When I do a clinical interview with a weight loss client, I always ask about the client's motivation to lose the weight. I hear lots of reasons that range from self-esteem to wearing all those clothes hanging up in the closet that don't fit. Some clients will also mention health risks for heart disease or diabetes. A less well-known risk for being overweight or obese is cancer.
Melina Arnold, PhD and scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon France has reported on a review of health data of almost 74,000 postmenopausal women which found that every decade in which people were overweight or obese drove up the risk of being diagnosed with certain cancers by as much as 37% Among the risks were breast, kidney and colon cancer. The strongest risk was for endometrial cancer.
Arnold suggests that reasons for risk of cancer after being overweight or obese for decades include chronic inflammation, hormone metabolism which can elevate the risk for certain cancers and oxidative DNA damage. If you or a loved one have been overweight for decades, it's time to lose the weight and reduce further cancer risk.
So what can you do to finally lose the weight? First of all, see your physician. Make sure you are not fighting a medical issue which keeps you from losing weight or even causes you to gain weight. Once those risks have been eliminated it's time to create your plan for losing weight.
Research has found that people who have a plan or a particular program do better than those who simply decide to "watch their weight". So research weight loss programs which may include weight-loss books, nutrition books, gym and personal training programs, prepared food providers, diet and weight loss clubs or one-on-one nutrition and diet counseling.
Once you have created a plan for how you choose to lose the weight, get a boost from hypnosis. A hypnotherapist can help you set goals on eating, exercise and staying motivated to follow your plan. Hypnosis can be a valuable tool to lose weight and reduce your cancer risk.