Fred told me that he had undergone lap band surgery. He also said that he found a way to defeat it. Lap band surgery, to over simplify a bit, puts a band around the stomach so that the patient feels full after eating a very small amount of food. The surgery is intended to create weight loss for morbidly obese patients who have had no luck with diets and exercise.
There are a number of strict dietary restrictions that are necessary to make lap band surgery effective. For example, lap band patients are told not to eat high fiber foods like vegetables and fruit after the surgery. They are also restricted from eating sugary or high-fat foods, because their extra calories can still cause weight gain. Foods like steak and hamburger are also to be avoided. To those of you who have gone on diets, doesn’t that sound familiar? Carbonated beverages need to be avoided since they can actually expand and stretch the stomach and make the surgery less effective.
Of course, the idea of lap band surgery is to force people to eat much less than they normally would. Ironically, lap band surgery patients need to restrict their food choices after the surgery just as much or more than they would have from simply going on a diet. So, lap band surgery is not a magic bullet. It may require even more work and willpower after the surgery than following a diet. Fred told me that by drinking shortly after eating, the food in his stomach was flushed out, and he was able to continue eating the same amounts that he had eaten before the surgery.
So Fred did not lose weight. The surgery was completely ineffective. As a hypnotherapist, it struck me that lap band surgery requires just as many major dietary changes and just as much willpower as any diet for someone who is obese. And, that hypnotherapy could be just as useful to lap band surgical patients before and after the surgery, as anyone else wanting to lose weight, because they will still have to adjust and replace their lifelong patterns of overeating, cravings for fattening foods, and hungerless eating in response to stress and other triggers. It’s something that I never would have realized if Fred and I hadn’t talked about his surgery.