AspireAssist is a newly FDA approved obesity treatment device that uses a surgically-placed tube to drain a portion of the stomach contents after every meal.
The AspireAssist device should not be used on patients with eating disorders, and it is not intended to be used for short durations in those who are moderately overweight. It is intended to assist in weight loss in patients aged 22 and older who are obese, with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy.
Here are my thoughts on this:
For many people, food is a legal and culturally sanctioned form of substance abuse. It’s about time the medical establishment acknowledged this fact.
AspireAssist is simply an enabler for people who have food addiction and emotional issues with food. In my opinion, these people would be better served by learning self-regulation, self-soothing, and impulse control. They also need to learn to work on the reasons why they’re using food as a crutch to deal with life while learning better coping tools.
Some of these people will fool their doctors and hide their bingeing, eating disorders, and food addiction and they will use this as an opportunity to indulge their eating issues. The creators say that a person won’t be able to do that because they have to thoroughly chew their food because large particles of food clog the tube. They say that in theory, people will actually eat less.
I personally know how much damage can be done without having to do much chewing. As a former binge eater, my favorite binge foods were soft foods such as ice cream, cheesecake, and chocolate.
I’m not the only one appalled by this. Many doctors and people in the field see this as a form of “assisted bulimia” and are now suing the FDA for approving this device.
In my opinion, trying to treat obesity with eating disordered type behavior is hitting an all time low. It also lets people off the hook for being responsible for their actions and choices.
Well, now that I’ve let you know how I feel, what do you think?
Are you ready to start pumping the contents of your guts out after every meal?
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Read the full FDA press release on AspireAssist here.
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Yesterday, Matt Schifferle, of the Red Delta Project, interviewed me for his podcast. Matt is a fitness expert, blogger, and podcaster.
Matt and I discussed the top 3 barriers to weight loss.
- Seeking the quick and/or easy fix.
- Emotional eating
When you’re able to get past these top 3 barriers to weight loss, losing weight becomes so much easier and actually quite fun!
In this podcast, we also talked about how you don’t have to fix your food and weight issue; by fixing your thinking, the problem resolves on its own.
We also discussed fixed mindset vs. growth mindset, black and white thinking, change, reinventing oneself throughout life, and much more.
This conversation is a preview of what my upcoming telecoaching series “Mastering the Mindset for Weight Loss” beginning June 16th is all about.
It was a very fun and stimulating conversation.
I hope you enjoy it!
P. S. Matt has some very good podcasts on his blog. I especially enjoyed these two, which are both about mindset and both apply to weight loss and fitness:
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Weight Loss is 75% Mental!
Bust Through the Mental Traps That are Keeping You From Being Successful!
Mental attitude determines how successful you will be in weight loss as well as any other endeavor in life. Unfortunately, when you have self-limiting beliefs and attitudes, you’re defeated before you even start.
In this new coaching call series, I am going to show you the common mental traps, attitudes, and beliefs that keep people from being successful. As a coach, these are the ones I come up against over and over again, and once people master the mindset for weight loss, it can become fun and almost effortless!
This 3 month Thursday night weekly series will run start at 5:30 PST/8:30 EST and run until 6:00 pm PST/9:00 EST. It will start on Thursday, June 16th and run until August 25th.
If you can’t make the call, no problem! The call recording will be sent out the next day.
You will come away with some great insights and action steps to overcome the topic being addressed.
Some of the mindset topics we will cover are perfectionism, attitude, lack of confidence, passivity, impatience, fear and anxiety, self-sabotage, black and white thinking, quitting, low self-esteem, entitlement, self-judgment and criticism, emotional immaturity, lack of motivation, avoidance, perseverance, deprivation vs. abundant thinking, living in the future vs. mindfulness, excuses, focus , lack of life purpose, commitment, and more.
During each call, I will speak for 15-20 minutes, and then allow for you to ask your own questions regarding the topic or anything else that pertains to mindset and weight loss. If there are no questions, the call will be over.
Mastering the Mindset for Weight Loss
For more info and to sign up, click here.
As a weight loss and emotional eating coach, I would say the one trait that most of my clients share in common is perfectionism. Perfectionism keeps you fat and miserable, and can keep you from accomplishing your goals. If left unchecked, it can suck the very life out of you. I know because I too used to be a perfectionist. I now call myself a recovering perfectionist, as it only rears its ugly head on rare occasions.
I lost a lot of my life to perfectionism. It kept me paralyzed from taking risks and trying new things which meant I didn’t grow and therefore move forward. It kept me stuck for years. I avoided new challenges like the plague or I would briefly try things (like diets or other programs), but soon quit them when I felt I couldn’t do them perfectly or master them quickly enough.
I stayed safe in my comfort zone by only doing things that I already knew I could do.
Because I compared myself against the yardstick of perfection, nothing I ever did was good enough, therefore I felt I wasn’t good enough either. Because of this, I never felt satisfied about the way I looked, or the talents I had, or anything I ever accomplished.
Perfectionism destroys confidence and belief in yourself. If you feel you can’t measure up or you’re not going to be perfect or successful, you don’t try very hard, and this is what happened to me.
