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This topic is boring for many and triggery for some, hence the cut.

Back in January I started seeing a hypnotist.

She does group sessions of about 30 people, lasting 3 1/2 to 5 hours each.  The three sessions are pricey, the diet she prescribes is restrictive, and she does not advertise at all.  I think part of the reason it is pricey is to try to keep numbers down...and she is still booking out months and months for her evening appointments.

Because it works.

She claims 90% success rates at one year.  Every single person in the room personally knew someone who had lost a tremendous amount of weight doing this.  No advertising.  She says she wouldn't even have a sign on the building if it weren't required by her lease.

I am two days shy of 6 weeks into this.  I am never hungry, the cravings are purely intellectual, and it is actually pretty easy.  I have no idea how much weight I've lost, and I never will; I'm not allowed to weigh myself.  I am allowed to notice the clothing that doesn't fit, and to use a tape measure.  My waist is down about 7 inches, three of them in the last two weeks.

Now, since I was a muffin top size 18 (where the excess rides above the waist band in a charming roll of fat) I am by no means skinny.  I am only six weeks into this.  And already I am feeling guilty about not telling people about it.  Because it is EASY.  Because I feel good.  Because at 46, finding something that really works is truly amazing.

On the other hand, most of the people I know would have a hard time swinging the cost,  Many of my friends live far too far away to make use of this, and I would not recommend a hypnotist that I didn't have this kind of knowledge of.  "Take 3 weeks off and visit me while spending $600 going to sessions" is not a reasonable suggestion.

Then there is the whole--should we be skinny just because society says so?  Meta analysis shows that people with a BMI of 25-30 (overweight) live longer than people of "normal" 18.5-25.  People with a BMI of 30-35 live just as long as the "normals".   I have osteoarthritis of the knees, GERD, sleep apnea, and weight related asthma; for me this is definitely about health and function...but.  I still have this urge to be slender, to conform to Society's expectations,  

I have one friend who I think might live a decade or more longer if she did this.  (She's not on LJ.)  I have no idea what the role of friendship is in this scenario.
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