The Underlying Issues of Obesity

First of all, I must say that I have always disliked the word “obesity”. The only word I dislike more is the word “fat”.
Being “overweight” is defined as an excessive amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, adipose (fat) tissue, and water. “Obesity” is defined as an excessive amount of adipose tissue.

What are the most prevalent issues surrounding obesity?

  • The most common challenge is in the area of emotional eating – we literally “eat” our feelings.  This self medicating behavior occurs both consciously and subconsciously.
  • Another issue surrounds the lack of exercise, which often comes from a loss of motivation.
  • Often there is stuck energy – in areas of our life where there has been trauma.
  • We often eat to fill up empty spaces -– the feelings of loneliness, abandonment and sadness urge us to the “soothing” comfort of food –- albeit only temporarily.

Here is the good news – all of these underlying issues come from the inside and they can be changed easily and effortlessly!


Gerri Levitas, Certified Hypnotherapist,is the founder of the Inside Out Weight Management Program. The Inside Out Weight Management Program provides a unique, comprehensive approach to weight loss and weight management that combines proven mind/body relaxation techniques and the most balanced and healthy food plan possible.

Powerful Ways to Lighten Up Your Day & Have Fun!

Are we having FUN yet??

We have all heard the expression, “Work hard, play hard”. I would like to suggest another expression, “Play easy”. Here’s another one – “Have fun!”


In our everyday, hectic lives we do not often create time to just have fun.


When we lighten up and have fun, we see all things around us in a different light.

Here are some simple yet powerful ways to lighten up your day – and they are FREE!

  • Tell a joke to someone
  • Take a dog for a run
  • Color a picture
  • Visit a zoo
  • Ride a bike
  • Take a hike
  • Take out a map and plan an exotic vacation
    (You need not have to go!)
  • Rent a funny video
  • Make paper animals
  • Blow bubbles
  • Go outside and take photos


Just for today find some moments, indeed, make the moments, to play and have fun. Do something silly. Chances are that it will put a smile on your face!

What do YOU like to do to have FUN?

Healthy Eating Tip – Slow Down!

Do you ever eat without thinking? Maybe in front of the TV after a long day? Perhaps grabbing something quick on the run? Eating while lost in thought while driving?


Chances are you are eating too fast!


When we are not mindful of WHAT we are eating, we also are not mindful of HOW MUCH we are eating. Increasing our awareness will enable us to make healthy eating choices.


The best way to increase our mindfulness and awareness is to slow down!


The most commonly recommended tip is to put your knife and fork down between each bite. There is nothing inherently wrong with this suggestion, however, it falls short in one area. By the time we remember to put the utensil down, we often have been eating mindlessly! The key is to harness that mindfulness BEFORE you begin eating.


My tip to eating slowly

Here is my tip to increase your awareness and slow down your eating. Before you even take that first bite, stop and take a slow deep breath. Even better, take two slow, deep breaths. This will signal to your mind that you are now going to transition from whatever activity you were doing before to the new activity – eating. This simple act of intention is a powerful tool to increase your mindfulness. You will naturally and effortlessly slow your eating down.



Good Enough

Adapted from the TransformationZ Stress Reduction program.


When we don’t feel “good enough”, we get stuck in our ruts. Self critical comments fly around in our brain, both on the subconscious and conscious levels. We don’t feel in control, and the stress level escalates rapidly.


At a deep level, not feeling “good enough” emanates from a place of fear, worry, and insecurity. We do not feel trusting and we do not feel loveable. There is usually a resistance, however, to being present with these negative emotions. We close down and power through. “Get a grip”, we say to ourselves. We become impatient and frustrated – with ourselves and others. Many times it is our families that bear the brunt of these feelings.


You are worthy and deserving!


It is my belief that at a core level we are all perfect – even with our imperfections! When we accept ourselves, without criticism or judgment, we can then begin to move forward towards our transformation. Interestingly, accepting ourselves makes it easy to accept others as well.


Here are some ways to feel better~

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Be compassionate
  • Listen inwards to your intuition
  • Be patient
  • Be loving


What do you really LIKE about yourself?

Healthy Eating Tip – Every Bite Counts!

Healthy MealOvereating…Snacking…Nibbling…What really happens when we find ourselves eating too much? Is it an impulse? A craving? Did you belong to the “Clean Plate Club” when you were growing up?


Have you ever thought that you would start your diet tomorrow? Or perhaps on Monday? You are not alone!


Here are some quick tips to control portion size:


  • Take a deep breath before eating.
    This will put a stop to mindless, unconscious eating.

  • Slow down!
    Put your fork or spoon down between bites. Eating slowly allows us to become mindful and aware – two important elements of healthy eating.

  • Eat until satisfied – not until full!
    Nobody enjoys an overfilled, stuffed stomach.

  • Wait – at least 2 – 21/2 hours between meals.
    Let your metabolism begin to work.


Remember, you don’t have to finish everything on your plate.

Every Bite Counts!