I did the ultimate perfectionistic cop out; I stopped trying at all. I went clear to the other extreme and held no expectations of myself at all. If I didn’t expect anything out of myself, I certainly couldn’t fail myself, now could I?
This resulted in me spending some years in my 20’s wandering aimlessly, depressed, and overeating to fill in the gaps of all that I had lost.
Do you see yourself in this cautionary tale?
If left unchallenged and unchecked, perfectionism can result in an unlived life, or at least, a very safe life that doesn’t change or challenge you much. It also costs you money, as it can keep you from growing in your career.
If you want to break free from the chains of perfectionism, the first thing you need to do is to give yourself permission to make mistakes and even fall flat on your face. Mistakes aren’t bad; they’re how you learn and grow.
Falling flat on your face is one of the best things that can happen to a perfectionist. I know, because I’ve done it many times. The reason it’s so wonderful is that you learn you can survive it; it’s not such a big deal after all. It then frees you up to take bigger risks, and your life is only as big as the risks you’re willing to take.
Fear of making mistakes is all about ego and image. You’re trying to preserve an image of yourself as perfect. When you can accept you’re human and fallible like everybody else, you become more humble and willing to put yourself out there and you don’t have to appear like you know it all or you’ve got it all together. That’s when life and weight loss becomes a heck of a lot more fun.
As Andy Warhol used to say, “Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, so what.” When you can fall on your face, get back up, and say, so what, you’re well on your way to being a recovering perfectionist.
P.S. If you find some typos in this article…so what!
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“Why do extroverts have voicemail? To never miss a call.
Why do introverts have voicemail? To never answer the phone.”
― Devora Zack
In last week’s article, I wrote about the personality and eating styles of the introvert. That article generated a lot of email from my readers with many saying they had no idea they were introverts but after reading the article, they finally had an explanation for their personality and behavior.
Introverts often feel there is something wrong with them because they are so different from the extroverts around them. As far as eating goes, introverts will often overeat or even binge (alone) as a way to numb their overstimulation or exhaustion and to recharge themselves.
This week we’re going to explore the world of extroverts. It was always thought that extroverts were in the vast majority but the latest studies show something different. It’s now thought that extroverts make up 49.3%, and introverts represent 50.7% of the total population.
As I stated in my previous article, the true definition of extroverts and introverts is that extroverts gain energy around others and introverts are energetically drained by other people. Introverts are internally focused (their inner world) and extroverts have an external focus (their outer environment).
What this means in regards to eating is that introverts will often eat in response to internal feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations of hunger or tiredness, and extroverts, with their external focus, will eat in response to external cues, such as seeing food, or eating because others are eating. Extroverts are also more likely to eat because the clock says “lunch time” even though they aren’t really hungry.
Weight Loss for Extroverts
Many extroverts are on the “see food diet;” they will eat as long as there’s food readily available in their environment. There is scientific evidence that people can produce acute levels of insulin by simply seeing and thinking about food and that individuals showing this response show a greater tendency toward weight gain in environments where food is readily available.
Extroverts are social eaters. They love nothing more than to go out with friends and eat and/or drink. They are far more likely to be the “life of the party” than an introvert. Many of my introverted clients will say they eat because they’re stressed or unhappy, and my extroverted clients will tend to call themselves “happy eaters” or they’ll call themselves “any occasion eaters,” as any occasion or feeling is a good enough reason to eat!
Because they’re so externally focused, an extroverted eater isn’t paying attention to cues of hunger or satiety. They’re prone to mindless eating. Mindful eating, with its focus on paying attention to physical cues of hunger and satiety, can really help an extrovert start to reign in their food intake. Extroverts need to learn how to have fun and socialize without it always revolving around food. They can also set themselves up for success by not keeping food around where they can see it.
Even though they each have different ways of navigating the world, both introverts and extroverts benefit from learning to be more mindful and both need to learn how to process and express their feelings in healthier ways. They also both benefit from a good self-care routine so that food doesn’t become their go-to stress reliever and the main way they treat and reward themselves.
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I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.
― Audrey Hepburn
Note: This Article, “Weight Loss for Introverts,” is Part 1 of a two part series on personality type and weight loss. Part 2 is “Weight Loss for Extroverts.”
In a series of scientific experiments, it was found that people would rather administer electric shocks to themselves than to be alone with their thoughts. I find this really sad. No wonder people feel so disconnected these days. You can’t have a relationship with yourself if you can’t be with yourself.
I know from listening to many of my clients, that people are often afraid to be alone because their thoughts are either obsessively negative and/or self-critical. This leads to a downward spiral in their mood, and then they use food to numb out the painful feelings.
Other people are simply afraid to be alone. In today’s world, you can always be connected to a device in one way or another, unfortunately, when unconnected or without company, some people don’t know what to do with themselves. They then turn to food, TV or both to numb out.
Personally, I’ve always loved my solitude. Solitude is nourishing, loneliness isn’t. As an introvert, I treasure my aloneness, even more so as I get older. I enjoy people, but I need plenty of alone time to recharge my batteries, process my thoughts and feelings, and enjoy my hobbies (painting, writing, photography), which are all solitary. I’m happiest when alone and immersed in the joy of creativity.
