A weight loss balloon, or gastric balloon, is an effective weight loss option alternative for people with lower BMI (body mass indexes.) Having the balloon in the stomach makes you feel full quicker after having smaller meals. The device allows you to control your meal portion sizes by reducing your hunger. It is a great stepping stone on the way to a successful weight loss. Patients usually lose 20-50 pounds over a six month period.
Gastric Balloon Removal
After six months have passed by, the gastric balloon is removed via endoscopy after the patient receives a light anesthetic or takes a mild sedative. Your gastroenterologist then deflates the balloon by extracting the saline solution from it (using endoscopic equipment) and removes the deflated balloon through a tube inserted through the mouth. The entire removal procedure lasts no longer than 30 minutes, and you’re free to leave after a short observation.
Life After Using a Weight Loss Balloon
The gastric balloon was a tool that was helping you feel full quickly, and now it has been removed. However, you have gained some knowledge about healthy eating and a better understanding of how your body works. You also had a sustainable exercise routine in place to help you melt out that excess weight faster. You have never felt or looked better. And know, without the gastric balloon in your stomach, it’s time to use that knowledge to maintain your weight loss for good.
- Eat slowly and schedule your meals. You can choose from having 5-6 small meals per day or 3 meals with one snack in between. Whichever option you go for, better stick with it. Eating more while at a party, on vacation, watching TV, or because you’re bored, will bring a gain of weight in a short time.
- No sodas or fast food. Instead of trying to avoid it, train your brain to hate fast food. Unfortunately, junk food has become an everyday staple in many people’s diets. Break the habit.
- Eat nutrient dense foods. Nutrient dense foods are opposite to fast food (or processed foods). They include meat, fish, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
- Continue with your exercise routine. An unsustainable exercise routine is the one that has you feeling sore for days after a training session. That’s not something you can maintain; so create an exercise plan that you can follow up for 4-5 days per week. Staying active is important.
The gastric balloon is a non-surgical and temporary procedure. It’s designed to set you on the right path to overall body health by jumpstarting your weight loss. When your doctor removes the gastric balloon, the capacity of your stomach returns to its previous size. During the six-month balloon use period, you will make significant lifestyle changes, and it’s essential to commit to them – unless you want to regain the weight you’ve lost.
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