Slim Forever for Women: Subliminal Self-Help

Side one contains powerful relaxation techniques and “affirmations.” Side two repeats the suggestions “hidden” under the sounds of waves and soft piano.

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New Research on the Placebo Effect

You have probably heard about the Placebo effect. We know new drugs are measured against the placebo effect because a good percentage of people get better just by taking sugar
pills.

I think a lot of us don’t take the time to consider how crazy this is. Some pretty major health conditions are “cured” by basically the belief that the pill or injection will work.

This is obviously power of the mind stuff, but until recently scientists had never been able to actually “see” the placebo effect actually working in the brain.

Thanks to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (f MRI) and PET scans, researchers can now see the brain work in real time.

The Placebo Research

A researcher named Jon-Kar Zubieta, a neurologist at the University of Michigan, used some amazing trickery in order to discover that the driver of placebo effect in the brain is an area called the nucleus accumbens (NAcc).

What is interesting, (and actually makes sense) is that this area of the brain is responsible for our expectancy of reward.

I won’t go into too much detail about the actual study (it involved researchers sticking subjects in the jaw with a needle to cause pain – OUCH!!!), and then giving them an intravenous pain cure.

The cure of course was just plain old saline solution (a placebo).

The PET scans revealed that the placebo caused an actual dopamine boost with highest dopamine release coming from the nucleus accumbens (NAcc).

All the subjects experienced some relief, but some more than others.

So the researchers used fMRI on the same subjects to see if there was a correlation between those who got the best placebo effect with those who potentially had the mostactive nucleus accumbens (NAcc).

Scientists are tricky! Here is how they pulled it off.

While using f MRI to monitor brain activity, they had the subjects play a game where they could receive monetary rewards. The anticipation of reward intensified the activity in the nucleus accumbens.

The cool part is that the people who had the highest activity in the NAcc during the game are the same people who had the most profound placebo effect in the pain part of the study.

The Take Home

So it seems that it pays to have an NAcc that hums if you want to get cured by a sugar pill.

I have been thinking about this study a lot and it begs this question.

Could we actually train ourselves to enhance our expectancy of reward, thus strengthening the NA? If so, this might mean we could develop some ability for self healing. Or it just might be genetic – nobody knows right now

Here is the citation for the study I just summarized.

Scott et al.: Individual Differences in Reward Responding
Explain Placebo-Induced Expectations and Effects
Publishing in Neuron 55, 325–336, July 19, 2007. DOI
10.1016/j.neuron.2007.06.028.

The research is still in its early stages and I would curious if any of you have any other real research on the subject (not new age mumbo jumbo, but real peer reviewedresearch).

If you do, just post it below.

Here are some other cool facts about the placebo effect:

  • Orange, Red and other hot colored tablets work better as stimulants.
  • Cool colored ones (blue, green, purple) work better as depressants.
  • Big pills generally work better than small pills!
  • Higher priced pills work better than lower priced pills.
  • Injections work better than tablets
  • And “branded” tablets work better than unbranded tablets!

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Why Are People Getting Bigger?

It is a fact! People are getting bigger. Not taller but bigger (sidewise). Recently I went to a mall (after I don’t know how many months). At every turn, you are bombarded with food; fattening food, delicious smelling food and promises of exotic tasting experiences to die for.

I also came to the realization that portion sizes, especially in steakhouses has become bigger.  We are fighting the bulges and portion sizes increase to make our job that more difficult. This is getting ridiculous!

The solution? You have to gain control over what goes on your plate. In the beginning, it may be difficult, but with experience, you can learn exactly how many servings you are eating. After a while, you will know exactly how big the portions should be to be in line with recommended portions.

If you can master this skill (and make it a habit) you will have a sure fire method to cut the most calories the quickest. Just by changing to a healthy fat burning diet with portion control, you can literally lose weight without doing anything else.

If you are like me, the following statement will fit you like a glove. Do you ever feel obligated to finish everything on your plate?  Were you raised with the same principle than me? Clean you plate otherwise you are wasting food and there are hundreds of thousands people dying for a morsel

The solution to lasting weight loss with fat burning diets is to exercise portion control.

•    Always use smaller plates and bowls. I use a side plate for my main meal.
•    Order an appetizer as an entree. Look for fresh salads or fruit and try to stay clear from fried foods.
•    If possible, use the lunch menu (to order) at dinnertime.
•    You do not have to eat everything! Leftovers are okay. Let them wrap half your meal before bringing it out.
•    Go for smaller sizes for instance a half-order of pasta.
•    Always be aware what you are eating. Chances are good that you will eat excessively if you are mindlessly picking at your food.
•    Another vital habit is to learn to read and understand food labels. Watch out! Serving sizes can be misleading! Did you know a can of cola is actually two servings?

