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Help Keep Your Stomach In Check This Holiday Season

This holiday season, be sure to enjoy the season's delights, but don't go overboard says Dr. Anthony Starpoli.
This holiday season, be sure to enjoy the season's delights, but don't go overboard says Dr. Anthony Starpoli. Photo Credit: Salvation Army

NEW YORK -- From the end of November into the New Year, people take full advantage the season's two f's: food and family. While one might argue you can never get enough family, overindulging at the dinner table has become as much of a holiday tradition as the family football game or falling asleep by the fire.

In order to enjoy the season's delights, but not at a cost to your stomach, it's important to eat in moderation. One of the easiest ways to curb overeating is by changing plate size. Instead of putting out large plates to pile on the food, opt for smaller table settings. People are more likely to fill their plate, so a larger area encourages more food.

Drinking a glass of water before you eat is also an easy way to stopgap your eating. Water has no calories and fills up space in your stomach. This way, when you head to the buffet you'll be thinking with your stomach, not your eyes. The fact is that those suffering from weight control issues have a different "set point" that tells them when they are feeling full or hungry. The threshold for the need to eat can be different from someone with a normal body weight.

While diet and exercise are important changing behavior is an altogether bigger challenge. Procedures, whether formal surgical procedures like the lap band make you feel full earlier and, over time, can alter your behavior simply because you can not eat the same amounts.

Additional weight loss procedures such as a an intragastric balloon can help jump start your New Years resolution without any invasiveness or cutting. By inserting a saline-filled balloon through the mouth into a patient's stomach, doctors are able to make patients feel full earlier, eat less and in turn lose weight. The key to this success, however, is a specialized nutritional support program designed for patients who have the stomach balloon placed.

The balloon are temporary and must be removed after 6 months. The support program continues through these 6 months and continues for another 6 months for a total of 1 year. Patients are able to maintain a 40% reduction of the ere excess weight. For example, if you are 100 pounds over weight, then you would be expected to lose 40 pounds in the 6 months of having the balloon. The intragastric balloon procedure is being offered by a limited number of physicians nationally who have been specifically trained.

Dr. Anthony Starpoli of the American Obesity Center and Greenwich Village Gastroenterology is one of the few specialized physicians trained in the Orbera intragastric balloon procedure and offers a special nutritional platform that employs smart mobile technology to endure compliance and, therefore, successful weight loss.

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