I'm a big proponent of personal responsibility and "manning up" about one's life.
Generally about life and specifically about weight loss.
You might have gathered that I hold such a position from reading other blog posts I written.
It's a common theme.
So I'm frustrated by today's post topic.
Because it doesn't.... well, let me just get right into it, OK?
Money, time, effort and thought has been spent and are being spent by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, and the fine folks at Aspire Bariatrics for the development of a device called AspireAssist that sucks some portion of the contents of one's stomach and deposits it into the toilet.
The idea is that after one has purchased, chewed and swallowed the food, they saunter off to the loo where this pump is attached to a port on the stomach, water is cycled into the stomach and a disgusting slurry is pumped out, effectively eliminating excess calories from being extracted from the food and ultimately stored as fat.
Think I'm joking about that?
Here's a link - see for yourself:
(Edit: Recognize that this is pretty gross. You might not want to view this. You've been warned! --Matt)
And here's the Aspire Bariatrics website:
This isn't a joke.
To my friends in the EU, you can evidently have this fancy-pants stomach vacuum "solution" right now.
I'll step aside so that you don't crush me in the stampede to free yourselves from the bondage of eating moderately and exercising.
To those of you on this side of the pond, well... sorry... you'll have to wait a bit before you too can pig out on pizza and ice cream and an entire Sara Lee cheesecake and then vacuum it all out of your tummy so you don't gain weight from your excessive eating and lack of control.
I promised myself that I wouldn't launch into a tirade about the idea of purchasing, masticating and swallowing food just to turn around and pump it out.
And the idea that there are people on this globe right now who are going to bed hungry while others are eating to excess and flushing it down the commode.
But think about that for a second, will you?
Now, some of you might be inclined to laud this device as a means to assist obese individuals to lose weight.
You might be saying "Hey, Matt, why are you getting your boxers in a bunch over this?"
Because this latest bit of stupidity veiled as a "breakthrough weight loss solution" is no solution whatsoever.
In fact, I argue that this device is yet one more in a series of products and services which does NOTHING to really change the lives of obese individuals in a meaningful way.
The FACT is that unless you change your brain, nothing is going to change.
You will have ZERO long-term success.
You will have the same problem with triggers.
The same lack of control.
The same bad habits.
Plus a rather disgusting "solution" that is costly, excessive, seems fraught with potential problems and is wasteful and idiotic.
At least in my mind.
You may see this differently.
Though I don't see how.
This stomach sucking device IS NO SOLUTION.
It DOES NOT solve anyone's problem with triggers.
It DOES NOT require anyone to take responsibility for their actions.
It DOES NOT help anyone change their thinking about quantity of food consumed, portion sizes or nutrition.
And it doesn't guarantee that ANYONE is going to be healthy.
And I'll argue that this latest bit of engineering tomfoolery IS NOT medical progress.
It's a way for Aspire Bariatrics to make money.
And the weight loss industry is BIG BUSINESS.
(I'm working on an upcoming blog post that talks directly about that.)
Look, this is just the latest in a long line of stupid ideas marketed over the years.
At the very least I think you should ignore things like this.
I personally find it RIDICULOUS that learned individuals - scientists, doctors and innovators are focusing on this sort of nonsense.
Rather than creating REAL solutions to problems.
I want to challenge you to do something.
Focus your energies on changing YOU.
I don't care if you are 50 pounds, 100 pounds or 300 pounds overweight.
You don't need something like the AspireAssist stomach sucker to solve your weight problem.
You need to change your life.
There are no silver bullets.
Despite what someone's brochure says.
Despite what their website claims.
But weight loss IS possible.
Hard but POSSIBLE.
And so is changing how we deal with food.
How we think about food.
What we eat and how much.
And how we live.
You can do this.
You can lose weight, get fit and live a healthier life.
You are strong.
Do you realize this?
Strong enough to turn your life around.
Strong enough to make good decisions consistently.
Strong enough to create new and better ways to thinking about food.
And strong enough to beat your obesity for life.
You are MUCH stronger than you think!
Today is the day to change.
Today is the day to focus.
Today is the day to start living!
Make it a great day!