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.”

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.