Gastric band hypnosis stops the desire for big portions

gastric band hypnosisReducing weight can sometimes be a complex process. Emotions and food can become very tightly linked for many individuals, which might make sticking with a diet challenging and disheartening. These problems can then make people try extreme methods to help them get slimmer.

The widely used ‘gastric band’ surgical treatment has received plenty of coverage recently. It works by putting a band around the stomach, constraining the volume of food you can easily consume. But did you know it’s possible to create comparable results without having to have surgery?

Gastric band hypnosis consists of a blend of hypnosis, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and is designed to make somebody believe they have been fitted with a gastric band, providing them with all the potential benefits to such a procedure with a lower cost and devoid of the associated perils of the actual surgery.

Gastric band hypnosis vs. a surgical approach for shedding weight

Gastric band surgical procedures are either very expensive, if you choose to go privately, or, if you happen to fit the stringent eligibility guidelines of the NHS, you will have to join the back of a lengthy waiting list. Plus, regardless of whether you go private or use the NHS, it is estimated that close to 80% of people that are fitted with a gastric band suffer uncomfortable side effects, including nausea and vomiting. We also have the possible risk that the band will cause issues bringing about its eventual need for removal, ultimately causing more expense, more time spent waiting on lists, and of course, more pain.

But gastric band hypnosis is very different. It costs less than surgery, plus it doesn’t include any of the common risks or adverse reactions connected with surgical operations. Unlike a surgeon, your hypnotherapist can manage to discover and treat the reason behind your weight issues, meaning you may have better chances of not only shedding fat and keeping it off, but also starting a new, healthier relationship with food generally.

So how does gastric band hypnosis work?

Fitting a hypnotic gastric band involves mimicking the real medical method whilst the individual is in hypnosis. When the hypnotherapist leads the purchaser into a deeply relaxed state of mind, the subconscious becomes more open to the power of beneficial suggestion. Whilst the customer is in this state, they are still awake and will be conscious of everything that occurs during the process. Often by using scents and noises to boost the fake surgical procedure, the hypnotherapist may guide the client through each step of the ‘operation’.

Occasionally the hypnotherapist will want to see the person at some time after the ‘band’ has been fitted, to check up on how their weight control is going; if the rate of weight control has to be altered, the hypnotherapist can then ‘adjust the band’.

Numerous clients who undergo gastric band hypnosis find that they have a steady reduction in weight, without any nasty unwanted effects or irritation.

How a hypnotic approach allows you to steer clear of snacking

Steer clear of the snacks

snacksA mischievous snack every now and then is not a problem in itself, yet for many individuals this eating snacks can develop into a regular way of dealing with difficult emotions. If you then add on the issues brought on by highly addictive substances contained in foods like cakes, chocolate and crisps, you may find yourself in a vicious cycle of emotionally and physically driven binge eating.

Some people use snacks as a means of ‘rewarding’ themselves for accomplishing something. A lot of people celebrate accomplishments in this way, and when done in moderation it is not a cause for concern. However, if this practice becomes a frequent or daily occurrence, it can then become very difficult to control unwanted weight.

Some other less conscious factors, like monotony or tiredness, can also lead to uncontrolled snacking. For example, a Swedish study has concluded that after a poor night’s sleep we become more likely to buy snack food items that will be loaded with calories. This is because increased levels of ‘hunger hormones’ are released in the body after disrupted sleep.

Why your will power might be failing you

A strict diet is normally the initial thing people think of when they want to shed unwanted weight. However, because the root cause of their eating behaviour remains hidden and un-dealt with, quite a few find it extremely difficult to stick to their eating plan for any period of time.

While you might really wish to beat your obsession with snacks, achieving this goal may feel nearly impossible. Failing in your efforts may end up causing you to feel miserable or hopeless, which can then prompt you back to harmful eating activities all over again.

How a hypnotic approach can help

Because hypnotherapy works together with the subconscious mind, it will probably resolve the core obstacle that is causing your eating patterns. Your eating behaviours may have commenced as a reaction to something encountered in your childhood years, or maybe sleep deficiency could be the driving force. Regardless of what the underlying reason is, a hypnotherapist can certainly help.

