Valley woman says she lost 55 pounds with hypnosis - WNEM TV 5

Valley woman says she lost 55 pounds with hypnosis

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Can you lose weight with your mind? One hypnosis clinic claims you can, and they do it by tricking you into thinking you have a lapband on your stomach.

"It was well over 200 pounds at one time," said Carol Vincequerra, talking about her weight. She said it skyrocketed after losing her husband.
 
"Pretzels, ice cream, anything that was heavy and fat," she said, listing off her go-to foods. She ended up losing the weight by exercising, but soon after was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome.

"How do I lose weight and not exercise?" Vincequerra asked herself at the time. She toyed with the idea of hypnosis, but had some concerns.

"Am I going to be able to go back to the person I was after this?" she asked. "Is he going to have control over my mind?"

But after a session with Sandi Graves and Don Rice, Vincequerra said she noticed a change in her bagel-a-day diet.

"I wasn't sure what was different in my mind and I didn't fully realize it until the next morning when I went to the coffee shop and I did not want a bagel," she said.

"How are you able to trick your mind?" Graves asked. "It's the art of hypnosis."

Graves and Rice created gastroband hypnosis, which convinces subjects they have an imaginary band around their stomach without the surgery.

"There's no surgery involved, there's no drugs, there's no side effects," Graves said.

So how can something this simple really work?

"You can get that logical mind to move aside, to be a little quiet," Graves said.

"I can't tell you verbatim what anyone says during hypnosis, I just know that I feel good," Vincequerra said.

Graves said it's about opening your mind and entering an alternate reality. One of her clients lost 16 pounds in two weeks, and another lost 6 pounds in one week. But Graves said typically people lose 2 to 5 pounds in a week's time.

"The hypnosis reinforced that idea here that I do want to lose weight and I want to keep it off," Vincequerra said.

Vincequerra lost 55 pounds and has kept it off for more than a year.

Still a skeptic? Graves said it doesn't matter how it works, as long as it does.

"If it is just a placebo effect, that's fine with me," Graves said.

This treatment usually takes about six one-hour sessions. For more information, go to: http://www.gastrobandhypnosis.com/.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Report: 5 people injured in nightclub shooting

    Report: 5 people injured in nightclub shooting

    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:19 PM EDT2017-05-28 20:19:44 GMT
    WNEMWNEM
     Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a nightclub in south Mississippi.    Five people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.    WLOX quoted police as saying the shooting happened at Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge in Moss Point.    According to Moss Point Police Department, a fight started in the club, which spilled outside into the parking lot. Several people began shooting. Five people were ...More >
     Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a nightclub in south Mississippi.    Five people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.    WLOX quoted police as saying the shooting happened at Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge in Moss Point.    According to Moss Point Police Department, a fight started in the club, which spilled outside into the parking lot. Several people began shooting. Five people were ...More >
  • Woman charged in husband's hospital death dies

    Woman charged in husband's hospital death dies

    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-05-28 20:12:22 GMT
    nonenone
    A woman charged with killing her husband as he lay in a Florida hospital bed last year has died.    Jan Sochalski faced a murder charge for allegedly suffocating her husband last May after he suffered life-threatening complications following back surgery. Sixty-four-year-old Henry Sochalski was a retired Trenton, New Jersey, police officer.    The couple lived in Florida.    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://b...More >
    A woman charged with killing her husband as he lay in a Florida hospital bed last year has died.    Jan Sochalski faced a murder charge for allegedly suffocating her husband last May after he suffered life-threatening complications following back surgery. Sixty-four-year-old Henry Sochalski was a retired Trenton, New Jersey, police officer.    The couple lived in Florida.    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://b...More >
  • Tiger Woods blames medications for his arrest on DUI charge

    Tiger Woods blames medications for his arrest on DUI charge

    Tiger Woods attributed an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida jail Monday for nearly four hours.

    More >

    Tiger Woods attributed an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida jail Monday for nearly four hours.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.