In a bid to supplement my weight loss, while following the Slimming World plan, I have embarked on a course of hypnotherapy using an app called ‘Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis – Lose Weight Fast!’. The programme is written by Sue Peckham and James Holmes who make the following claims:
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• Discover how easy it is to change your eating habits successfully and permanently. Become the slim, fit healthy person you long to be, without the expense, risks or discomfort of surgery.
• The Easyloss Virtual Gastric Band Surgery Programme is a step-by-step hypnotherapy program that guides you to successful weight loss like never before. No starvation diet, no calorie counting, just a natural way of eating that helps you lose all your unwanted fat safely and steadily.
* 6 Unique Sessions of Relaxing Hypnotherapy
* Food Photo Diary and Water Diary (track your daily meals & water intake)
* Before and After photo record
* 100 Weight Loss Tips eBook
* FREE Facebook Support Group – join HUNDREDS of other successful users online
The plan requires you to follow a few mindful eating guidelines (see below) which will result in weight loss if you can master them.
Mindful eating guidelines
- Eat what you want NOT what you can.
- Eat whenever you are physically hungry, every time you are physically hunger but only when you are physically hungry,
- Eat SLOWLY.
- As long as you even think you are no longer hungry STOP eating.
These guidelines are very familiar to me from my foray into the ‘self-help‘ method of weight loss (which worked very well for me in January) however it never hurts to be reminded of these principles as I know that my portion sizes have got bigger (even though I still eat my meals off a tea plate not a dinner plate).
What is different about this plan though is the hypnosis, which is designed to help make adopting these rules ‘effortless’ – we shall see!
The hypnotherapy on this app is all working towards Virtual Gastric Band surgery, which ‘the internet’ explains in the following way:
Considered a last resort for people who are morbidly obese, gastric band surgery involves fitting a band around the upper part of the stomach. This limits the amount of food the person can eat, helping them to lose excess weight. This intervention is a surgical one and comes with potential risks and complications.
Gastric band hypnotherapy or having a ‘virtual gastric band’ fitted does not require surgery. It is a technique used by hypnotherapists to get the unconscious mind to believe it has had a gastric band fitted. The aim is that on an unconscious level, you will accept that you have had the procedure and that your stomach has reduced in size.
There are four different hypnotherapy sessions which must be followed in a certain order and you can only move onto the next session once you have met certain criteria. For instance, you cannot move onto session 2 until you have listened to session 1 for a fortnight and you have lost 2lbs or more. If you have not lost 2lbs in the fortnight you must continue to listen to session 1 until you do. Therefore, I am listening to session 1 at the moment and will be for another week or so.
You have a choice of listening to the daytime session when you wish to relax during the day, and then go back to your normal routing, or listening to the nighttime session when you are in bed and wish to drift off to sleep while listening.
All the sessions must be listened to in a place where you can relax fully and where you won’t be interrupted, ideally on a comfortable chair or in bed. For me it’s less easy not to be interrupted as the minute I make myself comfy my two dogs decide that they want to join me or, if I’m in bed at night, my husband starts snoring!!
The session begins with an introduction to the ‘sub-conscious’ mind, taking you through various mental exercises to show how the sub-conscious is at work all the time (and therefore will be open to the suggestions made in the hypnotherapy session).
Next is the infamous count down from 10 and the request to relax (by now I am so relaxed I am usually asleep, but I have managed to stay awake a couple of times to know what comes next – usually because one of the dogs started barking!).
The second half of the twenty minute session is all about food and positive affirmations around food and your ability to make sensible choices. As well as lots of imagining yourself at target weight and as a fit and healthy individual.
If you are listening to the daytime session you are then ‘brought out’ of your hypnotised state, if you are listening to the nighttime session you are allowed to drift off to sleep.
The overwhelming thing about this session is just how relaxing the hypnosis is and what an amazing cure for insomnia I find it (not that I ever really struggle to sleep). Sue reassures you that if you fall asleep or your mind wanders during the session it really doesn’t matter, your subconscious mind will still be taking note, I’m not sure I am convinced by this but I am very happy to be proved wrong.
Wish me luck!