People are always surprised when I tell them I’m an introvert. They believe the stereotype of the shy, quiet, nerdy introvert. I’m an outgoing and very friendly introvert. The true definition of extroverts and introverts is that extroverts gain energy around others and introverts are energetically drained by other people. They may love being around others but they need solitude and downtime to recharge their batteries.
As an introvert, I love nothing more than being with one or two special people and having deep, thought provoking conversations. I can’t stand crowds, noisy environments, parties, and I’m not much of a group person unless the group is small or I’m the one running it.
One of my greatest strengths is that I’m an empath. As an empath, I can easily sense and feel the feelings of others. This is important in my line of work because it helps me to connect deeply with others and have compassion for my clients.
Being an empath also comes with its share of drawbacks. It’s very easy for empaths to become exhausted from taking on and carrying the negative emotions of others. It’s important for empaths to know how to release and clear negative emotions, so that they don’t become depressed or overwhelmed by too many emotions.
Many of my clients are in the helping professions and because of their empathic natures, they tend to become overwhelmed, overweight, stressed out, and eventually they burn out. Empaths tend to be givers and therefore must learn self-care, and how to set clear and firm boundaries.
This is why learning how to deal with and accept your true nature, knowing how to play to your strengths, and developing a self-care routine are so important. It really is a quality of life issue and by making some changes, you can actually stop living a life that drains the life out of you and start living one that supports you and actually feeds your spirit.
I take time out to enjoy my solitude and listen to my thoughts.
In my next article, we will explore the eating and health habits of extroverts.
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Gotcha! Happy Belated April Fool’s!
C’mon. Admit it! I bet the title of this article drew you in.
I recently had a woman tell me that she was really disappointed in what I was teaching. She thought it was the same old tired stuff. She was hoping for a revolutionary new way to lose weight. First of all, I don’t market myself as anything new and revolutionary. I’m much more interested in what actually works, not the latest gimmick.
I’ve been around the weight loss game a long time and the last big revolutionary new thing that happened in weight loss was bariatric surgery and unfortunately, I’ve had many of those people as clients. They found it didn’t work for them because nothing had changed in their minds; they were still fat inside, and eventually they gained most of the weight back, some even more than when they started. Yes, it’s really possible to do that even with a smaller stomach. You just get smarter at how you get all those calories in.
I also think this is why bariatric surgery is associated with increased suicide attempts after the surgery. These suicide attempts occur after the initial “honeymoon phase” of weight loss is over. This is just my personal theory, but I think it’s because before the surgery, people tell themselves this is the miracle they’ve been searching for their whole lives, and when that turns out not to be the case, in fact, they’re still the same fat person inside, they wind up killing themselves.
By the way, I’m not against bariatric surgery, it can be a lifesaver for some morbidly obese people, but I believe people need to get coaching throughout the entire process and especially afterwards, so they really make the necessary internal changes, in order for the surgery to be truly successful and long lasting.
We’d all love a revolutionary new way to lose weight, but the truth is sooner or later you have to face yourself and change what’s not working from within. This includes your limited beliefs, your distorted thinking, your assumptions, your habits, and your attitudes about yourself, food, and how you approach life.
This means getting serious about doing the real work and not expecting a complete transformation in a few weeks or even a after a month. Yes, it’s human nature to want a softer, easier way, and because of that, to become a shiny object chaser – wanting to try the latest diet gimmick or cleanse – but after years of yo-yo dieting that doesn’t work and getting fatter in the process, hopefully you come to a place where your yo just doesn’t want to go any longer.
Many people come to me when they’re in this place. They’re in deep despair because they just can’t bring themselves to diet anymore. They’ve hit a bottom with dieting and they think this means they’re never going to lose weight and I tell them that actually they’re in a very good place. This is when they’re finally ready to let go of dieting and become receptive to learning a new way.
For anything new to happen, you have to be open and willing. And often, you have to have exhausted your other options. You also have to let go of the old and create a space for the new to appear.
Transformation isn’t all bliss. It’s really a little death; a letting go, or a shedding of an old skin. Change involves loss. Transformation is a bit disorienting because as we move forward into the new, we are temporarily on shaky ground. This can be anxiety provoking. Many people would rather stay safe and cozy in their comfort zone than face their fears and shortcomings, and move forward. True change is challenging and that’s the truth. But if you want to grow, you have to get honest with yourself and embrace challenges.
So, if you want something truly revolutionary, I suggest getting real with yourself and looking within. It’s usually the last place anyone looks for answers, especially when it comes to food and weight. You have all that you need inside of you to create a revolutionary change.
Wanna start a revolution?
Start right here by asking yourself this question:
What’s really holding me back from losing weight and/or overcoming overeating?
After you answer the question, ask yourself this:
What am I going to do about it?
I’d love to read your comments on the blog.
If you’re not going to take action, I suggest you make peace with the situation, as nothing’s going to change.
If you’re ready to take action and create some changes, contact me, I’d love to be your coach on your journey to a new you.