Lose Weight with Quantum Physics… What?

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Whenever you have learned something, improved a skill, achieved anything and were successful at it long term, you have always done it the same way.  Every time!

You were actually successful at building new neural connections in your brain.  That happens every time learning takes place.

For most of the twentieth century the brain was considered to be a relatively static structure..  It was thought that new connections only happened until the brain reached a certain level of maturity.  Scientific thinking held that only young children had this ability and the brain stopped evolving when a certain age was reached.

New studies conclusively show that we all have and retain this ability for our entire lives.  For more information about this you can review the works of Dr. Jeffery Schwartz starting with Reference 1 below.

In Quantum Physics building new neural connections is called neuroplasticity.  The brain is constantly evolving and learning.  You may not know what neuroplasticity is or how you do it or even that you do it.  It does not matter.  You are really good at it and you do it all the time.

So why is it that when we want to do something like lose weight and keep it off permanently we do something entirely different, something that we are not good at?  We try to go on a restrictive diet, or diet and exercise plan.  We try to get “motivated”, to use willpower, to use rewards and punishments to force ourselves to change our behavior.  We are not good at behavioral psychology.  We are not good at behavior modification. We try to succeed at a technique that didn’t even work for very long on Pavlov’s dogs.  And just like Pavlov’s dogs, the new behavior quickly ends and the old behavior returns, often with a vengeance.

Of course, there have been people who go on a diet, lose weight and maintain it.  We’ve all seen them in the testimonial sections of weight loss websites.  The truth is that only about 5% of the people who start a diet succeed.  The 5% of the people who have succeeded long term on a diet program have succeeded because they were able to accomplish neuroplasticity on themselves.  It was inadvertent for the most part.  It was accidental neuroplasticity.

Through trial and error, they were able to effect the changes that they sought and alter their brains to achieve their goals.

Another way to explain the success of the 5% is that they stayed with the behavior change long enough to create new neural pathways.  Studies have shown that is possible to create new pathways but only for “the responders” to behavioral therapy (i.e. the ones who outlasted the pain of cognitive dissonance).  Reference[2]  

So, back to my point:  When we are successful in achieving any goal it is because we have somehow changed the structure of our brain and that causes behavior to change to correspond with the new neural pathways.  Our newly learned attitudes and beliefs make our success achievable.  Every Time!

Perhaps the reason we don’t try to use this very powerful technique when we want to lose weight is we have achieved neuroplasticity only by accident, through trial and error, and we don’t know how that accidentally happened.  Also, accidental neuroplasticity, while it eventually can work, usually takes much, much longer than we want.

So, let’s use a system by which we can reformat our brain to achieve our goal to be slim and trim the same way that we always succeed… but, this time, let’s do it on purpose.  Let’s do Self-directed Neuroplasticity.  It’s fast, easy and permanent.

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References

1). Schwartz, J.M. (et al) Quantum physics in neuroscience and psychology: a neurophysical model of mind–brain interaction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Jun 29, 2005; 360(1458)1309 [PubMed]

2). Schwartz J.M, Stoessel P.W, Baxter L.R, Jr, Martin K.M, Phelps M.E. Systematic changes in cerebral glucose metabolic rate after successful behavior modification treatment of obsessive–compulsive disorder. Arch. Gen. Psychiatry. 1996;53:109–113. [PubMed]

Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation

Ivan, I’m not drooling again until I see more chow!

Extrinsic motivation is incentive coming from outside one self.  Intrinsic motivation is incentive coming from our very being.

Extrinsic motivation can be beneficial, at least short-term, when properly implemented within the normal weight coaching environment.  It is important to remember that the effects of extrinsic motivation, without using the coercive practice of extinction, are only temporary in nature.

Extinction is a strategy based on applied behavior analysis that is used to reduce or eliminate unwanted behavior. Extinction involves withdrawing or terminating positive reinforcement or giving negative cues.  The interfering behavior is likely to increase in frequency and intensity (extinction burst) before it is extinguished as the client seeks to elicit the reinforcers previously provided.

It may be that  many weight loss coaches don’t have the power over the client or the inclination to employ this strategy but this extinction strategy may be seen in the disapproval or removing of approval of significant others in the clients support system.  It may be evidenced in a dieter’s compensatory eating (extinction burst) or giving up altogether on the idea through rationalization or self-handicapping.

Extrinsic rewards, when used correctly, can be beneficial to athletes. However, athletes in highly competitive levels of sport may experience decreases in their intrinsic motivation because of the increasing use of extrinsic rewards offered by the media, coaches, and parents.   Has it ever occurred that a professional baseball player, upon signing a mega contract, has a substandard year?

Setting yourself a goal to lose a specific amount of weight gives you something to aim for and something to be motivated by.  What happens when the goal is achieved?  Without going into Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a satisfied need has no impetus to further motivate behavior.

