Swallow a pill to lose 20-30 pounds in a few months?!

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Swallow a pill to lose 20-30 pounds in a few months?!
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Fri, 03-14-2014 - 11:31am

I don't know about this one, guys. Obviously, it's a no-go since you can only do it in Mexico, but still...

"A new capsule could help people lose 20 to 30 pounds in a few months without surgery, but Americans must leave the country to get it. Ora Verduzco of San Diego, Calif. wants to lose 30 pounds. She has dieted for the last couple of years, lost weight and gained it back. She isn't obese, so surgery is out of the question. But she needs something more. "I don't dive into just anything. I don't fall for all of the weight loss gimmicks out there," said Verduzco. She found Obalon on YouTube. It's made in San Diego, and is the first weight loss balloon you can swallow. Anybody that can swallow can get it. Unless you're in the U.S. " 

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/health&id=9462243

Is this somethind you'd do? Honestly, I'd be more willing to take a medicine pill than actually swallowing a balloon pill attached to a string that I then have to inflate. 

Thoughts? 

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Registered: 06-16-1998

I would want to see the results of the trials and studies before doing something like this. I would be concerned about an obstruction or problem like that. Its pretty expensive---$4K for a 12-week course. While its much less invasive than weight loss surgery I'm not sure that it is without risk...is the risk worth it for someone whose weight isn't posing a serious health problem?

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Registered: 10-01-2002
I don't think this is real..
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Registered: 04-08-2008

wren53 wrote:
I don't think this is real..

It's real (here's another link). I wouldn't do it though! 


demecafe

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Registered: 06-16-1998

Wren, it is for real. Here is the manufacturer's website. If you are in the U.S. you'll see a pop-up window saying that the product is not for sale in the US. Right now its available in Mexico, Italy, and the UK.