Change your mind. Change your body.
Anyone can shed pounds by reducing calories and increasing physical activity -- and almost any diet and exercise plan will work. But permanent weight loss requires a shift in focus from the body to the mind. By reprogramming the way you think, you can change the way you behave and become the slim, vital person you know you can be.
Permanent Weight Loss provides a remarkable set of tools that will enable you to take charge of your mind and ultimately your body. Through the powerful techniques of deep relaxation and guided imagery, Dr. Miller helps you to balance and control the thoughts and emotions that contributed to the excess weight. You'll learn to let go of the naive notion that something you do to your body -- some magic pill or clever dietary trick or supplement -- will put an end to your struggle. You'll learn that the answer lies within and that you can call upon this inner power to make the changes you want.
Contents – Track Information (Drivetime):
Track 1:Mind Over Matter – In this stimulating and inspiring Heart-to-Heart talk, Dr. Miller shares the scientifically based principles used by so many to lose weight and create a healthy body – and happy life. Listen to this DRIVETIME program anytime you need to strengthen your commitment to changing your mind and body.
Track 2: Stop - Because imbalance caused by stress is at the core of most weight issues, this track provides a deeply relaxing and healing meditative experience. As your mind opens to the power you have within, your body opens to accept change.
Track 3: Self–Acceptance and Empowerment – The major cause of your stress is your attitude, especially your attitude toward yourself. When you are critical or judgmental of yourself, and when you feel helpless or “less than,” you create the stress that leads the body to accumulate extra fat. As you enjoy the soothing guided imagery on this track, you will learn to empty your mind of this unnecessary chatter, control your awareness and release your inner power to take charge of your behavior and your body. On this track, you will learn to create a deeply relaxed state of body and mind and to bring your awareness into the present moment.
Track 4: Balancing Energy and Eating – Now you are ready to show your waiting, willing brain the body you want to have. You will accomplish this through the use of guided imagery and “The Master Skill” – mental image rehearsal. (Link to an article – what is mental image rehearsal). The greatest secret of success is that you will become what you fill your mind with all day long. Why not fill it with the goal you want it to achieve?
Track 5: Feedback – Breakfast of Champions – Your ability to change is multiplied when you celebrate each victory in your quest for a healthier weight – and when you learn to use setbacks to empower you to improve your future behavior. This track will show you a simple imagery and self-affirmation technique that will keep you on course so your new body and behaviors become permanent!
Permanent Weight Loss will help you learn to reduce stress on a daily basis while you accomplish something of real value to you – the creation of a healthy, strong, functional body.
The program details the basic scientific truths about food, energy, and how balance in your diet, as well as your active movement plan, can rapidly give you the body you want. You will learn the role of your beliefs, thoughts, and self-image play in producing the behaviors that lead to weight gain.
Because your thoughts, beliefs, and mental images are all behaviors – cognitive behaviors – you have the power to change them through the use of certain mind-tools. This program will teach you how to use deep relaxation, guided imagery, self-affirmation, meditation, and self-hypnosis to positively alter your attitudes about food, eating, movement, and your body. It will guide you in learning how to affirm your power to choose how you eat and exercise, to empower the mind and body, and to learn to choose from a deep place of wisdom.
Permanent Weight Loss is designed to work synergistically with all legitimate nutritional plans, exercise programs, and medical dietary regimens.
Permanent Weight Loss Will Help You:
Discover the secret of permanent weight loss
Learn an effective technique for coming into the moment, and experiencing the power of Now.
Focus your awareness on what you want to focus on
Enjoy your Special Place within, a place where you can allow imagination and your deeper spiritual beliefs to guide you
Affirm your power to choose how you eat and exercise
Support the empowerment of your mind and body
Enhance your ability to learn to choose from a deep place of wisdom
How Permanent Weight Loss Works:
Your body – its weight, its level of fitness and wellness-- is simply the result of how your brain and nervous system has treated it – and this, in turn, is mostly the result of the beliefs and attitudes that have been programmed into your brain by the world around you. The stresses and pressures of the world and how you have learned to react to them, along with what you learned from your family, your social environment, and the media, have created the current condition of your body.
These unconscious patterns can be changed by using tools that are designed to retrain or recondition, the subconscious levels of the mind. Because this part of your mind behaves very much like a computer, you can reprogram it. Self-hypnosis and meditation are among the tools that produce the mental state of receptivity that allows you to do this. The state of focused concentration they produce has been demonstrated over and over to be the key to rapid, profound change.
Permanent Weight Loss gently guides you through the process of undoing and erasing the abusive and misleading messages programmed in by your environment, and setting yourself free from the harmful behaviors (e.g., emotional eating) they have produced.
The techniques of guided imagery, autosuggestion, self-affirmation, and mental image rehearsal enable you to be the one who decides what the new program will be – you get to choose the image your brain and the nervous system uses as a goal. The brain is a very goal-directed organ – now YOU are setting its goal.
