The truth about gastric band hypnosis

Gastric band hypnosis is designed to help you lose weight by making you believe that you have had a real gastric band fitted using hypnosis.

Gastric band hypnosis has received a lot of public interest recently and has been featured in the media due to the results that it has produced for various people that wanted to lose weight. In addition to this, a number of celebrities have lost weight using gastric band hypnosis.

The idea behind the overall process is to help you alter your eating habits and behaviours over the long term, enabling you to achieve your weight loss goal and maintain it. Most diets can help you achieve your goal in the short term however most people end up regaining most of the weight back.

What is gastric band hypnosis?

The basic concept behind gastric band hypnosis is that it is based on the power of your imagination. It is designed to make you believe that the size of your stomach has been reduced, thereby enabling you to feel full more quickly which in turn results in eating smaller portions.

By eating smaller portions and the right types of foods then, ultimately, over time weight loss will follow. There are various reasons why people are in favour of gastric band hypnosis as opposed to real gastric band surgery.



First and foremost the cost of a real gastric band can be prohibitive for most people. The average price is around £8,000 in the UK if you choose to have it done privately and although it is available on the NHS you would need to fit a certain criteria and there is a long waiting list.

In addition to this, there is also a long list of potential side effects or complications that may arise with a real gastric band. A high percentage of patients (around 80%) may experience symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, regurgitation of food and in many cases, the band may have to be removed if the symptoms persist. 

More serious complications can occur such as internal bleeding, a blood clot inside the leg (deep vein thrombosis), a blood clot or other blockage inside the lungs (pulmonary embolism). It is estimated that the risk of death after a gastric band operation is one in 200 people.

A lot of people are now are looking for alternative options to lose weight, one of which is gastric band hypnosis. Gastric band hypnosis does not give rise to any potential side effects or complications as the band is not physically installed in your body. The whole concept makes you believe through hypnosis that a gastric band has been installed inside you.

The band is not actually installed it just makes you feel that way. Gastric band hypnosis is based on the fact that if you truly believe that it is installed on the top part of your stomach then your body will react accordingly as if an actual gastric band is installed.

Is gastric band hypnosis better for you than surgery?

Other reasons why people choose gastric band hypnosis over gastric band surgery is because the post-op of the surgery can be extremely painful and uncomfortable for the majority of patients. For quite some time after the surgery, you will feel a certain uncomfortable feeling in your abdomen. The lap band (adjustable gastric band) is placed carefully around the top part of your stomach but as it is a new addition to your body it can cause some complications as described above.

The benefits of gastric band hypnosis over surgery are there are no risks of any complications arising and it is much more cost effective. There is also no invasive surgery. In other words, you can have all the benefits of the gastric band without the surgery. Gastric band hypnosis uses your imagination to create the same bodily responses and healing sensations that an actual gastric band will produce.

Gastric band hypnosis is usually carried out over a course of four or five sessions and the sessions entail hypnosis, NLP (neuro linguistic programming), CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and psychotherapy. The combination of these therapies and sessions are designed to address the underlying issues behind your eating habits and the cause of overeating.

For example, some people use food as a comfort or they eat when they are bored, tired or stressed as opposed to just when they are hungry. Dealing with the main issues that drive the unwanted behaviour is the main key to success and this can allow real change to long-term habits and behaviours.

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Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

Biodun Ogunyemi is the founder of Optimind, one of the leading hypnotherapy practices within the UK. He has practised on Harley Street and is an experienced hypnotherapist, trained to the highest level in advanced hypnotherapy and NLP and is the author of over 180 hypnosis products.… Read more

Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

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