Gastric Band Hypnotherapy: Can It Really Help You Lose Weight?

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The market is inundated with fad diets and downright gimmicky methods to lose weight. One controversial method is called gastric band hypnotherapy.

Statistics shows that over 70% of women tried and failed to stick to different weight loss diets. Gastric band hypnotherapy is a holistic way to minimize food consumption. And there are people who swear by it.

As the name suggests, gastric band hypnotherapy tricks the mind into thinking that you just went through gastric band surgery. It’s also known as ‘virtual gastric band technique.”

Gastric band hypnotherapy promises safe, effective and permanent weight loss. It also requires less effort because you don’t have to work out to maintain your figure.

Gastric band surgery is a medical procedure wherein a band is fitted on the upper part of the stomach. The band will limit food consumption so the patient is forced to eat less. Usually, a gastric band surgery is a last resort for morbidly obese individuals.

Gastric band surgery is one of the most effective ways to suppress the appetite, but it has a lot of risks. It also requires several follow-up operations to secure the band.

How Gastric Band Hypnotherapy Works?

Gastric band hypnotherapy works by getting the unconscious mind to accept that the body was fitted with a virtual gastric band. On a conscious level, you know you’ve been hypnotized into believing the band is on your stomach. On the subconscious level, you accept that your stomach just reduced in size. This method manipulates the fact that the subconscious cannot tell the difference between truth and fiction.

Gastric band hypnotherapy is conducted in several sessions. Each one costs several hundreds of dollars. A practitioner will put you under hypnosis. The entire session is recorded for your own listening pleasure. The practitioner will address your own emotional and behavioral issues that lead you to overeat.

Who are Suitable Candidates for Gastric Band Hypnotherapy?

Because the effects of gastric band hypnotherapy are similar to the real thing, those with a BMI of over 30 are the best candidates for gastric band hypnotherapy. However, there are cases wherein patients with a BMI if 25 underwent gastric band hypnotherapy. If you have normal BMI and you want to lose weight, it’s best to look for other ways to keep the pounds off. This method is reserved only for the overweight and morbidly obese.

But is it effective?

There is conflicting evidence when it comes to results. As most imperfect diet methods go, some believe gastric band hypnotherapy isn’t as effective as exercising. In fact, most health experts agree that only exercising coupled by healthy eating is the only way to lose weight.

Some people who received this treatment swear by it. According to practitioners, an individual can lose a pound or two in one week.

But the fact remains that this method is not 100% guaranteed to work. The mind is a powerful tool. It can drive people to do amazing feats. There is a possibility that one can manipulate the mind into eating less. But unless gastric band hypnotherapy is backed by scientific evidence of its efficacy, we’re on the fence on this one.


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