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10 Nov

Dear Belleruth, Health Journeys and friends,

I am a post-menopausal, 57-year-old woman from Iowa who long ago gave up the battle to achieve slimness.  My husband and I have always liked my healthy, robust, well-larded, corn-fed look, but I recently started having problems with my knees and back. 
 

20 Jun

Overweight Adolescents Lose Weight, Body Fat, Waist Circumference

A ten week Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program in Australia delivers significant improvements in 47 overweight Australian teenagers.

Research from the University of South Australia in Adelaide examined the effectiveness of a Cognitive Behavioral Training (CBT) program (called CHOOSE HEALTH) for improving body composition, diet, and physical activity in overweight and obese adolescents.

20 Feb

Researchers at Peninsula Medical School, at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK conducted a review of the literature to determine the effectiveness of complementary therapies on reducing body weight.

The review looked at evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews. Literature searches were conducted on Medline, Embase, Amed, and the Cochrane Library until January 2004. There were no restrictions regarding the language of publication.

24 Nov

Three different studies from the U.S. and the U.K. show the effectiveness of hypnosis for helping people lose weight, especially when it is used as an adjunct to a behavioral weight loss program.

This study examines the effect of adding hypnosis to a behavioral weight-management program on short- and long-term weight change. One hundred nine subjects, ranging in age from 17 to 67, completed a behavioral treatment either with or without the addition of hypnosis.

15 Sep

Meta-analysis at the University of Connecticut reveals that, not only does hypnosis/imagery double weight loss when added to a behavioral program, but the benefits escalate substantially over time.

Researchers from the University of Connecticut at Storrs ran a third meta-analysis of the effect of adding hypnosis to a behavioral program for weight reduction. They collected data from 2 more studies, and corrected for computational inaccuracies in the 2 previous meta-analyses. Just as with the Canyon Ranch pilot study with our Weight Loss imagery, it continues to look like adding a right brain intervention like hypnosis and/or imagery to a behavioral program will double weight loss.

15 Aug

Stress reactivity to and recovery from a standardised exercise bout: a study of 31 runners practising relaxation techniques.

Researchers at Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo, Norway, compared the value different kinds of relaxation techniques for improving post-exercise muscle pain in adult, male runners over a 6 month period. Thirty-one runners were divided up into 3 groups: a meditation group (n = 11); an autogenic training group (a simple self-hypnosis technique similar to the Relaxation Response) (n = 11) and a control group (n = 10). Before and after the six months relaxation training, measures of reactivity to exercise were taken immediately after and 10 minutes after exercise, as well as indicators of metabolic activity (blood lactate concentration, heart rate (HR), and oxygen consumption (VO2)). Resting heart rate was also assessed weekly at home during the trial. State anxiety was measured before and after the training period. Investigators found that after the relaxation training, post-exercise blood lactate concentration - a key factor in post exercise muscle pain - was significantly decreased in the meditation group (p<0.01) as compared with the control group. No difference was observed in lactate responses between the autogenic training group and the control group. There were no significant differences among the groups with regard to heart rate, oxygen consumption, or levels of anxiety. The study tentatively concludes that meditation training may reduce the lactate response to a standardized exercise bout.

Citation: Solberg EE, Ingjer F, Holen A, Sundgot-Borgen J, Nilsson S, Holme I. Stress reactivity to and recovery from a standardised exercise bout: a study of 31 runners practising relaxation techniques. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2000 Aug;34(4): pp. 268-72. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

15 Aug

Stress reactivity to and recovery from a standardised exercise bout: a study of 31 runners practising relaxation techniques.

Researchers at Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo, Norway, compared the value of 2 different kinds of relaxation techniques for improving post-running pain in adult, male runners over a 6 month period. Thirty-one runners were divided up into 3 groups: a meditation group (n = 11); an autogenic training group (a simple self-hypnosis technique similar to the Relaxation Response) (n = 11) and a control group (n = 10).

01 May

A woman with multiple health challenges, plus a recent 40-pound weight gain, asks which imagery resources would help and how to use them…
12 Oct

When a doc asks what meditations might help a teenager with anorexia, Belleruth suggests Weight Loss as a paradoxical help for this, along with Relieve Stress, Relaxation & Wellness, and other anxiety reducers...
04 May

After listening to her weight loss imagery, offered by her health care provider, a woman finds herself with strange urges to exercise and busts out with the running machine that had been gathering dust..