Off the scale - 10kg average weight loss across globe after decade of Virtual Gastric Band therapy

A pioneering approach to weight loss which has helped transform the lives of nearly 9,000 people across the globe is celebrating its 10th birthday.

Invented by internationally renowned hypnotherapist and published author Sheila Granger, the Virtual Gastric Band is a non-surgical technique using the power of hypnosis to retrain patients to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food.

Along with hundreds of qualified therapists across the globe, two UK specialists, Bedford-based Tamsin Cooper and south Wales-based David Finch were trained by Sheila and have helped thousands of clients shed anywhere from one to an incredible 16 stones in weight.

David Finch has helped over 50 clients lose an average of 4 stones and has even seen one of his own clients, Eleanor Gladwyn*, train to become a certified hypnotherapist herself, such was the success of her transformation.

David explains;

‘With Virtual Gastric Band hypnotherapy we are essentially convincing the brain that the stomach is full after a certain level of intake and that there is no need for more food.

‘Like Tamsin I have seen a very varied range of clients, some are looking to shift a stubborn bit of weight, others have greater challenges ahead but they can all be overcome. One of my clients was so successful with the programme she not only lost 21lbs and a total of 11 inches from across her body, she became a hypnotherapist herself so she can help more people like her.'*

Tamsin, who has herself worked with over 1,000 clients added;

‘Above all, it is most definitely NOT a diet - we know that diets only work in the short term. The Virtual Gastric Band allows you to eat what you want but enables you to intake smaller portions. The best thing is that because it's not a diet, people don't feel deprived, miserable or hungry - the key issues that cause so many diets to fail.'

Sheila Granger's Virtual Gastric Band concept evolved from the idea that our body has all the answers if we listen to it.

For example if we have a pain in our foot, it is our body's warning system that we need to be careful. We take note of that signal and respond appropriately. However, with food we've switched off to all the signals, so we eat when we aren't even hungry or we eat when we are already full.

The Virtual Gastric Band resets and amplifies the natural signals from your stomach that lets you know that you are full.

Sheila Granger concludes;

‘I've taught this system to hundreds of other highly trained practitioners like Tamsin and David across the globe who are helping people to harness the power that every individual holds within them to make changes to their lives.

‘Although there are many options on the internet and apps that are similar to the virtual gastric band concept it is worth bearing in mind that these are generic recordings, and not tailored to an individual as they would be working with a trained therapist like David or Tamsin.

‘For best results it is important that sessions are tailored to an individual so that their unique food associations and habits can be addressed. The good news is that hypnotherapy can actually be performed online via zoom or Skype from the comfort of someone's own home. All that is required is a good internet connection and a qualified, professional therapist such as Tamsin and David.'

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*FULL Eleanor Gladwyn case study available with images 07791 855 938

Case studies in a range of other countries also available.

● Lost 21lbs

● Initially lost 11 inches from chest, hip and waist now up to 24 inches

● Now trained as a hypnotherapist to help others

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