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The New Way to Diet

The New Way to Diet 

Today, obesity is a global epidemic effecting millions if not billions of people world wide. Whether it be a few pounds or even a couple hundred pounds, there are countless people out there looking for a way to drop excess weight. Some they try dieting and altering what they eat and others revert to more serious methods, such as surgery. Recently a new procedure has been created that can help those suffering from obesity. Called  GECA or (gastric artery chemical embolization), this surgery can change the lives of millions of individuals.

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GECA is a surgery much safer than a liposuction that can literally make you less hungry  This relatively simple surgery is carried out by blocking off an artery that leads to the stomach. Doing this cuts off the blood supply to a certain section of the stomach that can produce the hormone called gherlin. This hormone controls our cravings to eat food and the sensation we call ‘hunger.’ Removing this hormone from our bloodstream would take away the desire to constantly eat. We would still be hungry, but just for less. With the desire to eat dissipating  one’s intake would go down and, with some exercise, the pounds would drop easily.

What do you think of this new procedure?

Source Article: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=168362

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Kelvin

    this is an awesome content… the diet plan is great.

  2. troybolton

    Nice article! This is an interesting alternative to the typical liposuction or gastric bypass. It is cool to see how we are coming up with new ways to help the human body. Another weight loss surgery is the Sleeve gastrectomy. This is when the stomach is reduced to 25% of its original size through surgical means. However, I can see how this might be a safer alternative.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeve_gastrectomy

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