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The AspireAssist helped put me in a proper mindset. It helped me get over a barrier I didn't think I would ever get over.

Meet Amber

Watch Amber discuss her experience with the AspireAssist.*


We sat down with Amber for a Q&A on her 70-pound weight loss experience in the with the AspireAssist.*

How long have you struggled with your weight?

I have been overweight for pretty much my entire life, but it didn’t really take off until after I left out of college and I really wasn’t doing anything. Then I gained almost 50 pounds in 6 months, and after that I just gradually kept going and going and going. At my peak weight, I was 307 pounds. I was a little self-conscious. I had a hard time finding clothes that fit. And when I worked long hours my feet would hurt, and I would wake up with bad foot pain.

What else had you tried to lose weight?

I did try diet pills, but they didn’t work too well. Another method I did to try to lose weight was just diet alone, but that didn’t work. One time I went through a phase where I didn’t eat anything but carrots and celery. That didn’t work either!

Amber Before
Amber After

Then you found out about the clinical trial for the AspireAssist. Why did you think this method would be different?

When I first heard about the AspireAsisst, I was a CNA [Certified Nursing Assistant] beforehand, so I knew what a G-Tube was. I had patients who had G-Tubes in them, and I saw the nurses put medicine and food into their bodies. So it made sense to me that instead of putting food in, we are taking food out. So I decided, ‘Okay, this might be something different, and it’s never been done before, I’m going to try it, I’m going to give it a go’. That’s what I did. I’ve been pretty happy ever since.

What about the aspiration process? How did that go for you?

It’s a little challenging at first, because you see what you put into your body, and how it’s coming out. And that made me change so many eating habits right then and there. Some of the foods that I was eating were greasy and I thought, ‘Wow, this is going to get digested in my body…’ so I stopped eating those things. Fitting aspirations into my day is not too hard at all. It just takes me about five to ten minutes to aspirate, and I’m done. It’s not too hard to do.

Is there anything you can’t eat with the device?

If you remember to chew correctly, you can pretty much eat anything. I eat a lot of grapes, which are a little bit tough sometimes. I like spinach, I eat a lot of that, and that’s actually very easy. Meats, some meats go through pretty easily, like chicken and fish. With steak, you just have to chew a little bit more.

But even though I can eat just about anything, the AspireAssist helped put me in a proper mindset. It made me know that I could eat smaller portions because I had to chew, so because I was spending time chewing I was able to tell I was fuller sooner. And, I was drinking more water, so that also helped keep the appetite and cravings down.

You’ve lost an incredible 70 pounds*. What does the future look like for you?

I believe this is my goal weight. I’m pretty happy at the size that I am. This is actually smaller than what I thought I was going to be. But I want to keep the tube in just a little while longer just to make sure I don’t have any setbacks. Right now I’m maintaining, which means I aspirate when I need to. Like some days I just do it once a day. If I calorie count really well and stick to it, there are some days I don’t aspirate. I’m able to do it on my own terms.

Would you recommend this to others struggling with their weight?

I would recommend this to anybody. I’m really happy with AspireAssist, I really am. The best part about it is you can get it removed and you can keep going on with your life. And if you want to keep it longer, you can keep it as long as you need to. It’s such a good method. It’s not just about losing weight, it teaches you how to control yourself. It teaches you how to love yourself, it helps motivate you.

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