Instead of working with the conscious mind, i.e. your will power, a hypnotherapist can use techniques to change your brain with new ideas concerning food and snacking.

Paul Howard, an expert hypnotherapist, plus a weight reduction professional, from The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy located in Surrey, stated “Patterns of eating behaviour that have been established over many years can become habitual, we usually treat the eating issue as a behavioural change. However, if we are able to identify other underlying issues, we are also able to deal with them very quickly and effectively.”

Hypnosis has helped a lot of people to not only lose unwanted weight, but to keep it off too. By making use of the power of positive suggestion whilst the client is in a conscious, yet deep state of relaxation, the hypnotherapist can place new ideas to replace the old, habitual snacking ‘programming’ which has developed throughout their life. In quite a few cases, customers don’t feel the same need to snack after the hypnotic session, thus making it much easier and more pleasurable to stick to a new eating plan.

The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy is committed to raising awareness to the help that hypnotherapy can bring to sufferers of psychological issues. They have specialists that cover various issues such as anxiety, weight control, insomnia, psoriasis and smoking. They have been in practice since 2002 and have male and female therapists on staff.

The real cost of hypnotherapy: Can you afford not to?

Cost of hypnotherapy

Whilst hypnotherapy can offer a profound enhancement in the quality of someone’s life, countless people still see it as potentially expensive and worry about the cost of hypnotherapy. While they will probably spend money on other much more expensive pastimes with the aim of making themselves feel emotionally better, such as retail therapy, nights out, holidays, drinking, smoking, take-away food, etc., spending money on something such as hypnotherapy is believed to be too expensive.

Yet evidence clearly shows that the positive effects of hypnotherapy could be profound, and can assist with problems ranging from anxiety to drug dependency. So in truth, is hypnotherapy really something you can afford to miss out on and what is the real cost of hypnotherapy?

Health factors of hypnotherapy

The conscious mind is particularly restricted with what it takes note of.  However, it keeps every little thing which we have endured in our lives.

Hypnotherapy works by allowing the professional hypnotherapist to access the subconscious of the person, consequently giving the professional hypnotherapist the chance to handle the deep-rooted belief systems and patterns of behaviour. Using this method can bring important health rewards.

Weight concerns

Quite a few dieters, whilst determined to drop some weight and improve their health, discover that sticking to a weight control plan is incredibly hard to do. Irrespective of how hard they try, their motivation and will power is frequently missing. This can be due to subconscious beliefs and patterns regarding food and weight, which no amount of will power may be able to fully resolve. That is where hypnotherapy comes in. A hypnotherapist can work with the customer to reprogramme the mind, altering the subconscious beliefs, hence providing the client with a fresh start to achieve their weight control goals. Because this effects the client long-term it means the cost of hypnotherapy is minuscule. Just think how much can be saved on expensive diets and eating plans.

Addictive behaviours

Countless people with addictions, such as smoking, drinking or gambling, find it extremely hard to escape their habits, even though they could have made numerous genuine efforts to.

Often this comes down to concentrating on the incorrect part of the issue. As an illustration, quite a few smokers choose nicotine patches to help them stop smoking cigarettes because they suppose that in meeting the body’s desire for nicotine they might be able to stop.

Yet, since the compulsion comes from the subconscious mind, this strategy in the majority of cases doesn’t work. Quitting smoking is made easier by working with the subconscious reasons behind cigarette smoking. When someone stop smoking they save between £3,000 and £9,000 every year. When you compare this with the cost of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, a one off fee of around £150, it pales into insignificance.

Social phobia

Anxiety can lead to numerous issues in a person’s life. By way of example, being held back in their profession or studies resulting from speaking anxiety. The price tag on enduring this anxiety is often considerable, causing men and women to stay away from job offers or to drop out of college.

With the help of a hypnotherapist, however, this anxiety can often be conquered, and clients can benefit from a higher level of self-esteem, both in their working and personal lives.

