Is It Your Year to Lose Weight?

In the year 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) officially designated obesity as a disease. With about 70% of people above the age of 20 either overweight or obese, medical professionals are constantly looking for new ways to help people lose weight. Here are some innovative scientific weight loss systems that could be game changers in the battle against obesity:

Orbera is a non-surgical weight loss system designed to achieve long term weight loss. An uninflated Orbera balloon is inserted through the mouth and placed in the stomach with the aid of a flexible camera. Once inside the stomach, the balloon is inflated with sterile water to the size of a grapefruit. The inflated balloon takes up space in the stomach, slows digestion, and facilitates portion control. You will also be guided by experts on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. After 6 months, the balloon is removed through the mouth. Patients using Orbera have been known to lose up to 3 times more weight when compared to just diet and exercise alone.

Obalon balloon is the first and only gas-filled intragastric balloon that has been approved by the FDA to help with weight loss. Balloon placement takes about 10 minutes and simply involves swallowing a capsule containing an uninflated balloon. The balloon is then inflated to about the size of an orange. A total of 3 balloons are added over a period of 3 months to facilitate progressive weight loss. After 6 months all 3 balloons will be removed through your mouth. In research studies, 89.5% of the resulting weight loss was maintained 6 months after the removal of the Obalon balloons.

Ideal Protein is a medically designed weight loss protocol that is consistent with evidence-based guidelines on achieving long term weight loss. You will be educated on how to make healthy food choices that cause your body to burn fat for fuel and reset your body’s sensitivity to insulin resulting in dramatic fat loss while maintaining muscle mass.

As January is national weight loss month, now is a good time to jump start your weight loss plans. Call us today at Greater Houston Gastroenterology Center for more information on how you may benefit from any of the above procedures.



Weight Loss Without Surgery

The introduction of bariatric surgery has revolutionized the treatment of obesity and its associated comorbidities. It is highly recommended when diet, exercise and medicines fail to bring about significant weight loss in the severely obese.

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