Intrinsic motivation is when a person is motivated to be something based on an internal reward, such as enjoyment of the activity itself and/or a desire to maintain the rewards of that activity. You are intrinsically motivated if you are driven to become “slim and trim”.

For instance, leading a lifestyle to be slim and trim is to gain a sense of internal pleasure and fulfillment by maintaining that lifestyle. When a person is intrinsically motivated to be something, the rewards for engaging in it include a sense of satisfaction. Benefits of this type of motivation can include a sense of accomplishment and increased self-awareness.  Intrinsic motivation can also increase autonomy and sense of purpose.

It is well known in psychology that people who are intrinsically motivated to be something perform at a far higher level than those who are extrinsically motivated to do something.  Intrinsic motivation is inherent motivation inside an individual that leads them to performing under their own free will.

Intrinsic motivation comes from within, driving you to succeed based on inner goals and ambition.

To see how to develop Intrinsic Motivation go to our site:  http://relaxandloseweight.org

Should your Beauty Salon or Day Spa offer a Weight Loss Plan?

“Health coaching,” “wellness coaching,” even “eyebrow coaching” — coaching is a concept gathering steam at spas and beauty salons, with new approaches ranging from the very serious…to the simply engaging and fun.

First, the serious. While “coaching” seems to be a term that can get wantonly slapped onto any professional or personal goal, the concept is especially applicable and packed with potential for the spa sector. Integrative medicine leader Dr. Ken Pelletier recently noted that the spa industry is actually in a better position (than the medical establishment) to deliver preventative “healthcare,” i.e., to provide an environment and offerings that can actually help people make long-lasting lifestyle changes — the number-one medically proven path to disease prevention and optimal health. But to fill those large (and potentially profitable) shoes, more spas must “switch” their model from delivering isolated treatments and establish more personal, post-visit connections with clients that could actually help sustain the changes — i.e., “coaching.”

“Wellness coaching” and “health coaching” are, therefore, very serious trends (rather than faddish new marketing terms), and some very high-level institutions are validating that position. Harvard Medical School (www.harvardcoaching.org) now underwrites an annual conference on coaching’s role in healthcare, while supporting the Institute of Coaching. And one of the many research initiatives being analyzed by the International Coaching Research Forum is developing coaching as a global, academic profession. There are already efforts underway to clearly define the parameters of coaching and help distinguish coaching (which is future-focused) from other professional services like counseling (which delve into a person’s past). Corporations are digesting the power and ROI of coaching: Those ramping up investments in corporate wellness programs, to reduce their crushing healthcare costs, are reporting that wellness coaching is the most effective model to get people to adhere, long-term, to healthy regimes.

Destination spas are taking the lead with both at-the-spa “coaching” models and post-stay coaching connections. For instance, Arizona’s Mii amo (U.S.) spa resort recently integrated coaching, and its “guided journey packages” include follow-up with a guest’s onsite coach. Arizona’s Miraval Resort & Spa (U.S.) “Integrative Wellness Program” offers ongoing, back-home wellness consultations, and San Francisco’s Cavallo Point (U.S.) offers diverse forms of “Life Enhancement Coaching,” where guests can opt for unlimited follow-up sessions. Canyon Ranch health resorts’ (two U.S. locations) “Follow Up at Home” program involves 30- to 50-minute phone, email and Skype sessions with a whole host of practitioners: doctors, nutritionists, “life management therapists,” even Traditional Chinese Medicine experts and spiritual counselors. And Rancho La Puerta (Mexico) has teamed up with technology company, SelfOptima (creators of the www.spaevidence.com website), to adopt its brand-new “WellO” guest engagement platform (featuring health assessments, progress charting, ways to stay in touch with the spa’s experts and peer social networking) designed to keep people connected to both the spa, after departure, and to their health regime.

More “coaches” of diverse stripes, and more coaching language (i.e., “fitness coach,” not “trainer,” etc.), will invade both day and resort spas, as these sectors realize the model’s unique power in keeping customers ultra-close, engaged and spending. And coaching is now hitting the beauty arena, too. Spa skincare brand Skin Authority represents an early pioneer of the concept of after-spa follow-up with online aestheticians. French beauty brand Clarins recently opened its new Parisian flagship, Spa My Blend, and its therapists are now called “beauty coaches,” who “provide support for people to reveal their own essential beauty.” (The brand’s spa also has “pool coaches” for customized aquatic activities, and fitness specialists known as “body coaches.”

New technologies are driving, and will quicken, the trend — email, Skype, texting and apps already make long-distance coaching connections easier and more effective. And a whole raft of high-tech gadgets now makes it possible for people to monitor and share their vital signs, as well as every calorie consumed and burned, with a spa doctor or coach.