But just knowing what to do is not enough. PRACTICE is essential in any behavior change program. Success comes quickest when you practice this new way of thinking until it becomes second nature to you. Then watch the pounds melt away.
Permanent Weight Loss will not prescribe a particular diet or exercise regime but will enhance the power of any plan you choose. You may also choose for your body movement any form of exercise or movement you wish – although the best types tend to include aerobic, strength, stretch, and balance training. Permanent Weight Loss will help you stay on that program as well.
Stress eating is a major cause of excess weight, and you will find this program a most excellent way to learn to reduce stress on a daily basis, while you accomplish something of real value to you – the creation of a healthy, strong, functional body that can enable you to do those things that are so important to you.
With this program, Dr. Miller provides wise guidance to help you discover, through imagery, music, and, the music of his spoken words, the power of deep relaxation, imagery, meditation, and affirmation. As you enjoy the imagery you will be rewiring your brain to eat differently, exercise differently, and lose those extra pounds of fat – permanently.
There is a great reservoir of wisdom and balance (homeostasis) within you. Tap into this and create a new set of habits – rewire your brain and program your body to behave the way you really want it to – lose weight, and keep it off. Then you can become the really happy and beautiful person you really are!
Exogenous obesity, food addictions, Type 2 diabetes, obsessive eating patterns, between-meal snacking, overeating, helping stick to a standard or special diet, as an adjunct to medical treatment and wellness programs, hypertension associated with overweight, physical conditions (e.g., arthritis) aggravated by overweight, poor self-image due to body size.
Prescribe for losing excess weight (small or large amounts), overcoming compulsive eating patterns; healing a poor self-image associated with overweight; terminating yo-yo dieting patterns; managing stress and avoiding emotionally triggered eating; improving body-image and self-esteem; learning self-control and self-empowerment strategies.
Recommended Applications and Detailed Description of Exercises:
Track 1: Mind Over Matter DRIVETIME
In this mini-course in Mind-Body Medicine, you will learn the secrets of those who have been successful in reaching and maintaining their ideal weight. This inspiring Heart-to-Heart talk by Dr. Miller will introduce you to the concepts used in this breakthrough program: the true cause of overweight, how to lose the weight you want to lose, and the role your thoughts, images, and beliefs play in keeping or losing that weight. You will also learn how the mind-tools of meditation, self-hypnosis, guided imagery, and self-affirmation can enable you to create the inner image model for the body you want to have, and set your nervous system to go about creating it in reality.
Begin by listening to this DRIVETIME program a few times to fully understand the principles. Then listen from time-to-time when you need motivation or a refresher. This portion can be listened to while driving or while engaged in other activities.
Track 2: Stop and Relax
Now, sit back, close your eyes, experience the guided meditation and learn to create a deeply relaxed state of body and mind – at will. You will learn numerous mind-tools for bringing your awareness into the present moment.
Practice with this part once or twice a day until you are able to experience the deeply relaxed state without much difficulty. You will be opening your mind and body to receive your wise guidance, as you gain access access to your own deeper power. At some time during each day, pause in your normal routine and experiment with going back into the deeply relaxed state as if you are listening to this imagery – except now you are doing it on your own. Don’t be surprised if before long you can do this even more rapidly than when listening to Dr. Miller guide you through it “by the numbers.” Each time you listen, you improve your ability to control your awareness (mindfulness) and access your deeper power.
Track 2 merges imperceptibly into Track 3, which will show you how to put your awareness to work for you. You have learned how to clear the mind of unnecessary thoughts, especially negative, self-critical, and self-defeating ones, and are ready to access the positive images, thoughts, and beliefs you need.
Track 3: Self-Acceptance and Self-Empowerment
In the beginning, as you are perfecting your ability to retreat from the distractions of the world and guide your awareness intentionally, you will listen to this track automatically at the end of the previous track. When you are pressed for time, or when you have learned to relax quickly, Track 2 can be skipped, and you can begin your practice with Track 3.
As you listen, Dr. Miller’s soothing voice will take you on a very enjoyable inner voyage to your Special Place within. Most listeners find that they will know where to go intuitively when Dr. Miller suggests floating to “a very peaceful and relaxing place - your special place – far, far away from anything that could possibly disturb you.” If, on the other hand, you find no place appears at the appointed time in the program – be patient. By the third or fourth time, you will probably find one. Or, you can use this alternate method: decide before you listen – what is the most relaxing, safe, beautiful place you can imagine. It may be a place you have visited before –perhaps on vacation – or it may be a place you’ve seen in a movie or even a make-believe place you invent on your own. The only rule is that it should be completely safe, relaxing, and beautiful.
Here you will learn to use the technique of Self-affirmation, a kind of personal mantra, to begin to change your beliefs and attitudes. Specifically, you will be reinforcing your awareness of the fact that your thoughts, images, and beliefs are all behaviors – your behaviors – and therefore you can choose to change them.
