Losing those extra pounds has always been a daunting task to many overweight or obese individuals. But a new magic weight loss pill, which would turn into a balloon once ingested, might help people lose weight with ease.
According to a new study, the new anti-obesity treatment could help individuals lose weight easily and safely. Plus, the new capsule could help individuals shed extra pounds quicker than the traditional diets and fitness regimen combined.
The capsule, once digested, will inflate with the use of a nitrogen-gas via the catheter latched to the capsule. The fully inflated capsule will turn into a balloon and could reach as big as 237-millimeter cup, the Live Science reported.
The new anti-obesity treatment, called the Obalon, was a product of a study wherein 185 individuals with a body mass index of 30-40 received the treatment for six months. To see whether the treatment is effective, around 181 participants received a “placebo” treatment.
At the end of the experiment, those who received the real Obalon had lost an average of 6.8 percent of body weight, while those in the control group had lost an average of 3.5 percent of their body weight.
According to Dr. Shelby Sullivan, head of the bariatric endoscopy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Obalon is one of the first non-invasive weight lost treatments available today for individuals with BMI range of 30-40, the CBS News reported.
“Patients swallow a capsule containing a balloon tethered to a small catheter. Once it’s reached the stomach, we inflate the balloon with a nitrogen mixed gas. Because there’s no incision and no breaking of the skin we don’t think of it as ‘invasive,” Shelby was quoted as saying by CBS News.