The final hypnosis session in the Virtual Gastric Band Milford Massachusetts Study Group took place on Wednesday December 22, 2010. Although it was session four what that actually meant was the participants had only been modifying their eating for three whole weeks.
Overall the numbers are very good. The average weight loss over the three weeks was 6.5 pounds. The biggest weight loss was 13.8lbs and the smallest was 2.4lbs. Even at the low end the weight loss was a steady 0.75lbs per week which is in line with recommended weight loss amounts.
All the study participants are to be congratulated.
What needs to be stressed here is that everybody was under intense pressure because of the time of year. Our study was held between the Thanksgiving and Christmas period, a time traditionally reserved for food and drink parties celebrating the season.
Many reported they found resisting the temptations of the season was quite easy others had a tougher time. Although no dietary restrictions were placed on anyone and food diaries were not kept, most participants reported their food choices were healthier.
When asked what the most difficult aspect of the program was, a few reported finding time to exercise. Again the time of the year made this a tough commitment to keep but most made the effort. It was felt that once the Holiday season was over and normalcy had returned then steady routines could be established.
One important point to mention is some participants experienced a temporary decline or stagnation in the amount of weight loss after the initial week. This dip is consistent with the study Sheila Granger ran.
As we discussed to all participants as part of study acceptance the Virtual Gastric Band procedure isn’t about a diet; it’s about modifying your eating so you’re satisfied on smaller portions and you eat only when you’re hungry. Many of the participants commented in this session, when they ate it was slower and they noticed the “full” signal and stopped eating. This is exactly the impact intended of the gastric band surgery, and what was achieved instead using the hypnosis sessions.
The participants were eager to continue and we’ll be checking in from time to time to monitor their progress. No further weight loss hypnosis sessions are permitted but the participants are allowed to address issues unrelated to eating habits.
Myra Durkin will be conducting her Boston study group in January and for those still interested in being considered for a spot you can sign up here.
Free At Last Hypnosis is already seeing private clients for the Virtual Gastric Band procedure in Metro-West Boston Massachusetts location and if you have any questions about the study or private sessions feel free to contact me at info below.
Erika Slater, CH
Free At Last Hypnosis
80 Worcester Street, Suite 10
North Grafton, MA 01536