Practice with this portion until you feel empowered to begin to intentionally reprogram your eating and exercising behaviors. A few days or a week of listening daily is usually enough. Now you are ready to go on to Track 4.
Track 4 - Balancing Energy and Eating
This is the real payload of the Permanent Weight Loss program. Now you will learn mental image rehearsal -- “the Master Skill” well known to top performers from athletes to creative geniuses. By creating the inner image of the body you want to have, you focus the energy of your deeper mind and all those organs and glands that can create this new healthy you.
First, you will go into the past to find an empowering event – a time when you were in touch with your ability to achieve something you care about. By reliving a part of this period in the past, and feeling it emotionally, you are creating the chemicals of empowerment in your brain and body. The more strongly you can feel a positive emotion, the more motivation you are transferring to your subconscious mind.
Then you will visualize the body you want to have. Using a photo of yourself at your ideal weight or a magazine photo of someone with similar bone structure and height at the weight you want to achieve will help this process. Remember, your subconscious mind thinks in terms of pictures.
Listen as often as needed to gain access to your strength and confidence, affirm this inner power, and use it to create this new body. Listen daily, or more often to keep the images clear all day long.
Many of your habits will begin to change automatically. In addition, you will notice your will-power and your resolve will make it easier to make the conscious choices that lead to the healthy body you want.
Track 5 - Feedback, Breakfast of Champion
Feedback is central to changing your behaviors, and trying to correct inappropriate patterns of eating and exercising without feedback is like trying to thread a needle in the dark. In fact, the improper use of feedback is the main cause of the vicious cycle of emotionally induced eating.
Most people are not immediately totally successful in changing their eating behavior. That means there will be some slip-ups. How you deal with them is crucial to your success. Harsh self-judgment will sap your strength and motivation.
As you listen to this track, you will look kindly and wisely upon those behaviors that fell short of your aim. As you observe without criticism, your mind will realize what you need to do next time so that you will be successful. Then you will project that new, corrected script forward into the future.
And, of course, as every good coach knows, it is also vitally important to reward your successful attempts to change. As you listen to this track, you will take the time to focus on some of the little successes of the day and reinforce those kinds of behavior. This is how you program your mind to continue to behave in that way.
Listen to this track several times a week to stay on course, reinforce positive experiences, and reprogram negative ones. Practice the techniques and imagery on your own sometimes – and discover how effective you are becoming at managing stress and taking charge of your mind and emotional state.
Supplementary and Related Programs:
Imagine Yourself Slim - Another excellent aid in the process of changing your habits of eating and living so as to create the body you want. Learn how to eat so you become satiated faster, reprogram negative behaviors and project success into your future. An excellent companion program for Permanent Weight Loss.
The Weight Loss Suite - A collection of programs to deal with the many challenges of losing weight:
- Permanent Weight Loss
-Imagine Yourself Slim
-Letting Go of Stress
- Awakening the Leader Within
Letting Go of Stress - Because unbalanced stress is a common cause of overeating, this program can be of particularly great value. Learn how to relax, clear your mind and recover from the pressures of life.
Accepting Change, Moving On - Sometimes there are emotional aspects to discontinuing certain eating patterns. This program will help you deal with letting go of old patterns and incorporating the new ones into your life.
Writing Your Own Life Script - As you lose weight, your entire lifestyle will change. This program will help you become clear about what patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving you want to change and give you tools for changing them in the way that best supports your true goal.
Abolish Anxiety - If food has been a way that you dealt with anxiety, then it is wise to have a more effective way of coping – one that does not make you fat!
I Am – Awakening Self-Acceptance - Learn to achieve that state of inner calm and confidence that comes when you simply accept yourself as you are. That same calm and confidence can then be invested in creating yourself the way you want to be in the future. Guided imagery and a Heart-to-Heart talk by Dr. Miller.
Contraindications and Precautions:
Although there are really no absolute contraindications for the use of this product, people who are severely psychotic or who do not want to at least try to follow the guidance offered will probably benefit little from listening. Listening is also not a substitute for needed medical care or psychiatric care for serious mental or emotional disturbance. In any undiagnosed potentially serious condition such as a head injury, again, there will not likely be any harm, but it would be wise to delay their use until an adequate diagnosis has been made. Although no such problems have been reported, people with seizures of any kind, or neurological or with severe neurorespiratory disease, should check with their primary care practitioner for suggestions regarding the use of this program. Likewise, if you are undergoing psychotherapy, share your use of these with your therapist, as he/she may want to integrate this use with your treatment. And, of course, if you are driving or using equipment that requires your full attention, do not close your eyes and do not listen to any program that you find causes you to become drowsy, distracted, or incapable of functioning safely. Programs designated as “Drivetime” should be used with these precautions in mind.