New Diet Pill Expands 1,000 Times in Your Stomach

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June 29, 2007 | 34,948 views

Researchers in Italy have invented a new form of diet pill. The pill is composed of an extremely absorbent powder that expands to more than 1,000 times its original size when water is added. As a result, once eaten, it swells inside your stomach.

The pill, washed down with two glasses of water, creates a tennis ball-sized lump in the stomach, making dieters feel full. It was tested on 20 people last year, and is currently being tested on an additional 90 people.

The results of the latest round of tests are not due until October, but the pill has already won financing, and could be sold as soon as next May.

Telegraph June 28, 2007

The substance used to create this new pill was discovered while the researchers were designing a new lining for diapers. Supposedly, the sensation of being full caused by the pill can ward off appetite for the better part of a day.

It would be wonderful if there were a "quick-fix" solution to obesity. It will take far more to normalize your weight than making you feel full  Unfortunately, there isn’t one. And when you use the wrong tool as a "cure" any medical condition -- especially when it's a lifestyle-related medical concern like obesity -- you're also virtually guaranteed to experience further health problems. For example, gastric bypass surgery, a favorite obesity solution for some doctors, is fraught with possible complications including:

While this pill certainly sounds less extreme than gastric bypass surgery, it still has the same basic flaw. It does nothing to address the underlying problems that lead you to become obese in the first place, which is normalizing your insulin levels through the proper selection of foods and exercise.

If you really want to normalize your weight, try:

Hopefully all of you reading this will choose to fill your stomachs and satisfy your appetites with healthy food, and leave the absorbent powder for the diapers.