Paul Howard, an expert hypnotherapist, from The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy located in Surrey, stated “It is very common for us to see clients that have tried many different approaches to lose weight or stop smoking, often spending thousands of pounds. These clients are amazed at how quickly and powerfully hypnotherapy can change their behaviours and therefore how easily they can make the required changes in their lives.”

Howard, continues “When you compare the cost of hypnotherapy against the real term costs of not taking a promotion or failing at an interview because you were anxious all of a sudden hypnotherapy becomes very cheap indeed. The worrying thing is that people will spend years being restricted by their problem and within a few short weeks they can be living without.”

So even though the initial price of hypnosis might seem outside your financial reach at first glance, the potential financial, health and wellbeing benefits that a hypnotherapeutic approach could bring to your daily life really are invaluable.

Forget the diets, change the behaviours

DietIf you are thinking of going on a diet programme, perhaps you are deciding which one to choose, 5:2, Dukan, Low GI, Low GL or calorie counting. Part of the decision process is trying to work out which is the best one for losing weight. Basically, you have to ignore the term diet and just focus on changes in lifestyle, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

In an editorial published on 20th August, in JAMA, researchers state that there is no perfect diet, because they are all equally as good or as bad in helping people reduce unwanted weight.

“We really wanted to shine a light on the fact that there seems to be this focus in the media and in the scientific community on the pursuit for the ideal diet,” stated Dr. Sherry Pagoto of University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. She adds that none of the diet research is “game changing in terms of obesity management, but we’re spending a lot of time talking about it and we are spending a lot of time researching it.”

Together with Dr. Bradley Appelhans of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Pagoto also recommends calling an end to the diet wars and focusing on our way of life, instead of which diet is best to reverse the weight gain and curb the risks of long-term illnesses.

“We need to shift our conversation away from what exactly should people be eating to how do you change behaviour, how do you get people to make long-term changes.” Pagoto stated. “Why are we focusing on exactly how many carbs, protein, and fat grams people are eating and why aren’t we focusing on the bigger picture of why are we eating so much and how do we change behaviour?”

“And when it comes to weight, diet isn’t the entire story — we also have physical activity,” she added. “We should understand the contexts and factors that go into how people make behaviour changes around physical activity, too.”

Their strategy is to concentrate on a few lifestyle changes: finding out how to regulate food portions and lower high calorie, fatty foods; teaching themselves to establish exercise objectives, and understanding how to remain motivated and also to have an understanding of hunger.

Pagoto said that the top five challenges to weight reduction are having little time to cook food or exercise, being stressed, loved ones bringing unhealthy food home, not having an exercise partner or feeling uncomfortable when exercising, and feeling hungry all the time.

By using their weight loss hypnotherapy programme it not only helps people to make the initial behavioural change but, as a rule, because the changes are made at a subconscious level, they tend to be longer lasting. This allows weight loss clients to get used to the new behaviours and after a while they become normal behaviours.

Paul White, the behavioural change specialist at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and former Chairman of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, said “Motivation is the key aspect behind long lasting weight loss. The ‘beach body’ is too short-term a goal, especially as it is all too common for people to report that they put back on all they lost and more, which means they lose all the advances they have made. This is very de-motivating and does not bode well for the coming years.”

“Contrast that with a recent client that we had been working with for a while to change behaviours that said ‘Back from holiday, first thing I did was jump on the scales (and no they didn’t break!!). Surprisingly lost 2lb, not sure how but I’m not complaining!!’ This sort of statement is not unusual when clients use our hypnotherapy for weight loss programme. Because the change is in their thought processes and mental responses and this causes changes in their behaviours.”

By replacing negative behaviours with positive ones, clients start to see changes with eating habits and improvements in feelings of well being. They will then not only feel better about the food they consume, but also begin to feel happier.

At the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy in Surrey we seek to change our clients’ relationship with food. Your hypnotherapist will work with you to change the way you view food, even the way you think about food, so you start to eat to live, rather than live to eat. By doing we remove the guilt, reduce consumption and feel happier around food.

Paul White was Chairman of the National Council for Hypnotherapy for five years. He has been a Director of The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy for 12 years. He has a special interest in weight control and problem behaviours (addictions).