The Quiet Stomach | When weight becomes a problem
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When weight becomes a problem

When weight becomes a problem

It’s a looks-obsessed world these days. Impression is everything. A skinny figure could triumph an excellent resume during an interview, and the reason is superficial. People seem to think that being overweight is an appearance issue. But actually, being overweight can become a matter of life and death.

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. It also leads to an increased risk of arthritis and mobility problem, sleep problem, and respiratory problem. In fact, the number of overweight people outnumbers those starving around the world.1 Although this reads as good news, the fact that there are now more people being overweight is a health issue we cannot shake off.

The rise of obesity can be attributed to the abundance of food – oily, fatty, synthetic – available for most of us. The lack of proper exercise doesn’t decrease the numbers, obviously.

We caught up with church worker Mr. John Chiong who had decided to change his life and keep to a healthier weight. At the peak of his weight, he was 112kg. He went on a six-year journey that finally ended with Appetite Re-Programming Weight Loss System. Today, he has attained an ideal weight of 80kg, achieving a dramatic weight loss of 32 kg.

How was your life affected at your previous weight of 112 kg?

I was always overweight. When I was 112 kg, I could not sustain a basketball game for more than half an hour. I tried to run before, and I couldn’t last more than 500 m before I started panting very heavily. I suffered from low self-esteem, and was not confident of walking into clothing shops. I had to wear XXL sizes, my waist size used to be 42 and I could only fit into European size jeans. My clothes were pretty costly.

What kind of weight loss strategies have you tried?

I have tried liquid diets, but that didn’t really help because I just got hungrier. I took health supplements and dietary products, and I exercised. I did lose some weight, but gained it back after a while, and I didn’t really see much of a change, which was very discouraging. Then I went on prescription pills, but I decided it didn’t want to be on pills forever. That’s when I decided I was ready for the balloon (Appetite Re-Programming weight-loss tool).

Why did you decide on Appetite Re-Programming Weight Loss System?

This was the least invasive strategy. I didn’t want a magic bullet, I wanted a lifestyle change – I wanted to take on a completely healthy lifestyle.

Can you share your experience with Appetite Re-Programming Weight Loss System?

The procedure of inserting the weight-loss tool can be done as a day surgery. My doctor put me to sleep and the job was done in 10 minutes. The adaptation phase following the insertion of the balloon was difficult and there was a fair bit of vomiting, but I got over it within four days, and started exercising after three weeks. It was worth it – totally.

How do you feel about your weight loss?

I bought some clothes some months ago (before the weight-loss tool insertion) and I can’t wear them now. That made me feel really good. My wife is happy, I can walk into any clothing shop, pick up anything and try it on. That’s the biggest achievement so far. Psychologically, the weight loss has made me more confident and really boosted my self-esteem. My lifestyle after the procedure is amazing. I’m planning to do my first Standard Chartered 10 km run.

What do you do to maintain your weight?

Now I run 4 to 5 km three times a week, and go to the gym twice a week. After every run I feel like I’ve conquered another mountain! Diet and exercise is part of the formula and this is part of my life now. I have stopped drinking canned drinks, I’ve cut down on sugar and I don’t eat sweetened or oily food. I have loads of fruits too.

Would you recommend Appetite Re-Programming Weight Loss System to your friends?

I would recommend the system to people who are able to make a commitment to healthy lifestyle. This shouldn’t be treated as a one-time solution. You need to want to make a change in your lifestyle. If I didn’t make the choice to go ahead with it, I may not have lost so much weight.


“Losing weight is easy once you make the first step. See how far this member has come. You can do it too.”

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