With healthy eating regimes failing drastically people are thinking about a hypnotic gastric band.
The question is what is a hypnotic gastric band and how does it work?
More than that does a hypnotic gastric band work?
I’ll try to answer those questions as best as possible.
The mind can be so incredibly powerful to the extent that it causes physical changes. To some that may sound like a bold statement but in reality it’s easy to prove.
Look at someone who is scared for example, their heart rate increases, their palms sweat, pupils will dilate, their mouth goes dry (there’s perfectly normal reasons for this explained elsewhere on this site).
However can we convince someone that they have a stomach the size of a golf ball? Let’s face it, that’s a pretty tall order – it might be easy to do for a while – but what happens when they eat something the size of a cricket ball? Have you ever been head over heels in love and believe everything the other person says – only to find out they’re lying? If you have been that unfortunate then you will know that you then begin to doubt everything they ever told you. Well the hypnotic gastric band can be a bit like that if you get the wrong person doing it.
I went to a training course in hypnotic gastric band -ing. To me it was a waste of a day and several hundred pounds – although I did get CPD points for it so something came out of it.
The theory that this particular school taught is that you treat the client – sorry patient in this instance – as if they were going into hospital for a gastric band fitting, so the first thing you do is take their money. The second thing is to then tell them to come back when they’ve lost weight so that the liver will shrink – yup, they come in for weight loss and you tell them to come back when they’ve lost weight!
You then explain about healthy eating, this bit is fine although in my experience if someone is coming to see a hypnotherapist for weight loss they probably know more about diet and nutrition than the therapist because they’ve tried all the conventional means already.
You then explain how the gastric band works and all the possible side effects – that too is fine. You show them how much food they would be able to fit into a stomach the size of a golf ball – which isn’t much – some people will be motivated by this but I should imagine most would be horrified.
Then in the final session we get to do some hypnosis, you imagine going to the hospital, seeing the consultant and going into the operating theatre. The trainer at one point turned up in a white lab coat with a stethoscope around their neck – it was all I could do not to laugh out loud. They then went on to say that they poked the client with a pen 4 times around their abdomen and told them they were having key-hole surgery…
Now I am good at what I do – not a boast, just a fact – and if I started doing that to people I would feel a fraud and if I felt I was a fraud then what would the client think?
I have been practicing hypnotic weight loss for 12 years now with huge success rates, I don’t need to spray TCP round the room and poke people with pencils. What’s more people are paying to be hypnotised so they get what they pay for – hypnosis! Not everyone can be hypnotised so why take somebody’s money only to find out at the very end that you can’t hypnotise them?
So why do I advertise hypnotic gastric band then?
Well it is popular and great marketing – that’s the honest truth. However, I offer a free initial consultation where I explain all the above in detail and then go onto explain what i do for hypnotic weight loss.
- Teach mindfulness – all too often we eat mindlessly wolfing our food down without tasting it properly
- Teach the basics of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) this teaches us to think about the way we think.
- Teach people to tell the difference between hunger for food, a craving for food or a desire for food
- Use a combination of encouragement and aversion therapy in hypnosis
- Use parts therapy (a part of me wants to do one thing another part wants to do something else) to work out what it is that drives us to eat.
- Use direct suggestion therapy (you feel more full and satisfied with smaller quantities of food)
- Use stress management techniques if required
- Teach self hypnosis.
The results over the last 12 years have been fantastic – not 100% but nothing really is.
Consultations are always free and can be a real eye opener.
If you want to learn more about how you can use hypnosis for weight loss give us a call on 01803 500300 or fill out the form below.