Saturday, July 11, 2009

How The Ornish Diet Works

The Ornish Diet is a low fat, all-vegetarian diet plan. Proper use of the nutrition plan, exercise, and stress-management techniques of this program results in weight loss and improved health for most people. Although this diet plan requires much more dedication than many other diets, and often requires dramatic lifestyle changes for the dieter, research shows that it is effective for both losing weight and reversing heart disease. With its emphasis on stress management and choosing healthy foods, this diet is also a great candidate for combined use with weight loss hypnosis.The Ornish diet can be in one of two, very similar formulations, a Preventative diet and a Reversal diet. The Preventative diet is perfect for people who wish to shed pounds and lower their risk for heart disease. It is also suitable for people trying to lower their cholesterol levels. The Reversal diet is designed for people already afflicted with heart disease who are looking to reverse the symptoms of the disease and reduce their risk for heart attacks.Both forms of the diet recommend a diet plan that is made up of 10% fat, 20% protein, and 70% complex carbohydrates. Under the plan, all meat, fish, and poultry are to be avoided. All oils, fats, nuts, and seeds are also not permitted. Refined carbohydrate foods such as white flour and sugar are also not permitted, but whole grain pasta and bread, beans, and legumes are allowed. Foods allowed in restricted portions include egg whites and nonfat dairy products such as lowfat milk, yogurt, and cheese. Most convenience foods are banned, since any processed foods with over two grams of fat per serving are not permitted.The diet allows you to eat vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fruit at every meal until you feel full. The benefit of this diet plan is that since you are allowed to consume as much as you want of permitted foods, you can feel full and satisfied all the time. This diet plan, unlike some others, is not based on unsafe "starvation" methods. In addition to the diet plan, another important key to the Ornish diet is stress-management. There are many stress-relieving techniques you can use, such as yoga, meditation, and hypnosis. Practicing hypnosis is ideal for reducing anxiety and tension while supporting natural weight loss. Hypnotic techniques work by helping your unconscious mind focus on having positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts when you begin to feel anxious. These techniques are extremely effective in reducing stress levels. While the Ornish program is healthy and effective for most people, it can be hard to follow because it involves many restrictions. This diet and others similar to it often fail because people are unable to stick to them. Many people struggle with dieting because they suffer from an out-of-control appetite, irresistible cravings, compulsive overeating, or a simple lack of motivation to lose weight. These obstacles keep many hard-working dieters from maintaining their diet and achieving permanent success. Hypnosis therapy helps you beat these obstacles, and is an effective complement to the Ornish diet because it offers motivation to stay on a weight loss plan. Hypnosis works to control and regulate the appetite by "reprogramming" the unconscious mind to eliminate and replace bad habits with good ones. A lifetime of unhealthy eating habits such as "emotional eating" can cause people to eat compulsively, even when they are not hungry. Hypnosis breaks unhealthy associations with food and our feelings to end this conditioned response and stop emotional eating. Hypnosis can further influence dieting success by replacing the overeating response with another activity, such as exercise. This way, instead of having urges to overeat, you will feel motivated to engage in healthy physical activity. Hypnosis can also be used to quell the emotional anxieties that keep you from losing weight. For many people, being overweight provides a "secondary gain" in the form of a sense of emotional protection or safety. For instance, many people with low self-esteem are afraid of rejection, so they use their weight as a reason to believe that people will dislike and reject them. Through hypnosis, we can have more positive thoughts and focus on improving our health instead of feeling overwhelmed by such anxieties. We can use therapeutic hypnosis to improve our self-esteem, to clearly see our self-worth and commit to our personal health. Hypnosis offers a strong, natural combination of stress-management, motivation, and behavior regulation to encourage weight loss and help you follow your preferred diet plan. Using hypnotherapy with the Ornish program is especially effective, but hypnosis is great for helping people stay on any diet plan. Hypnosis promotes the success of weight loss diet programs as well as natural weight loss so people can enjoy long-lasting results.--Alan B. Densky, CH has spent over 30 years specializing in weight loss. He offers several ways to lose weight, including weight loss CD and hypnotherapy to lose weight DVD. Visit his CD for self-help website for Free hypnosis videos, newsletters, and downloads.
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