'I lost four stone after a hypnotist convinced me to have a gastric band'

As gastric band operations go, it was surprisingly straightforward and pleasant.

There was no pain, no risk of infection, no anaesthetic, no recovery period afterwards, and all at only a fraction of the £7,000 such surgery would usually cost. That's because the patient, company director Emma Eveleigh-Anderton, 36, never actually had a gastric band fitted, but was just hypnotised into thinking she had.

The mother-of-two paid £980 for four sessions over a one-month period, starting with a 45-minute 'virtual' surgery where therapist Russell Hemmings talked her through every step of the medical procedure as though she was actually in the operating theatre.

She said: 'It was as if I was having the operation, except I was in an office rather than a theatre. After the first session I felt hopeful. But after the second I really felt positive and much more controlled about my eating. It has actually re-educated my mind. I was starting to feel fuller quicker and was eating much less.'

Source - Daily Mail