award.  James continued with his education and earned his Master’s of Science in Exercise Science, Human Performance and Injury Prevention, from the California University of Pennsylvania. He is an ACSM certified Health Fitness Specialist and an NASM certified Performance Enhancement Specialist.


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James Camastra discusses & answers the following:

  • As an experienced-professional trainer, when you hear Weight Loss, what comes to mind?
  • In your 15 years of training clients, what has been the MAJOR obstacle in achieving weight-loss? 
Consistency!- As it pertains diet and exercise.
  • Aside from being consistent with our diet and exercise routine, what other obstacles can delay weight loss?
  • Now that you mentioned common obstacles, what is the secret to successful weight-loss?
  • So James, you specialize in fitness, how do you keep your clients motivated to keep working out?
  • Special Tip in Conclusion...


Web Site: progressivepersonaltraining.com


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February 25, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

The most under rated action you can do to improve your health

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Carlo Celotti - a holistic exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coach based in Toronto, Canada joined the show. He works with all levels of clients from elite athletes, to rehab patients, to those just looking to improve their health and fitness.


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Carlo is a co-founder and president of Total Performance Fitness Consultants Inc. and has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 14 years.

Academically, Carlo earned his BPHE, and MSc from the University of Toronto. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist under the NSCA, a Level 1 Mat and Reformer Instructor from STOTT PILATES, a Level 2 Practitioner and Level 3 Holistic Lifestyle Coach from the world renowned CHEK Institute, and a certified CrossFit Trainer. He is educated as a holistic nutritionist through the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

He is also a former competitive triathlete who has represented Canada at the World Triathlon Championships.

Carlo believes in building a solid foundation based on nutrition, fitness and lifestyle principles in order to achieve ones goals. He works closely with his clients to develop programs that will set them up for success and believes in educating them so that they can begin to live healthy lives independently. His scientific and diversified background contributes to the programs he develops, which are specifically designed for each of his clients from the data he collects in his thorough and detailed assessments.

You can find Carlo's articles on his blog at fitathlete.com.


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Carlo Celotti discusses & answers the following:

  • How do you develop a well rounded health and wellness program?
  • What is the most under rated action you can do to improve your health?
  • What is the most common mistake you see in the gym?
  • What tip would you give to someone looking to improve their diet?
  • How can someone find a good trainer?
  • Special Tip in Conclusion...


Web Site: fitathlete.com


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February 25, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

How to plan your workouts, structure, and intensity?

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Deveren Fogle - a former New York City attorney turned Fitness Guru, and creator of the MyGenius Trainer mobile app joins the show.


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Deveren Fogle is president and founder of Corpus Couture, one of NYC’s newest fitness companies, and creator the MyGenius Trainer mobile app. While in law school, he began his personal training career at Equinox, Fitness Magazine’s “Best Gym in America”. After working as an attorneyfor a couple of years, and constantly bombarded with fitness questions from colleagues, he decided to go back into the fitness profession. He was then recruited to teach at top spinning studios, and gyms all across the city once people realized he was back; even recruited to train at Madonna’s personal trainers studio, and acted as a consultant for MTV's "Made" weightloss episode. Voted one of New York City’s best personal trainers by City Search, in 2009 and 2010, he is known for taking a no nonsense approach to training, and changing the body composition of his clients. His ability to analyze and structure workouts to get incredible results for his clients is the same logic that’s programmed inside MyGenius Trainer. He is currently featured as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Entrepreneur Of The Month” for February 2011.


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Deveren Fogle discusses & answers the following:

  • What’s the most common fitness myth?
  • What’s the most important exercise move, and why?
  • How should people plan their workouts, structure, and intensity?
  • How important is my diet to my weightloss and fitness goals, compared to my workout?
  • What types of workouts can a person do to increase their metabolism?
  • Special Tip in Conclusion...


Web Site:
MyGeniusTrainer.com


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February 25, 2011 @ 11:34 am

The mental aspect of getting in shape and being healthy

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Stephanie Mansour, CEO of Step It Up with Steph, is a fun Health & Fitness Expert and Body Image & Confidence Coach joins the show.


