By : Erika Slater
The Virtual Gastric Band is a relatively new hypnosis procedure developed as an alternative to Gastric Band weight loss surgery.
Using hypnotic suggestions a virtual gastric band is “installed” in a person’s stomach and thereby shrinking it to the size of a golf ball. The result is the individual becomes fuller quicker and satisfied on smaller portions of food which lead to weight loss.
The Virtual Gastric Band procedure offers all the benefits of the surgery but because no operation takes place none of the risks, discomfort and recovery time of real surgery. The hypnosis technique was developed in Europe where it’s enjoying widespread success under different names and slightly varying techniques.
Using hypnotherapy to simulate surgery is not new but is pioneering specifically in replacing weight loss surgery. Gastric Band Hypnosis uses techniques to convince the subconscious it has undergone the surgery without being wheeled into an operating table and actually having the surgical procedure performed. The techniques can include activities to simulate the sounds and smells of an operating theater to add to the effect on the subconscious.
Candidates for weight loss surgery include people who weigh more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight, have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, and/or type 2 diabetes. These people are candidates for a Virtual Gastric Band procedure. Anyone who has struggled with weight gain can also benefit from it.
Results and trials so far of Virtual Gastric Band treatments have been promising with some hypnotherapists reporting patients who’ve received the treatments have experienced a 74% – 95% success rate and losing and maintaining the loss of significant amounts of weight.
The average number of sessions required for this hypnotherapeutic procedure is four to six. The sessions incorporate a variety of treatment techniques. Besides hypnosis they involve NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and behavior therapy. These techniques are used in conjunction with the hypnosis to encourage the patient to rethink how they view food and eating in general.
The cost of the hypnosis procedure is significantly less than gastric band surgery. The sessions after the “fitting of the gastric band” educate the patient about food in a manner that’ll improve their health and not hinder it. It discourages the idea of dieting to drop pounds.
Hypnotherapy has long been a popular technique for weight loss but with the rising levels of obesity in America – more than 65% of adults are overweight, obese or morbidly obese according to the National Institute of Health – it’s likely to become even more popular.
The rise in obesity has also spiked a rise in the incidence of type II (or type 2) diabetes. It has been estimated by the American Diabetes Association that as many as 21 million individuals suffer from diabetes while an estimated 54 million people are classified as pre-diabetes.
There is a direct connection between obesity and type II diabetes. In fact more than 85 percent of those who have been diagnosed with type II diabetes are individuals who are overweight or obese.
Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis is a technique that could greatly improve the health and lives of these individuals without the risks inherent with surgery.
Author Resource:- Erika Slater is a Certified Hypnotherapist in Massachusetts and specializes in weight loss and smoking cessation. You can find more tips for weight loss and help for other lifestyle changes at her web site. She is currently offering private Virtual Gastric Band in Boston weight loss sessions in her metro-west practice location, and you can find out more details about these sessions, other hypnosis services she offers, and various self-hypnosis programs available, by visiting her web site at: http://www.freeatlasthypnosis.com.