As you cut down on your portions, you may feel a little hungry at first. To beat this temporary hunger without eating more try to:
•    Drink more water
•    Eat fiber-loaded foods
•    Eat low-calorie foods first
•    Eat slowly, put the fork down between bites
The main thing to success on any fat burning diet is to take your life back from obesity. We want to be healthy and full of vitality. The price therefore is to stay focus on one’s weight loss goals and incorporate small changes to ensure success.

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Will This Fat Burning Diet Change Your Life?

How many times have you heard “This diet will change your life?” You have heard that one previously, have you not? The hottest trends profess to stumble upon a mystery secret that years of research and millions of real-life experiments failed to uncover. Funnily how those “magical secrets” just do not live up to the initial high expectations.

Even if these fat burning diets accomplish you to shed unwanted pounds, they never help you to transform your life.  For a healthy lifestyle and success on any fat burning diet, you need to transform your life. If you do not transform your lifestyle, you will end up with the same unhealthy eating habits and that will lead you right back to square one. Unhealthy, obese and depressed for life.

Conventional diets are temporary solutions to what representing the whole obese world with a lifetime predicament. Did you know that 95% of dieters gain their weight back within a year? Your best choice to success with your weight loss goals is to forget about fads and gimmicks and rely instead on you own common sense.

Trying to lose weight successfully without changing to a healthy lifestyle is like patching a flat tire. To ride further you put a temporary fix on the damaged area, but it is more than likely that you will have to patch it again later. The same principle is true with weight loss. You can choose either change to a healthy lifestyle or just put a temporary fix on your health.

Remember by putting on a temporary fix you are in the habit of yo-yo dieting and that put extra strain on your heart and depletes your immune system. Yo-yo dieting also have the effect that when you lose weight and gain it back it is becoming that much harder to shed the pounds and much easier to gain more weight.

The key to a healthy lifestyle transformation to fix the weight problem finally lies in motivation, healthy habits, and confidence. You need a healthy weight loss diet with permanent results. One that makes you feel good about yourself, one where you get support from fellow dieters who know the steep path to achieve your weight loss goals.

Where you will experience freedom to make your weight loss journey as you see fit. Freedom to carve out your weight loss goals and to create the healthy lifestyle you always dreamed about. Now is the time to start your journey to reinvent yourself to a beautiful and gorgeous YOU!

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Dining Out on Fat Burning Diets

There is nothing as exciting as dining out. However, when one is on a fat burning diet it may present you with some serious choices. Eating out is about pleasure!

One can look at it in two ways, the pleasure of the company or the pleasure of treating your taste buds to a new adventure. I, however treasure the company as well as great healthy food. What is more enriching than the company of loved ones and a treat on tantalizing healthy food?

Back to reality one sit with the dilemma of safe weight loss and on the other hand, one wants to be great company.  So let us get one thing straight “I want to lose weight, but I want to do it in a joyful spirit. I do not want to be a spoil sport!”

What can we do then to make dining out a joyful affair without long faces and feelings of guilt afterwards?

1 Do Some Homework

Most Restaurants are on the Internet. Have a look beforehand at their menu’s and phone and make sure how they prepare their food.  By deciding beforehand what to order one is not tempted by the sight of other choices.

2 Be Drink wary

I’m very wary of drinks when dining out. It is very easy to consume many empty calories without realizing it. Therefore, I choose to drink cold water with lemon or lime wedges. This way I make sure, I do not consume empty calories and after three glasses of water I’m also not that hungry and tend to order smaller portions

3 Don’t Be Fooled By These Buzz Words

The following add-ons are unnecessary and may make your dining out experience unpleasant. Just for the record, they may taste delicious but the taste is going to sit around your waist because they are real fattening. Stay clear of cream sauce, oil, butter, battered, gravy, smothered, au gratin, Alfredo.

4. Make your own menu

Politely request that no sauce, oil or butter be used in your dish. Also, ask the waiter to replace the starch with extra vegetables. This is a great way to save on calories and to ensure that you fill up with more healthy food, without any guilt feelings afterwards.

5 Enjoy the company

Eat slowly and concentrate on the taste of the food. Analyze the taste sensations try to establish new tastes that you aren’t familiar with. Enjoy the conversation and give special attention to your dining partner.

If you can remember that the eating part is NOT why you are dining out you have come a long way. Dining out, for me, is about excellent conversation, enjoyment of my surroundings and relaxation away from home.

Dining out successfully on your fat burning diet is what you are making of it. You can choose what you want, but staying on a healthy weight loss diet and achieving your weight loss goals are far more satisfying than a one night eating out spree. Enjoy your life by living your dream!

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