Weight loss is the most popular New Year’s resolution; here’s how you can make it happen
Nearly half of Americans typically make New Year’s resolutions, and what they resolve to change tends to be similar.
For 2016, half of all resolutions focused on just five goals, according to an annual Marist Poll.
Lose weight, 12 percent
Get a better job, 10 percent
Exercise more, 9 percent
Quit smoking, 9 percent
Improve overall health, 9 percent
Weight loss is routinely atop the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions. With 67 percent of Americans either overweight or obese, that likely will be a common resolution again for 2017.
Two-thirds of Michigan adults are overweight with a body-mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-third of Michigan adults are considered obese, with a BMI of 30 or higher.
BMI is a measure of body fat based on a calculation of your height and weight.
Because weight loss continues to be an ongoing goal for many people, a new solution could help more people keep their resolutions this time. With ORBERA™ people can drop weight 3 times faster than just diet and exercise alone *. The system includes individual coaching with a nutritionist or registered dietician for up to one year.
Combined with good nutrition and exercise, ORBERA™ can check off three of the top five New Year’s resolutions at the same time.
“This will certainly start your weight loss efforts,” said Dr. Andre R. Nunn, whose Innovative Bariatrics does gastric balloon procedures in the Detroit area. “After that it will be a lot easier to keep up with minimal changes to your diet and you should be able to maintain that lower weight.”
Weight loss surgeries like gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric banding are popular options for people with a BMI near 40 or above, and who have serious health conditions related to their weight. However, many people who are overweight do not qualify for surgical weight-loss operations or do not want to go through a permanent operation like that.
For those people, an FDA-approved intragastric balloon is a good option to lose weight and lower the risk of health problems including diabetes and heart disease. An intragastric balloon is a non-surgical device that gets inserted on an outpatient basis under mild sedation. The procedure takes about 20 minutes.
The doctor uses an endoscope to place a balloon through the patient’s mouth and esophagus into the stomach, then fills it with saline until the balloon is about the size of a grapefruit. Because the balloon fills part of the stomach, it inhibits appetite and makes the patient feel full longer. Six months later, the balloon is deflated and removed.
The balloon can jump start ongoing, long-term weight loss, and it’s also a quick way to shed pounds before a special event like a wedding. Through six months, the procedure can drop 3.1 times as much weight as diet and exercise alone* – about half of a person’s excess weight.
What’s your 2017 New Year’s resolution?
There have been about 220,000 ORBERA™ balloon procedures worldwide, but only a few doctors in Michigan offer this non-invasive weight-loss solution. Innovative Bariatrics offers free seminars on weight loss balloons every other Wednesday at the Specialty Surgical Center in Oak Park.
People can meet Dr. Nunn, view a PowerPoint presentation to learn what they can expect before and after the procedure, and even see the balloon that gets placed in the stomach.
Click here to reserve a spot at a free seminar, or call 248-283-4009 for more information about ORBERA™.
* Results may vary