Modern lifestyle is largely sedentary in nature, owing to which many of us fail to meet our daily physical activity requirements. The impact of it has been further bolstered by the Covid-19 pandemic that has introduced us to a hybrid work culture where we spend a lot of time at home.
This compromise on physical activity bears a significant impact on one’s weight. Once weight gain sets in, it becomes very difficult for people to shed the extra kilos. Added to this, increased weight also brings along its own set of nasty health risks such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease among others. While most people aim to lose weight quickly, real success lies in losing weight gradually and steadily. Healthy weight loss is an ongoing lifestyle that includes portion control on meals, healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity.
This makes it very important for people looking to start their weight loss journeys to choose the correct method. Currently Allurion is one of the most trusted brands in the country and it has been designed the right way to help people get on the road to weight loss and better health.
To understand Allurion’s weight loss concept, we spoke to Dr. Mohit Bhandari, a renowned scientific weight loss expert who has enabled many people to shed weight over the past 15 years. Here, he shares his views on the Allurion weight loss method and its availability in India.
Q.1 Tell us about how Allurion’s weight loss method has been developed and how is it effective in shifting the scales?
In 2009, in their second year at Harvard Medical School, Shantanu Gaur and Sammy Levy started to rethink popular weight loss perceptions. Being a qualified doctor, I really appreciate the novel thought they carried. To better understand the journeys of overweight people or those struggling with obesity, Shantanu and Sammy did something unusual. They started listening to their patients’ stories, and with this, their product and method kept evolving and has now boiled down to a simple 15 minutes walk-in method. It is now transforming thousands of lives worldwide.
Q.2 As a weight loss expert, what other steps should a person take to manage their metabolic health?
There are specific steps that a person can take to help boost their metabolism to some extent. For instance, they should eat more protein, have a nutritional diet, have a proper sleep cycle, stay hydrated, exercise and also pay attention to their fitness.
Q.3 Tell us about Allurion’s research and clinical trials in weight loss and metabolic health.
Allurion sets you up for long-term weight loss success. After approximately 16 weeks of adapting the method, multiple clinical studies have demonstrated that patients lose 10-15% of their total body weight on an average. It improves the metabolic function of the body to initiate weight loss. Allurion has successfully treated more than 80,000 people and has been accepted in 58 countries. It is a method for weight loss that sustains and has recently made its way in India.
Q.4 Tell us how one can expect to lose weight through the Allurion Method?
It starts with an easy-to-ingest Allurion swallowable capsule – a somewhat larger soft vegan capsule that can be taken with the help of a glass of water. Once it is taken, a simple X-ray is done to ensure if the capsule has reached its proper position. This proprietary capsule is a technological breakthrough that has taken years of research and hard work to develop. It contains a deflated balloon (made of extremely safe, medical quality materials), and is attached with a thin catheter, through which water is filled into the balloon. Once filled, the balloon takes up a volume of about 550 cc in the patient’s stomach. It creates a feeling of fullness and reduces food intake to that extent. Naturally, it takes away hunger and it means people eat less food at mealtimes. The starting BMI for undergoing the Allurion Method is 27 and up, with the best results between 27 and 35. And yes, the Allurion balloon degrades itself inside the stomach. In about 16 weeks, it deflates itself and gets flushed out automatically, leaving no traces whatsoever.
ET Spotlight Q.5 Can Allurion help maintain one’s metabolic health long after the weight loss method is over?
The best part about the Allurion Method is that it trains the body during the duration of the method so that once the term is over, the body is still trained towards a healthier and better lifestyle. Clinical studies have shown that most people lose 10-15% of their total body weight through the Allurion method in 16 weeks. Up to 95% of the weight loss can be sustained over 12 months since the ingestion.
Q.6 Tell us about your journey in the field of weight loss and metabolic research.
As a young medical professional, I realized that obesity is a disease that also brings in several comorbidities. In 2008, I resolved to help people who were wanting to lose substantial body weight. I am glad that I am termed as one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the Asia Pacific. I specialize in bariatric, metabolic and robotic surgeries. I also perform endoscopic procedures for the same purpose. I am credited with performing nearly 17,000 bariatric surgeries. I also introduced the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG), a non-surgical weight loss procedure in India.
Q. 7 Help our readers understand the scientific reasoning behind the Allurion weight-loss method.
Not surprisingly, studies have found that hunger is the driving factor behind diet failure. Dieting is difficult and often affects several aspects of your life, including your social life and relationships. The Allurion method reduces the feeling of hunger during the approximately 16 weeks it is in your stomach, which means you will feel more confident and lower your risk of overindulging. As they say, it takes three weeks to form or drop a habit and then self-control takes over. Allurion empowers you to take charge of yourself.
The method, combined with your healthcare team and nutritionist supporting you, allows you to recalibrate your relationship with food. Allurion has more success than dieting alone because patients feel less hungry, fuller more quickly after eating, and will not have hunger attacks typically experienced when dieting.
When combined with intensive weight-loss strategies, the Allurion method leads to nearly 2.5 times more weight loss in 16 weeks than when undertaking an intensive weight-loss plan alone. Seventeen per cent of patients undertaking intensive weight-loss strategies alongside the Allurion method have achieved a weight loss of over 20% of their total body weight.
Q. 8 Help us understand what weight loss through the Allurion method entails. How is it different from weight loss surgery?
Allurion is a complete weight loss method that comprises a combination of various approaches to losing weight that sustains. This innovation is a scientifically proven swallowable capsule that is easy to take and helps you quickly take off those stubborn kilos.
The swallowable capsule helps you lose weight whilst training your body towards a better lifestyle focused on sustaining it. On the other hand, weight loss surgery is an invasive procedure that causes permanent changes in your system to push your body towards losing weight by changing the absorption and consumption of food in your body. In my opinion, and as I recommend to my patients, bariatric surgery is the last resort.
Q.9 There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about weight reduction procedures. What, according to you, should prospective consumers look for before zeroing on a particular procedure?
Gaining weight owing to a sedentary lifestyle and other habits such as playing video games, watching movies, eating snacks and partying with friends is not something anyone wants. To lose those extra kilos, people would generally advise you to have a regular diet, maintain an exercise routine, walk, run, swim, hit the gym, do yoga, or opt for either ayurvedic treatment or liposuction and surgery. The list is endless and unfortunately the irony is that different people lose weight differently and none among these methods can guarantee weight loss.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the story are independent professional judgments of the doctors/ experts, and TIL does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of their opinions. This should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your treating physician for more details. This article has been produced on behalf of AllurionIndia.com by Times Internet’s Spotlight team.