Weight Loss and Hypnotic Gastric Banding: an overview

I am often asked about the way in which I work with clients who want to get rid of excess weight, and also about hypnotic gastric banding. You can read more in the Weight Loss section on the site, but here is a 5-page report that gives you a good overview to what it’s all about. If you have any more questions, do feel free to call me on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512: I’m always happy to chat about it and explain anything that isn’t quite clear....

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Over-Eating and Hypnotherapy

It is not easy to get away from food in today’s media-driven world. Just look at how many programmes there are on TV dedicated to putting food in front of you on the screen for hours each week. Never mind if the dishes being prepared are gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free salads or desserts designed to send calories and cholesterol into orbit – for those with a weakness for food, it is a trigger. Every newspaper and whole magazines are dedicated to persuading us to eat even more. Please don’t get me started on supermarkets and their marketing tricks. Or the obscene amounts of hidden sugar in processed foods (why is there sugar in a quiche lorraine, I wonder?). So on the one hand we are being bombarded with food  and advice on what is good for us (which changes like the wind) – and  on the other hand we are told that we have to be stick-insect thin, verging on anorexic. Only these waif-like creatures are socially acceptable, it seems. People who are any more than “chubby” are mocked and considered to be social outcasts. People are treated like criminals when they become addicted to the substances they have been over-exposed to. Like any addictive substance – and why else do manufacturers put so much sugar and salt into processed food if not to get consumers addicted and coming back for more – bad food habits can be hard to break. But it can be done. And, I believe, it is not always to do with actual food consumption. Yes, there are definite issues to do with a sedentary lifestyle – people no longer walk to work, or do so much physical work or exercise. Nowadays people commute (sitting down) and sit at desks and then collapse on the sofa to unwind in front of the tele when they get home (more often than not with a ready meal on their laps).  It would do us all good to walk more, swim more, jog more – but I believe the over-eating, holding on to weight issue is more complex than that. There can be many underlying emotional reasons why people hold on to weight – everything from abuse in childhood to bullying in school; forced abortions or traumatic childbirth to bitter relationship break-ups. Getting to the root cause – the real root cause – may involve peeling that emotional onion and re-discovering the true person inside, the one whose self-esteem has plummeted, who believes they are not good enough any more. Then of course there is the Catch-22 of bariatric surgery – which you only need if you are seriously obese, but very often can’t have because, being obese, your heart won’t stand...

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Weight Loss Surgery – and Hypnotic Gastric Banding

Another day, another article in the press about bariatric surgery – the umbrella term for weight loss surgery. This prompted me to refer to the UK official NHS website for their latest guidelines on weight loss surgery: it made interesting reading. There is a lot of information about what the various surgical procedures are – gastric bypass, gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy – risks, results, “life after weight loss surgery” and so on. An NHS Psychological Assessment will determine whether: you have any mental health conditions or emotional problems that could prevent you sticking to your lifestyle plan after surgery you’ve developed unhealthy patterns of eating, such as binge eating, that could cause problems after surgery you have realistic expectations of what life will be like after surgery. Nowhere, as far as I could see from the NHS website, does it offer any advice or suggestions about addressing any of these issues prior to surgery. Under the heading “Psychosocial effects of (weight loss) surgery” , it states: “It’s also common for a person to experience a worsening of mood when their weight stabilises, typically two years after surgery. This is often because many people realise that problems that existed before surgery, such as money worries or difficulties at work, are still there.” I am not denying that bariatric surgery can, and has, helped a lot of people. But my point is that, without addressing the underlying emotional reasons / issues that cause someone to hold onto that excess weight in the first place, it is like putting a sticking plaster over a festering wound and expecting to wound to heal all by itself: it’s not going to happen. I have worked with lots of clients who have been holding onto varying amounts of excess weight. One of the these was a lovely lady who weighed around 23 stone when she came to see me. She had been through the full NHS programme leading up to bariatric surgery, and had done all that was asked of her. When the time came, she was refused surgery because she was still too obese. This is the classic Catch 22, isn’t it – someone needs surgery because they are obese, and yet because they are obese, they can’t have surgery due to the risk to their heart with the anaesthetic and stress to the system. I worked with this lady for a few months, as we peeled the layers off the emotional onion, getting closer and closer to the real person at the core. Many issues were dealt with along the way. She laughed, she cried, she uncovered “stuff” that had been locked away for years and years. There is no magic wand here; she...

