The Virtual Gastric Band is a specialised hypnosis weight loss programme. It’s getting a lot of profile in the media for people who are tired of dieting and want confidence and control around food.
But it isn’t one-size-fits-all.
It isn’t for everyone
I want to be up front and share that it doesn’t work wonders for everybody.
That’s because being the shape and size you want to be has as much to do with openness to change, commitment and attitude – as it does about food.
Clearly eating smaller portions of nourishing food is an vital aspect of weight loss, but it isn’t the stumbling block for most people. The stumbling block is our attitude.
To help the good folk considering VGB, here are the characteristics for whom the programme is less likely to work.
Truthfully, if you see yourself in the list below, no weight loss programme will give you the results you crave.
“You’ve got a magic wand…haven’t you?”
If you want to continue eating large portions of junky, processed, faux food and still feel healthy, I’d like to know what planet you’re living on!
For your body to change, you need to do some of the changing. Hypnosis isn’t a magic wand. It’s not fairy dust. There’ss no fairy godmother.
The VGB procedure is four sessions – it’s a comprehensive programme – and requires your active engagement to be successful.
If you’re expecting the hypnotherapist to do all the work so you magically lose weight without participating, then you’re wasting your time and money. If you’re looking for a miracle outside of yourself, it’s not for you.
“I refuse to follow guidelines.”
There are eight golden guidelines that you’ll be asked to follow as part of the programme.
Simply put, if you follow them you’ll be successful and if you don’t, you won’t.
The rules are simple and easy for most people: things like eat mindfully, eat slowly and drink water.
But if you’re the type of person who likes to experiment with boundaries or “I’ll do it my way because I know best” then perhaps you need to keep doing what you’re doing.
“I want a strict eating programme.”
Or, if you’re the polar opposite of someone who won’t be told what to do, and you want a strict eating regime, then the VGB isn’t for you either. There are no blacklisted foods on the VGB, no calorie-counting. Instead, you’re encouraged to savour smaller portions of the foods you love.
“My problem is the people around me.”
You love to complain and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, or if you consistently point the finger and blame others – it’s my partner, my children, my boss – as to why you’re unsuccessful with previous weight loss attempts, then you’ll have a hard time sticking to the VGB.
Yes, detours happen from time to time, even with the VGB – it’s all part of the learning process. But consistently finger-pointing and blaming others means you’re not ready yet to take responsibility for your health and happiness.
So, for whom will the Virtual Gastric Band give the best results?
Logically, you can see it’ll be the exact opposite of the good folk above.
– You expect to succeed and are happy seeing steady weight loss in the long term. You love that it’s a lifestyle change because you’re tired of the “10lbs in 10 days rah-rah”.
– You happily integrate the eight golden guidelines of the programme into your everyday choices and lifestyle. You recognise that discipline can be very, very freeing.
– You take 100% ownership for your own weight loss journey. When things don’t go to plan, you look at what you could do differently next time, and you learn, rather than pointing the finger.
I trust this information has provided you with some useful distinctions. And I hope you see yourself in the group for whom the VGB can provide life-changing results.
If you’ve recognised “Yes, I’m ready, reeeeally ready to create change,” then pop on over here, drop me a line and we’ll get you on the wait-list.
If instead it’s helped you realise “I’m not ready yet,” that’s OK too. Good luck and thank you for reading.