As the New Year begins, many set out to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle. However, the way in which one goes about achieving this goal may vary to a great degree. There is a barrage of fad diets, gyms to join, and devices to use that assist in the weight loss effort.
The Maestro Rechargeable System
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new weight loss device called the Maestro Rechargeable System. It is implantable and electronically suppresses hunger signals that pass from the stomach to the brain. By doing so, it curbs the appetite and causes one to feel full for a longer period of time. This product is only available to those with preexisting conditions, such as those who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, morbid obesity, and those who fail to successfully lose weight with other supervised weight loss systems.
The Secretary/Treasurer of the Obesity Society and Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University stated that this device resulted in meaningful weight loss after one year of use.
“In clinical trials the device resulted in a clinically meaningful weight loss of 8.5% after one year and the FDA determined this was an appropriate risk-benefit profile to approve the device for clinical use.”
Ultimately, the Maestro Rechargeable System represents another tool in the battle against obesity and its related medical conditions in the U.S., which the FDA cites as a major public health issue.
The Buddy System
Another method to attaining weight loss and an overall healthy lifestyle is that of the buddy system. According to the Washington Post, partnering with someone who works to reverse their own unhealthy habits increases the success of both parties.
Upon review of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, which focused on the cessation of smoking, increased physical activity, and weight loss, researchers discovered that both men and women lost more weight when their partners participated in same activities.
“Men and women are more likely to make a positive health behavior change if their partner does too, and with a stronger effect than if the partner had been consistently healthy in that domain. Involving partners in behavior change interventions may therefore help improve outcomes.”
As reported by Psychology Today, having the right workout buddy keeps motivation and accountability high. In such a case, each individual represents a beacon of support and encouragement for the other, and both parties become responsible for the group’s success on a whole.
In the end, motivation that led to habit change was ultimately the key factor in the latter study. In that, the use of the Maestro Rechargeable System and the buddy system serve as two methods that could lead to a longer, healthier life.
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