Could You Lose Weight Using Your Imagination?

Some Try Innovative New Approach Called LAP-BAND Hypnosis

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Berta Vivas has tried everything to lose weight.

“I have been to the gym, I have been with a trainer,” Vivas said.

“I love to eat and it makes me happy, but it does not make me happy to be a little bit overweight,” she said.

She was so desperate, she even considered weight-loss surgery.

“I had the consultation and I was almost ready to have it done, but I freaked out,” Vivas said.

Vivas wanted the benefits of surgery without going under the knife, so she tried a new a new innovative technique called LAP-BAND hypnosis.

The technique is supposed to work by convincing people into believing they actually had surgery.

“In order for anything physical to change, first you have to change your thoughts,” hypnotist Marc Carlin said.

In traditional lap band surgery, doctors reduce the size of the stomach so patients can’t eat as much. Carlin performed LAP-BAND hypnosis on Vivas.

Carlin guides clients into a dream-like state that he said allowed the client to be more open to suggestion.

“Mild states of hypnosis, mild states of trance are all that’s necessary in order to facilitate the major changes,” Carlin said.

Carlin led Vivas through an imaginary operation in which the end goal is for her to imagine she had surgery.

During the procedure, Vivas could hear operating room sound effects through head phones. Smells and props also reinforced the experience.

Carlin told Vivas that she must follow a sensible diet.

“Stop using your body as a garbage can,” Carlin told Vivas during the hypnosis.

Carlin hypnotized Barb Ernst about two months ago and she said she has since lost about 20 pounds and went down three or four pant sizes.

“I had actually stood up and actually had to pick up my shirt to see. I’d felt a tightening sensation and I was a bit sore in that area there. I even said to him ‘did you do something.'”

Carlin cautioned it was not the definitive solution to weight loss.

“It’s not for everyone. It’s for people who believe that they can make changes in their lives,” Carlin said.

Several days later, Vivas said she felt changed.

“Now the size of my stomach is like a golf ball so I won’t be eating, you know, large amount of food,” Vivas said.

LAP-BAND hypnosis is not cheap. Four sessions with the hypnotist costs about $1,200.

One week after Vivas’ hypnosis she said she’s sticking to her program and has lost about a pound.

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  • ben

    I know a hypnotist who does similar. 50 years he’s been doing hypnosis. Gregory I think in Australia. But he can do wonders even over the phone or Skype.
    I think its but im not sure.

    • Marc Carlin

      Leesa Wyatt uses Sheila Granger’s Virtual Gastric Band in Australia very successfully. She was trained by us in Las Vegas and is getting great results. Next month Sheila will be training 80 new hypnotherapists there in her methods.

      • David

        Leesa Wyatt is a known con artist. She lost custody of her youngest child after a court appointed pschologist realised that she was not only a dangerous liar but had serious issues with her other children. She is not registered to practice here and does not declare her income to the government. Instead she claims welfare and rips of the hard working. Is this thesort of people you like to train Marc??

  • virtualgastricband

    Berta Vivas continues to lose weight. She’s following the program and is happy losing weight without dieting or feeling deprived.

  • mark

    I lost over 9 stone thanks to Claire Hegarty, The BBC and Weight Loss Hypnotherapy. For people who are reading this and want to know if Gastric Band Hypnotherapy which is also known as Weight Loss Hypnotherapy really does work then take it from me, it does because I have had it done.

    After spending years worrying about my weight which went up to 22 stone and receiving little help from my local doctors, I began to try lots of diets but they were not working and depression started to kick in. I was spending hundreds per months on lots of different diets and diet foods but it was not working and I was worried that I could create serious health problems.

    I listened to a show on the BBC and heard them talk about Weight Loss Hypnotherapy where they invited a leading Weight Loss Hypnotherapy expert onto the show called Claire Hegarty. To be honest I had never heard about weight loss hypnotherapy before although I have heard of stop smoking with hypnosis but I never imagined that hypnosis could help with weight loss but because I was desperate and started to listen to the show and liked what I heard.
    A couple of days after the show I decided to contact Claire Hegarty and asked her if she felt that hypnotherapy for someone with my size and with my and I have to be honest with my lack of self control when it comes to food would help me and she said it would. I spent over an hour with her on the phone and then decided I would like to meet her in person and I am glad I did.

    I suffered from asthma and tiredness with my weight problems and not to mention low confidence but after receiving help with my weight problems with weight loss hypnotherapy my shortness of breath went and my confidence is at an all time high and best of all, I am no longer 22 stone and I am now currently only 11 stone eight.

    So please if you have problems with your weight and have tried lots of diets and have been thinking about weight loss hypnotherapy then do go down that road because weight loss hypnotherapy will change your life and will get your figure back. If it worked for me then it will work for anyone.

    • JC

      No problem Marc! It seems to be a tactic they use frequently.

    • JC

      The above comment by “Mark” is identical to other comments placed on other articles under various names. Obviously this is the work of a PR company promoting Ms Hegarty. I wonder if she knows?

      • Marc Carlin

        Thanks for pointing that out JC. Nobody likes to be spammed!

  • Hernani Martins

    On TV i´m always hearing about the so called ‘secret’ diet and workout plans of the rich and famous. I´m happy because i found a plan it allows me eat and drink healty things :) ).

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  • anonymus

    I weep for cbs!

  • Sed Eric

    Mastering your brains ability to connect to your mind’s intentions definitely helps you influencing your body towards the change you desire, especially losing weight.

    But how do you do this effectively in the shortest amount of time?

    With biofeedback…

    and I have found Dr. Deepak Chopra biofeedback sensors to be the best way to do this!!

  • MrQuick

    “a little bit” overweight? How about dealing with reality and saying way overweight for a start???

  • Qucci

    Ita actually an option one could try, and she’s not a lazy fatty. If she were,she would have just done nothing about her weight. I’m glad for her.

  • hmmm

    lazy fatty mcfatty

  • lonewolf

    How is it all these people can afford cosmetic surgery? A procedure like hers is about 10 grand where do these supposed poor minorities get this money?

    • Dtk

      First of all, being a person of color doesn’t automatically mean one is poor. Some folks know how to save money, and get the things they want with said money.

      Second of all, who the hell said she was a minority? How are you making that conclusion? By her name? People have all kinds of first and last names.


  • Carl

    Very interesting. CBS New York, I hope you will check in on her in a few months and see if it is still working for her.


    Lazy fatty

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