Re­boot your brain = sud­denly slim! Ground­break­ing re­search re­veals it’s pos­si­ble to re­pro­gram your brain to break free of crav­ings and drop 30 times more weight—and keep it off. Here, 3 proven strate­gies to help you lose ef­fort­lessly!

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With the new year comes new re­solve to fi­nally lose weight, so many of us du­ti­fully cut back on com­fort foods like brown­ies, chips and mac-and-cheese. But within a few weeks, our re­solve to re­sist our crav­ings typ­i­cally crum­bles like a stale choco­late chip cookie. Why? Re­search in the field of neu­ro­science has proven that the com­fort-food combo of salt, sugar and fat fires up plea­sure cen­ters in the brain, mak­ing it all but im­pos­si­ble not to cave into temp­ta­tion. “Brain cells that fire to­gether wire to­gether, which means our food habits form path­ways that are like traf­fic pat­terns on a car­pet,” ex­plains Rena Green­berg, a health and weight-loss ex­pert in Braden­ton, Florida. “We fol­low them even when they’re not in our best in­ter­ests.”

But ex­cit­ing re­search proves the same neu­ral path­ways that lead to crav­ings can be re­trained to re­sist them. And doc­tors, faith lead­ers and mind­body ex­perts are in­creas­ingly turn­ing to three mind-body tech­niques to help women speed slim­ming. The key to all three lies in boost­ing a brain re­gion known as the pre­frontal cor­tex, says neu­ropsy­chi­a­trist Daniel Amen, M.D., au­thor of Feel Bet­ter Fast. “The pre­frontal cor­tex is like the CEO of the brain; it’s in­volved


has been proven to help women lose 30x

more weight —Jour­nal of Con­sult­ing and

Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy

with pro­cesses like de­ci­sion-mak­ing, fore­thought and im­pulse con­trol. And with the right strate­gies, you can re­pro­gram your brain in ways that boost willpower, break un­healthy eat­ing pat­terns and make fat loss faster and eas­ier.”

(1) Since the pre­frontal cor­tex is in­volved in goal-set­ting and plan­ning, set­ting a daily in­ten­tion ac­ti­vates it. Mark Bat­ter­son, lead pas­tor of Na­tional Com­mu­nity Church in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and au­thor of Whis­per: How to Hear the Voice of God en­cour­ages peo­ple who are strug­gling with crav­ings to set a pos­i­tive in­ten­tion ev­ery day, like “I will ask God for the strength to nour­ish my body with only healthy foods to­day.” So sim­ple, so ef­fec­tive! In a study in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of So­cial Psy­chol­ogy, those who set such in­ten­tions in­creased their in­take of healthy snacks and con­sumed an av­er­age of 1,125 fewer calo­ries daily.

(2) Prayer and med­i­ta­tion are also proven to calm the amyg­dala, the fight-or-flight cen­ter in your brain, notes psy­chol­o­gist Sid­ney Co­hen, Ph.D., au­thor of In­ner Blocks to Los­ing Weight. “When this area be­comes hy­per-aroused by stress and neg­a­tive thoughts, it hi­jacks the pre­frontal

cor­tex,” says Co­hen. But re­search shows that peo­ple who pray or med­i­tate have 47% fewer crav­ings than their less-mind­ful coun­ter­parts, and lose 41% more weight.

(3) De­spite its New Agey rep­u­ta­tion, hyp­no­sis is a sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive way to train your brain for weight loss. “Hyp­no­sis re­pro­grams the brain to break out of old habits and form new ones that op­ti­mize weight loss,” ex­plains Green­berg. In­deed, in a study in the Jour­nal of Con­sult­ing and Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy, a hyp­nother­apy group lost 30 times more weight than those who didn’t re­ceive the ther­apy. And women who re­ceived hyp­nother­apy kept the pounds off for at least two years, ac­cord­ing to re­search at the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut in Storrs.

Julie Evans, 40, of Ma­comb, Michi­gan, is proof of the power of hyp­no­sis. She at­tended one of Green­berg’s weight-loss hyp­no­sis sem­i­nars with her mom. “No joke, af­ter we got out, all I wanted was a salad,” she says. “That was the last day I had fast food. Not hav­ing crav­ings was lifeal­ter­ing.” And she lost 142 pounds! Read on for proven ways to re­set your brain to slim with­out strug­gle!

Linda lost43 lbs!THEN: SIZE 16 Linda Gar­vey, 58, Irvine, CA Height: 5'9"NOW: Size 10

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