Balloon Therapy Delivers Weight Loss Help

It is estimated that a third of all Americans are obese. As millions struggle with daily ups and downs on the scale, a new form of weight-loss therapy may offer hope for those who want to avoid the potential of serious health complications obesity may bring with it. While surgical interventions have proven highly successful, this new therapy is reversible and less invasive than many procedures. The latest breakthrough in weight loss involves the use of a small balloon and no incisions or long hospital stays.

The device, called ORBERA, is inserted into the stomach using an endoscope, which means there is no need for open surgery. Once the device is placed, the balloon is inflated. When that’s complete, the balloon effectively reduces stomach holding capacity, much like a gastric bypass or sleeve procedure might do. What makes it different is that balloon procedures are fully reversible; in fact, they’re meant to be.

Patients who undergo balloon procedures can expect them to stay in place for about six months. During this period of time, patients will feel fuller faster, enabling a reduction in caloric intake. Patients also undergo rather intensive lifestyle therapy once balloons are placed to help them develop and maintain healthier lifestyle habits. The hope is that once the balloon is removed, those lifestyle habits will enable maintenance of weight loss over the long haul.

The new balloon procedure is seen as a method to help those who need to lose weight, but are not yet ready to commit to more complex surgeries. What’s more, this option is also considered viable for those who are overweight, but have not hit the morbidly obese point.

People who are overweight are urged to take action to shed pounds. Maintaining a healthy weight can lower risks for developing heart disease, diabetes and a host of other conditions. To learn more about the balloon procedure or other weight-loss options, speak with a qualified healthcare provider.


Can Mediation Help With Weight Loss?

For the estimated third of all Americans who are considered obese, taking action to address weight is critical for maintaining health and preventing potentially deadly diseases. While lots of options exist to help those who are obese shed pounds, some are more invasive than others. As it turns out, something as simple as adding mediation into the routine, can greatly help those on a quest to shed pounds do so.

Mediation doesn’t have to involve sitting on a pillow or striking a pose. It can involve nothing more than taking a few moments out on a busy day to concentrate on deep breathing and releasing stress. For those who struggle with weight, the momentary reprieve can help focus their minds on the goals at hand while building up their resolve to face mealtimes and snack times with grace and willpower.

Here are just a few ways mediation can assist in the quest to lose weight and keep it off:

•    Stress reduction – Mediation has been long proven to be an incredible stress buster. By relaxing the mind and the body, this act enables more direct focus of thoughts as stress melts away. Since many people eat inappropriately, sometimes binging, when stress levels are high, meditation is a win here.
•    Focus – Mediation can also help laser focus the mind on particular goals or actions. When weight loss is the plan, using mediation to visualize achieving the end goal or mini-goals along the way can help make the necessary actions materialize in reality.
•    More careful eating – Mediation can even be used during the act of eating itself. Simply making the conscious choice to set a fork down between bites so food can be savored (and properly chewed) can promote consumption of fewer bites.

Obesity is a serious health concern that can and should be addressed. Mediation can help along the way.