Painless Gastric Band Surgery-It’s Virtual!

Unfortunately, despite the cost, a year or so after gastric band surgery, the success rate is disappointingly low.  A report at a recent meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery stated that “using 40% excess weight loss as the standard” for adjustable gastric banding “resulted in a five-year success rate of about 50%, which declined to 20% at 10 years.”

A simple tightening of the stomach does not create a new healthy lifestyle or change the metabolism. Most of all, it does not create a new self image and mindset. The Technologies of the Self Weight Loss Program recommends a commitment of 8 weeks for adequate time for clients to develop their new lifestyles, learning to shop differently, starting an exercise plan, making their health a priority an creating new neural pathways, visualizing themselves at their goal weight.

For those that have a lap band and are still struggling to lose weight, hypnosis affects the subconscious and offers new associations with food. The weekly sessions create a cumulative effect and clients report spontaneously losing the attraction to the unhealthy foods that used to cause weight gain. They also learn techniques to create a feeling of satiety with much less food.

Now, an innovative virtual surgery is being offered in the US and Europe that offers the same benefits as gastric band surgery, without the risk or expense. It is called a virtual gastric band, gastric mind band, or phantom lap band. The approach works to convince your mind that you are actually going through gastric band surgery, causing you to be satisfied with much smaller portions. One woman reported that “the bizarre thing is that I don’t think for a minute that I have a gastric band, I know that I don’t, but I feel strangely full in a way that I didn’t use to.”

Nibble on Nuts to Eat Less

Many of us who love nuts have been afraid to snack on them because of their high fat content. Now they’re being called the “the perfect diet food.” Research shows that people who eat nuts lose more weight and are more likely to stick to their weight loss plans than people who don’t nibble on this ultrasatisfying munchy.” Their crunchiness is a satisfying way to curb pangs of hunger. “They help you feel full, so you’re less likely to overeat later on.”  Go to RealAge.com for even more reasons to eat nuts.

Late Night Eating-Does it Cause Weight Gain?

The information has been confusing. Many weight loss gurus have warned against eating after 7 in the evening.  Many other experts have said “calories are calories,” no matter when you eat them. Now, a few studies have shown that eating schedules do matter.  One conducted at Northwestern University, found that “eating at the ‘wrong’ time leads to more than twice as much weight gain, even when the overall calories consumed are the same as those eaten at appropriate times.” Yes, the experiment was conducted with mice, but the lead author of the study speculates that it’s due to “the interplay between body temperature, metabolic hormones such as leptin, and the sleep-wake cycle.

For humans, nighttime is a time for rest, as the body temperature declines, she says. ‘Eating at night is contradicting your body’s natural circadian rhythm,’ she says. ‘The leptin levels are starting to rise, and are supposed to be discouraging you from eating.’ Rising leptin levels suppress appetite.” (More at MedicineNet.com )

At the end of a 3 ½ year study with humans, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a group of night eaters gained 13.6 pounds while the non-night eaters gained only 3.7 pounds .

Besides the metabolic factors that need further exploration, we know that when we are tired, we are less likely to make healthy choices. What pulls us to the refrigerator late at night? Vegetables and fresh salads? Probably not.

Feed Your Brain to Lose Weight

Neuroscientist Dr. Daniel G. Amen states in his latest book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, that-

“Fifty percent of the brain is dedicated to vision. How you look plays a large role in how you feel. both matter to your success at work and in your relationships. It is not just vanity, it is about health. To look and feel your best, you must first think about and optimize your brain.”

Until this book came out in February, my brain nutrition counseling practice and hypnotherapy for weight loss program have been rather separate. Now with this great information and online brain asessment tool, we can fine tune what type of eater you are, depending on your brain pattern, for much greater success. This month already, several clients have gained valuable information about their individual weight management issues and have been able to obtain some inexpensive dietary supplements to balance their brain chemistry to make it easier for them to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.

The Technologies of the Self’s 8 Week Weight Loss Program is briefly described on our main website . Now it will be even more effective with Dr. Amen’s individualized brain-body solutions.