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‘Balloon In A Pill’ May Aid Weight Loss

What if swallowing a pill was an easy weight loss option? New research suggest that taking a pill packed with a gastric balloon inside may help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite. With diet and exercise combined, this could be an effective weight loss tool in my opinion.

Elipse Weight Loss Device

A new gastric balloon pill may aid weight loss, according to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Photo by LeadDoc

When the pill is taken it dissolves in the stomach where the balloon is pumped with distilled water through a small catheter. The catheter is then removed through the mouth. This seems like a simple and harmless procedure that any adult can handle compared to other high risk procedures.

If the procedure goes well, the 19 ounce ball of water fills the stomach and greatly reduces the amount of food a person can eat before feeling full. The balloon is automatically deflated after approximately four months and the small shell is naturally expelled.

This Allurion device, known as Elipse, has not been tested in America for U.S. Drug and Food Administration approval and may not be available for another few years, researchers say. On the other hand, research including 34 people in Greece and Czech Republic suggests that this minor procedure seems effective and safe.

Researchers reported that patients lost an average of 22 pounds within four months. However, experts noted that this device is not a cure for weight loss but rather an aid. I believe letting your doctor help you find a diet plan that fits your lifestyle along with this gastric balloon is very effective for weight loss. You will be able to control your portions and eat less because your appetite will be suppressed.

“Because patients get used to feeling full so much quicker with the device, they learn portion and get used to eating less,” said study author Dr. Ram Chuttani, director of interventional gastroenterology and endoscopy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “We anticipate that the improved eating habits patients develop will mean that a significant amount of the weight will stay off, even when the balloon is no longer in place.” I like that fact that the weight loss benefits still continue even after the balloon is gone.

Previous tracking of traditional gastric balloon patients suggests there are long-term benefits. For instance, Chuttani said that after twelve months patients usually keep off about half the weight lost while the balloon was implanted. That number drops to nearly 30 percent five years after the procedure, he said.

Side effects among Elipse patients include nausea and vomiting just as with traditional gastric balloons.

To say the least, this gastric balloon pill can be effective and safe for overweight individuals with a BMI of at least 27, who is struggling to lose weight. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. Although this is a small study that has not yet been FDA approved, I still think it is a promising weight loss tool to help fight obesity.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Ram Chuttani, M.D., director, endoscopy, and chief, interventional gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; John Morton, M.D., president, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and chief, bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, Stanford University; Nov. 5, 2015, presentation, Obesity Week, Los Angeles

Drink More Water to Lose Weight

Drinking water not only keeps your body hydrated but it is good for weight loss as well. According to a study published in the journal Obesity, drinking 16 ounces of water before you eat can help you lose weight.

Drinking Water to Lose Weight

A study says drinking 16 ounces of water before each meal can help you lose weight. Photo by Charming Style

Researchers gathered 84 adults with obesity for a 12 week study in which they received general weight loss advice. They were split into two groups with one group drinking 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before they ate. The other group was told just to imagine they were full before they ate. I bet it was very difficult just thinking about being full when they were probably starving!

Everyone’s weight was observed throughout the study and urine was monitored as well to make sure the first group was definitely drinking more water. Their physical activity was observed also but it did not change.

The group that drank more water lost nearly three more pounds than the group that did not increase their water consumption. The results got better as they drank more water; the ones who drank 16 ounces before each meal lost 9 pounds over the course of the study. Dr. Amanda Daley, study author of the University of Birmingham in the U.K., says that it is equivalent to what you get from Weight Watchers. I guess that a half a pound to 2 pounds weekly is a great start for weight loss.

The reason water is so effective may be because “it fills you up” and helps you feel full, Daley mentions. I know each time I am hungry and have a glass of water, I usually do not have much of an appetite and I find myself eating less. Daley says that drinking a couple of glasses of water thirty minutes before you eat gives you time to feel fuller, which can help influence decisions on what you consume.

Drinking more water along with diet and exercise is a good fat loss strategy in my opinion. I understand this is just the beginning and more research is necessary before scientists can fully understand it. I believe drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body and if it helps weight loss, we should drink more.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Parretti, H. M., Aveyard, P., Blannin, A., Clifford, S. J., Coleman, S. J., Roalfe, A. and Daley, A. J. (2015), “Efficacy of water preloading before main meals as a strategy for weight loss in primary care patients with obesity”: RCT. Obesity, 23: 1785–1791. doi: 10.1002/oby.21167