TYPE 2 diabetes sufferer Tracey Hoff ballooned to 17st 7lb by feasting on gourmet sandwiches in her work canteen – but has transformed her body via a virtual gastric band.
A woman who developed type 2 diabetes after gorging her way to 17-and-a-half stone on gourmet sandwiches in her work’s American-style diner has managed to ditch insulin and drop four dress sizes – thanks to a £6.99 hypnosis app.
Previously fit and slender, Tracey Hoff’s waistline began to balloon in her twenties, when she landed a job at The Body Shop’s head office in Littlehampton, West Sussex, wolfing down fatty food in their stylish canteen, before snacking on crisps and sugary sweets throughout the afternoon.
Tracey, now 52, from Chichester, West Sussex – whose glucose levels, at points, soared to at least four times recommended levels – said: “I just got bigger and bigger.
“Eventually, a district nurse weighed me during a routine appointment in 2015, and I couldn’t believe it when the scales said I was 17st 7lb. I’d no idea I’d got that big.”
Developing type 2 diabetes – a condition often caused by being overweight, in which the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels, or the body cannot use the insulin that is produced – when she was in her early forties, Tracey’s health was on a downwards spiral.
Doctors were finding my diabetes hard to control,” she admitted. “Eventually, it couldn’t be managed with just tablets, so around eight years ago, I started having three large insulin injections every day.”
Feeling like a failure, Tracey – who never lost her baby weight after having her daughter Emma, now 22, when she was 29 – worried that she would be overweight for the rest of her life.
Then, in summer 2016, she spotted an article online about a hypnotic gastric band app, and decided to try it.
Paying £6.99, she downloaded Virtual Gastric Band-Lose Weight Fast and finally achieved the results she had longed for.
Explaining how the app uses hypnosis to re-programme people’s thoughts about eating, single mum Tracey said: “It’s absolutely vital to follow the guidelines. The app tells you to eat what you want, not what you can.”
She continued: “It also says to eat until you’re no longer hungry, not until you’re full. There’s actually a huge difference, which took me a long time to realise.
“One of the biggest things I’ve learned is how easy it is to mistake hunger for thirst. Now, if I think I feel hungry, I’ll have a tumbler of water and wait 10 minutes. Usually, the feeling then goes away.”
Even though she hasn’t drastically altered what she eats, Tracey, who listens to the hypnosis portion of the programme in her sleep, said changing the way she thinks about food has been the key to her success.
Now, she is just over a stone off her 12st goal weight and wants to share her story, to help others struggling to shift the pounds.