Effective Weight Loss Strategies
The books meditations and guided visualizations are an important component of weight loss. One metta or traditional loving-kindness practice, encourages self-compassion, which encompasses compassion for others: May I be safe/ May I be happy/ May I be healthy/ May I live with ease followed by substituting the word you for I, and then repeating all four wishes substituting the word we for I. Other suggestions include visualizing putting on two sets of glasses: one pair with distorted lenses that highlight fat and flab and the other with lenses that cast a golden glow over the body, making it sparkle and radiate warmth. Note how different you feel about yourself depending on which glasses you put on.
The section on hypnosis clarifies what it can and cant do for weight loss. It can put you into a deep relaxation that simply helps you to focus on positive thoughts (like how delicious farm-fresh foods are) and encouraging words (like remembering to take care of the body that carries you through the world). But a good trance is not going to prevent you from eating; if it did it could lead to an eating disorder so do not believe any practitioner who promises to use the power of suggestion to keep you to a certain calorie count.
Mindful eating is essentially being present in the moment from shopping for food to savoring each bite to listening to the bodys signals to stop eating. A perfect example of mindless eating, if you want a counterpoint, is buying popcorn at a movie. You sit in the dark, watching and thinking about something other than eating, as your hand goes from the popcorn to your mouth time after time with no thought until the container is empty. Then as you leave the theater you realize you ate so much you are uncomfortable, and other than the first few bites you didnt even enjoy what you were eating.