In a world of Victoria Secret models, people aspire to have some ridiculous body goals. Everyday, we hear about a new weight loss technique – whether it involves dieting, exercising or even surgical procedures. But lately, they're getting weirder, and weirder. People are willing to try pretty much everything, to shed a few kilos.
The latest, in the world of 'getting skinny', is swallowing a balloon! No, we aren't kidding. Yes, we mean an actual balloon, well kinda.
This weight-loss treatment called Obalon, might as well be the new 'liposuction'. It inflates a balloon inside your stomach, to mimic the actions of a gastric band.
Well before you freak out, let us tell you that, it's not unsafe, it's the latest thing recommended by scientists. Here's how it works, to put your mind at ease.
You only swallow a pill, just in case you were imagining stuffing an actual inflated balloon inside your mouth. Once it reaches your stomach, it inflates to the size of an apple, making you feel full.
There's no surgical procedure involved, just swallow the pill and you're all set, it only takes about 15 minutes.
After a month, you swallow another pill to enhance this feeling of being full. Patients who have tried this, have actually lost 8 kilos on average, in 12 weeks! The maximum, the pill promises to help you lose is about 15 kilos.
But, here are some noteworthy things about the procedure, before you get all excited to jump into the new fad.
- It's only releasing in the UK, as of now.
- It's only available to adults with a BMI of 27 or over.
- It will set you back about, Rs 2 lakh.
- You still need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, alongside the treatment, and yes you still need to exercise.
- There are little to no risks involved, even if the balloon does pop inside you.
In case you're still planning on travelling to the UK, and trying this out, let us know how it works out for you! Until then, just renew your gym membership, at least it's cheaper.