When you first hear of gastric banding hypnosis or hypnotherapy, you would be forgiven for thinking that it had something to do with preparing for, or recovering from, a stomach band operation. But in actual fact, hypnotherapy is a complete alterative to banding surgery.
This increasingly popular weight loss treatment, uses hypnosis to convince the patient that a gastric band operation has been performed. Subconsciously, you think there has been a reduction in the size of your stomach, and therefore your mind and body respond differently to hunger and the amount of food you can consume. Hypnotherapy treatment is also said to alter a patient's food preferences, with a greater acceptance of healthier, lighter foods that she had before.
The hypnosis process involves simulating the actual gastric band surgical procedure including replicating the smells and sounds you may experience in a real operating theatre. The hypnotherapy procedure lasts for about an hour, and you should be able to resume your daily activities straight away.
The benefits of gastric band hypnosis over surgery are obvious. No pain, no risks, no recovery time, and no severe damage to your finances. Stomach banding hypnotherapy costs in the region of £250-400 whereas a lap band operation typically costs over £7,000.
However, the million dollar question is clearly, does gastric band hypnotherapy actually work? Unfortunately, there is not simple yes or no answer. Some patients report amazing results with substantial with loss, and a whole new approach to food. Other hypnosis patients are less enthusiastic with some reporting no real difference.
Gastric band hypnosis is best viewed a method of weight loss treatment that may help you slim down. Approaching hypnotherapy as a like for like alterative to surgery is probably inadvisable, and is likely to lead to disappointment.
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