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A Virtual Gastric Band – The Healthy Route to Weight Loss

I’m always in favour of a holistic route to health and well-being whenever possible and, given the complications involved with the various stomach surgeries available nowadays the virtual gastric band option is the healthy choice.

So what is the Virtual Gastric Band

My therapy is called Hypno-Gastric Band Weight Loss, which basically it involves 4 hypnotherapy sessions and, on the third session, you have a virtual operation.  There is a perfect build up to this as clients report many of their bad eating habits are resolved before they reach the operation session.

Benefits of the Virtual Gastric Band

The benefits of losing the excess weight is not just that you look better but many other benefits come into play.  Here are some of the benefits my clients have reported:-

  • Higher self esteem and confidence
  • Able to buy ‘normal’ size clothes
  • More energy
  • Normalising blood pressure
  • Reduces sweating
  • Newfound motivation to exercise
  • Less aches and pains
  • Better flexibility and general movement
  • Happier
  • A more positive outlook on life
  • Achieving fitness goals
  • More success in relationships
  • Aiding fertility
  • Healthier hair and skin

What Criteria Do You Need to Meet?

With the surgical band you need to be a certain weight. In fact I have known people put weight on to meet that criteria.

For the virtual band, most stress should be addressed (which is something I help clients with), it needs to be something that feels right for you and you need to commit to the process.  Normally to be around 2 stone or more overweight is appropriate for this process although because it is non-invasive/non-surgical in certain situations I would consider using this treatment on people less than 2 stone overweight.  Basically, I take each case on its merits.

And The Process?

This process is conducted over 4 sessions.  There are a few special parts to the process which you will find out in due course should you commit.  To start with I find out about your food habits and cravings, we do some hypnotherapy and very often people report feeling more positive and start to change their eating habits after that first session.  Session 2 is special and I never give much away prior to that session.  Session 3 is the virtual operation and session 4 is a follow up and final weigh in.

What my clients say about Hypno-Gastric Band Weight Loss

Rather than me tell you what this process is like and the impact on you, I thought it far better to provide some details from what clients have said so here goes:-

Never felt so positive about my relationship with food and I’ve lost a stone in 6 weeks, I don’t even feel as if I’m on a diet.  If you’re considering doing this, all I can say is DO IT.” Jane

I lost 25lbs over the 7 week period of the course. I no longer feel hungry between meals and am feeling pleasantly full after my meals without eating half (if not less) of what I used to eat; I look and feel so much better.” Richard T

I contacted Ann and got a warm welcome. Seven weeks after my first session, I have lost 24 pounds without feeling like I am dieting or depriving myself. I would highly recommend Hypnotherapy & Holistic Health to anyone.” Mrs S

I was amazed at how easily I was put into trance, and how positive I felt after the sessions. Over 2 months later, I have lost 22lbs now, and will continue to lose more over the coming weeks. I fit into clothes that I have not worn for some time, and that feels absolutely great. I eat smaller portions, and not the rubbish that I used to consume. I would recommend these sessions to anyone.“

There are no side affects from this as it deals with the mind and it is very fascinating how it works.  One phone call to Ann and my mind was at rest.  Result after 7 weeks of food changes and hypnotherapy at my weigh-in I lost 28lbs – astounding, I am glowing inside and out.  If you feel like I did – just phone Ann Bowditch, I made the call to Ann and I am so glad I did.” NJ

Risk of Actual Surgery

There are always naturally risks of surgery.  Interestingly some people that have come to me for the Hypno-Gastric Band Weight Loss have already had actual surgery but have put weight back on.

Some of the risks and side effects of actual laparoscopic gastric band surgery include:

Side Effects

  • Nausea and vomiting (most common symptom reported)
  • Dumping syndrome; this condition can lead to symptoms such as nausea and dizziness
  • Low blood sugar
  • Acid Reflux
  • Osteoporosis and other health problems associated with insignificant intake of  nutrients
  • Ulcers
  • Hernias
  • Bowel problems:
    • Bowel function changes
    • Bowel perforations
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Food trapping (food gets stuck in the pouch above the band and never fully makes it past the band)
  • Gallstones
  • Indigestion
  • Food intolerance
  • Band problems
    • Port problems
    • Pouch dilation
    • Slipped band

Risks of Surgery

  • Adverse reactions to anaesthesia and/or medication
  • Haemorrhage
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the legs)
  • Pulmonary embolus (blood clot on the lungs)
  • Infection
  • Death – being overweight makes this a higher risk factor than those within the normal BMI range.

Obviously this makes the virtual option a more favourable prospect – not to mention a much lower cost for the hypnotherapy version.

Going Forward

If you would like to find out more about Hypno-Gastric Band Weight Loss or how I can help you or you in any area of life, health and well-being please get in touch.

About Ann

ANN BOWDITCH is a member and trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register and has run her own private practice in Guernsey for 6 years and has been using Hypno-Gastric Band Weight Loss therapy with her clients since the beginning. She is also a practitioner of a number of therapies including EFT, EmoTrance, META Health, NES Health, Matrix Reimprinting, Colour Mirrors. Ann is also a RMTi Consultant – the only one in the Channel islands. She uses her skills to help people overcome many issues including depression, health, stress, weight loss, cravings, addictions, anxiety, insomnia, bullying and confidence issues.  Ann works in a unique way often by combining therapies tailoring sessions specifically for the individual.

If you wish to find out how Ann can help you please contact her here.

Ann Bowditch GQHP, GHR Reg., META-P
Dip (Hyp) Hypnotherapy
EFT (AAMET Certified) & Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner
Meta-Health & Colour Mirrors Practitioner
RMTi Consultant, NES Health Practitioner
PSTEC Level 1-A (Advanced PSTEC)

Tel: 07781 111186


Ann Bowditch is a Member & Trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register



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