Watch Catharina discuss her success with the AspireAssist.
01: Meet Catharina
We sat down with Catharina for a candid Q&A about her weight loss journey with the AspireAssist. Here’s what she had to say:
HOW LONG HAD YOU BEEN OVERWEIGHT?
I’ve been overweight for most of my life. It started when I became pregnant and since then I’ve tried most diets. I lost weight, but then gained it again. Sometimes even more.
Had you considered weight loss surgery?
I had my eyes on a gastric bypass, but wasn’t overweight enough. And I’m thankful that was the case. Now I’d tell people not to get gastric bypass. I have friends who’ve had it done and they are not healthy. They told me they would choose this method if they could go back. That says quite a lot. Many of them have gained their weight again and weigh even more than before the surgery.
WHAT DID YOU think when you heard about the AspireAssist procedure?
I read about AspireAssist in the newspaper. I also have a friend who had it done and I became curious. It’s new and interesting. I’ve had similar ideas over the years: “Why can’t you just flush the food out?” Then someone actually does it! I wasn’t alone in thinking this. This is the type of procedure I knew I wouldn’t regret because it doesn’t really change the anatomy. There are other procedure that have to rewire everything.
WHAT KIND OF LIFESTYLE CHANGES DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE?
At first I was concerned about picking things up. But I’ve never had any problems. Sure, I had some recovery time in the beginning, but that’s long gone. It’s all good. I was also concerned with things like when you travel. First priority was where is the nearest bathroom where I could flush after eating. Now I can do it anywhere, as long as I have a water bottle. It’s that simple. No problem. Just focus on chewing properly. Otherwise you can’t flush. Some foods are more chewy than others. You learn what works for you.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY.
I’ve lost 57 pounds since I got the AspireAssist. It may not seem like a lot but this is the best thing that has happened to me. I’ve become a new person. It’s amazing. All of me has transformed. My work situation, my family. I have five grandchildren and I have the energy to play with them!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS METHOD TO OTHERS?
Absolutely. But it takes work. Some people think I’m not doing anything. I’m the one chewing. I’m the one flushing. I’m the one thinking about what to eat. It’s your responsibility. But it’s worth it. Training is more fun. I go to spinning class. It’s more fun buying clothes. I feel more attractive. Sure, I’m 57 but I feel so much younger. My children tell me that I seem to be 10 years younger. Alive and full of spirit. My whole life has changed. The future looks bright.
Take control of your weight with the AspireAssist, the minimally-invasive and reversible weight loss procedure.