It does. But for how long?
Any suggestion that is accepted through hypnotherapy can be analysed by the conscious mind and subsequently rejected if it is deemed untrue or if the person has a secondary gain for undoing it. You are not stupid. You do not genuinely believe that you had an operation, but the unconscious mind is happy to go through the process and act as if it has – for a time.
Why I do not do Gastric Band Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy does not make you stupid! You do not genuinely believe that you had an operation, but the unconscious mind is happy to go through the process and act as if it has – for a time. It will certainly work if you want it to. However, any suggestion that is accepted through hypnotherapy can be analysed by the conscious mind and subsequently rejected if it is deemed untrue or if the person has a secondary gain for undoing it.
I will not be popular for saying this, but I do not do this type of gastric band weight loss work because there is far more to weight loss and eating than simply stapling the stomach. I refuse to take money for something that I know will be a temporary solution. Even people who have the surgery can still put on weight due to eating entirely the wrong foods, and the stomach can be stretched, although with genuine surgery the conscious mind cannot overcome the fact that the stomach has, indeed, been stapled.
You will probably sit in front of a large plate of food after the therapy and feel full very quickly, because of the wonderful suggestions you have willingly accepted and imagined. How long, though, before your old unconscious eating habits kick in? How long before you really want to eat that whole plate of food and nothing will stop you because you will feel deprived if you don’t? How long before you convince yourself that you didn’t ‘really’ have surgery and actually, you could eat it all?
A long time ago, when I was practising and learning hypnosis, somebody asked me to do some hypnotherapy to create an aversion to white bread, cakes and biscuits. She detested the taste or feel of wood in her mouth, and it was not difficult to convince her unconscious mind that all white bread, cakes and empty carbohydrates tasted like wood. The next day we went out for coffee and she said to me, only half joking, “I hate you! I can’t have a cake now because they all look horrible and tasteless!” I was amazed and pleased that it had worked! However I watched her sit and stare for about ten minutes at the confectionary counter until she could remember what they really tasted like, and went and bought a huge custard cream cake.
One day I was talking to a lady who had been to another hypnotherapist to stop smoking. She said it didn’t work for her, but on further investigation she told me that she really hated the first few cigarettes she tried after the hypnosis, but forced herself to smoke them! They hypnotherapist had not dealt with her underlying reasons for smoking, or her desire to be a smoker!
Having said this, I am not saying that gastric band surgery is a bad thing, and nor am I saying that gastric band hypnotherapy does not work (for a while). If you had a top up session every so often you may even keep it working for a long time. And if you have a very strong mind, and determination, you may keep it going forever. I am only saying that there are deeper issues that need to be dealt with in terms of weight loss and over-eating. If you don’t deal with these, it will not be a long term solution for you at all.
When I do hypnotherapy or counselling for weight loss I work closely with the client on inner beliefs about themselves and food to genuinely become a slim healthy person. I also feel that nutrition and exercise must be addressed fully and properly in order for a person to achieve healthy weight loss.