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Weight Loss – get to the real root cause

Obesity is, if you’ll forgive the pun, a growing problem in this country. Depending on which reports you read, up to 70% of us are clinically overweight, while more than 40% of us would be classified as obese. There is a huge media-driven paradox about weight. On the one hand, everywhere you look, there is food – whole shelves of magazines dedicated to it, TV programmes and overnight celebrities and, of course, advertisements to tempt us to “treat yourselves” or “enjoy”. And on the other hand, there is an exaggerated obsession with being slim to the point of skeletal. No wonder, then, that many people are confused about what they should eat, what is good and what isn’t. It is perfectly possible to read an article explaining why sugar and dairy products are bad for you, then switch on the TV and see people making meringues or cream-filled cakes! I totally understand that diet is important, and so is exercise – nobody is going to lose weight if they eat processed food and don’t do any exercise at all. Equally “yo-yo” dieting is a “no-go” , as it confuses the body into adopting a starvation mode and holding on to whatever food it can. My approach to weight loss is to help the client to uncover the emotional root causes – why are they holding on to excess weight? In my experience, it could be one of many reasons, from childhood abuse to bullying at school; from miscarriage or still-birth to a painful relationship split. The excess weight could be protection or comfort – but when it gets out of control, or when it is no longer needed or appropriate, then we need to let it go. It is quite common to find that people who have an obsession with food in this life have starved to death in a previous life, and have “carried forward” the thought “I will never go hungry again”. I worked with a young lady last year who wanted to get rid of her excess weight. By her own admission, her diet was dreadful, but she could not stop thinking about food. In the first session we did some spirit release work after which she completely lost her craving for cakes, biscuits and sweets – she had been feeding a “passenger” with a sweet tooth! In a past life session, yes she had starved to death, so we resolved that too. By the time we had finished, her workmates were commenting on how well she looked – but most importantly, she had re-discovered her true self, and had taken back control of her life and her eating habits. Another lady I worked with said she had...

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A Hypnotic Gastric Band : how does that work?

HYPNOTIC GASTRIC BANDING – WHAT, WHY, HOW? Before describing the process of “fitting” a hypnotic gastric band, I would like to briefly outline the benefits. 1.  there is no actual invasive surgery. In a bizarre Catch 22 situation, it is only obese people who need a gastric band fitted – and yet so often they are refused bariatric surgery precisely because they are obese, and therefore there are risks associated with the anaesthetic. A hypnotic gastric band poses no such dangers. 2.  there are very real risks associated with both gastric band and gastric by-pass surgery. Official NHS figures quote 2 in 100 people die as a direct result of bariatric gastric banding and the figure is even higher for gastric by-pass surgery. There are no such risks with hypnotic gastric banding. 3.  it is simple, it is painless, there is no long preparation process or in-patient stay. It is one session in a comfortable treatment room. 4.  it is much cheaper than having a surgical gastric band fitted privately. A local private clinic is currently charging almost £6,500 for the procedure: with me, a gastric band is “fitted” as the conclusion to a programme of three other sessions. The cost of all four sessions – assuming the gastric band is “fitted” – would be just under £500. When a client comes to see me asking to have a gastric band fitted, I turn things on their head. Before “fitting” a gastric band, I will work with the client to uncover the real reasons why the client is holding onto that excess weight. In my experience, it can be due to a number of reasons: abuse in childhood; bullying at school; a particularly painful relationship split-up; the forced termination of a pregnancy; the loss of a baby at childbirth or at an early age, and more.  Over the first three sessions, we will explore spirit “passengers” (is the client feeding a spirit with a sweet tooth, perhaps?); past lives (did the client starve to death in one or more past lives?); and we will “bring home” those parts that may have split off and be stuck in time through trauma in this lifetime. If that all sounds a bit strange, I understand, but trust me – it is tried and tested, and although it may be a bit weird, it certainly works! After all of that has been done, it is often the case that the client feels so much better – lighter, brighter, more comfortable with themselves and so on – that he / she decides not to have a gastric band after all, and that is perfectly OK by me. If the decision is to go ahead, then it is...

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