"I am overweight and want a gastric band!" What is the best gastric band for me?
Have you reached a point where you are feeling that you've battled alone and for long enough with your weight?
Your body image is shot to pieces and your self esteem is on the rocks. Your clothes don't fit and you have started avoiding social situations.
You may have tried all of the diets and found that as soon as you stop the regime, your weight will creep back on! Now you may be thinking about a more drastic weight loss solution, a gastric band.
Having a gastric band fitted is said to be a relatively low risk procedure. However the risks are real and they should be given serious consideration when exploring whether this is the best weight loss method for you. Infection, leakage, erosion, slippage, pain, bleeding, scarring, hernia and blood clots are complications which can occur is some patients. General anaesthesia carries its own risks too with recovery time away from work being a minimum of one to two weeks.
You may be eligible to have your gastric band fitted on the NHS if your BMI is over 40 and if you have other serious health conditions. www.nhs.uk/bmi If your BMI is lower than this, (25 is the minimum BMI for any reputable weight loss regime) your options are limited to paying privately for your gastric band.
The average price for fitting a gastric band in the UK is between £4,000 and £8,000.
So, you've qualified with your BMI and you've decided to invest in your weight loss surgery. There is however one more hurdle to jump and this is probably the biggest hurdle of all!
If you don't change your lifestyle, your weight will still creep back on.
According to www.nuffieldhealth.com "What are the benefits of gastric banding?"
"If the operation is successful, you should be able to achieve long term weight loss. However, this depends on your ability to keep to your new lifestyle. Long term weight loss should improve any obesity-related health problems you have."
Just think about this for a moment. You've paid thousands of pounds, gone through surgery and now you alone hold the key to the success of your weight management!
Time and time again we remind clients, that if the mind isn't on board with what you are doing, the benefits can be very short lived.
One gentleman client, I worked with, had previously had his gastric band fitted. He had learned to avoid the nausea of overeating by consuming liquidised melted chocolates, brandy and thick cream. His tummy was resistant to large volumes of food, yet his mind was crying out for sugary, fatty stuff to eat. Needless to say he could not maintain his weight loss and felt unwell most days. Added to this was the constant feeling that he'd failed. After having some coaching sessions he managed to align his deepest thoughts with how to achieve his weight management success. He said he wished he hadn't have put himself through the surgical stuff and opted instead for having a virtual gastric band.
So what is an alternative to gastric band surgery?
Hypnotherapy-Band®️Weight Loss System was established in 2010 www.hypnoband.com and is the original Virtual Gastric Band method in the UK.
How does it work?
Over four sessions we take you through the process of having a gastric band fitted, only in your mind. By using suggestion and visualisation your mind will be convinced that your stomach has become smaller and that you need less food. By eating less and less often you will begin to lose weight. The process uses hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural techniques to help you achieve your ideal weight - and stay there!
Each session in the Hypno-Band system lasts for one hour and before beginning the process a full assessment will be carried out.
Does it involve surgery? No! The HYPNO-BAND system is a non-invasive behaviour changing method using the techniques of hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Does it hurt? On the contrary. The HYPNO-BAND procedure is extremely relaxing and pleasurable.
Are there side effects? No. There are no side effects associated with undergoing this procedure.
So it's safe? Yes! The HYPNO-BAND system is perfectly safe.
Will I be under the hypnotherapist’s control? Never. No hypnotherapist can make you do anything you do not want to do nor make you behave in a way you would not normally behave.
Am I suitable for the HYPNO-BAND weight loss system? If you are over-weight and really want and are committed to losing weight then you should be suitable. The only exception would be if there is a physiological reason for your weight problems or if you are taking certain medications.
Will it work for me? The key to success is YOU! There is not a single weight loss system which will work unless you are committed to losing weight. You must be prepared to change your eating habits and life-style. If you are totally serious about losing weight then it will certainly work for you. The HYPNO-BAND system provides you with the tools and ability to lose weight and maintain a healthier body.
How long does it take? The whole process takes four one hour sessions. Usually this is achieved over 6 to 8 weeks, but this is flexible depending on your progress
So whether you opt for the full blown surgical gastric band or the hypnotherapy Hypno-Band® gastric band, your mind must be on board with your intentions and this will determine your actions.
When your mind and body are congruent this is where the magic happens.