Source: The Mirror
Teacher Cris Gallagher, 49, tipped the scales at 21 stone despite being only 5ft tall and had a BMI of 51, the Sunday People reports.
Thanks to a visit to a hypnotist, Cris, of Fleetwood, Lancs, has canned her diet of cannelloni, chocolate and pies and now weighs 14 stone.
“I’m so happy, I tap dance now,” she says – a far cry from her old self.
“I’d wake in the night with palpitations feeling like I was being crushed by the weight of my own body,” she recalls.
“On the outside people thought I was one of those, ‘fat and happy’ people, but on the inside, I was living with the constant terror that I was one carbonara away from a heart attack.
“Some days I’d eat three breakfasts and would be shovelling pastries and cake in the staff room at work before the lunch bell had even rung.
“I’m only 5ft and ended up being almost as wide as I was tall. It was miserable.
“I’d wake up feeling disgusted with myself and then comfort eat to make myself feel better. It was a vicious circle.”
Four years ago Cris was out with her mum Sheila, who died in 2012, aged 75, when they saw a poster for a hypnotist advertising help with weight loss.
She said: “Mum turned to me and said, ‘If only I had the money I’d pay for you to have that. I’d love for you to lose weight and be happy with yourself’.
They couldn’t afford the treatment but, after her mum passed away, Cris found a leaflet from another local hypnotist, Rusell Hoyles.
She said: “The money from the sale of mum’s house had just come through.
“It was as though mum had given my one last gift from the grave.”
Amazingly, her first visit was a success.
“He identified that I was using my fat as a comfort blanket. He made me thank it for protecting me but tell it I didn’t need it anymore.
At the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, we would like to congratulate Cris on her outstanding achievement and also Russell Hoyles on a job well done.
The thing to remember here is that although Cris’s story is inspirational it is not unusual. At the Institute, we become a bit blase about these types of results because we see clients that frequently achieve them. The important thing is for the hypnotherapist to ensure that these results are maintained for the rest of the client’s life.
This is done by ensuring that the client’s behaviours around food are changed. Hypnotherapy is extremely effective at achieving behavioural change.
In reality, losing weight is relatively easy most women have achieved good weight loss by using a diet but the missing ingredient is the behavioural change that stops them putting it all back on again.
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