Author Archives: William Anderson, LMHC

One Lunch Here Will Make You Lose Weight. One Will Make You Gain. Which One Is For You?

(The author is a psychotherapist who lost 140 lbs. when he developed his methods, and he’s kept it off for over 30 years. Read about his method in his book at the right, or listen to his audiobook, free sample provided here.)

whopper combo

This is a Whopper with fries and a regular Coke. It’s a whopping 1440 calories. This is the kind of thing I used to have for lunch.

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This is a Whopper Jr. and a Diet Coke. It’s only 300 calories. I’ll have this for lunch at least once a week now. It doesn’t look a lot different than the 1440 calorie one, does it? The food companies try to get us to eat as much as possible. Is there any question why we are having an obesity epidemic when we aren’t paying attention?

Before I discovered the solution to my weight problem and permanently lost 140 pounds, I thought that to lose weight I’d have to give up eating what I liked. It wasn’t true and the dieting never worked.

Then I learned how to eat what I liked in a way to lose weight and keep it off. It was a bit of work at first, but now its easy.

To learn what I learned, read my book, eBook, or listen to my audiobook (listen to the free sample audio here).

The Power of The Target Pic

 

One of the homework assignments I give clients in the early stages of my program is the creation of a target picture, making a composite picture of your face on a desired body. It sounds silly. It doesn’t sound like it would really help. But it works like magic. It’s one of the most important tools in my toolbox of Therapeutic Psychogenics.

It’s one of the assignments that people resist. For many of us, it’s impossible to imagine ourselves different. We can’t believe it can happen. And that mind-set paralyzes us. In the early days of The Anderson Method, clients would “forget” to do that assignment. Something inside them fought it, had difficulty believing a thinner self could really be. They were attached to the old fat self-image and could not imagine anything different. They were stuck. So, I got in the habit of doing it for them.

As soon as they saw their face, trimmed down, on a healthy body, you could see the resistance melt. Where they had been unable to imagine it before, now they could not only imagine it, but they wanted it. They had been unable to let go of the old self and body image, but now, in seeing what they knew would happen if they were to undereat as the method teaches, they wanted to shuck it and get to the new body asap.

Because our method is based on irrefutably reliable science, they knew that if they followed the method, they would burn off as much excess fat as they wanted, no ifs, and or buts. Their skeleton was not much different than anyone else’s, so when they burned off the excess and deflated the bulk, a thinner body, like others’ who are thinner, would result. They knew that under the puffy fat in their face, their nose, eyes and mouth would remain in their fixed positions, and the trimmed down face would look just like the trimmed down photo. When they looked in the mirror they started wondering how it would look if this part or that part melted off. And now that they could vividly imagine it, they felt a desire for it they had not felt before.

These techniques I call Therapeutic Psychogenics may seem silly or non-scientific, but they are state of the art reprogramming techniques, known to draw on powers of the psyche that we all have but rarely use in the right way.

If you want to solve your weight problem, tonight, use your computer and printer/copy machine and make a composite of what you’d be like if you got rid of your excess weight. Take a current picture of your face and trim it down. Get some body pictures from magazines or the Internet. Use the zoom on the copy machine to match the head in size to the body. It doesn’t need to be great art. It can be crude. Black and white may even work better than color. Your mind will pick up what is presented and form an even better image in your imagination.

If you want to solve your weight problem, do this little exercise and see what happens. You may discover the power of visualization, target pics and Therapeutic Psychogenics.

 

One Appetizer Will Make You Lose Weight. One Will Make You Gain. Which One For You?

bloomin-onion

This is Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion. It’s a nuclear 1946 calories! That’s 500 calories if you eat 1/4 of it when you’re out with 4 friends. Of course, we overeaters usually ate more than our share.

shrimp cocktail

This is Red Lobster’s Classic Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. It’s only 100 calories, sans sauce. And the sauce is only  45 calories (if you use it all).

Want to solve your weight problem? You can, by learning to eat what you like and enjoy it even more than you do now.

I’ve helped thousands of people lose weight and live a healthier happier life for the rest of their lives, taking my program, reading my book, or both. Read my book or listen to my audiobook, and then take action to make your life better! This can be the year you solve your weight problem.

