How to Lose Weight with Hypnosis
By Nancy Werteen / WFMZ-TV
Look into my eyes. You're getting sleepy. You don't feel hungry. If only losing weight could be that simple. Well, it may be.
Surgery-free weight loss may all be in the power of your mind. It's a technique called gastric bypass hypnosis.
Jackie Simmons said you can hide from getting your picture taken, if you are always the one behind the camera.
Simmons lacked confidence. She has been on a roller coaster diet since the age of 8. She tried everything from group systems to the grapefruit diet. Her breakthrough came when she found gastric bypass hypnosis.
Simmons said it taught her the power of your mind.
"I didn't have to work at this. This worked on me," she said.
Certified hypnotherapist Rena Greenberg said the technique trains patients to only crave healthy foods.
"So, it's retraining the mind," Greenberg said. "So you stop to think before you put anything in your mouth and think, 'Am I really hungry?'"
Greenberg uses the deep state of relaxation and focus to suggest to patients to eat smaller portions and healthier foods to go along with an increase in activity. Instead of processed carbs, Simmons eats fruits and veggies and is now 50 pounds lighter. Julie Evans lost more than 140 pounds.
"You're not having surgery and you learn how to eat," Evans said.
"What I'm helping people to do is to go deeper and to connect into the voice of their own inner wisdom," Greenberg said.
She said the key to patients having lasting effects is for patients to daily remind themselves they don't want unhealthy foods. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 40 percent of American adults are obese. One of the most common forms of weight loss surgery is gastric bypass.
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