A woman lost a staggering 6.5 stone after being hypnotised into thinking she had been fitted with a gastric band.
Janice Rodgers, 46, tipped the scales at 17st 7lbs when she researched weight loss surgery online and stumbled upon a website about a ‘virtual band’.
Although doubtful, she booked an appointment with the specialist behind the treatment that makes people believe their stomach has shrunk in size.
When she came to she was in disbelief the hypnosis had worked but slimmed down to a trim 11st in just seven months after being physically unable to eat unhealthy foods.
Janice has gone from a size 22 to a size 12 and looks a completely different woman.
She put on weight after the birth of her son 23 years ago and struggled to lose it.
She joined Zumba dance classes in a bid to lose weight but became so out of breath she turned to the internet in a desperate search for bariatric surgery.
She found Andrew Nelson’s website and paid 270 pounds for a year’s worth of sessions with him.
She stopped eating junk food like crisps and fried chicken and embarked on a two week plan of just liquids and gradually introduced solid food over time.
Janice reached her goal of a size 12 thanks to the virtual gastric band and still listens to mp3 recordings of her sessions to keep her motivated.
She has since stuck to a diet of salads, fruit, healthy wholegrains and and lean, grilled meat.
Janice, a care worker from Manchester, said: “I had been overweight for 23 years, since the birth of my son, and tried everything to lose weight.
“I signed up for weekly weight loss classes but any weight I lost I would just put straight back on.
“I started going to Zumba classes with two slim friends but by the end of each session I was gasping for air.
“I knew I needed to do something about it so I logged onto the computer and looked up gastric bands without telling anyone.
“I was shocked with the amount of websites I found, but among them was Andrew’s which mentioned a hypnotic band.
“After researching that I decided to book an appointment, the price was reasonable and I though I would just give it a go.
“I decided not to tell anyone because I felt like a fool but I was just so desperate to lose weight.
“When I first went I thought it would be a load of rubbish and I felt no different until I went home and tried to eat something but it felt like chewing carpet.
“I thought I had better look at the eating plan, which was just liquid for two weeks and then gradually worked up to solid food.
“After eating a lot over the years I didn’t think I could do it but I found it so easy and never felt hungry at all.
“The weight came off so fast and in my first week I dropped 12lbs. I still can’t believe I have reached a size 12 and I sometimes do pick up my old size in the shops.
“My partner, Steve Kirkham, is really proud of me.”
Andrew Nelson said: “The virtual gastric mind band is made up of cognitive behavioural therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, and mental preparation.
“The treatment begins with an initial discussion where I ask people to visualise themselves as they want to be and we talk about healthy eating.
“People eat for a variety of different reasons and once we have realised the cause I then put them under hypnosis and reaffirm what we have talked about.”
Woman loses six and a half stone after being hypnotised into thinking she had gastric band – Mirror Online