Weight loss is not just about diet. It is about a healthy way of life, and can possibly be attributed to the temperature that you live in. Three methods to weight loss include the latest study of colder temperatures and obesity, a new weight loss pill that turns into a balloon when swallowed and juice cleansing.
A new 2014 Netherlands study from Maastricht University explains how cold temperatures can boost your performance by forcing the body to expend more energy. Associate professor, Dr. Wouter var Marken Lichtenbelt at Maastricht University, found that most people are predisposed to indoor conditions 90 percent of the time. He and his colleagues researched how the effect of thermal environment affects human health, especially over sustained stretches of time. Shivering and other responses to cold allow the body to process energy and burn fat much faster. The process may be the answer to fend off weight gain of a sedentary, couch potato in the 21st century.
In its trial stages, a new weight loss pill simulates the “stomach-restricting nature” of surgery. Known as the “Obalon balloon,” the pill is actually a capsule encompassing a balloon. Once a patient swallows the capsule, surgeons inflate the balloon inside so that the patient feels sated and consumes less food. A tube is attached to the capsule so that it can be inflated. Using an x-ray, the surgeon inflates the balloon with gas through the tube. Once inflated, she pulls out the tube through the patient’s mouth while the balloon floats in their stomach. The process is repeated up to three times over the course of 12 weeks.
Modeled as a temporary fix, the balloon is removed approximately three months later. The intent of the device is to reeducate a patient and modify their mindset. The pill, according to Dr. Sally Norton, a Spire Hospital bariatric surgeon, “will act to educate” and “retrain their brain.” The method is not presently sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and experts are not yet satisfied that it will be the future universal remedy for the obesity problem.
Juice cleansing as a means for weight loss is a celebrity favorite option to lose weight fast. This method requires limiting one’s diet to pureed vegetables and fruits from one day to weeks at a time. This weight loss regime detoxes the body to leave dieters “full of energy.” Critics, however, state that though a person will get their nutrients, this fad possesses negative effects such as slowing down metabolism.
Then there is the old tried and true cleanse. An extreme version of the juice cleanse is the Master Cleanse, originally developed in the 1940s. With its authoritative name, this method entails abstaining from foods for brief cycles, and then consuming lemonade blended with cayenne pepper and maple syrup. It is meant to serve as a “detox,” or quick weight loss fad, rather than being just about dieting. This routine has its risks – fainting, headaches and tiredness.
Before attempting to change any habits in order to shed pesky pounds, an individual should seek advice from a medical professional. To keep weight loss results long-term, an individual should learn their body mass index (BMI) and find out how it compares to a healthy weight. Weight loss is not just about dieting, make a commitment, and explore different strategies before jumping on the fad wagon.
By Dawn Levesque