Woman drops 55 lb. after hypnosis to believe gastric bypass

May 22, 2009 2:07:11 PM PDT
A British woman lost 55 pounds after being hypnotized to believe that she had weight-loss surgery.

According to the online edition of The Sun tabloid newspaper, after 5 sessions with a hypnotherapist, Marion Cornes, 35, believed surgeons had placed a gastric band on her stomach, making it a fraction of its former size.

Cornes decided to take action when he weight hit 216 pounds.

She had the hypnotherapy last summer in Spain.

The hypnotherapist talked her through the entire surgery, as if it was real.

But in reality, Comes never went under the knife.

During the sessions, she was asked to handle a model of a stomach and gastric band, while the smells and sounds of an operating room were introduced into her room.

Now, she says, "I can remember every part of the "procedure" -- including being wheeled into (the OR), the clink of the surgeon's knife and even the smell of the anesthetic."

And she feels full if she tries to eat anything other than a small portion of food.

After the sessions, she started losing up to 3 pounds a week.

Comes is thrilled with the results, saying it is the only thing that's ever worked for her.

"I've tried tablets, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Slimfast, milkshakes and even a personal trainer, but none of them helped me," she said.

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