Why gastric band hypnotherapy?
In this image conscious age we live in, elective surgical procedures are becoming more and more commonplace. Everyone wants the perfect face and the perfect body as portrayed in fashion magazines and television. We want it fast and we want it now! Gone are the days when you treated yourself to a trip to the hairdressers for a night out. Nowadays you’re more likely to book a session for lip plumping or botox or fillers to smooth out those fine lines. Today, in the Western world we are faced with an abundance of food and drink. There are fast food shops in every high street, supermarkets open 24/7 filled with fast, convenient, instant food. Social media advertise delicious looking meals, supermarkets offer two for one deals and fast food shops encourage you to ‘go large’.
Is it any wonder then that with this onslaught of false imagery and temptation to eat, eat, eat that we are living in a society with ever expanding waistlines? But wait - social media and those same supermarkets are also offering you a solution once you have overeaten and are now an unhealthy size – you can buy their diet products! Diet meals, diet drinks, diet shakes, diet snacks, the list is endless and yet – we are still becoming increasingly larger and suffering from all the health and low self-esteem issues that go with it. Why is this? Well the reason is that most diets are unsustainable long term. Yes, they can teach you how to control your portion size and be more aware of what is good and bad for your body, but most diets rely on you depriving yourself of what you like best and sooner or later you cave in and go back to your old eating habits. Most dieters will say things like ‘I was really bad today’ or ‘I had too many ‘sins’ today’ or ‘I really, really want that but I’m not allowed’. They have lots of negative feelings attached to the diet and are more likely to give up as they see it as a never ending struggle.
An increasingly alternative solution to fad diets is the variety of gastric band surgeries now available either through a referral from your concerned GP as your health is at risk or by paying privately. However, surgery of any kind comes with risks. The very reason for the surgery is normally because the person is morbidly obese and the weight has become life threatening and co existing illnesses have materialised such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary and breathing problems. In this image obsessed society we live in, more and more people are opting for this surgery and many, unwilling to be put onto a long waiting list are willing to go into debt to pay for what they see as a quick fix. However, this surgery is not always the answer either as the person’s mindset is not changed from within. Initially the weight will fall off them as they physically cannot consume the same calories and foods as before but they may still crave the same foods. This can result in them losing lots of weight but eventually finding ways to devour the same foods and make the same bad choices as before.
Gastric band hypnotherapy as a safer, more affordable alternative
A much safer, inexpensive way to get rid of the excess weight and achieve the figure you always wanted is to find a qualified hypnotherapist who is trained in gastric band hypnotherapy. Over a number of sessions they will get to the root cause of your overeating thus getting you to understand why you overeat in the first place. The therapist will reprogramme your subconscious to want to eat more healthily and make the right choices that are important to you. Through hypnosis you will be guided through the ‘surgery’ from being taken down the corridor on a trolley, to going under anaesthetic, to waking up with a newly fitted gastric band. Now although completely relaxed, your conscious self understands that you haven’t really had an operation as hypnosis makes you 200 times more aware of what’s going on. However, your subconscious does not so, just like during a dream when you really do believe you are being chased through streets or are flying through the air, your subconscious is tricked into believing the surgery has taken place. As a result it will want to protect this new body and is careful to want to make sure it puts the right amount of nourishing fuel into your body. A follow up visit to the therapist a few weeks later is normally included in the price so that the virtual ‘band’ can be adjusted as necessary just like in a real procedure.
Benefits of hypnosis vs surgery
So what are the benefits of choosing hypnosis over surgery?
- Safer. There is no invasive surgery. No risks using anaesthetic. No physical discomfort.
- Inexpensive. Gastric band hypnotherapy is roughly 15 times cheaper than paying for private surgery (unless you decide to go abroad which in itself has its own risks as they are not always regulated and there is no follow up treatment should anything go wrong). You can go straight back to work as there is no recovery time.
- You are less likely to have a relapse and go back to your old ways as the therapist has dealt with the underlying reasons you overeat in the first place. He/she will have addressed the cravings you have and looked at the psychological reasons as to the causes of your overeating i.e. stress, boredom, habit and self sabotage.
Hypnosis will always look at the underlying causes as to why you overeat. This is what makes it so successful as diet programmes only teach you to control portion size and surgery is risky. Hypnosis helps you maintain a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. When the therapist helps you to align both of these, you will then be on your way to obtaining that body image you always wanted.
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About Biodun Ogunyemi
Biodun Ogunyemi, founder of Optimind, one of the leading practices in the UK. Trained to the highest level in Advanced Hypnotherapy and author of over 180 hypnosis products.