Have you ever wondered why your diet failed? Many of us know we are overweight and heading for obesity, but aren’t heavy enough to have surgery completed. As a result, we diet, but these diets often fail. You may be considering the Orbera gastric balloon in that case, because this is suitable for people who are not quite heavy enough to have full surgery. However, it is still very important that you understand why your own efforts have failed in the past, so that you don’t fall back into old habits after your procedure.
- Diets Are Short Term Solutions
A diet, in the conventional sense of the word, means you starve yourself for a period of time in order to lose weight, but you return to normal eating afterwards. When your body is deprived, it will automatically take all it can from any food that you do give it. Hence, after your diet, you will pile the weight back on very quickly.
- Most of Us Cheat
Let’s be honest, as much as we tell people that we have survived on a carrot stick a day for the past week, most of us have cheated. Often without even realizing it!
- Lack of Nutrition
When you try to lose weight, you will probably choose low fat, low calorie foods as much as possible. Unfortunately, these foods are also low in nutrition. Hence, it won’t help in your long term efforts at all.
The Gastric Balloon
So, now that you know what not to do in order to lose weight, it is time to look at what you should do. One of those options is the gastric balloon. This has been around for quite some time, but had been put on a backburner after some serious problems developed around 1985. The problem here was mainly with the material of the balloon itself, which would disintegrate in the stomach. As such, while the concept was very good, it wasn’t practical yet. But scientists have been working very hard over the past 30 years, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved a number of new gastric balloons that do not have these problems at all. Outside of this country, they have already been used successfully for around two decades, with over 100,000 people having been able to lose weight through them.
It is important to understand that the balloon does not offer a permanent solution in the way that gastric surgery does. Rather, it is in place for just six months, giving people a chance to kick start their overall weight loss journey and to change their poor lifestyle and eating habits. The results, so far, have been tremendous and they include:
- Improved appetite control
- Better quality of life
- Looking good
- Gaining confidence
- Better sexual function
- Improved employment opportunities and relationships
- Increased comfort
- Easier mobility
Essentially, this is a revolutionary procedure that is truly saving the world and may just be the most viable method in fighting the obesity epidemic.