If you wish for the body of a Greek god or goddess, you don't have to battle one-eyed monsters or hurl thunderbolts - simply eating like the ancient idols could help you get a physique that people will worship.

The Mediterranean way of eating, which is a diet that includes an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, fish, olive oil and red wine, can help you attain the ideal body. The Mediterranean diet has also been linked to a healthier heart and a longer life span. Fatty dairy products, red meat, and foods with refined sugar are rarely consumed, if ever.

Thousands of years after the powerful gods shook things up, the Mediterranean style of eating still makes great sense as a weight loss meal plan because you get full on plenty of high-fiber, low fat foods that leave you feeling satiated much longer. The vegetables and fruits eaten as part of the Mediterranean diet plan are naturally low in calories, and are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients your body must have to create new and healthy cells.

The Mediterranean diet plan permits a higher fat intake than most weight loss diet plans, but it's healthy fat that comes from olive oil and nuts, which are rich in beneficial monounsaturated fats, and low in unhealthy saturated fats, like those found in beef, ice-cream or cheese.

Just bear in mind that for higher calorie items, like the whole grains, olive oil and red wine, you still have to focus on overall calorie intake and serving sizes. The key to any successful weight loss plan is taking in fewer calories while still feeling full.

When you feel satisfied, it makes it a little easier to overcome cravings that many people who are trying to follow a weight loss diet go through. What good is a diet if you can't remain on it because your appetite is out of control? Before you begin any weight loss meal plan, you will need to find a safe, effective technique to eliminate your urges, cravings and appetite to overeat.Weight loss hypnotherapy is a wonderful resource to help you curb your cravings.

The average person experiences cravings and an urge to eat for two major reasons:

A. When you pair eating with any other behavior, the other behavior will trigger cravings and a compulsion to eat.

B. When you feel tension, you feel compelled to put something into your mouth for relaxation and pleasure.

Let's look at Part "A" first. More than 70% of the population learns much more quickly and easily by seeing, rather then by hearing. Think about it: If you feel an urge to eat while watching TV, it’s because your mind recorded the video image of food in your hand, and then associated that image with the image of the TV. From that point, each time you watch TV, your unconscious flashes the image of the food in your hand, and you get an urge.

You have actually "programmed" your unconscious to make you feel cravings and urges as a "conditioned response" to watching TV. The same thing occurs when you eat in your car or while on the telephone, etc.

Weight loss hypnotherapy will erase the conditioned responses easily by reprogramming your unconscious mind to have it trigger unconscious images of you watching the TV without eating, and that will eliminate the urge to eat. It will also give you an urge to reject food in that scenario!

But what about Part "B"? Our sensations of tension are created by our thoughts. If you think negative thoughts, you feel tension and upset. If you think happy thoughts, you feel calm and relaxed.

If you think a negative thought while you are sitting at your computer, your mind will associate that thought with the computer. Thereafter, when you sit at your computer, you have a conditioned response; your mind flashes to that negative thought and you feel tension. Weight loss hypnosis can help you overcome these patterns almost immediately.

The techniques used in the most successful hypnotherapy programs are based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). This technology works based on the utilization of a person's existing thought processes instead of post-hypnotic suggestion.

Video weight loss self-hypnosis can program your subconscious mind to use negative thoughts as a trigger for calming thoughts. So if you begin to think of something that is distressing, your unconscious will automatically change to a relaxing thought in a millisecond. You become peaceful, so there are no sensations of tension to cause your cravings. And without an appetite to overeat, it's easy to lose weight and keep it off forever.

Following a sensible weight loss diet plan, like the Mediterranean style, along with self hypnosis means you can finally beat your cravings to achieve the body of a Greek god or goddess.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH pioneered the use of video hypnotherapy weight loss and received a U.S. Patent on the technology. His hypnotherapy website offers several different lose weight self-hypnosis CDs designed to fit every personality. Visit for Free hypnosis videos, newsletters, and articles.