Virtual Gastric Banding for weight loss: 10 Good Reasons to Think Yourself Thinner
By Janice Killey
In an Australian Bureau of Statistics report recently released 63.4% of Australians in 11/12 were found to be overweight or obese.This is leading to doctors treating more patients with Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and joint issues including knee, back and feet problems from carrying extra weight.
Weight loss programs and procedures have never been more popular with gastric banding surgery reported to have the highest rate of success. The problem is gastric banding is too costly for most people and like any surgical procedure it comes with the chance of complications and pain.
Clinical Hypnotherapists have been using hypnosis to help people with weight loss and other health issues for many years. About six years ago a British Clinical Hypnotherapist Sheila Graham was one of the pioneers in this type of therapy.
Surgical Gastric Banding inserts a lap band into the patients body to reduce the size of the stomach so you eat less because your feel fuller quicker when you eat. Through the work of people like Sheila Graham, Virtual Gastric Banding was developed to achieve similar weight loss outcomes through a series of hypnosis sessions. So gastric banding became “virtual” – through hypnosis the mind thinks you thin. Clients believe the stomach has shrunk again making them feel fuller quicker.
Graham then worked with a local GP in England in a controlled situation with patients using the VGB technique and claimed a 95% weight loss success rate. Over the last 5 years Virtual Gastric Banding technique through hypnosis has been adopted more and more throughout the world and Australia.
Psychologists use a variety of therapies to help people change behaviour. Yes they counsel people who are dealing with depression, stress or anxiety, relationship, family and work related issues but they also work with people who want to deal with addictions, or other issues that may be holding them back from enjoying a happier life.
Routinely in psychology practices, counsellors treat clients with weight problems. CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is one therapy employed to help clients change their behaviour including eating habits. Success is mixed due to, other factors including stress, anxiety, and depression, the client’s commitment to weight loss, social factors, brain chemistry, genetic makeup and lifestyle.
In a study made in 1996 in which hypnosis was combined with a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) it was found that people who used both treatments lost more weight than people that only used CBT. The two-fold benefit includes:
- reinforcing improvements in alimentary habits
- changing behaviour in the short and longer term
The procedure consists of a session of hypnosis followed by sessions of re-hypnosis. During the hypnosis session the brain is ordered to believe the stomach is smaller than it really is and the following sessions are used to reinforce improvements in alimentary habits. As a consequence, the ingestion of food is limited in a virtual way, which produces as a result loss of weight. After the process, some reinforcements are made via psychological treatment for the management of anxiety.
Ten good reasons to think yourself thinner through Virtual Gastric Banding
- no invasive surgery
- safe, pain free
- cost effective
- ideal for people who have pre diabetes, diabetes 2, high blood pressure joint issues
- you physically eat smaller amounts
- you safely and easily lose weight naturally
- you become more fit and active
- most people experience positive changes from the very first session
Janice Killey is the principal psychologist at Life Resolutions Kogarah and Leichhardt practices in New South Wales. She is a Registered Psychologist and member at the Australian Psychological Society. For over 10 years Janice has been counselling in specialty areas including child and adolescent issues, couple counselling, post-natal depression, parenting issues, anxiety, depression, anger management, drug and alcohol and other addictions and mindfulness. Five years ago Janice qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist through the prestigious Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH) and since has learnt and uses the Virtual Gastric Banding technique.