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Stephanie Mansour, CEO of Step It Up with Steph, has been featured on CNN, AOL, Crain’s Business, and local TV stations across the country for her holistic & unique approach to being healthy and fit anywhere, anytime. Creator of the Cubicle Crunch (a series of stretches you can do at your desk) & other quick, easy ways to become healthier, Stephanie can be found “Taking It To the Streets” in Chicago, where she asks random, everyday people to Step It Up with her. She is a private trainer & coach for high-powered females in Chicago, combining yoga, pilates, personal training, and body image & confidence coaching with her clients. She is also the creator of the workbook, “30 Days to Love Your Body & Your Life” & the Step It Up with Steph 30 Day Starter Kit to get your mind AND body in shape.


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Stephanie Mansour discusses & answers the following:

  • How exactly do you combine the mental and physical aspects of getting in shape and being healthy?
  • Why do you combine the mental aspect?
  • So someone has to like their body before she can start working out effectively? How does that work? Is it like, fake it til you make it?
  • Your tips seem so simple – why don’t you think more people follow them?
  • How are you a different trainer than other personal trainers?
  • Special Tip in Conclusion


Web Site:
StepItUpwithSteph.com


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February 24, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

Better approach to weight loss than restrictive dieting

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Sarah Currie a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer joins the show. She holds a master's in clinical nutrition from New York University. After working in clinical nutrition at both Methodist and St. Luke's Hospitals, Currie now directs the Nutrition and Post Rehabilitation services for Physical Equilibrium, LLC, a New York City fitness boutique offering a diversity of personal training, nutritional and post-rehabilitation services among other healthy-lifestyle programs.


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Sarah Currie discusses & answers the following:

  • With all the different diets available on the market, why are so many Americans overweight or obese?
  • Is there a better approach to weight loss than restrictive dieting?
  • Is weight loss as simple as calories in vs calories out? Where do carbohydrates fit in?
  • What is better for weight loss, eating less or exercising more?
  • What are some of the bigger struggles you see your clients/patients having with weight loss?
  • Special Tip in Conclusion...


Web Site: physeq.com


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February 24, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

Giving Up Your Snickers Candy Bar?

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Melanie Barnum a Certified Hypnotist and Intuitive Counselor and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Book of Psychic Symbols:  How to Interpret and Apply Messages From the Other Side" joins the show.


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Melanie Barnum is a Certified Hypnotist with The National Guild of Hypnotists.  She is a member of IACT, the International Association of Counselors and Therapists.  Melanie is Certified in many modes of hypnotism including Weight Loss Hypnosis, Past Life Regression, Life Coaching and Hypno Coaching.  Melanie is also certified in many additional and adjunct therapies including Intuitive Counseling, Coordinate Remote Viewing, Mediumship, Reiki and Reflexology.

Melanie teaches workshops and classes on hypnosis, intuitive counseling, symbolic meaning, life coaching and developing intuition.  She has ongoing Teleclasses including Weight Loss Hypnosis, Manifesting Your True Desires, Psychic Symbols: What do they Mean, and Psychic Circles.

Melanie is the author of the upcoming book, “Psychic Symbols:  How to Interpret and Apply Messages From the Other Side”.  Melanie schedules in office sessions as well as group sessions and teleclasses and tele sessions.

Melanie works with clients to help them achieve whatever they desire.  She is trained in many modalities including but not limited to everything from weight loss to past life regression, to sports performance, to increasing self confidence, to decreasing pain, to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), to NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming).  Melanie uses her training to help adults and children alike.


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Abbreviated Transcript of Interview with Melanie Barnum


Eric Michaels: Most people equate hypnosis with the comedic stage hypnotists.  So what is hypnosis, really?
Melanie Barnum: Hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestibility. It is a sometimes deeply relaxed state in which the hypnotist is able to introduce suggestions to the sub conscious part of the clients mind.  Thus, the hypnotist has the ability to "re-program" the mind to create more favorable habits, allowing for positive changes desired by the client. Hypnosis is also a state we enter into daily.  Take for example watching a suspenseful movie.  We've all been "sucked into" movie plots.  When we see the bad guy sneaking up behind the main character, many people talk to the screen! "Watch out!  He's behind you!" They can't hear us, but we feel like we are part of it.  Believe it or not, that, too, is hypnosis!  Or, when we are driving on the thruway and miss our normal exit we take everyday because we are "in a trance".  That is also a hypnotic state. Contrary to what some people believe, hypnosis is not scary!  While in a hypnosis state or during hypnotic suggestions you will never lose control.  A hypnotist can never make you do anything you don't want to do or wouldn't normally do. In all the years I have been a hypnotist I have never had anyone or even heard of anyone going so deeply into hypnosis that they weren't able to come out, and come out better off than when they began hypnosis! Hypnosis, although traditionally a non-traditional form of therapeutic help, is becoming more acceptable and more of a go-to method for people looking for assistance with all types of issues or concerns. Hypnosis essentially is a heightened state of awareness during which suggestions for positive change are given to the subconscious part of the mind.  It is a much easier, painless and drug free way to make changes or reach goals than many other traditional plans that are on the market today.  Knowing this, it seems to be an easy choice to make hypnosis a major part of any plan for everything from weight loss and smoking cessation to past life regression to increasing self confidence.


