Hypnosis is being used to fake people out, making them think they've had weight-loss surgery. Some patients claim the "virtual gastric band" technique has actually been working.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. The growing problem means more Americans going under the knife to lose weight.
But what if you could get the benefits of bariatric surgery without the risk?
Marc Carlin, a hypnotherapist for more than 15 years, says he trains others around the world on the virtual gastric band technique: using hypnosis to make patients believe they've had physical weight-loss surgery.
At the beginning of each session, Marc takes notes about what is motivating the patient to overeat, and uses that information during hypnosis. Once the patient is in a trance state, Marc talks them through surgery, from rolling into the operating room on a gurney, to surgeons placing the band on their stomach. He even uses sounds and smells to make the experience more lifelike.
Marc says the treatment isn't for everyone. It works best with patients who are 100 percent committed to weight loss. Most require four 1-hour sessions, with a price tag of $1,500.