Some already see them as a new health scourge for Western populations: obesity and overweight affect more and more people and, at an increasingly younger age, shortening life expectancy. Heart disease or diabetes II linked to junk food and sedentary lifestyles are on the rise.
Each one of us is more and more conscious of this, with the desire and the will to lose weight rapidly.
But getting slim or losing weight is always challenging, even with sport and a new lifestyle: not seeing any results is rapidly demotivating. If bariatric surgery has long been the only solution for rapid weight loss, the aesthetic medicine makes it possible to lose weight rapidly and effortlessly thanks to the Elipse ® gastric balloon with no surgery or anesthesia.
The causes: what is weight gain?
Weight gain is caused by the accumulation of lipids in specialized storage cells, the adipocytes. Their amount is set in adulthood, because they are unable to multiply or regenerate. Fat excess is possible because the volume of the adipocytes can be multiplied by fifty.
How are fat bulges formed?
Weight gain is often summarised as an imbalance between the calories supplied by the diet and those that the body needs to spend: the difference is then stored as a fat reserve. This is the classic pattern for a person with slight exercise and a diet that's too rich.
But that is not the only one.
Because weight gain is more exactly the result of the difference between the elimination of lipids (catabolism or lipolysis) and their synthesis (anabolism or lipogenesis). Other factors can therefore explain excess fat, such as hormonal disorders, even with a healthy lifestyle. This is often seen in physiological conditions (hormones, sexual menopause) or in pathological conditions (hypothyroidism).
How to lose fat?
Losing weight implies sustainably delivering fewer calories than you need, with two strategies.
Significant increase in metabolism
- Either by increasing the basal metabolism, by increasing the muscle mass at rest, e.g. with EMSculpt, because the muscle uses up energy
- Or by increasing efforts to burn fat reserves, which often require intense physical exercise, more than 60 minutes a day.
Drastic drop in calorie intake
- Either by reducing its caloric intake, in particular the artificial fast sugars in ultra-processed food (industrial dishes, soft drinks).
- Or by reducing the absorption of calories in the digestive system.
What's the difference between slimming or losing weight?
Slimming is the loss of localized fat deposits, while weight loss is the overall loss of excess fat. In both cases, the silhouette will be slimmer, thinner and more toned.
What is BMI?
The body mass index, recognized as BMI, is calculated by dividing weight by the height squared. It measures your body's fat content. Overweight is categorized as a BMI between 25 and 30, while obesity is defined as a BMI greater than 30.
What is BFI?
The Body Fat Index or BFI is measured as the ratio of hip circumference to waist circumference. A physician may also measure a fold of fat with an adipometer.
A woman with naturally large hips is regarded as being overweight for a BFI of 33-38; for a man, overweight is considered as soon as the BFI is in the range of 20-25.
Is it possible to lose weight without surgery?
Guaranteed weight loss without surgery is intended for individuals who are either overweight or moderately obese, with BMIs between 27 and 35.
Bariatric surgery, which is much more serious, is often the only solution for morbid obesity or a BMI greater than 35.
Losing weight without surgery with a gastric balloon is thus the ideal solution for :
- Anyone who, despite considerable effort, is unable to lose weight;
- Anyone who wants to motivate himself to lose weight quickly.
The concept of the gastric balloon Elipse ™ without surgery
The gastric balloon Elipse™ is based on the same principle as gastric ring with stomach repletion. It will strongly decrease the calories intake, playing on the hunger hormones. It can be positioned without an operation, to create a temporary gastric repletion as it is digested spontaneously over 16 weeks.
This procedure is coupled with a nutritional follow-up and a monitoring, to lose weight rapidly and easily, allowing you to regain a beautiful slimmed down figure.