Prediction: The big, breakthrough opportunities still lie ahead, as professional “coaching networks” are just getting organized. When this becomes widespread, every type of spa would then be able to enlist coaches, train them in its unique philosophies and have them serve as the critical link between the on-site spa experience and its clients’ long-term wellness success. Companies like Wellpeople.com (U.S.) already offer certified on-site or virtual wellness coaches for spas, hospitals and businesses. Australian-based The Cosgrove Group, which has offered wellness coaching-certification programs at home and in Europe for a few years, just launched in the U.S., and expects to certify 1,000 American wellness coaches this year. This is all very new, right about where the fitness industry was 30 years ago, and efforts to establish “certification” models will continue to develop.

Look for: greater specialization in coaching approaches (i.e., “states of change,” “mindfulness,” “wellness wheel,” etc.), and for ever-expanding coaching categories, i.e., “nutrition coaches,” “sleep coaches,” etc. New models like group coaching and shorter-term, follow-up coaching will emerge, so that a coaching program of some variety could be within the reach of day spas, hotel/resort spas and more destination spas — and to more people, given the greater range of price-points.

The coaching trend is a serious and welcome one for the global spa industry, and could ultimately prove the key to making the spa that true “third place” (like Starbucks) for so many more people.

Menopause and Weight Gain/Loss

It has been shown that 90% of all women experience some amount of weight gain between the ages of 35 and 55 during perimenopause and menopause. Here are the main reasons for weight gain during menopause.

Estrogen: It is common for estrogen levels to diminish during menopause causing cessation of ovulation. The decreased production of estrogen by the ovaries causes a woman’s body to search for other sources of estrogen. Another source of estrogen is fat cells, so your body learns to convert more calories into fat, in order to increase estrogen production. This means weight gain.

Progesterone: It is also common for progesterone levels to decrease during menopause. Progesterone’s role in weight gain is more deceiving; low levels of the hormone do not actually cause you to gain weight, but instead cause water retention or bloating.

Testosterone: Testosterone in a women works to build and maintain muscle mass among other things. These muscle cells work to burn calories in your body and cause a higher metabolism. Levels of this hormone decrease during menopause causing the loss of muscle mass and hence result in lower metabolism. This also results in weight gain.

Androgen: Androgen production increases during menopause sending the extra weight to the abdomen instead of the hips and thighs.

These are problems that are just not your fault!  You can’t help it if your body turns on you!

How huge of a weight gain are we talking about, anyway? On average, women gain between 10 to 15 pounds during the 10 year stage of life when menopause occurs as a result of hormones.  That’s 10 to 15 pounds; there are no 1’s or 0’s missing.  That equates to about 1 pound to 1 ½ pounds per year.  That’s it.

Women in their forties and fifties need about 200 calories fewer per day than women in their twenties and thirties or need to exercise a little more and that 1 to 1 ½ lbs. per year is nipped in the bud.

Has your weight gain been more than that?  If so, what could cause that extra weight gain?

 

Maybe you’re Insulin Resistant.  Insulin resistance causes a woman’s body to incorrectly convert every calorie into fat.  How do you become insulin resistant?  Insulin resistance can be caused, over time, by eating a diet high in carbs.  Simple carbohydrates found in white bread, pasta, processed snack foods, beer and wine all raise blood-sugar levels and effect the metabolism.

Too much sugar in the diet has the same effect as too many simple carbohydrates.  Sugar causes blood sugar to rise, causing the pancreas to release too much insulin which causes the body to turn calories into fat.  The body seems to treat artificial sweeteners the same as it does sugar so artificial sweeteners are as guilty as sugar.

It also seems that the things that cause insulin resistance are things that really pack on the pounds, too.

How do you end insulin resistance?  You stop eating the things that caused it in the first place and exercise a little.

Maybe you have Hypothyroidism:  Women with an underactive thyroid often experience wait gain because their metabolic rate slows down as a result of the condition. In some cases, hyperthyroidism can also cause weight gain, but that is rare. Thyroid hormones essentially regulate calorie consumption in the body. With an underactive thyroid, fewer calories are burned and converted into energy. Instead they are stored in the body.

The good news is that this is a very common condition and your doctor would have diagnosed it when a sudden weight gain or the other dozen or so symptoms were noted.  You have been prescribed a medication to completely turn that problem around and your thyroid is working just fine now.

Maybe you’re getting Hormone Replacement Therapy:  HRT does in fact cause weight gain.  It can cause astounding gains of 10 lbs. per month — of water weight retention for the first months.  Once your body adapts to the treatment, that side effect goes away and so does the water weight.

For Men, menopause is called Andropause.  The effects are essentially the same.  The weight gain causes are the same.  Get over it.  Eat less and exercise more. 

The point is, the main cause of weight gain in menopausal women (and andropausal men) is eating and drinking more and exercising less than they did at younger ages.

How do you get rid of the rationalizations?   How do you lose all the weight you want and keep it off?

To see how go to:  http://RelaxAndLoseWeight.org