As gastric band operations go, it was surprisingly straightforward and pleasant.
There was no pain, no risk of infection, no anaesthetic, no recovery period afterwards, and all at only a fraction of the £7,000 such surgery would usually cost. That’s because the patient, company director Emma Eveleigh-Anderton, 36, never actually had a gastric band fitted, but was just hypnotised into thinking she had.
Dramatic weight loss: Emma Eveleigh-Anderston, 36, has dropped five dress sizes in six months after being hypnotised into believing she has a gastric band. The mother-of-two paid £980 for four sessions over a one-month period, starting with a 45-minute ‘virtual’ surgery where therapist Russell Hemmings talked her through every step of the medical procedure as though she was actually in the operating theatre.
She said: ‘It was as if I was having the operation, except I was in an office rather than a theatre. After the first session I felt hopeful. But after the second I really felt positive and much more controlled about my eating´
‘It has actually re-educated my mind. I was starting to feel fuller quicker and was eating much less.’
Mrs Eveleigh-Anderton, from Coventry, runs her own conference and exhibition organisation firm with husband Darren, 42.
Her weight issues had not been helped by the struggle to shift her baby weight after the birth of daughters Antonia, seven, and six-year-old Alice a year apart. She turned to the virtual gastric band therapy after diets, appetite suppression pills and sheer willpower failed to help her lose weight alone. She swapped takeaway food for salad, fruit and grilled fish and as the weight fell off – up to 3lb a week – she began taking gentle morning jogs. Now she runs for 30 minutes most mornings and has dropped from a size 18 to an eight.
“I have tried every diet known to man, from Weight-watchers to the cabbage diet, and yes, I would lose weight but then I would put it back on and then some. After a lot for research about the Gastric Band Surgery, I could not afford, thousands of pounds for this operation. I contacted Malcolm and after an long chat on the telephone about the Hypno-Band Weight Loss System, I arranged a meeting with him. I did have an underlining 25 year grief issue that he kindly dealt with. After that session I felt on top of the world and that made me believe that the Hypno-Band would work for me. I had the Hypno-Band fitted on the 16th June 2010. My weight was 21st 7lbs or 138.3kgs and my blood pressure was through the roof at 210/190 and a BMI of 43.
After 7 months and to date I have lost 7st 8lbs or 50kgs, I only have 2st 7lbs or 18kgs to lose to get to the weight I want to be. It’s now been 12 months since I had the hypno-band fitted, and I am now at my ideal weight of 11st 3Ibs or 66.67 kg. I’m so happy, and all my friends and family find it unbelievable.
Sue after 12 Months!