I have been getting calls recently for information on the hypnotic or virtual gastric bypass. This process has gained national prominence due to a profile on Good Morning America and the Dr Oz show.
The hypnotic gastric lap band or bypass process works on the concept that in hypnosis the client believes and experience things so vividly that the brain cannot tell the difference between the hypnotic experience and reality. During the imagined procedure you will mentally be taken through the process of the bypass operation. This gets your mind to accept that your stomach has very limited capacity. If you believe that your stomach is tiny you will not want to eat too much and if you do overeat you will experience pain and discomfort and so begin to associate that discomfort with overeating. The subsequent hypnosis sessions take the client through the new way of eating. Creating the desire to eat healthy high quality foods in small amounts and using additional reinforcement to maintain the weight loss.
Because there is no physical surgery taking place there are none of the usual surgical side effects and the only down side I can see is that it might not work for some, just as a small percentage of smokers will not stop smoking with hypnosis. As with anything in life, some people will have great results and others minimal. The upside is that it is much less expensive then the surgical procedure and if it doesn’t work as well as you would like you can still get the surgery later.
It is definitely recommended for anyone who needs to lose a considerable amount of weight and would rather not go the surgical route. By taking the subconscious route you will find much greater success than simply trying to change your behavior through sheer will power.