The Mind-Body Connection: What Gastric Surgeons Don’t Tell You About Weight Loss

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Have you ever wondered why, despite the growing popularity of gastric band and gastric sleeve surgeries, many people still struggle to keep the weight off? The answer lies beyond the physical procedure—it’s deep in unaddressed emotions, beliefs, and habits.

Gastric band and gastric sleeve surgeries have been hailed as life-changing solutions for those struggling with severe obesity. However, these surgeries often fail to provide long-term results. The underlying issue is the unaddressed emotional and psychological factors contributing to weight gain. In this blog post, we’ll explore why these surgeries fall short and how unprocessed emotions, ingrained beliefs, and unhealthy habits play a crucial role in weight management.

The Emotional Aspect of Weight Loss

When individuals opt for gastric band or gastric sleeve surgery, they often overlook the deep-seated emotional baggage that drives their eating habits.

These can include:

1. Unresolved childhood trauma

2. Low self-esteem

3. Anxiety and depression

4. Stress and Using food as a coping mechanism

Without addressing these emotional triggers and others, surgery alone cannot provide a sustainable solution.

The Role of Beliefs and Childhood Stories

Our beliefs about food and body image are often shaped during childhood. Negative programs and stories from our early years can create a deep-seated fear of food or an unhealthy relationship with eating. For instance, being told to clean your plate as a child or there are starving children in Ethiopia can lead to overeating habits in adulthood. These ingrained beliefs must be transformed and reprogrammed for successful, long-term weight management.   

 Some common beliefs that hinder weight loss include

  • I will never be thin.
  • I am unlovable
  • I do not deserve to be healthy.
  • I cannot control myself around food.
  • I am not good/flawed
  • Others are more important than me
  • Losing weight is hard
  • Fear of attracting attention

These beliefs create a self-fulfilling prophecy, making it challenging to maintain weight loss even after gastric surgery. Without addressing and reframing these beliefs, long-term success remains elusive.

The Challenge of Unhealthy Habits

Gastric band and gastric sleeve surgeries physically restrict the amount of food one can consume. However, they do not address the habits that lead to overeating. People may continue to eat the same unhealthy foods or follow trendy diets like cottage cheese chocolate chip balls and wraps. These can still spike blood sugar levels and increase inflammation in the body. These trends may seem healthy but can be counterproductive to a comprehensive understanding of nutrition and mindful eating.

The Importance of Establishing Healthy Eating Habits

Learning what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat is crucial for maintaining weight loss. This involves more than just reducing portion sizes; it requires a shift towards nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods that support overall health.

The path to sustainable weight loss

  • Address emotional triggers: Working with Louise, you can uncover and heal emotional wounds that drive overeating.
  • Challenge limiting beliefs: Identify and reframe negative self-talk and limiting beliefs about self, food, and weight.
  • Develop healthy coping mechanisms: Learn stress management techniques that don’t involve food.
  • Establish new habits: Create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle that supports long-term weight management.
  • Embrace change: Work on accepting and celebrating your changing body and identity.
  • Focus on nutrition: Instead of following trends, learn about balanced, nutritious eating that supports your health goals.

The Power of Hypnosis and Mind-Body Coaching

Here at Discover the Power of Touch, we have a transformative approach to lasting weight loss by addressing the core emotional and psychological aspects of eating. Through Louise’s expertise in hypnosis, mind-body coaching and naturopathy; Louise helps you reprogram subconscious beliefs, release emotional baggage, and develop healthy habits that stick.

Her personalised techniques empower you to overcome cravings, silence negative self-talk, and create positive behaviours that support long-term weight management. By focusing on the mind-body connection, Louise guides you to a balanced relationship with food. You are ensuring that your weight loss journey isn’t just about shedding kilos. Gain a newfound sense of control, confidence, and overall well-being.

You are not just changing your body – you’re transforming your entire relationship with yourself and food.

You hold all the answers within you!

Louise Kerwin