Eric Michaels: Okay, so now we know what hypnosis is, but does hypnosis really work for weight loss or smoking cessation and if so, how do you do it?
Melanie Barnum: Yes, it does!  Hypnosis works because it addresses the subconscious desires; those learned behaviors and cravings we all have.  Often, trying to use sheer will power alone will backfire.  Willpower causes the body, mind and spirit stress which makes it incredibly difficult to lose weight and keep it off without help.  Using willpower can help you lose that 5 pounds you need to lose to fit into a dress for the wedding next week, but it's not going to keep it off.  In fact, more often than not you will gain the 5 pounds back and more! I am a Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.  I regularly use hypnosis to help clients lose weight and stop smoking. The two, weight and smoking, are similar in that they both can be helped with hypnosis and that they can often be addressed by controlling cravings. That is where most of the similarities end. You can stop smoking. You can't stop eating. Both weight loss and smoking cessation have to be handled differently.  With smoking, the client will come in and I will take him gently into a deep state of relaxation, and then use what we refer to as hypnotic deepeners to get their subconscious mind to the surface.  After that, I will use negative suggestions as in "as you look at someone smoking you can actually see the smoke traveling through their mouth, turning their teeth brown, going down their throat, and you can see the black soot and tar left in their throat...as you watch them you feel that same thick, black coating on your throat...so much so that it makes your throat feel scratchy and swollen, like you have to cough."

Usually at this point the client will indeed cough.  After all of the negative suggestions, and I will continue, I switch to positive.. Always ending the session on a positive note is key to having the hypnosis feel like they are empowered and in control.  Positive suggestions for both smoking and weight loss tend to be very similar.  No voodoo, no tricks, just good old fashioned health and vanity!  "You feel clearer and more in control of your body and mind, you look fantastic, your skin is now glowing a beautiful healthy color," etc.

For weight loss, there are many ways to go including negative to positive.  You can focus on one specific food they have an issue with.  For instance, they eat too many bagels.  "As you look at the bagel, browned perfectly, with a soft center you realize that the center is starting to move.  There are maggots drilling holes and you can see them devouring the tan outside of the bagel.  Those poppy seeds on the bagel are beginning to change....they have legs now!  They are crawling and attacking the bagel. Ooh, look, they are planting their eggs inside so all of their spider babies can hatch.  Won't that be great?  If you bite into the maggot and spider infested bagel the babies will be born into your nice warm stomach!" etc, etc.

Then, of course, stress all of the benefits to losing extra, no longer useful weight, or quitting smoking... By making healthy choices they will create and possess a beautiful body, mind and spirit.  Also, I will use everyday references such as being able to walk up the stairs without losing their breath or going on vacation and feeling comfortable with a bathing suit on.  Imagine being able to shop for clothes at the stores in the mall without having to worry whether you'll be able to fit into them!

I had one client who to this day can no longer eat her favorite candy; Snickers bars!  She actually turns her head in the other direction as she passes them in the grocery store!  Initially, she had no idea why.  Now, she knows, and even the knowing doesn't stop her from her Snickers avoidance!


Eric Michaels: Wow, that's a pretty good story!  I know it would be hard for me to give up my favorite candy bar!  So, how long does it usually take for hypnosis to actually work and produce results?
Melanie Barnum: That's a great question, and one I get asked quite often!  I usually allow for an hour for each session.  But, that will include, not only the hypnotism portion, it also includes getting to know the client and what their needs are.  The actual hypnotism may be as little as 5 minutes or it could take the full hour.  When facilitating regression therapy I usually take more time.  First I relax the client, and then deepen their hypnotic state before regressing them back, whether doing current life or past life regression.

