Gastric Band Hypnosis
In this article, we’re going to be discussing gastric bands and why hypnosis can be a preferable option over gastric band surgery.
Gastric Bands – What Are They?
A gastric band is a small band-like device which is fitted to your stomach as a means of losing weight. The band is fitted towards the top of your stomach and as a result, your stomach is much smaller and when eating, you feel full a lot sooner and will find it hard to eat large portions.
All in all, the purpose of a gastric band is to prevent you from eating more than you should and encourage you to lose weight. The gastric band is seen as a last resort for those who have been trying to lose weight for a long time but who have been unsuccessful. Unfortunately, as appealing as gastric band surgery may be, it comes with its fair share of risks and side effects. While this surgery is more common in heavier patients, heavier patients will be more at risk of these side effects.
Some of the most common side-effects include regurgitating their food, nausea, and frequent vomiting. If you experience these side effects for long periods of time then your doctor will recommend that it be adjusted, or that it be removed altogether.
This surgery is viewed as a guaranteed fix to being overweight, but it’s not as simple as that. Patients must pass a series of health tests, meet set criteria, and show dedication towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the surgery.
If you’re considering gastric band surgery, understand that it’s a huge step to take and while in the short run it might seem like the best thing to do, you must first understand that there are alternatives available and that this should only be seen as a last resort if you have genuinely struggled with weight loss.
Because of the risks of gastric band surgery, it’s highly recommended that you look into gastric band hypnosis instead.
What is Gastric Band Hypnosis?
Gastric band hypnosis uses your brain to minimize your impulse to eat more, especially when you’re already full but subconsciously don’t realize it. After a gastric band hypnosis session, your brain will believe that the size of your stomach is significantly smaller and as a result, you will feel full a lot faster and will be able to eat smaller portions and still feel full. By combining smaller portions with a healthy diet, you will not only see weight loss but an improvement in your mood.
Now, the “competitor” to gastric band hypnosis is gastric band surgery, but there are a lot of benefits to having gastric band hypnosis instead of the latter.
Cost. First, the cost of gastric band surgery can be extortionate, especially in America where the average cost is at $14,000. On top of the cost, there are a lot of procedures that you have to endure and a long waiting list lies ahead.
Side Effects. Second, the side-effects of gastric band surgery are endless whereas with hypnotherapy, there are no side effects yet you will see all of the benefits that you would with surgery. It’s a win-win. As many as 80% of gastric band surgery patients will experience side-effects such as regurgitation, nausea, and there is no guarantee that the surgery will be effective. In some cases, the band may be removed. Some of the more serious side effects are blood clots or internal bleeding and to top it all off, an estimated 1-in-200 people who receive the surgery will die due to extreme side effects.
The main thing to look at is the side effects. Think about it, why risk an expensive and potential life-risking surgery when you could get all of the benefits, at no risk whatsoever, from a life-changing hypnotherapy session?
After experiencing gastric band hypnosis, your brain will be under the impression that a gastric band has been fitted to your stomach when in reality, it hasn’t. However, because you’ve undergone the hypnosis, your body will react as if the band has been fitted.
Nowadays, there’s no reason for you to choose gastric band surgery over gastric band hypnosis.
Gastric Band Surgery or Gastric Band Hypnosis?
The short answer to this is that gastric band hypnosis is the best option. Unless completely necessary, surgery isn’t something that you should rush into and it should always be seen as the last option.
Gastric band surgery can be an incredibly painful experience, even months after recovering from the surgery and on top of that, it can be very uncomfortable to live with. The band is fitted around your upper stomach and as a result, you’ll begin to feel a difference over time.
When it comes to gastric band hypnosis, there are no side effects whatsoever and most importantly, there is no surgery or side effects, thus, no pain. Another way of thinking about hypnosis is that you will receive all the benefits of gastric band surgery, but without the surgery or the hideous side effects.
There are three main parts to gastric band hypnosis which are typically used by hypnotherapists. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), and Psychotherapy. By combining these different types of therapy, therapists are able to tackle the underlying issue of your unhealthy lifestyle and can even determine why you feel the need to overeat. For example, some people eat to comfort themselves in times of stress, while others eat because they’re bored.
“What Can I Expect from Gastric Band Hypnosis?”
Ultimately, the goal of gastric band hypnosis is to make you mentally aware of your unhealthy appetite and promote eating healthier. If your brain thinks that a gastric band has been fitted to your stomach, then you will feel fuller without having to eat as much as you did before.
If you’re someone who recognizes that they eat more than they should, then understanding that feeling full is a point to stop eating is difficult to do. Some people eat because they enjoy eating, others eat to comfort themselves in times of trouble and ultimately, this results in ignoring whether or not they are actually hungry.
Part of gastric band hypnosis is to understand what it means to be hungry, and how it feels to be full. One of the biggest benefits of gastric band hypnosis over gastric band surgery is that there are no physical side effects. If you opted to have the surgery, you would see side-effects such as acid reflux and nausea, but given that hypnosis isn’t a physical act, no side effects will be caused.
In fact, after your gastric band hypnosis session, you may find that you’re more relaxed and feel as though you could take on the world.
Is Gastric Band Hypnosis Going to Work for Me?
This is one of the most common questions that we see when it comes to hypnotherapy, especially if it’s your first experience with hypnotherapy. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as a yes or no answer and for the most part, the results will differ between patients.
Hypnotherapy is very helpful in a lot of different retrospect’s but it’s most useful for altering mental habits and for that reason, it can help people stop eating unhealthily and implement healthier eating habits into their lives. If you’re considering gastric band hypnosis then one thing to keep in mind is that you must give it everything, nothing less.
If you have faith that the hypnosis will work effectively and you are comfortable with the therapist that you’ve chosen, then the odds are that you will see effective results. Having faith in your therapist is a key part of the process which is why we suggest that you take the time to find a therapist who is right for you, not the first one that you come across. It’s also a good idea to have a meeting with your therapist before the hypnotherapy session so that you can introduce yourself and learn a little about them.