When we’re used to eating more food than our body needs, our body over time adjusts to having a larger daily food intake, increasing our appetite. Because of this, your body may feel hungry when it has consumed enough food due to psychological hunger. A prime example of psychological eating is wanting a ‘sweet treat’ after a meal, or that desire for a specific food. A lot of people struggle to stick to a diet, making them a temporary fix. This can easily build up frustration and continue this negative relationship with food. If you’re in this situation, you may want to strongly consider the gastric balloon.
The gastric balloon is a soft expandable balloon that sits within your stomach to help you feel fuller. The procedure includes swallowing a tablet which then is inflated during the procedure. The balloon can be implanted for 4, 6 or 12 months depending on the balloon you choose.
During this time, your body begins to adapt to smaller portions, helping solve those issues with psychological hunger. This helps in the long run as these new eating habits become part of your new routine and daily habits that you will have picked up whilst having the balloon. For this reason, when it is removed, your lifestyle will have shifted, with better healthy eating habits.
You might start feeling genuine hunger a couple of weeks after the procedure while you are still restricted to a liquid diet, once you are off the soft foods you can please your appetite with something a bit more filling like high protein foods and fibrous foods.