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Gastroenterology Blog

Attain Sustainable Weight Loss with the Gastric Balloon

Posted by Gastroenterology Associates on Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 2:30 PM

Attainable_Sustainable_Weight_Loss_with_the_gastric_balloon.jpegFor 17 seasons, America tuned in to watch contestants battle their histories, habits, and bodies to thinness. With the help of personal trainers and associated medical personnel, the contestants dieted their way through the 30-week season—3 months sequestered on the Biggest Loser Ranch and 4 months spent at home applying what they’d learned—before the final weigh-in. The majority of contestants dropped 100+ pounds over the course of the season.

But, as a recent study has shown, they found it difficult to maintain their weight loss. The competitive dieting and exercise slowed their metabolism drastically—burning 500 fewer calories a day—and decreased levels of leptin—the hormone associated with hunger regulation. After 6 years, 13 of the study’s 14 participants had regained significant weight and 4 had even surpassed their initial competition weight.

So how do you attain sustainable weight loss?

You’ve struggled with weight loss for years. Fad diets and yo-yo weight loss cycles have left you discouraged. If contestants who had ready access to medical professionals, personal trainers, and a nation of motivators to jumpstart their weight loss couldn’t keep the weight off, how can you be expected to? The key is to create a realistic, trackable weight loss plan. With the help of a weight loss counselor, you can set attainable weight loss goals and master weight-maintenance skills—which studies have shown leads to less backsliding or weight re-gain.

Do you need a little extra push?

The gastric balloon can safely jumpstart your weight loss. A non-surgical outpatient procedure, the gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach and inflated via endoscopic techniques. Once positioned, the gastric balloon remains in the stomach for up to 6 months. On average, patients who have utilized the gastric balloon procedure lose 3 times as much weight as patients who receive just diet and exercise counseling.

But that seems like a short-term solution, doesn’t it?

With O.N.E. Weigh, the gastric balloon procedure is just one part of a long-term weight loss program. After the gastric balloon is inflated, you’ll receive guidance and comprehensive coaching from diet and exercise specialists for an entire year. These experts will provide you with the tools to set and meet healthy weight loss goals, as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle long after the balloon is removed.  

So what are you waiting for?

Call the specialists at Gastroenterology Associates and schedule a consultation today. There are many paths to weight loss, find the O.N.E. Weigh that’s right for you.

 

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Topics: Gastric Balloon, Weight Management