Gastric Band Hypnotherapy has received considerable popularity in recent years, and there are several methods of delivering this. All share the similarity that the therapist 'suggests' to your subconscious that an actual gastric band has been fitted. This is totally pain free; whilst you are in trance, I will guide you through the process of meeting the surgeon and undergoing the procedure, after which your mind is convinced that the operation has taken place, and you can find yourself satisfied with smaller portions of food. Further sessions focus on changing your relationship with food. This is not a diet – as such, you won't feel deprived or hungry. When your attitudes towards food change, you are left with a long-term solution to weight problems.
I use the method pioneered by Sheila Granger, which has undergone small-scale clinical trials with very positive results. In the initial trial of 25 volunteers, there was a combined weight loss of 14 stones over three weeks, with all but one showing changes in their eating habits.
The procedure is suitable for most people who are dedicated to losing weight and are able and willing to follow simple instructions.
One of the most commonly asked questions in consultations is - will hypnotherapy work for me? The answer to that is it's hard to know until you try it yourself. While it certainly won't work in the same way for everyone, the process of talking about developing good habits and getting rid of bad habits should help plant a new level of awareness when it comes to food and exercise.
There are many different methods you could use to lose weight and it is important to find the one that works for you. People tend to achieve what they think they can achieve. If you are 100% dedicated to achieving something, then you probably will.
Hypnotherapy is not a magic wand. I cannot make you lose weight, and if you are expecting a quick-fix solution, then this is probably not for you. It will take time to make those changes – after all, the weight did not go on overnight!
If you are dedicated and determined to shed those excess pounds then hypnotherapy can help by making the process easier and dealing with those aspects that traditional diets do not tackle – the cravings, food choices and the reasons for eating in the first place.
An important thing to remember is that hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy, and therefore should be used alongside a healthy eating plan and exercise regime. If you want advice about eating better and exercising, you may find it useful to speak to your doctor or a nutritionist. It is often a combined effort of all these things that leads to success.
Although clients can achieve great results with the Virtual Gastric Band, each individual is different, results can vary and it would be irresponsible of me to guarantee how much weight you will lose. Hypnotherapy relies on the co-operation of the client and therapist. You will not lose weight if you continue to consume the same level of calories and some effort is required on your part. Hypnotherapy can help you to get to where you want to be, and the mind is a very powerful thing, but there is a part for you to play as well.