Weight loss pill turns into balloon when swallowed

January 23rd, 2014

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A new pill that mimics the stomach-restricting nature of weight-loss surgery is helping some patients shed pounds in early trials, British researchers claim.

The pill, called the Obalon balloon, is a capsule containing an a balloon. As CBS News’ Alphonso Van Marsh reports, after a patient swallows the pill, surgeons inflate the balloon inside to make them feel full and eat less.

The device is not permanent though, and needs to be removed after about three months.

“This balloon will act to educate them about portion size and retrain their brain and their mindset a little,” Dr. Sally Norton, a bariatric surgeon at Spire Hospital, Bristol, told CBS News. Her hospital offers the procedure.

The pill capsule is attached to a tube that can be inflated. Once the capsule hits the stomach, the balloon gets released. A doctor can use an X-ray to find where the balloon is and inflate it with gas through the tube. After, the doctor pulls the tube out through the patient’s mouth, leaving the balloon floating in the stomach.

Up to three balloons are introduced to the stomach over the 12-week period, with placement depending on patient’s fullness and weight loss progress, according to the product website. This fills the stomach, in turn making the patient feel more full.

The device’s makers claim overweight and obese patients can lose up to 20 pounds in three months.

The treatment is not currently approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration and is not covered through the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS). Patients in the U.K. can pay more than $3,300 if they want to get the treatment, Sky News reported. A two-balloon procedure may cost about $5,000, according to Van Marsh.

However, experts are not convinced the treatment will be a cure-all for obesity, given the balloons have to be deflated and removed after the 12 weeks are over.

“When they take the balloons out, what happens is the stomach hasn’t shrunk,” Tim Bean, a U.K.-based fitness expert, said to CBS News. “So you’re left with the same size stomach, or possibly even bigger than there was beforehand.”

Other medical options for weight loss, like the four types of bariatric surgeries, can be more invasive. Some patients undergo the Lap-band procedure. The band is an adjustable ring that wraps around the upper portion of the stomach. It can be inflated by doctors by placing a small needle into a reservoir and filling it with liquid. The more liquid, the tighter the band gets, which makes the stomach smaller and in turn limits food intake.

Other procedures include the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the most common surgery, where a doctor staples a portion of the stomach together to create a smaller pouch to limit how much food a person could eat.

There’s also the less common form of bypass called a biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch, where a large portion of the stomach is removed and the remaining pouch is attached to the last segment of the small intestine.

Another procedure known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy can also be undertaken. Patients have most of their stomach removed, and the remaining portions are joined by staples, leaving a small tube-shaped stomach that fills up quickly. From cbsnews.

Gabrielle Union’s Weight-Loss Secret… the Porn Diet!

January 22nd, 2014

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The “Being Mary Jane” actress told Conan O’Brien that the adult film stars who work out at her gym serve as inspiration on the Stairmaster and at the juice bar.

“I basically compete with them and they don’t realize it. We are basically having the Olympics, they just aren’t aware that we are in competition with each other.”

Union, who recently got engaged to Dwyane Wade, continued, “I’ll watch and see what they’re ordering,” noting that it turns out many are vegan.

From extratv.

Snooki recalls anorexia battle: I’ll never be anorexic again for my son’s sake

January 15th, 2014

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi feels fantastic after maintaining her 50-pound weight loss for over six months, and said she’ll never become anorexic again because of her son.

Polizzi, who battled anorexia during high school, said she plans to continue with her healthy diet and workout regimen so she can remain a healthy mom.

”This is the best I’ve ever treated my body,” Snooki told Life & Style Jan. 13. “[Anorexia] has been on my mind though.

“Even before I started losing weight, I was like, ‘I hope I don’t go back to not eating again.’ But I’m never going back to anorexia again. I don’t want Lorenzo to see me go through that. It’s not going to happen.”

The 4-foot-9 Polizzi, who once tipped the scales at 146 pounds, lost 50 pounds just 11 months after giving birth to son Lorenzo (in August 2012) by following a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet and working out five to seven days a week.

Snooki, who now weighs a healthy 96 pounds, said her weight dropped to an anemic 80 pounds at the height of her anorexia.

”I became anorexic because of cheer-leading,” she said. “I wanted to be light so people could throw me up in the air. I got to the point where I only ate ice cubes, all day, for days in a row.”

Polizzi eventually overcame her eating disorder with the help of her parents, but then became overweight and unhealthy after binge-drinking and eating an all-junk-food diet while filming the “Jersey Shore.” Polizzi’s weight then fluctuated dramatically until she got pregnant.

During her pregnancy and after she became a mom, Snooki made a concerted effort to eat well, exercise regularly and cut back on drinking and partying. Polizzi discussed her post-baby weight loss, and how she juggles motherhood with TV stardom in her new book Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama.

Snooki is now fitter and happier than ever and has no plans to give up her health-conscious lifestyle. “I feel healthy,” she said. “I like everything [about my looks now]. I’m always in a good mood and I feel like that’s just because I feel great about myself.” From examiner.