New Diet Pill Expands 1,000 Times in Your Stomach

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

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

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:

  • Bone loss
  • Liver failure
  • Immune system damage

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:

  • Reducing, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars from your daily diet.
  • Treating the emotional issues that brought your health to this low spot by learning a valuable, effective and non-invasive tool like the Emotional Freedom Technique.
  • Starting an exercise plan today!
  • Nutritional Typing is also a MAJOR factor in understanding which foods are right for you. My new book, Take Control of Your Health, is the best book out there on helping you understand this important area of nutrition and can be an important tool to help you reach your goal weight and achieve high level wellness.

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.
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