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With weight loss items to choose from what should a person listen to and when?

05 Apr
Kay says that with so many recommended audios for weight loss (including our Weight Loss Pack , plus Martha Howard’s and David Illig’s CDs what should she listen to, and when? ..
Along with your Weight Loss Pack you also recommend Freeing Yourself of Excess Weight by Martha Howard MD and also Weight Loss by David Illig. My question is, with so much to listen to, how does one know what and when to listen?

Thank you,

Dear Kay,
You’re right, it is a lot. The Weight Loss Pack is for people who prefer my style of imagery, because all four titles are written and narrated by me. In that pack, The Healthful Sleep imagery is included because we now know that good, restful sleep enhances weight loss. The Relieve Stress imagery is in there to provide other imagery alternatives to anxiety-generated, compulsive eating. And the Self-Confidence imagery is to support positive behavioral change out in the world, offering an added boost for when a little extra dose of self-esteem would come in handy.

That being said, then if you compare my weight loss imagery with David Illig’s and Martha Howard’s, you get a different set of useful choices and styles. Any one of these resources is effective, so it doesn''t really matter which you start with. But there may be one method or voice or narrative that has more inherent appeal and compatibility with your own unique "receptors". Check them all out and see what appeals best, and feels most congruent.

David Illig uses a technique called Ericksonian Hypnosis, which has a very gentle, meandering but potent narrative that is loaded with healthful suggestions, along with simple but very positive subliminal affirmations. Martha Howard uses more directive hypnotic images, plus she has some very clever aversive imagery alongside the positive suggestions, so her audio tends to send you running, screaming from the French fries and brownies, in search of healthful veggies and pure water! My imagery is more multisensory, body-based and addresses a lot of emotional and psychological issues through its narrative. So listen to them all and see which one suits you best as a starter-resource. Or if you don''t have the time or patience for that, just start with any one of them.

Then, I would suggest you listen to that first one alone for two or three weeks, morning and evening (if possible). Don''t worry if you fall asleep while listening - that happens a lot, and you''ll still be absorbing the images. You want to get yourself saturated with the experience, so that the images and ideas get under your skin and becomes a part of you. (People are always surprised that, after a short while, key phrases or images or words will just start popping into their minds at very helpful times during the day. This is what you want - a sort of a kindly reprogramming that becomes integrated into your daily life.)

Then, when you feel you''re thoroughly sick of it (the time frame for this "saturation effect", as it''s called, differs greatly from person to person, and it may take you months to get sick of one of these; or just a few days..), you can switch to a new one and do the same thing with that one for 2-3 weeks. Then, you can either go back to the first one for a few days, or you can start listening right away to the third one for yet another intensive couple of weeks or so.

After you''ve thoroughly "ingested" all three recordings, you can then pick and choose, from day to day, which imagery experience you''re in the mood for, morning and evening, and just shuffle them as needed. You can also substitute one of my others, or throw those into the mix as well.

And keep in mind, these will still work, even if/when you are sick of them. So keep listening, no matter what! At least you have enough of a library here to provide you with a lot of variety and interest. And I think you''ll find with any of these that it makes achieving your goals much less effortful and much more "natural", sometimes even pleasant and enjoyable.

Good luck with this.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award