When you are physically fit, without saying anything, body language being a large part of the conversational hypnosis, you broadcast to the world that you take care of yourself, respect and honor yourself. You broadcast that you expect people to honor and respect you as well. If you are out of shape, do not worry, as we will show you simple steps to get in shape. You start at a disadvantage; however, the good news is that you can change that any time. With the other techniques that you already have, you can find ways to bypass that now. Why also not find ways to get in shape? If you are slumped over or overweight, why are you allowing yourself to be in those conditions? Stand up straight and loose that weight.

Make a plan to lose that weight. As a hypnotherapist, I know that that is easier said than done and sometime, we have a reason for carrying that extra weight. Sometime people want to have a buffer between themselves and the world and do not want to see themselves as attractive. Sometime it causes a bit to much attention with can cause problems. If you have that problem at hand, I recommend that you get my recording for overcoming that for having self-esteem and confidence. Alternatively, use the technology that you already have to make yourself a recording to overcome that. You can realize that you can overcome that and look your best at all times.

We have you dressing right and standing up straight. Now, let’s get you healthy because a healthy person is a happy person who can live a long and a happy life. If you are overweight or out of shape, there is no crime in that, however, the only one you are hurting is yourself. I do not want to see you doing that any longer. I want to see you focus, make a commitment and decide whether it will take you six months or a year to make that happen. When it comes to conversational hypnosis, you have a competitive advantage to other people. When it comes to face to face interactions, taking on the phone, texting or emailing. How in the world is that going to affect anything in terms of how many pounds I weight?

Let me explain something to you. Your attitude and your voice convey your attitude and your self-esteem. If you feel good about yourself, you are going to convey that. I am here to tell you that, if your extra weight is the source of your power – Go for it. That is fine. In most cases, as I deal with clients in my office, they do not feel their best when they are out of shape and overweight. This is absolutely a result of a lack of confidence. We can say that it is a result about the absence of exercise, but if you do not feel good about yourself, you are showing the lack of respect for yourself that stems from the lack of confidence.

Remember our exercise in the mirror when we look at the mirror and say I love you? Why do you not do that right now, even if you are driving and looking at the rearview mirror?

You are going to chisel away all of that extra weight that is hiding the beautiful sculpture that your body is. You will commit to making that happen. To do that, change your mindset. If you need hypnosis for that, that is fine. Hopefully you did your homework and made a recording which now indicates that you know how to make a recording to change the way you feel about yourself. You feel that you have possibilities now of losing weight. This can apply to you even if you are in the perfect shape as you need to maintain it. Let’s attack this situation.

First of all we will talk about exercise which is the key to living a long life and feeling go about you. You need to establish your fitness goals. What goes can you set for yourself? I want you to start small by moving your body which is your tool. Remember, over 70% of communication is non-verbal. That even conveys over text messaging, emails and telephone. Your body is a tool and you need to make sure that the tool is functioning properly. Write down what you can do between now and a week from now in terms of one small exercise.

Make sure that you consult with a doctor before you do anything or before you change your dietary habits or exercise plans. What idea can you come up now that you can mention to your physician? I want you to start really small if you are not doing anything. Walking around the block or in the park would probably be good enough. Then, increase it as you pay attention to your body along the way. If your body signals that something is too much, you must slow down. The reason why you consult with your physician is also due to potential limitations that your body has. I do not personally know you to be able to know this. Your physician should and under their guidance, you can increase your exercise routine, until it is something that you can maintain for the rest of your life.

Examples are starting to walk around the block once a week and repeating the same twice the following week and so forth. You are feeling good about it because you eased into it. Take it slow and do not overdo it. Rewarding yourself is going to potentially be a little difficult as you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. People who start working out if they are out of shape, it is normal to stop after a while and say, “What is this doing to me?” You need to reward yourself along the way before your body begins to give you tremendous rewards. You will live a longer life, get sick less often, you will sleep better at night and feel better about yourself all throughout the day. You will think of yourself now as someone who takes care of him or herself. Give yourself a reward in small ways.

One mistake that people make is drastically changing their diets. They do not have any fun in it any more. I am going to reward you right now. Once a week, let yourself have something you really enjoy whether it is an ice cream, pizza bar or something else, of course, allowed by your physician. If you are going to give yourself something once a week that you would normally consider to be bad for you, you will find that your body will respond nicely to it.

Your body will start to horde fat if it thinks that there is a lack of food in the environment. If will start retaining fat and looking like it is getting out of shape as you begin to exercise. To combat that, once a week we give ourselves a reward and show our body that the universe is abundant and we can get some every once a while. You get to enjoy it and make sure to give yourself a weekly. It is not simply a psychological award but physiologically, your body is looking for signs from this environment that there is plenty of food out there. Make sure that you do not make that classic mistake of allowing your body to horde fat.

When you get into health and fitness of working out, you will need to track your progress. You need to see where you started, where you are going and where you are now. One of the ways that you are going to persevere in this endeavor is by giving yourself a pat on the back or a reward at regular intervals. You are also going to do it by tracking what you are doing. You may have had a fatty patty everyday and that is gone now. As you change your eating habits, a topic which we will visit in more detail in a little while, you are going to gravitate to new choices. Ensure to track all that.

The reason for tracking that is firstly, to keep yourself on the track as you talk to your doctor or a nutritionist. You also do it to see how far you’ve come and to feel good about yourself. You also want to make fitness a habit. Exercise becomes a habit that you do every day, a few times of the week or at different frequency. The research shows that if we do something for 21 days in a row, it will become a habit. Why not do something good for yourself for 21 day in a row and make exercise a habit? That is your attack plan as you make sure that your physical fitness is a regular habit once a day, twice a week or whatever may be appropriate for you.

