In a recent article, MedCity News reports that a pair of surveys from the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that many weight loss plans do not adequately address the emotional aspects of overeating. The makers of Bystrictin, a weight loss procedure that employs gastric fill technology, know this better than anyone.
Here’s how Bystrictin works: you drink a formula chased with water, and it fills 70% of your stomach for hours. You feel full faster, eat less, and lose weight as a result. Still, studies suggest that neither this product nor its surgical equivalent, gastric bypass, are a guaranteed ticket to weight loss unless you address the psychological aspects of your eating habits.
The initial Consumer Reports survey was in the February 2013 issue of Consumer Reports Magazine and on ConsumerReports.org. It polled 9,000 readers who tried 13 weight loss plans, including four commercial plans and nine do-it-yourself plans. The study found that significant weight loss was possible on all the plans: male respondents lost an average 18 pounds, while women lost an average of 15 pounds.
These findings leave one question unanswered: If food and exercise plans work, why do people still report trouble losing weight and keeping it off? Many of the 9,000 respondents to the initial survey reported trouble keeping off the weight they’d lost, so Consumer Reports created a companion survey. The survey, which polled 1,328 licensed psychologists, may have found the reason for this.
Many respondents to the original survey believed their weight loss plans did not adequately address the emotional aspect to overeating. The experts polled in the companion survey corroborated this account: 43% said emotional eating was a primary obstacle to weight loss, while only 28% said making poor food choices was mostly to blame.
Norman B. Anderson serves as chief executive officer for the American Psychological Association. He says that it’s common knowledge that biological, environmental, behavioral, and emotional causes have contributed to the obesity epidemic. These results show that the behavioral and emotional aspects are crucial.
Dr. Erik Dutson says that this explains why procedures like bariatric surgery and products like Bystrictin, all of which leave very little space for food in the stomach, don’t have a 100% success rate. Dr. Dutson is associate professor of surgery and chief of the UCLA Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program. He says that procedures designed to limit food intake are simply a tool for weight loss.
“For patients with unaddressed psychiatric or psychological issues, they will continue to follow the same habits they did beforehand,” he concludes.
Bystrictin is a breakthrough in weight-control management that takes advantage of two separate fullness mechanisms. It uses specialized water-soluble fibers that expand and stretch out the upper part of the stomach resulting in feeling satisfied with smaller amounts of food. It also incorporates a patented, all-natural Protein Inhibitor (PI2) extract that promotes the release of CCK, the hormone that signals the brain when we are full.