Gastric Band Hypnotherapy – A Solution to the Obesity Epidemic


Hypno Band can help you become slimmer. It’s a sobering thought that nearly half of UK adults could be classified as obese by 2030. Carrying excess body weight is already accepted to increase someone’s risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and certain cancers, so it seems inevitable that millions more people will be affected by these conditions, which impact upon lifespan and quality of life. However, is this a definite picture?

Despite increased publicity of the need to lead healthier lifestyles, there doesn’t seem to be any slowdown in the number of people developing obesity. Although modifying diet and taking more exercise can help some people to lose weight and avoid obesity-related problems, this is not a universal story. Once the weight has crept on, in spite of their best efforts to change what they eat and to be more active, weight loss can be very slow and for some it appears non-existent. Even with the prescription of medications, the desired results are not always seen on the scales. But could gastric band hypnotherapy hold the key to successful weight loss, helping many to shed not just the pounds, but their risk of health problems?

Through this form of hypnosis the mind is retrained, so you believe that you have had a gastric band placed. As a result of this, you feel full more quickly, limiting the portions of food that you are able to eat; just as if you had a physical band fitted around your stomach. Without the surgical risks, long-term side effects and expensive treatment costs, it represents a much more appealing prospect to those considering an alternative approach to aid their weight loss.

Although little research has been carried out into gastric band hypnosis, there are plenty of accounts from satisfied clients, with many of these success stories reported in newspapers. Nothing speaks greater volumes than a happy customer, so the lack of evidence from controlled studies is unlikely to be a bar to further developments within this area of hypnotherapy, which is already receiving increased interest thanks to the nation’s advancing waistlines.

Earlier this year, The Sun newspaper reported on six readers who had followed Paul McKenna’s book and CD entitled Hypnotic Gastric Band, and between them they had managed to lose 13½ stones over a period of 6 months. Losing weight at a rate of 1 to 2 pounds each week is in line with the guidelines for weight loss published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. However, if you wish to see quicker results than this, losing as much as a stone in a month is not uncommon after gastric band hypnotherapy. It also offers hope for those who have a lot of weight to lose, with plenty of examples where people have lost six stones or more.

One success story is that of Kim Robinshaw, a teacher in her thirties. Working long hours in a stressful job led her to eat large portions and food for comfort, but once her weight had reached 21 stones she was desperate to return to her previous size. Her attempts to diet in the past had been unsuccessful, but within 9 months of having gastric band hypnotherapy she had reached her target of size 14 to 16, losing an amazing 8 stones.

There are also numerous examples of people who have gained health benefits after undertaking gastric band hypnotherapy. Take the case of Kaye Lineley who had struggled to control her diabetes for years. Prior to the therapy her weight had been 22 stones, but she managed to lose 5 stones after receiving a hypnotic band and as a result saw a vast improvement in her blood sugar levels.

However, while the results are impressive when you hear the weight loss of those using the therapy, it is important to remember that if you are serious about losing weight by way of gastric band hypnotherapy you will still need to be committed. It can’t be seen as a quick fix, as although making the necessary dietary changes after the procedure will be far easier, they need to be maintained to see the desired results.

It is also important to remember that while gastric band hypnotherapy is completely safe, it is still essential that you speak with your doctor prior to commencing the treatment and explain your full medical history to your hypnotherapist. Aware that you may soon be losing significant weight, your GP may need to reduce your dose of certain medications, such as those to control blood pressure or diabetes. Holding back information from your hypnotherapist may leave you disappointed, as certain factors can make the therapy less effective; for example even after the hypnotic band has been fitted, a cannabis user might not be able to resist the urge to eat when experiencing the munchies. Serious mental illness or the presence of significant digestive disorders is likely to be incompatible with the treatment and require you to revisit other weight loss options.

However, even though there are many appropriate candidates for this form of treatment, the dearth of evidence for gastric band hypnotherapy is likely to hamper its use by the NHS. The health service operates a policy of evidence-based medicine, where all treatments need to be proven for their use. It is however an exciting area of research for the NHS to become involved in, as the potential cost savings are massive. Not only will fewer people go on to develop the complications associated with obesity, but complex and expensive gastric band surgery under the knife will be needed less often. Health problems related to obesity cost the NHS around £5 billion annually and as gastric band operations cost an additional £8,500 each, it is easy to see how the savings would soon mount up.

Even at a cost of under £300, gastric band hypnotherapy is not within everyone’s reach. Those with financial constraints are left struggling to weigh up the benefits and costs; a lower body weight and better health is without doubt very appealing, but paying for the therapy could simply add to their mounting debt. While it might seem like an easy decision to make when you aren’t faced with financial insecurity, when this is the case, it’s not so clear cut. The NHS needs to take notice of what is being achieved through the use of gastric band hypnotherapy and strongly consider investigating its use as a referral option for its patients battling to lose weight.

By Jenny Hart