Watch Eric discuss his success with the AspireAssist.
01: Meet Eric
Eric was absolutely “tickled” about his success with the AspireAssist. Here’s what he said:
Age 45, Height 6’3″
Pounds Lost: 167 lbs
HOW LONG HAD YOU BEEN OVERWEIGHT AND HOW WAS THAT AFFECTING YOUR LIFE?
I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life and it had totally gotten out of hand. The highest weight I can remember seeing on the scales is 409 pounds. Before I had this, my life was pretty simple. I didn’t do a whole lot. I’d gotten heavy enough, and sedentary enough that I went to work and sat in my chair and went home and did the same thing. It affected my life with my family—they’d go out and do things and I never did a whole lot of anything.
DID YOU EVER TRY TO LOSE weight?
A few times in my life I lost a lot of weight, but I never could maintain it. I always gained that weight back and then some. And one day I was at my doctor’s office and we had a long, serious, blunt conversation. He pretty much told me my weight was going to kill me. I was 40 years old, and my body just couldn’t handle being 400 pounds.
Had you considered weight loss surgery?
I did research all the bariatric surgeries at one time. I also had personal friends that had the Lap-Band or had Gastric Bypass. With three or four of them, they were successful for awhile and then ended up putting the weight back on, and honestly, probably more. And I had read a lot of horror stories about Gastric Bypass.
WHAT DID YOU think when you heard about the AspireAssist procedure?
After my doctor recommended it, and in the research of this procedure, it just made sense. I did a lot of research on it, and it really looked like it was something that would work for me. And the fact that it’s not a really extensive surgery, it wasn’t nearly as scary as other procedures.
HOW HAS THIS IMPACTED YOUR EATING?
Your eating habits change and adapt to the fact that you have to drink a lot of fluids during your meal. And you have to chew your food thoroughly. I can’t stress enough how much you need to chew in order for this to work. I also eat less now because of how much I have to chew. I don’t eat as much as I did, I know I don’t. Even with this, if you still eat 4,000 calories that day and take out a third using the device, you’re not going to lose weight. So obviously, I’m eating less. I’m making some better choices in what I eat. And I’ve never felt deprived. I can go out to dinner and find a meal on a menu that I’m satisfied and happy to eat. I’m not deprived at all.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY.
When I started this, I was 409 pounds. My original goal was 250 pounds. My doctors and dieticians kind of looked at me like I had a third eye when I told them my goal weight. In the first year I lost almost 100 pounds. Since then I’ve lost another 50 to 60 pounds. Today, I’m probably 250 right on the nose. I’ve set a new goal, I’d like to see 225. And I don’t think maintaining that weight is going to be an issue. I’m pretty satisfied with what I can eat and how I can eat, so I think I can live with this.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS METHOD TO OTHERS?
Oh, I would and have recommended this to other people! This has saved my life, there’s no two ways about it. I’m a lot more active—I get out, I do a whole lot more. I don’t feel like I just sit around while everyone else goes out and does stuff while I sit at home. There’s nothing that I can’t do physically that the port stops me from being able to do. And I can still go out to eat and not feel deprived. I can go about my life just as normal as anybody else and yet, I’ve had a bariatric procedure that I continue to use every single day that doesn’t hinder me in anyway. Obviously, it works. I’ve lost a bunch of weight. I would recommend this over any other procedure, I know I would.
Take control of your weight with the AspireAssist, the minimally-invasive and reversible weight loss procedure.