The Atkins Diet is a very popular "low-carbohydrate" weight reduction plan, but it is often greatly misrepresented! Common, yet slightly exaggerated depictions of the diet portray dieters devouring nothing but vast quantities of meat and fat. Although the program is not quite that simple, many people have used it to successfully lose weight and improve their health.

On this plan, dieters follow a highly specific program based on restricted carbohydrate intake. Emphasis is placed on the nutritional aspects of the diet over exercise and other factors, although exercise is also a key to weight loss. There are four phases to the Atkins plan:

Induction: During this two-week stage at the start of the diet program, dieters can only consume up to 20 grams of carbs per day. Dieters can consume high protein foods such as meat and poultry, fats such as oils and butter, and other foods with little to no carbohydrates. Many foods with carbs are not permitted at all during this stage, including alcoholic beverages.

This initial phase is supposed to help the body go from burning carbs for energy, as it normally does, into burning stored fat (a process known as ketosis). Most dieters begin to see weight loss during this stage.

Ongoing Weight Loss: During this period, dieters gradually increase their intake of carbs by adding 5 grams of carbs into their diet every week. Dieters adjust their diet, losing weight to put themselves within 5-10 pounds of their goal weight, before moving into the Pre-maintenance period.

Pre-maintenance: Dieters use this phase to find out the maximum amount of carbs they can consume without experiencing weight gain. During this stage, dieters add 10 grams of carbohydrates to their diet each week. Once dieters reach their target weight and can keep it stable for one month, they move into the Lifetime Maintenance stage.

Lifetime Maintenance: For lasting results, the Atkins program is designed to be maintained throughout the dieter's life. Using the strategies that helped the dieter reach their goal weight, the dieter develops an eating and exercise program to stay at their goal weight. Individuals can revert to previous stages if their weight begins to rise again.

Dieters who can commit to the Atkins diet are usually successful in losing weight; however, many people cannot follow the program and end up quitting early on in the induction stage. In general, most diets fail because dieters cannot stay committed to the plan.

Many people struggle with dieting because they experience strong food cravings, have problems with compulsive overeating, can't control their appetites, or simply do not have the motivation to lose weight. Overcoming these mental obstacles is the most challenging aspect of losing weight.

One reason why many people cannot seem to control their eating is because they are emotional eaters. Such people eat in response to their emotions, such as when they are bored or upset. However, this practice programs a "conditioned response" into the unconscious mind. This means that when people experience the same emotion that made them initially overeat, they will feel compelled to overeat again.

Hypnosis works by helping our unconscious minds disassociate our eating habits from our emotions. To extinguish the conditioned response to overeat, a hypnosis weight loss program is used to break the association in the unconscious mind between overeating and specific "trigger" behaviors.

For instance, if you tend to binge eat when you feel bored, hypnosis can disassociate boredom from eating in your unconscious mind. Hypnosis techniques can then be used to replace the overeating response with another activity, such as exercising. That way, the next time you feel bored, instead of overeating, you will feel motivated to exercise, resulting in natural weight loss.

Hypnosis is a powerful stress relieving tool as well, helping us deal with our stressful emotions and relieve tension without eating. As a relaxation tool, it calms the mind, helps you develop positive strategies to cope with stress, and boosts your confidence to motivate you to lose weight.

Self hypnosis can also be used to remove the emotional anxieties that keep you from losing weight. Many overweight people hide behind their weight for emotional protection. For instance, after ending a relationship, people often find themselves becoming overweight so they can avoid new relationships and avoid having to endure emotional pain again. Through hypnosis, we can think more positively and focus on improving our health instead of becoming overwhelmed by our worries.

Not only is hypnotherapy an ideal motivational tool, it relieves tension, eliminates conditioned responses that cause overeating, and can help you overcome many mental obstacles that prevent weight loss. Hypnosis techniques are extremely effective at helping people stick to a diet plan, such as the Atkins program, and lose weight.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH has spent over 30 years specializing in weight loss. He offers several ways to lose weight, including weight loss CD and video hypnotism to lose weight DVD. Visit his CD for self-help website for Free hypnosis newsletters, videos, and downloads.