Does that mean people with the AspireAssist can eat all the donuts and pizza and Ding Dongs they want? Well, that leads to a larger question about the potential effects of the device: what the hell is the point of this thing except to enable bad choices?
The device on its own probably won't lead to lasting results
Aspire's President and CEO, Kathy Crothall, PhD, says that while a person with the device can technically eat what they want, there's really more to the story. "There are no specific food restrictions," she explains. "However, in lifestyle therapy, which is given in conjunction with this therapy, patients are taught portion control, making wise food choices, understanding their triggers for overeating, strategies to avoid overeating, reading food labels, etc."
Crothall goes on to note that the only way the device can successfully work is for the patient to chew food very carefully and thoroughly, which makes logical sense, since you physically can't suck out a big hunk of chicken nugget through a tiny tube. She says this helps with portion control and mindful eating, because patients must slow down and become more aware of what they're consuming. Also, you have to drink a load of water, which also helps your gut feel full. Thanks, water.