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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a proven talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the magic bullet for dieters, becasue we know from experience that CBT for weight loss method really works!

We would love to say that we were the pioneers behind the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in the weight loss arena, but to be honest, that accolade belongs to Judith Beck, the daughter of Aaron Beck, believed to be the creator of CBT.

CBT for weight lossWhen we started on our journey, back in 2004, developing the Gastric Mind Band® (GMB) treatment, we focused mainly on the use of Hypnosis as the prime intervention; we quickly discovered that the approach fell a long way short of our, and our clients’ expectations. That was until we introduced CBT for Weight Loss.

Over the last twelve years the GMB treatment has matured through continual upgrades, but whilst we were always delighted when clients achieved their desired weight loss result, it was the clients who failed that always piqued our interest. We knew that the treatment provided to each client was identical; we needed to understand just why it worked for some (thankfully the majority) but not for all.

It was the continual revisiting of past clients’ files and the collected data that fuelled the constant improvement and enhancement of the treatment, which, thinks to the introduction of cognitive behavioural therapy, now bears little resemblance to the original format.

Whilst Hypnotherapy still plays an important part in the GMB treatment, it is, in all honesty, a minor component in what is now a very ‘busy’ fusion of a number of mostly empirically proven interventions and therapies.

CBT for weight loss - it's all in your head!
CBT weight loss – it’s all in your head!

CBT as a primary method has gradually become the ‘core’ therapy, the one around which all the others are woven during our treatment. It continues to surprise us, along with other professionals in the weight loss arena, that CBT-based approaches fail to receive the level of media exposure that they probably deserve. It has been widely accepted for many years as the treatment of choice, when helping those suffering with depression and also a range of addictions, but in helping those wishing to permanently lose weight, it really shines. You can read our Clinical Evidence Page here;, the results were presented by Dr. Sarah Clarke at the World Psychology Conference at Warsaw University.

Losing weight by, reducing the calorie/energy input is pretty simple maths that most children understand; simply create a 500 calorie per day deficit for a month, and you will lose four pounds. Sadly, as many past dieters will confirm, it is never quite that easy. It can be a complex endeavour, as there are so many other factors which play a part in achieving utopia for dieters: steady permanent weight reduction. CBT that has been speciffically designed for sustained weight loss can help our clients overcome them.

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Psychologies featured Pause Button Therapy

CBT for weight loss, uses elements of CBT to help our clients grasp the difference between their wants and needs around food, then helping them understand just how far apart our thoughts are from Facts can often be a challenge. The understanding of our core beliefs around food and the effects of continual learning and programming during childhood – “clear your plate, then you can have a treat,” – all play a major part in the process of change.

CBT for weight loss
Katie Drew lost 100 pounds following her GMB treatment.

We start each client’s GMB treatment by working with them to complete our own Forensic Weight Loss Questionnaire, which it runs to close to 100 questions. It has been designed to ensure that each individual is able to revisit and gain a deeper understanding around the often complex cognitive issues they have with food. The CBT for weight loss process often uncovers a long list of negative thought issues that they have either learnt or been taught. In a later session, we re-position the answers provided,  reflecting on and questioning their reasoning processes. Our own twist on CBT Pause Button Therapy, also referred to as TactileCBT, plays a major role in our treatment. One of the main uses is in training the client to ‘freeze’ time and consider the consequences of their actions. The GMB process along with Pause Button Therapy was selected for inclusion in professor Philip Zimbardo’s (Stanford University) 2nd World Time Perspective Conference at Warsaw University, and the clinical evidence as presented can be viewed here.

You can view the Psychologies article in the press section. Further information regarding Katie Drew can be viewed here.

CBT of course is now the most highly researched talking therapy in the world: at its core is the understanding that it is never the event that’s the problem, rather it is our belief about that event. In the weight loss field, CBT is an easy, and very rewarding approach to understand. Read Martin’s paper on the Origins of Obesity on this site.

But Does It Work…?

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Read the independent review of the GMB treatment published in The Daily Mail.

A UK-based journalist interested in weight loss, Claudia Connell of the Daily Mail, travelled to Spain to meet Martin and Marion and experience the Gastric Mind Band for herself. Two weeks later she wrote a two-page feature in the Daily Mail detailing her treatment that literally got the world talking. Read her article from the Daily Mail Newspaper here.

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Martin and Marion the developers of the Gastric Mind Band Treatment flew to New York to appear on a Good Morning America TV special regarding the Gastric Mind Band. Visit the Press Section to view the video clip.”We are continually delighted, and to be honest still a little surprised, that every week clients arrive at the clinic having flown around the world exclusively to complete the Gastric Mind Band. Its a fact that the treatment has been featured in only a small number of advertisements, we take it as an endorsement of our work, and one that we are very proud of, that virtually every new client that walks in the door, arrives following a recommendation”. The treatment has been featured or reviewed in countless magazines and newspapers around the world.

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permanent weight lossBut first, if you still have doubts, why not ‘Try it Before You Buy it’.

We recently recorded a one hour MP3 audio file, which contains a full introduction of the GMB treatment by Martin and Marion Shirran and includes a studio-produced full GMB Hypnotherapy Session, it will hopefully demonstrate to you how with the GMB treatment you really can achieve the Weight Loss you desire. The MP3 download costs just £9.95, which is fully refundable should you at any time within six months of purchase decide to undertake the GMB treatment in any format. You can read more information and if you wish download the file here. You really have nothing to lose….Just Excess Weight

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International Home Visits

In addition to providing the Gastric Mind Band at the clinic, Martin and Marion continue to offer the full treatment package internationally via private home visits worldwide; the fees are subject to availability and negotiation.

Potential clients requiring additional information or details of availability are invited to contact Martin and Marion.

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So if you’re tired of yo-yo dieting and weight loss gimmicks that don’t work and are ready to change your relationship with food, email us today using the contact form and we will be pleased to answer any outstanding questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon and maybe meeting you and helping you change your life for the better.