Let’s take a moment and talk about using a personal trainer who may just be the best solution for you or may not be. When you get a personal trainer, here are some of the reasons for which you may want to use one. First, someone needs to kick you in the butt and keep you moving which translates into a motivational reason. Second, if you have an injury or an illness of some sort from which you are recovering, you could use services of a skilled trainer to ensure that you are exercising appropriately. Third, if you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the exact goal which you want to achieve, the trainer can be perfect for you to get some general ideas about exercise.

I can talk about exercise, however, please understand that I am neither a personal trainer nor a nutritionist – I am a clinical hypnotherapist who knows something about exercise and eating right. Getting a trainer can really help you in realizing which exercises to do and how to do them appropriately to avoid injury. Another reason would be if you are really far behind and you cannot conceive how exercises can begin. Believe it or not, the trainer can work with anyone. You may think that you are so far gone that no one can help you. Trainer can show you how to proceed which ties into the motivation. When you get a trainer, make sure they have some sort of a certification. Certain things to look for are desirably a university education, membership at the National Academy of the Sports Membership (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE) or the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) if you happen to be in America. These are just a few organizations that certify the people who train, as you want to make sure that you are in the hands of a certified professional.

IF you get a trainer, make sure you do it for the right reasons and that you chose the right person by interviewing them checking the prices and asking for references. After you start working with them, make sure that the two of you get along and things are going right. You can have the most qualified person in the world. IF you do not like them, none of that matters. Also, make sure that you do what they tell you to do or equally bring things to their attention as they work for you.

What are some of the things that you can do? Let’s say that you decided not to get a trainer and you’ve talked to your physician who has mentioned a few exercises. I can tell you that the weight training is always good and burns more fat than cardio-vascular exercise because you have residual effects. Once you build muscle, that muscle will continue to work for you by burning fat. Weight training can be good. There are certain basic principles to follow.

IF you want to increase your bulk, you must increase your protein intake. Discuss that with a nutritionist and find out how much protein would be appropriate for you. Also, if you want to increase your bulk, you need to use heavier weights and do fewer repetitions. IF you simply want to strengthen your muscles, you need to use lighter weights and do more repetitions. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and plenty of water and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of talking to your physician prior to starting any of this. Stretching is another requirement before you exercise. An appropriate stretch does not involve bouncing. You need to make sure that you lean into your stretched, hold the stretch and then come out of the stretch. That is the proper way.

Once idea would be to sign up for a yoga class which is a great way to learn stretches. In front of me now, I have my personal fitness book. I am reviewing how I started out in fitness, not as a fitness expert but rather as a person who is interested in fitness. I know what worked for me – I was able to use this manual that I put together for myself and share that with clients. As I review it now, I am reminded of all the years that I worked with clients who did not know what to do. I thought them basics and set the foundation for them. As you learn the basics, it always helps to enroll in classes. If you don’t know anything about stretching, taking the yoga class can be great.

Similarly, if you do not know anything about weight training, hiring a trainer can be a wonderful way to add to your knowledge and especially in the beginning. In my opinion, it would be inappropriate to gram some weights and start using them. You might hurt yourself, work against yourself and do more or less exercise that you really need to do. Follow these basic principles and get yourself into any classes that you can.

Let’s shift course here and talk about nutrition. What can you do or why should you care about nutrition if, all these years, you have lived and survived and functioning? One time I interviewed a medical doctor who is a dermatologist and has mostly celebrities as clients. I asked him what the number one secret of beauty is.

As he was a surgeon, I truly expected him to say something along the lines of surgical intervention or something removed. What he said was eating appropriately. That means eating foods that are right for your body as that shows in your skin and everywhere else. If you were eating foods loaded with saturated, hydrogenated and other fats, then you are ruining your chances of looking your best. If you smoke, drink excessively or drink too much coffee and do not drink enough water, you are not going to look your best. What you put in your body makes a difference. I want you to become aware of calories and to consult with a nutritionist about counting calories and what would be right for you.

Again, as I do not know you, I do not know how many calories should you consider as an ideal intake level. You should consult with a nutritionist about that. You also need to understand the basics about balancing different food groups and we will talk about that as I share my information. You need to have healthy eating habits that work for you and not against you. I also want to talk to you about the food pyramid that has been developed by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States. It changes every now and then as, what we think is good one year, is not necessarily good the next year. I want you to find a current picture of the pyramid which shows the food that you should eat and the relative portions of those foods.

Drinking plenty of water to make sure you get the fluids and supplements are another two areas of which I would like to remind you. First of all, when you look at your calories, you need to make sure that they are coming from the right sources and that you have appropriate portions as well as that the overall food that you are eating is good for you. When you count your calories, as units of energy, they can be made up of anything. If your calories are coming from saturated fat, that is not good. Do you realize that, at the time of making this recording in 2008, a Burger King double whopper with cheese has more grams of fat in it than the United States government recommends taking in for an entire day?

If you are getting your calories from these sources, you are really depriving yourself and letting yourself down. Saturate fat should be avoided and unfortunately, it is one of the main problems facing the United States today. You need to make sure that all the food choices do not mean that you can eat each one of your meals at a fast food place. If you do, you will far exceed the amount of saturated fat that you should have in a day and probably the number of calories that you should have in one day. I want you to start being aware of what is going in to the body. Once you know from a nutritionist how many calories you should eat per day, counting calories can be a tremendous asset to you.

If you prefer a traditional approach toward losing weight then here is a video guide for you.