What Is Gastric Balloon Weight Loss?

By: GI Alliance


Remember the old saying, "no pain, no gain?” This short, classic quote is relevant in most aspects of life. Whether you are training for a marathon or simply learning how to dance, there are always growing pains involved with progress. Most people are willing to accept this life-long principle, as long as there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, when it comes to weight loss, it is challenging to find the light, and it oftentimes feels like you are in complete darkness. In other words, there is plenty of pain and absolutely zero gain (or loss in this case).

A poll of 2,000 British adults, by Warburton's bakery, found the average 45-year-old woman has been on 61 diets since the age of 16. They bounce from diet to diet, because they do not see any results. Many people will also integrate an exercise program when dieting. However, with busy work schedules, kids’ activities, homework, housework, and other commitments, it takes a Herculean effort to stick with any of these activities. At the end of it all, most people end up tired, hungry, depressed, and frustrated. Again, you’re back to all pain and no gain (or loss in this case).

Does this predicament in life sound familiar to you? If you are like many people, you have struggled to keep the weight off. You have bounced from diet to diet and have tried every exercise program known to man. Nothing seems to work, and you end up feeling defeated and are ready to give up. Before you do, you may want to explore the benefits of the gastric balloon procedure.

The gastric balloon weight loss procedure produces on average three times more weight loss than diet and exercise programs alone. The balloon is a safer and painless alternative when compared to anatomy altering weight-loss surgeries. It is easily implanted in your stomach and inflated with a saline solution through a 20-30-minute outpatient procedure. There is little recovery time required, minimal side effects, and it leaves behind no incisions or scars. The balloon is FDA approved and designed to fit comfortably in your stomach for a period of six months, but can be removed as easily as it was inserted at any time before.

Once implanted, the balloon works by filling up a portion of the stomach and aids in controlling the amount of food intake and curbing appetite to jumpstart the weight loss. At the same time, you learn about implementing healthier eating habits and making better choices. The program includes expert guidance, support, and resources from trusted community partners from the beginning. Since everyone has a different reason for why they want or need to lose the weight; the support plan is customized based on the unique progress of everyone. Results are due to the comprehensive and sustainable approach that incorporates education and coaching on the changes and improvements to make over the period of a year and which exercise activities to incorporate in your lifestyle. With this procedure and a little dedication and determination, there is little pain and plenty to gain (or lose in this circumstance). Make the move and take the first step on your path to the life you have been dreaming of!