Gastric Surgery is it the Answer?


I often hear surgeons on TV or Radio state that “gastric surgery is the only answer to the obesity crisis”. This is usually after concluding that their patients have “tried everything else”.

I regularly get enquiries from people who have had gastric surgery and still seeking help with weight loss! So here is what I have learned from them.

It does not stop you from eating the “wrong” things!

It can make it difficult to eat the right things such as fruit and vegetables!

You can still cheat by liquidising “treats”.

Eating out socially is very difficult.

Food becomes obsessive – planning, preparing, avoiding

Eating something natural to overcome a sugar low is too slow.

Regurgitation and reflux acid are common.

It hadn’t stopped their desire to overeat!

Out of all these the desire to overeat is the core issue that causes obesity. It is my opinion that this should be the first thing that is treated and that cutting into perfectly healthy flesh, really should be when all else has failed. Food is our fuel so we cannot give it up altogether, so the issue is the the right type of fuel in the right quantity at the right frequency.

The desire to overeat has three main elements:

Processed Foods

Highly processed foods now feature heavily in our lives. In order to give foods a shelf life all the best bits are removed and replaced by chemical substitutes. Whilst our taste buds might enjoy it our bodies are not fooled at all by the chemicals and this overloads our liver and kidneys trying to get rid of these toxins. As they cannot flush them out the body they store them in the only place available – in your fat cells. So extra calories and an overload of toxins ensure you keep your fat! After extracting the good stuff Processed foods taste very bland so substitutes for sugar, fat and salt are added to make it taste “good enough to eat”. Labels stating the “food” has reduced any one of these, disguises the fact there are more of the other two. There is also a tendency to eat more of something because it has lower fat, sugar or salt. Processed foods ensure that you remain hungry as the body forces you to consume more food in the hope that next time it will have some nutrients. Recent studies show that Processed foods with a 50/50 split of fats and sugars are incredibly addictive. It is no surprise that and this ratio is the golden rule and is the aim of food producers to get you to consume more! It is very difficult to overeat on healthy nutritious foods as these fulfil the need for nutrients and switch off the hunger! Your body has no method of counting calories, it is concerned only with nutrients and if you are get enough nutrients from “real food” it is likely you will also get sufficient energy (calories).


Mistaking thirst for hunger. We get to this stage by drinking and eating at the same time for most of our life so eventually we are not sure of the subtle difference between the two sensations. Advice on amount of water varies tremendously the best advice is to ensure your pee is a light straw colour, too dark means you are dehydrated. Drink water little and often, sip rather than gulp. If you have Fluoride in your water write to your water supplier asking why and tell them to stop it! Do not flavour your water as this fools the stomach into thinking food is on the way and makes you hungry (the same goes for chewing gum). Before assuming hunger always have a glass of water and then wait ten minutes to see if the feeling returns.

Your Head

This is the most important element “getting your head right”. I salute those who can sort themselves out using willpower alone, because for the majority of us this is too hard. Gut feelings are emotions that just happen to be around the same area we feel hunger, we often mistake this “need” and think it to be hunger when it is usually a lack of stimulation, loneliness or boredom. Most of what we do is not a conscious act of thought, it is driven by one of the many automated processes run by our unconscious. This auto pilot is either what you were born with or from what you learned and programmed in since. This includes habits which is the repetition of something until it no longer is a conscious action. Emotions are “gut” feelings and can cause us to think we are hungry. Eating habits can just be habitual, long or short term or come from a deeper emotional place. This can be a simple as “having to clear your plate” or not having much food available when you were younger. Or really deep issues that you deal with by eating, including self punishment, the loss of someone, a lack of self worth, wanting to make yourself invisible or a particular trauma.


A good method of analysis is: “when did you start to put on weight?”. You may have always struggled with it or it might point to a particular time in your life that affected you. For the former, it is often just family habits you formed and for the later, I always suggest dealing with the core issue and then only dealing later with any remaining issues, usually few remain once the core or root of the problem has been dealt with. So check out someone who will help you resolve the issue at the level that is best for you. This has to be done at a level that overwrites your existing auto pilot and therefore NLP and Hypnosis are fantastic ways to deal with it.


Please note I do not perform Hypno Gastric Surgery. I believe that sorting out the cause of the problem is far more effective, faster and, not least, considerably easier on the budget!

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