To get FDA approval, the device obviously had to pass a bunch of tests. According to CNBC, it was tested by 111 people who coupled use of the device with "appropriate lifestyle therapy." These test subjects lost 12.1% of their body weight over the course of a year, which is substantial compared to the control group's 3.6%, leading the FDA to conclude that the AspireAssist "helps provide effective control of calorie absorption."
In addition, back in 2013, test subject Mikael Cederhag spoke of the device saying, "This is it for me. I've been jumping up and down in weight for 30 years. Finally, this is a solution that allows me to get my weight down and stay that way." He also said he didn't feel hungry despite losing all those calories 20 minutes after eating.
That all sounds promising, but the AspireAssist also comes with a list of side effects that include "occasional indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea." Also, watching all that food get sucked out of you sounds really nasty.
Just remember to flush after emptying your AspireAssist. Ew.
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