When 23 year old Sarah booked her dream holiday on a cruise in the sun, she had no idea her life was about to change drastically.
For just nine months after these photos were taken on the right, Sarah has dropped an amazing SIX dress sizes after being hypnotised into believing she’d had a gastric band fitted.
The bank worker from Coventry, West Midlands, is unrecognisable after drastically altering her shape from a dress size 22 down to a size 8/10.
And she says her amazing transformation was totally painless and easy – because all she has used is the power of her mind!
I’ll let Sarah tell you her story herself because it’s so inspiring and wonderful to see a young woman totally change her outlook on life.
“I’ve been a bigger girl all my life. Over the past seven years the weight just crept on, until I weighed more than 15 and a half stones (nearly 220lbs). I’d lost all confidence and my only release was going on holiday because no one knew me there.
“Friends were going out and eating what they wanted, but I felt left out and awkward.
“I have tried every diet going but I just don’t have the willpower to stick to them. I had even contemplated having gastric band surgery, to reduce the size of my stomach. Then I got to the point where I thought ‘well I’m fat anyway I may as well just get on with it and eat what I like’.
“I was 22 and it felt like I’d given up.
“Then, earlier this year, I was going off on holiday with a girlfriend. We were going on an amazing cruise and I was really looking forward to just getting away and enjoying myself. As I sat there in my seat on the plane, I was struggling to get my seat belt to do up.
“An air stewardess offered me a seat belt extension and I was so embarrassed. I thought, great, I’m the fat person on the plane who can’t fit in their seat’. It was such a low moment for me.
“It was then I knew. I knew I had to do something about it. In a way I’m really glad it happened because that was the moment that turned it around for me. I was really upset about it and knew that realistically I couldn’t go on like this.
“While we were away on holiday, I was reading a magazine I’d picked up at the airport and stumbled on an article about hypnotherapist Russell Hemmings who had had amazing results helping someone else lose weight.
“I couldn’t believe it. It was like they were talking about me. Everything in the article really rang true with me. And when I read on, I discovered that he was based in my hometown! I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason and this just seemed to be all slotting in to place for me. So the minute I got home I contacted him.
“During my first session we talked about my weight journey, my weaknesses when it comes to food and how I felt about it.
“I have to say I was a bit apprehensive, but I felt so relaxed. We did a lot of talking and Russell really seemed to understand what I’ve been going through and everything he said made sense.
“I walked out of that first session knowing I didn’t want chocolate any more. My family and friends will tell you, that’s just not me! It was unbelievable. And so I knew from that moment that I had changed.
“After than I had another three hypnotherapy sessions – one of them a gastric band hypnotherapy session. I also continued to listen to the CDs Russ gave to me inbetween each session.
“In the first week I lost more than half a stone (8lbs). In two months I had lost two stones (28lbs). I didn’t do any exercise to start with because, well, I was just too embarrassed to go near a gym or a class.
“I just found I ate much less – and wasn’t the slightest bit bothered about it or hungry.
“Then as the weight started dropping off I felt able to start exercising. I’ve now joined a gym and go there for half an hour or so. I enjoy running, which I NEVER thought I’d ever say!
“In eight months I’ve lost more than five stones (73 lbs) and now weigh 10 and a half stones (147lbs). Which means I can now shop for clothes; something I really missed out on in my teens. Clothes look so much better on me now.
‘On top of all of that, I’ve had a promotion at work and I totally put that down to hypnotherapy. I would never have gone for the job before, as I just didn’t have the confidence. I didn’t believe in myself before so why would anyone else?
“I’m so happy. I no longer feel that overriding need to eat or indulge in chocolate. I finally feel like I am in control.”
What is Gastric Band Hypnotherapy
The procedure is literally when your subconscious mind is ‘tricked’ into believing that you have had major surgery and that a band has been fitted to your stomach to shrink it down to the size of a golf ball. Consequently you feel fuller much quicker and you’re mind is telling you not to overeat.
The virtual surgery is part of a package of sessions, which also addresses eating habits and lifestyle.
During the ‘surgery’ session, the client can hear operating theatre sounds and even the smells of a hospital.
It is important to talk through all a client’s issues surrounding food first so I can get a well rounded picture of the person and what their day to day lives are like and what issues they have to deal with surrounding food.
I try to make the gastric band experience as realistic as possible, as it all goes towards helping the subconscious mind to believe what has happened.
When you consider the risks and the huge cost of having gastric surgery, hypnosis is a much safer – and cheaper – way to achieve the same thing.
Sarah looks absolutely amazing now, and the smile on her face shows exactly what it has meant to her life!