Yes, Your Stomach Actually Shrinks When You Diet!

Author Bill Anderson before and after his 140 pound weight loss.

Author Bill Anderson before and after his 140 pound weight loss.

(The author is a psychotherapist who lost 140 lbs. when he discovered his unique method, and he’s kept it off for over 25 years. Read about his method of fast permanent weight loss in his book, The Anderson Method.)     

A reader has written in asking, “Does my stomach actually shrink after a few weeks of eating less, or is it all in my imagination?”

Much to my surprise, the answer is YES!, your stomach actually does shrink!

For years, the answer from all the experts has always been “no”, your stomach does not actually shrink.

My dietitians and physicians have always told me that this is an “old wives’ tale”, a myth that came about because after a while of eating less, we seem to get used to it. They said that the hunger that you got when you first “dieted” goes away after a few days, but it wasn’t from your stomach actually getting smaller. “It’s a matter of habituation”, they said. You also get a full feeling on less food than before, but “it’s not actually your stomach physically shrinking.  The new experience becomes our new normal and we get used to it”. According to them, our digestive system and appestat adjust to the new level of consumption, and now, when we’ve had the new normal amount or new normal of going without, our brain gives us the same messages it used to give us, but on less food. But the stomach physically shrinking? “No”, they scoffed, “just another silly myth lay people believe”.

It turns out they were wrong, at least about the stomach shrinking part.

Here’s the scoop: Researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Department of Medicine and Psychiatry at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital have actually measured the size of the stomachs of people before and after 4 weeks of eating less. They found that dieters had their stomachs shrink by 27-36%!

They inserted balloons into the empty stomachs of 25 obese volunteers and then filled them with water to measure the volume the stomach would hold. Then, a group of 14 of them went on restricted diets, reducing the amount of food they ate, and 9 did not. At the end of 4 weeks, they repeated the measuring procedure using the balloons. The non-dieters had no change in the volume their stomachs would hold, but the dieters’ stomachs would not hold what they used to. The volume their stomachs’ would hold had shrunk by 27 to 36%.

So, its true, your stomach actually does shrink after you eat less for a while.

Now that we have that settled, so what? If you want to lose weight, you still have to figure out what to do to get yourself to do that. That’s where I and my book come in. Read my book or listen to my audiobook and find out!

 

 

Jumping Jacks? Are You Nuts?

A serious teacher

Every year at this time, I publish columns to help people get control of their weight, and I also peruse what others are writing on the issue. This year, I read a few columns telling overweight people to exercise with jumping jacks. One said to “start with something easy, like jumping jacks”. Jumping jacks??!! I almost blew my coffee out my nose. Jumping jacks? Is this guy crazy? He has probably never been obese and probably has never had an obese person he has said this to.

As a formerly obese person, I can tell you that jumping jacks are a very bad idea for an obese person. Not only will it hurt, but you are liable to do damage. In fact, the number one rule for obese people and exercise is to take it easy, go slowly, and don’t overdo it. Use the old show-business principle. Only do so much, and leave ’em wanting more. If you get to the point where you think you’ve done enough, you’ve probably done too much. The most intense thing you should do at first is walking. Jumping jacks are the worst idea I’ve ever heard of.

I’m a behavior therapist who discovered how to succeed with permanent weight loss. After 25 years of diet and exercise failure, I finally “got it”, lost 140 pounds and I’ve kept it off for 30 years. I went on to teach others, and I wrote a successful book about it, now an audiobook. I can teach you.

In my behavioral approach, we focus on our behavior rather than our weight or our body. Instead of just trying to use “will power”, we use behavioral science, finding what we can live with, and we “program” in the behavior and habits that will create the results we want and we program out (extinguish) the behavior that made us overweight. Our goal is to make it so what we do to maintain our goal weight is more pleasurable and rewarding than what we did that made us fat.

So, forget jumping jacks and the people who tell you to start with them. Read or listen to my book to learn more about my behavioral approach for permanent weight loss. This could be the year you solve your weight problem.