The number of actual hypnosis sessions needed depends upon each individual client.  Quite often, only one is necessary for the client to experience results.  As a general rule of thumb I usually let the client know that one session will begin the process.  If they are coming for weight loss we also look at "recharging" their hypnotic batteries periodically.  Just imagine your body like a car.  Whether you take meticulous care of your car's appearance or performance or not, there are certain things you have to do to maintain it such as filling it with gas, getting a periodic oil change and changing the spark plugs.  It's the same with weight loss hypnosis.  Every once in a while you need a jump start to recharge your weight loss drive.


Eric Michaels: Why use hypnosis instead of a different type of weight loss or stop smoking aid?
Melanie Barnum: Most weight loss and stop smoking aids sold in stores either come in the form of drugs, shakes or patches.  While these may work and accomplish what you are hoping they also contain different chemicals which you are then ingesting into your body.  These chemicals can change your metabolism, affect your mood, and even cause serious problems as well as posing health risks.  They can also create the yo-yo diet effect.  This means you may very well lose weight or even quit smoking.  But, more often than not, when you stop taking these drugs you will gain back what you've lost and then some!

Having said that, there is no reason hypnosis can not be combined with other modalities.  For instance, for someone going to weekly meetings at weight watchers we can tailor their hypnotism session to include references so they can achieve their weight watchers goals easier, allowing them to be a part of a weight loss group and use hypnotic suggestion to increase their ability to create a whole new life for themselves.  It doesn't have to be an either/or situation.  It can actually be a great and lasting partnership.

Luckily for everyone, we are evolving and shifting as a whole into a more aware society.  We are becoming awakened to the idea of mind, body and spirit being connected in ways we never imagined before.  This doesn't just pertain to the metaphysical aspect; it also helps on the hypnosis front.  Hypnotism is a natural remedy for many ailments, not limited to weight loss or smoking. Because of our increased interest we are looking for these more natural aids which is helping to bring hypnosis to many more communities that were previously unaware hypnosis was even an option.

As someone who works with hypnosis as well as intuition and energy, I am able to bring this  together to create a lasting change.  By helping them tap into themselves I can open them up to a whole new world; something that is better for them and that can help them attain whatever they want in life, that can help them make lasting changes for the better.

That to me, is a far greater proposition than taking a pill which not only affects their chemical balance, but has very short term, non lasting results.


Eric Michaels: So hypnosis really does change lives!  That's amazing!  Do you have to go into a hypnotist's office in order to be hypnotized and have it work?  Does it work in groups? Is it possible to practice self hypnosis? Or even hypnosis over the phone?
Melanie Barnum: I'm glad you asked!  Hypnosis works really well one on one, in a professional office.  However, with a good hypnotist, it can work anywhere!  The average success rate for large weight loss groups, and I'm talking about really large audiences, is upwards of about 40%.  Now, having said that, you have to remember what I said earlier.  We need a bit of a recharge on occasion!  It is also more difficult for us to relax when we are with 100 of our closest friends!  Often we are more focused on the person up on the stage than we are on ourselves.  Smaller groups generally have a higher success rate, plus if you get hypnotized with someone you know they can become your partner in achieving your goals which always helps!

Self hypnosis is a great way to get you started with hypnosis and to reinforce hypnotic suggestions!  By simply repeating something over and over with the belief and intent that it will become an automatic part of your subconscious you are enabling yourself to achieve your goal.  When I teach clients how to use self hypnosis I also teach them how to visualize what they want.  They are able to create symbolic representations of what they want or what they want to be rid of in their lives which helps give them a focus point. What the mind believes, the body will achieve!

Tele classes are a great way to utilize hypnotism.  Many people are too embarrassed or too busy to make a one on one appointment with a hypnotist.  However, given the option, they are very willing to pick up the phone, anonymously, and dial in to their own personal hypnotic suggestions!  I regularly do hypnosis teleclasses, which work well because clients are able to actually call in anytime during the week and get their session!  This way they are able to make the call and lie down or even tape the session to use later when they are somewhere they can relax and focus on the voice!  I offer weight loss hypnosis over the phone, and as I said, there are many people who would rather keep their weight loss endeavors private so it works out much better for them.  It is also a cheap alternative to a one on one in office session!  It also works well for people who can't physically come to the office, whether due to disabilities or geographical location.

All in all, hypnosis is a great, natural way to achieve whatever goals you have.  What the mind believes, the body can achieve!


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