Hypnosis may be best known as the party trick used to make people do the chicken dance on stage, but more and more people are turning to the mind-control technique to help them make healthier choices and lose weight.
Case in point: When Esther Ruiz, 36, who works as a legal secretary in London, was one day looking at before and after pictures of Fern Britton and Tina Malone – both who’d lost weight using a Gastric band – she couldn’t help but feel jealous. The £8,000 cost was just too much money, and the risks of under-going the surgery was very scary.
“I’d been fat all my life. I loved chocolate, chips and anything fried.”
By the end of 2010 Esther’s weight was 15st, and at 5ft 7in, she was ready to try anything that could potentially help her to get her weight under control.
A friend of Esther’s had just lost 3 stone using a home hypnosis weight loss programme called Gastric Hypno Balloon and, having nothing to lose, she couldn’t wait to give the Gastric Band alternative a go.
The programme’s website said it hypnotises you into eating smaller portions, just like a real gastric band using a series of 8 sessions.
“Knowing nothing about hypnosis, I was skeptical, so I went online to see how it works. It was a lot cheaper than the real thing, and I decided to give it a go.”
“The programme is made up of eight sessions, dealing with different aspects of weight loss, and the final one places a ‘virtual’ balloon in your stomach to restrict what you eat.
I had to listen to a different half-hour recording every night. As I lay down with my headphones in, I felt a fool. But before long, I was falling asleep to them every night.
I never thought it would work, but three weeks later, in the supermarket, I noticed a change. I’d usually fill my basket with ready-meals, but I felt a sudden craving for strawberries. I piled several packs into my basket, then filled it up with other fruits and vegetables. I realised then that I was picking out what I craved.
I soon noticed more changes – I started walking everywhere, and even joined a gym. I gave up daytime snacking, and going out for dinner, I’d order lighter options and eat slowly before I felt full.”
“After a month I’d lost a stone. I couldn’t believe it. I’d failed every diet I’d ever tried and now I was losing weight because of a few recordings. Although I found it hard to understand, I was a complete convert.
Esther still listens to the programme twice a week. She’s now lost over 3 stone and says she looks and feels like a different person: “I don’t envy the celebs anymore – I’ve never felt better!”.
You can find more information about Gastric Hypno Balloon on their website GastricHypnoBalloon.com.