Losing weight could lower your risk of some deadly heart conditions, including heart disease, strokes, and high blood pressure.
But, keeping motivated during your weight loss diet can be difficult.
A brand new treatment has been launched in the UK, which could help you to kickstart your weight loss.
The Elipse Balloon mimics weight loss surgery, without the need for any invasive procedures at all – and it helps patients to lose up to 15kg.
The treatment runs over a six-month period. The first month is purely lifestyle coaching – how you can get back on track and control your eating habits.
The next stage involves swallowing a gastric balloon. While it may sound intimidating, all the patient has to do is swallow a normal-sized capsule, which contains a deflated balloon, along with a thin tube.
The balloon is filled with liquid – creating an instant sensation of feeling full.
The idea is to make the patient feel like they don’t need to eat as much food, because their stomach isn’t empty.
The entire procedure takes just 20-minutes.
Four months later, the balloon deflates by itself, and is passed through the gastrointestinal tract before being excreted.
“We’ve found patients lose an average of between 13 to 14kg,” said Samuel Levy, co-founder of Allurion Technologies, who came up with the idea.
He told Express.co.uk: “The weight loss is your own.
“Sometimes patients feel like weight loss surgery is a magic pill, but their own weight loss is more rewarding.”
The Elipse Balloon could be part of a next-generation solution to fighting obesity, said the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society’s President, Shaw Somers.
Somers said: “By bridging the gap between surgery, diet and exercise, the Elipse Programme assists patients in modifying their eating habits and lifestyle to achieve long-term weight loss goals.”
The six-month treatment costs £3,200 in total, including a nutritional follow-up check. The average weight loss surgery costs between £9,000 and £15,000, said Levy.
More than six in 10 UK adults are overweight, while 25 per cent are obese.
It’s predicted that more than half of the UK adult population could be obese 2050, according to the NHS.