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Is THIS the Future of Weight Loss?

Friday, January 25, 2013

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.

NO solution.


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!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SLAPTHEFATCAT 1/26/2013 6:26PM

    I understand why this would be useful to a select few, but I think the main problem I see it the flushing of vital nutrients. I mean, yeah, there a bunch more negatives, but that's my biggest issue with it.

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CHOOSE2LOSE2014 1/26/2013 11:00AM

    You are so dead on with this Blog its absolutley discusting and a waste of money...I would much rather lose weight on my own than put my body such trauma...You are rite one must change the mind. Something I am working on but havnt quite got there...Today is going to be a nice Day So Im gonna walk a few miles... emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/26/2013 11:01:41 AM

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    Bleecccchhh. emoticon

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FISHER011 1/26/2013 4:49AM

    OMG! Gross! emoticon for this great article & the links.
This is not an option for me!!

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MICKEYH 1/25/2013 11:56PM

    I don't know what others are but definitely not a solution for me.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/25/2013 9:49PM

    We have a name for this type of weight loss "solution."

We call it ...


Pure and simple.

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BOGUSANNIE 1/25/2013 9:08PM

    Interesting read...thanks for the links!

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DALID414 1/25/2013 8:59PM

    Oh man! I had just finished eating! SO gross!!
It's definitely not a solution.

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MOVES327 1/25/2013 7:49PM

    This made me laugh really. is it really any different than anything else our medical industry does when you get down to it.

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DOVESEYES 1/25/2013 7:30PM

    Did you ever watch Wall-e? It was a robot left on earth by himself with a cricket/grasshopper as a friend, to get rid of all the rubbish man had left. Every day he would go out and turn trash into cubes and pile it up.

He had a great set up in his container he was cute and watched a video of a film every day, he was for all intents and purposes 'human'.

Anyway... eventually a space ship arrived to see if man could return and searched and searched till it found a plant which it returned to the ship it was sent from far far away...

Walle fell in love with the robot and hitched a ride too. The ship was full of huge people who couldn't even walk and hovered along on 'futuristic wheelchairs'

That is what the future holds ---though I highly recommend the movie even though it is a 'kids' one. Lots of "is this what you want to --be--have --end up like ---in the movie????

Very thought provoking maybe they heard about the EU idea when they made it. my comment on that ....YUCK.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INTHEGAP 1/25/2013 5:48PM

    So sick and disgusting. :( Like someone else said, I can't even think about it. The thing that disturbs me the most is that 20 years ago ~ BEFORE my mind changed into smart mode ~ I would have done this. I would have done almost anything. Thank God, today I know there are so many things that are more important, being healthy just being the tip of the iceberg. Thanks for another great blog, Matt. emoticon

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STARSMEMBER267 1/25/2013 5:13PM

    Hm.. Obviously none of these people have ever had anything draining from their body before. I had to have a Jackson-Pratt drain post-surgery for a month and it was terrible!! Painful, difficult to work around, and disgusting. WHY would you do this to yourself voluntarily?? Is anybody worried about infection? Inside or out?? Think about the morons that would use dirty water or not wash their hands. I can't think about this...


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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/25/2013 4:52PM


Education is the real solution, to all the problems we may face.

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KMM1123 1/25/2013 4:30PM

    That is DISGUSTING! I can't believe a company would actually make something like that. I thought it was a joke at first - something they'd have on the Onion News or something - but no it's for real. So disturbing!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/25/2013 4:10PM

    Ewwee gross. This makes me think of someone who has a colostomy bag. Ick. I will struggle thru w/o that kind of weight loss "help". I can't even believe that someone thinks that's a valid choice. Sigh.


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FRENCHIFAL 1/25/2013 4:02PM

    GREAT blog!!

I can't wait to see the lawsuits piling up in a few years as people realize that they actually did something unhealthy; that they are suffering from malnutrition from expelling worthless food from their bowels without fully digesting and absorbing nutrients....

You're absolutely right. This isn't a solution. It won't ensure that people get the nutrients they need, that they will eat the right foods to perform at peak capacity. And it sure won't do anything to improve their fitness, strengthen muscles and heart and won't help to prevent osteoporosis or heart disease....


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DEBRA0818 1/25/2013 3:36PM

    Yes, it's a desperate world that cries out for slimness whilst ignoring the vastly more important, and completely ignored, issue of health. Becoming slim doesn't create health. Pumping your stomach doesn't create health either; in fact, one can imagine it difficult for your body to extract nutrients it needs when whole masses of food are being ejected into the toilet. You may get slim but that's NOT THE SAME THING as being healthy.

Yikes! Do we ever need to get a grip, or what?


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