review by Ro Bennett live on bookshow 31st January 2013
This is the official blurb:
DO YOU WANT A COMPLETELY NEW APPROACH?
A Gastric Band is a radical, surgical operation that reduces the available space in the stomach. Paul McKenna's Hypnotic Gastric Band is a psychological procedure that can help to convince the unconscious mind that a gastric band has been fitted, so the body behaves exactly as if it were physically present.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Along with the book, the system contains a hypnosis CD and an instructional DVD to provide complete support for physical and psychological change whilst you lose weight. There's no physical surgery, no scarring and no forbidden foods. Just follow all the instructions and let Paul help you lose weight.
Well, as you can see I am now a mere 9 stone having lost 3 stone in a week...
I read the excellent book and watched the equally excellent DVD which is only about 15 minutes long, then listened the next day to the CDs. It certainly seemed to curb my appetite and I ate less and felt full more quickly. A couple of days later though, I was stressed and deliberately over-rode my feeling of fulness to eat peanuts with a glass of wine followed by numerous biscuits and the best part of a chocolate orange. After which I was disgruntled to find that my appetite was back to normal.
I had completely forgotten to implement the techniques on the DVD to combat stress with a system called Havening. This is the Amygdala Desensitization technique created by Dr Ronald Rudin to raise you serotonin levels consistently and without negative side affects. It helps you reduce stress and increase serotonin in a matter of minutes. It’s very simple and it does work.
So I started again and since then I have listened to the CDs a couple of times and it does seem to make a difference. Time will tell...
The book is beautifully presented, easy to read and very informative. The idea is to take you through the procedure as if you were actually going to have a gastric band fitted. So the first CD is a pre-op preparation, the second the virtual gastric band operation. From the reviews it seems to be pretty effective in many cases. I decided to buy it because I thought that even if it didn't do any good it wouldn’t do any harm to try it. A very interesting read.