Hypnotic Gastric Band
Hypnotherapy has long since been a recognised possible aid to those wishing to lose weight – the hypnotic gastric band being one of the more recent additions to a therapist’s tool box. However, as with the actual surgical procedure, unless eating habits and behaviours are addressed and understood any reduction in body fat - as with many diets - will be short-lived.
So how do we help people to form new behaviour and maintain the beneficial changes achieved during the therapy period? It’s simply not enough to limit the quantities of food a person can comfortably enjoy whether by hypnosis or surgery. A visitor to my office recently highlighted that case: ‘Joe’, having had actual gastric band surgery, was still managing to consume thousands of calories in high sugar content foods – anyone who’s tried a mini chocolate ganache will know that 3 teaspoons later the pot is gone and in excess of 200 calories consumed! So, no behavioural change there then despite the £8000 price tag on the surgery.
There are two really essential ingredients I have found which are a must alongside appropriate hypnotherapeutic intervention if success is to be a real possibility. Firstly, education; there is little to no point in embarking on a therapy to help a person to lose weight if they (and the therapist, come to that) have little understanding of what has lead to the excess weight gain in the first place. Without awareness of what it is they eat and what that food may or may not be doing to them, many people will falsely believe that, just because they are limited in the quantity of food consumable (whether by a hypnotic or surgical gastric band), that they can eat what they like – they simply can't!
With the more recent media coverage on the topic of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) (see link below for more detail) it is easy to see why so many people have been quite blind to the amount of sugar they have been consuming. Once we become aware of these things, we cannot become unaware; it’s not possible to ‘un-know’ that which we now know and from that moment we all have to take the second essential ingredient towards success - responsibility.
We all have to take responsibility. Anyone wishing to change their eating habits, lose weight and successfully maintain that weight loss has to take responsibility for their self. It is good to use outside assistance and guidance via a therapist or another support network and yes, as a therapist I have a responsibility to my clients to ensure I give the best therapy, advice and support but I cannot be responsible for them, nor would it be right. Taking responsibility for ourselves feels good; it’s the essential ingredient that enables newly formed behaviours to persist and become a part of everyday living.
Hypnotherapy can help guide people towards that which they truly seek; it can help motivate towards those changes that are sought; it can make it easier to replace old unwanted behaviours with new, more beneficial behaviours; but it can’t alter the calorific and nutrient value of food nor can it do your grocery shopping for you! Some useful links:
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About Rachael Slack
Rachael Slack, DHP
Diploma in Advanced Hypnosis and Hypno-analysis
Diploma in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
Advanced BWRT® Practitioner & Life coach & Anxiety specialist
Studied Psychology at the Open University
I was fortunate enough to train on a one-to-one study programme with Terence Watts, C.G.I. Principal and founder of The Essex Institute of… Read more
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