The Virtual Gastric Band (also known as the hypno-gastric band) is an alternative method of weight loss, where with client *commitment, weight loss can be steady and on-going. Maria has been trained by Dr Keith Hearne of the European College of Hypnotherapy in this technique.
Recent public interest for a procedure known as “gastric band” surgery has increased ten fold after a number of celebrity admissions and much recent media coverage. The surgical gastric band operation involves placing a silicon band around the upper part of the stomach, (see diagram below), which creates a pouch, only capable of holding a small amount of food. After eating, the food enters this small pouch and gives you a feeling of “fullness” which means that you are satisfied more quickly and hence eat smaller portions and less food.
Although the surgical gastric band operation is highly successful in many cases, the drawbacks are that it is costly (around £7000), it involves surgery and there can be complications. As a result of these drawbacks, the virtual gastric band is an effective, alternative weight loss option.
The virtual gastric band uses Hypnotherapy, NLP and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to take you through a virtual gastric band “operation” but without the fears, risks, costs and side effects of going through the actual surgical procedure.
One of the key elements of this programme with Maria is that she will work with you to address issues which have caused you to over eat and put on weight in the first place, ** helping you to resolve them so that you can make different choices about how you behave in relation to food and dieting.
*For best results you will need to make appropriate changes to your eating habits and lifestyle, eating normal healthy food. Even if you had a surgical gastric band and still consumed unhealthy food albeit in smaller quantities, or excessive calories, you would not maintain good health and weight.
**Additional sessions may be added if necessary to further address any underlying issues.
In the first session we will discuss your eating habits, your BMI (Body Mass Index), what weight loss methods you have tried already, your health and wellbeing, and attitude towards food. This ensures that the programme is personally tailored to suit your individual needs.
In subsequent sessions, appropriate issues will be addressed and you will be taken through the process of having a virtual gastric band fitted under hypnosis. Your mind will be convinced that your stomach has become smaller: this results in you feeling less hungry and therefore needing less food. You will be more in control of your food consumption.
The virtual gastric band consists of 5 confidential sessions, face-to-face with Maria. Additional sessions may be added by agreement to deal with any additional weight related issues. The first session is 1 1/2 hours and each session thereafter is one hour.
Alternatively, if you are having Weight Hypnotherapy and YOU (WHY Programme) Sessions with Maria, you may like to add this programme on at the end. In this scenario as underlying issues will be dealt with during the previous sessions, you will only need two additional sessions for the Virtual Gastric Band programme and hence the programme will be discounted accordingly.
If you are over-weight, have been struggling with weight loss and are serious about wanting to lose weight, then you should be suitable. The only exception would be if there are deep rooted psychological reasons for your weight loss, which would need to be cleared first, or if you are taking certain medications. Like all weight loss programmes there will need to be a commiment from you to achieve results.
The key to success in any programme of weight loss is YOU. NO weight loss system will be successful unless you are committed to achieving results and you are prepared to make the changes to your eating habits and life-style to facilitate this. However, this programme is not a diet, so you will not feel deprived or have to starve yourself or feel hungry to participate in it.