While making up the handout for my coming lecture on intermittent fasting, the use of bariatric stomach banding for limiting the amount of food that would be ingested and held in the stomach came up. The dieting literature mentions that these bariatric devices are among the few things that are actually effective in reducing people’s weight and BMI. On the other hand, they are expensive and carry some risk of infection and other complications because of the required surgical procedure for installing the band. Half-jokingly the surgeons say the most common bariatric procedure is removing the stomach bands. Apparently, they do work but after the weight is lost the patients feel they interfere with their life enough that they go to the expense of having them removed. 

In Live Science here is reported bodily weight gain during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day period in the United States and weight gain at other times of the year in other cultures at their festival times.

Weight gain per month starting at Thanksgiving dinner.

What is needed is for Americans to have the ability to eat reasonably from Thanksgiving through New Year’s holiday. I have no ability to tell three hundred million people what to do, but I can make some suggestions that just might catch the public’s imagination. Americans typically have New Year’s resolutions, of which the most common is to lose weight. Unfortunately, 99% of diets fail in a year and there is a consistent weight gain of a pound or two. It doesn’t make much difference in a year but in forty years a svelt youth turns into a chubby grandparent.

I have been working on an intermittent diet plan which will be presented here in pieces as it is written up, but I have a brilliant-stupid idea that would probably eliminate that December disaster. It is something so simple and so obvious and requires no particular willpower and will cost most people absolutely nothing because it uses something you already own. It is based on the bariatric stomach banding technique mentioned at the top of this article. But there is no need of surgery. If the object is to compress the stomach during the final stages of eating a big Thanksgiving meal it would be easy to have a second belt under your clothing that isn’t holding your pants up. It is just there around your waist. The idea is to slip this belt up to where it encircles your lower ribs and constricts your stomach just a little. That is what the bariatric stomach banding device does, but the belt is free and it is only needed when you are nearing the completion of a big meal. It reminds you to stop eating sooner. After you walk away from the feasting table you can slip the belt back down, or loosen it a link or two so you can be comfortable.

Did I mention that this was a silly idea? And yet it is obvious that it would work.