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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

Weight loss without willpower?

We’ve all heard the adverts haven’t we?

Eat what you want and lose weight!

And we try it because we really want to believe that losing weight can be easy. That we can still enjoy food even though we are “dieting”. 

And you know, food is one of the few addictions you can’t get over by just abstaining from it. We always have to eat. 

Yet people think it’s easy – just stop eating so much. 

Food is an addiction. It can have meaning to us. It might comfort us, ease stress. Maybe we have deep-rooted reasons for wanting to keep our bodies overweight – it protects us. 

For those that struggle with weight it is rarely as simple as just eating less. 

And so we try diets. Things which confuse our bodies. They adapt to the change in food – sometimes thinking that they need to slow down and conserve food because we are in survival mode. And we take a day or a week “off the diet” because of a special event and our body responds “quick stock up there may be another period of low food coming soon”.

And eventually the diet becomes really hard to maintain and life gets in the way so we stop counting, watching, limiting and just eat. And the weight we lost goes back on – and some. 

We know diets don’t work. 

Changing your life works. Changing you behaviour works. Changing your head works. 

There is a product on the market called Thinking Slimmer, which doesn’t require you count calories or points or anything. It doesn’t send you prepackaged meals. It is just a 10 minute track that you listen to every night. 

As you listen it talks to your subconscious and reminds it of the behaviours it knows but may have forgotten. How to notice when you are full and stop eating. How there are other things that you would prefer to spend your day doing instead of eating. How eating is secondary to your life not the main thing. How you can choose a healthier option if you want to. How you can choose to burn off the energy created by what you eat. 

10 minutes listening every day. That’s all it takes. 


Well it worked for me


4 years ago when I was pregnant
1 year ago after an 8 mile run in the rain

4 months ago.

I still have more to lose – but I’m getting there.

If you want my help with losing weight or any other issues check out my website and/or drop an email to dawn@thinkitchangeit.com