A 'hole' new approach to weight loss
Imagine being able to lose weight without changing a thing in your diet. Eat all the same bad foods -- eat even more of them if you want -- and watch as the pounds just melt away.
And best of all, there's not a single drug involved.
But there's a downside to this with AspireAssist, of course.
All that food has to go somewhere, right? And it does go somewhere -- out your belly via a brand new hole in the front, surgically created by doctors and capped with a release valve.
Shortly after eating, you open the valve and attach a handheld device, AspireAssist, to suck the food out before it gets added to your waistline.
No, there's nothing wrong with your calendar. It's not April Fools' Day and this isn't some elaborate hoax.
AspireAssist makers claim it can eliminate nearly a third of your calories after you eat them. In a one-year trial of 24 obese people, that led to an average weight loss of 45 pounds -- or nearly half of their excess weight.
But there's a huge problem with this device, and it's not just the fact that you get a brand-new hole where God didn't make one.
It's that you might lose weight, but it's not the way you should -- from eating right. The machine might even "train" you to eat wrong, since foods that are more difficult to chew, including healthier foods like vegetables and lean meats, could actually clog it.
It's much easier to release softer foods -- and that means ice cream and cake are on the menu.
Of course, the makers of AspireAssist say that's not their intention -- they'd rather people use the machine as they learn to eat right.
But if you're going to learn to eat right, you don't need the machine in the first place.
And while some morbidly obese patients may need an extreme approach to lose weight, for most people it's not a good option.