Gastric Band Hypnotherapy, Is It For You ?
Gastric band hypnotherapy can be seen as offering the solution to a client's issues with weight. It can be seen as removing the need for a potentially complicated and expensive surgical procedure whilst offering all the benefits of having a real gastric band. However the facts are that people are able to put on weight after having had a gastric band procedure, whether it is done medically or by using hypnotherapy. They need to improve their relationship with food and eating before they consider undertaking the procedure.
Let's look at what needs to be addressed before determining whether gastric band hypnotherapy, is it for you.
- Food is a complicated issue in many people's lives. We can't live without it and yet many people struggle to have a healthy relationship with food. They may comfort eat, eat the wrong foods, binge eat and then starve themselves. Addressing their relationship with food is an important step to take before proceeding with gastric band hypnotherapy. Otherwise people have been found to continue eating sugar, chocolate and fatty foods after their gastric band hypnotherapy. They simply liquidise them and wonder why they don't lose weight or continue to put weight on.
- Stress management techniques need to be introduced. Many people live stressful lives and food often becomes a source of comfort. It can become synonymous with relaxation, 'me' time, taking a break. Better ways to manage stress, take proper breaks, organise their lives need to be introduced. Hypnotherapy can help with this, by learning to become more assertive and recognise the triggers for stress so that they can be dealt with and better habits introduced.
- Learn to treat food as a friend. Mealtimes should be pleasurable. Eating healthy food, prepared well, served in a sociable, companionable environment can turn mealtimes into an enjoyable part of the day. Eating slowly, savouring the smell, taste, appearance of what is being served can make mealtimes something to look forward to. Perhaps prepare food in advance so that there is something available in the freezer on a busy weeknight, or shop so that healthy lunchtime ingredients can be easily made up to take to work.
- Find fun ways to incorporate exercise. A gym is only one way to exercise. Some people enjoy being a member of a gym. Having paid for a membership motivates them into going regularly and they incorporate it into their routine. But companionable ways to exercise suit some people more. A regular walk with their partner can provide an opportunity to talk whilst their evening meal is cooking. Rambling with the family at weekends or organising team sports like football, cricket and rounders can provide fun ways to bond as a family and exercise together.
Before deciding if gastric band hypnotherapy is for you it is important to address the underlying reasons behind food and eating. Deal with your relationship with food and eating, implement better eating and food related habits and then, as you become more aware of healthy eating and lifestyle habits gastric band hypnotherapy can become a viable option.
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