Are gastric bands cruel?

Food. The only addiction you can’t get over by abstaining.

A gastric band (surgery or hypnosis based) is a technique that physically reduces the size of the stomach so you can’t physically eat as much.

As a result of eating less, you lose weight.

Very simple. Sounds like an easy solution doesn’t it? Take away the need for willpower and have the decision made for you by a physical driver.

But whilst the physical has changed, nothing has changed in your mind.

You still want to eat, you just physically can’t.

And that can lead to the stories you hear about people liquidising Mars bars. Or where you see someone who lost a massive amount of weight after a gastric band but eventually put it back on.

A Gastric band, whether physical or hypnotic, turns the food into the enemy and the body into a battle ground.

It can work really well. I can see why it’s a really appealing option.

In my opinion it’s quite cruel though.

Wouldn’t it be more effective to work with the head first? To change your thinking so you didn’t want to eat as much? To break the connection with food so that it doesn’t mean anything on an emotional level. To reframe it in your head so that food is nothing more than fuel and you can choose to eat as much or as little as you need to live healthily.

Wouldn’t it be great to break the connection with food so that each mouthful you took became ok instead of another reason to feel guilty?

It is possible. You just have to start with the mind instead of starting with the physical.

…and you can imagine how wonderful it feels when you first put your fork down when food is left on the plate because you know you are full and don’t want to eat any more.

…and how good it is for you when you find that you are choosing to eat a piece of fruit instead of a piece of chocolate.

…and how many other things you can do with your life if your primary driver was no longer what you can’t eat but more about what you want to eat.

Any Cognitive Hypnotherapist can help you achieve this, something that probably sounds pretty hard to beleive to many of you reading this. I can help you achieve this. Just email dawn@thinkitchangeit.com or check out my website

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