How a change in your mindset could help you shift the excess pounds
A new treatment that harnesses the power of the mind is helping people to change their eating habits and lose weight for good.
We all know that being overweight or obese is bad for us. Bad for our physical health – with an increased risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer – and bad for our mental health – with higher incidences of anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.
With this in mind, it’s little wonder that so many of us seem to spend half our lives on a constant diet – but often to no avail. For those of us who struggle to lose weight using conventional methods, gastric band surgery can seem like the ideal solution, offering fast, noticeable and long-lasting results.
Drawbacks of surgery
However, while gastric band surgery can be an effective way to lose weight quickly, it is not without its drawbacks.
As major surgery, it comes with a whole host of health risks, many of which are amplified in people who are overweight. These can include blood clots, post-surgical infection, and of course there’s the risk associated with going under general anaesthetic.
Even if the surgery goes ahead without any complications, you could find yourself facing a number of unpleasant side effects, ranging from acid reflux and vomiting after eating, to gallstones. You could even experience nutritional deficiencies as a result of having to follow a severely restricted diet for the rest of your life.
And, then of course, there’s the financial cost. With the average gastric band cost coming in at around £7000 to £9000, it’s not always a solution that’s accessible to everyone.
Last but certainly not least, it’s important to consider that gastric band surgery is not always successful. It doesn’t address the underlying issues that are causing your weight problems, and many patients eventually revert to their old eating habits, causing the gastric band to fail.
So, what is the solution?
A non-surgical alternative
Luckily, there are effective weight loss solutions out there that don’t require you to go under the knife. Of course, there’s the traditional approach of taking regular exercise and following a healthy, balanced diet, but for various reasons, many people find it difficult to get results using this method alone.
Another weight loss solution that is growing in popularity – thanks largely to its impressive results and lists of satisfied clients – is weight loss hypnotherapy. A relatively new arrival on the diet scene, hypnosis for weight loss combines traditional visualisation and hypnosis techniques combined with counselling approaches and talking therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Neurolinguistic Programming. The aim of the treatment is to identify the root causes of your issues with food, and harness the power of your mind to overcome those issues and make positive changes that can have a real impact on your physical and mental health.
Long-term lifestyle changes
The reason why weight loss hypnosis can be so effective is that it offers a holistic approach to losing weight. Alongside the visualisation processes and counselling sessions, clients are also offered follow-up nutritional and diet advice, providing them with the tools and confidence to make healthy lifestyle changes that will help them to keep the weight off for good.
So, before you decide to go under the knife, take the time to investigate some alternative approaches that are kinder on your mind and your body.