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Mind over matter. If you are a bit of a girl when it comes to surgeons’ knives and blood, but still fancy shedding more than a few pounds you have hitherto been a bit uncatered for in the weightloss field. Yet the Shirran’s of the Elite Clinic in Spain have sorted all your problems with this new amazing mind-altering technology; you can experience all the effects of a gastric band without ever setting foot in a surgeon’s theatre.
Weight loss hypnotherapy works in exactly the same way as a surgical gastric band would, minus the actual surgery. Or the band. The mind is tricked into thinking a surgical procedure has taken place, therefore inducing the same effects: diminished appetite leading to weight loss. The treatment uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, NLP, Hypnotherapy and guided imagery to help change the client’s thought processes regarding food.
Unbelievably the initial procedure only takes four days, but the results won’t be seen for a while after, due to the fact that no weight has actually been removed. Your first step is grandly called ‘the conceptualisation’: you have a consultation to determine your eating habits, BMI, your general and mental health and your acceptance of the changes the treatment will inflict upon your lifestyle.
Clients are then given five sessions of hypnotherapy, and are eventually lead into an imaginary surgery via mind guiding techniques, and given ‘pretend’ gastric band surgery.
Whilst surgeon’s often limit the amount of people they permit to have a gastric band fitted (due to risks with the operation, infection and anaesthetic), obviously there is no physical risk involved with the weight loss hypnotherapy, meaning you are more likely to be compatible with the service. This less invasive alternative is also a darn-sight cheaper than its surgical sister too.
However, weight loss hypnotherapy isn’t for everyone, and the initial consultation will determine if the procedure is right for you: the ‘surgery’ will not go ahead unless you meet the criteria set by the clinic you are visiting. Also, if you are a bona fide hypnosis cynic, you may want to rethink putting your faith in a profession you are sceptical of.