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Gastric Band Hypnosis

Gastric Band Hypnosis:

You know how hard it is to do something that you actually WANT to do, let alone the great difficulty and massive resistance you face when trying to do something you DON’T want to do! And we’re faced with exactly the same difficulties when it comes to what we believe. How hard would it be for us to believe in something, when we know it simply isn’t really true?

So how does this help us with a hypno-tic gastric band, or hypnosis designed to make you think you’ve had a gastric band fitted, or a gastric bypass operation? After all, the idea of weight loss through hypnosis, or weight loss through hypnotherapy has been with us for some years. The problems with older-fashioned approaches and ideas of weight loss through hypnosis were just that they tended not to take into account the emotional eating that took place. The Hypnodieting Programme addresses the underlying reasons for emotional eating, but does not rely on the idea of “restriction”.

The hypno-tic gastric band relies on the suggestion that you have actually undergone surgery, and that you really have had a gastric band operation or gastric bypass surgery. This gastric surgery is presented to you under hypnosis with the idea that you will subconsciously accept the suggestion as being “real” – that is – that you will leave the hypnotist’s rooms believing that you’ve actually had gastric surgery. The power of this hypno-tic suggestion (that you have actually undergone gastric surgery), is designed to make you limit the amount of food that you can now take in. By “believing” that you have really had a gastric bypass or a gastric band fitted, you will therefore also “believe” that you now have a smaller capacity and that you can no longer eat as much as before.

But what if you DON’T believe it? What would happen if sooner or later, your knowledge that you haven’t REALLY had a gastric band fitted, or that you haven’t ACTUALLY had gastric bypass surgery comes to the fore?

In that case, you’ll simply end up going back to your old habits!

With the Hypnodieting Programme, weight loss through hypnosis is only part of the story. The all-important emotional connection with food is fully explored and addressed, so that previous unhelpful or self-destructive behaviour can be controlled. The weight loss through hypnosis element of the Programme helps you to “feel full naturally”. Not by attempting to impose the feeling of a “restriction” in the body, but through establishing a greater “awareness” of how your body is actually becoming full as you eat, and feeling confident enough to stop when you are “satisfied”. This approach is entirely in harmony with how your body is designed to work, and of course does not require you to accept any unlikely or unnatural beliefs. The Hypnodieting Programme’s method of weight loss through hypnotherapy does not make use of any supplements or extreme diets, and is not designed to be a “quick fix”, rather it helps you to make those all-important changes to your lifestyle and eating habits that might previously have been too difficult to sustain.

The Mind control Myth:

Hypnosis is not – and never under any circumstances should it be  – considered as some form of “Mind Control”. Looked at logically,  if it were possible to make people behave in a way that is contrary to what they feel is right through a simple suggestion, then surely the governments of this world would have got us all to obey every single law and to pay our taxes on time ages ago!

Clearly this is not the case. Yes of course it’s great fun to see the confusion on the faces of Derren Brown’s “victims” but I’m sure he would be the first to admit how very complicated and contrived it is to actually make things look that simple! And of course, none of the suggested changes are designed to be “permanent”. Entertainment is NOT a substitute for serious therapy.

Even with patients who have had actual real-life bariatric (gastric) surgery, there have been reports of some of the more unfortunate patients apparently now finding that they simply can’t eat anything more than a cupful of solids they now have a severely restricted capacity; yet still crave food as they used to*.

The message seems to be that gastric surgery is a safe and effective method of bringing about drastic weight-loss, provided the patients learn to modify their food intake accordingly. But surely, if these desperately overweight people could be shown how to do that in the first place, might they then avoid the need for surgery?

John Morgan, a consultant psychiatrist at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders states: “If you’re eating because of a need in your brain rather than a need for stomach satiety signals, then having your stomach reduced is not going to solve that.” ♦

This is obviously exactly the same for “virtual” or “imaginary” hypno-tic gastric bands too. The restriction in the gut may not in these cases be physical, but if your previous cravings, and your “emotional relationship” with food are not addressed, then you will still be in a situation of wanting to carry on eating inappropriately – exactly as you did before!

As human beings though, we do love the idea of a “magic bullet”. Or even better, of someone “doing it for us”!  And the hypno-tic gastric band sure sounds like a quick fix to the weight loss problem. Over the years, there have been so many countless quick fixes peddled to those in need of a solution. But is there really such an easy answer? The magic formula for any long-lasting weight loss method for those whose eating habits have caused unhealthy weight gain has always been – and always will be – “less in and more out”; and clearly, this must involve behavioural change. It’s an unfortunate truth that if you keep doing what you do, you will keep getting what you’ve got, and only a method that addresses this and enables those essential changes in behaviour to take place in a way that you can accept and understand would have any chance of becoming sustainable and permanent.

References:

*Daily Mail September 16th 2010 page 37

♦Professor John F Morgan MD(Cantab) MA FRCPsychMB BChir FHEA DipCBT. Senior Lecturer & Consultant Psychiatrist