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Weird weight-loss beliefs

December 24, 2020

Chances are, if you’ve done any sort of research about how to lose weight—whether you searched for recipes or physical activity plans—you’ve gotten more than a few ads promising weight-loss cures. Anything that promises you will lose weight “overnight” or lose a significant amount of weight in just one week is a lofty claim, and an unsafe one at that. 

Five-bite diet

The Five-Bite Diet is exactly what it sounds like. The diet consists of skipping breakfast and only eating five bites for lunch and five bites for dinner. An eating plan that severely restricts your caloric intake is unsafe. Failing to eat enough calories not only prevents individuals from meeting their nutrient requirements for optimal functioning, it can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food and cause your body to go into starvation mode. This can lead to numerous other harmful effects. 

Waist trainers

If you follow popular celebrities in Hollywood like the Kardashians, you’ve probably heard about waist trainers. The waist trainer is a modern take on the corset, and users wear it for several hours per day to lose weight and change their body shape. Not only are they restricting and uncomfortable, they can make it difficult to breathe. They can even damage your internal organs and bones, leading to pain and indigestion. This “quick fix” won’t lead to long-term weight loss.

Portable infrared saunas 

The claim is that by sitting in a portable infrared sauna every day, you can increase your metabolic rate. In fact, sitting in a sauna for prolonged periods is not recommended and can actually cause dehydration. Not only that, but the weight lost is usually only water weight. Sauna suits are also not recommended. 

Surrounding yourself by the color blue

There’s information floating around that the color blue can make food seem unappealing and can actually suppress your appetite. There are even blue-tinted glasses sold on the market as appetite suppressants.  

Stay away from any “magic” pills or creams sold over the counter that promise “unbelievable weight loss!”. Chances are, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Throw out those odd beliefs about losing weight by smelling fruit or watching yourself in a mirror as you eat, and talk to your doctor about an exercise regimen, eating plan, or weight-loss procedure like the non-anatomy altering Lap-Band® Program that works for you and your lifestyle. 

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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems are approved for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with health conditions related to obesity, who have not seen success with other weight loss methods, like supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Choosing this surgery means committing to changes in eating habits for the long term.

The Lap-Band procedure is not approved for individuals under 18 yo, those with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or lead to poor results, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, problems with the stomach and digestion, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, scarring of the liver, individuals unable or unwilling to follow the necessary dietary restrictions, individuals with alcohol or drug addictions, or those currently pregnant. Individuals who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems, a long-term tool, may need to be adjusted if you get pregnant, sick, or malnourished. Be careful with anti-inflammatory drugs as they could make the band wear away. Like any surgery, placement of the Lap-Band may have complications such as risks from drugs and methods used, general surgery risks, how well your body handles a foreign object, or in rare cases, risk of death.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with metabolic and bariatric surgery that you and your doctor should discuss. Potential risks associated with the Lap-Band include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach blockage, constipation, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, abnormal stools, abdominal pain, weakness, incision pain, infection, fever, hernia, chest pain, band movement, stomach pouch expansion, unusual healing, pain at the port site, port movement, and/or hair loss. Additional surgery might be needed. Losing weight quickly could lead to complications requiring more surgery. 

Talk to your doctor, and/or visit our website at for more information on its benefits and risks.