Miracle Expanding Jelly Pills

Here’s more proof that humans might not be the most intelligent creatures on earth. Are you desperate to lose weight? Why bother doing the logical thing—eating right and exercising. Instead, take some magic pills. Magic jelly pills that expand in our stomachs that is. Nicole Martinelli of Wired explains:

Italian scientists are testing a new diet pill that turns into a clear, gelatinous blob the size of a tennis ball that may help shrink waistlines by giving dieters a sense of satiety.

The pill, currently undergoing clinical trials at Rome's Policlinico Gemelli hospital, would be downed with two glasses of water at the first sign of a stomach rumble.

"The effect is like eating a nice plate of pasta," said Luigi Ambrosio, lead researcher on the project at the National Research Council's Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials in Naples. "If you sit down for a meal with a stomach that already feels full, you'll end up eating less."

The unnamed pill is made from a cellulose compound of hydrogel, a material that's powdery when dry but plumps up to a cousin of Jell-O when wet. The gel can soak up to 1,000 times its weight. A gram in capsule form quickly balloons from the size of a spit wad to a ball that holds nearly a liter of liquid.

Now, if just hearing about it isn’t gross enough, check out this photo. Prepared to gag:

I can literally see Dr. Fuhrman rolling his eyes in disgust. But permit me to be serious for a second. This just highlights how blindly obsessed people are with losing weight. I’m sure there’ll be a line of people waiting to give these jelly pills a whirl, which is sad because as Dr. Fuhrman explains magic pills just aren’t the answer. From Eat to Live:

Don't be conned by diet pills, magic in a bottle, or fat absorbers. Anything really effective is not safe, and those that are safe are not effective. To deal with the real problem, you must make real changes.

Now, when you get serious and switch to a nutrient-dense health-promoting diet, then you’ll really start to see results. More from Eat to Live:

My observations over the years have convinced me that eating healthfully makes you drop unwanted pounds efficiently. It’s as if the body wants to get rid of unhealthy tissue quickly. I have seen this happen time and time again. Eating the exact same diet, many patients drop weight quickly and easily and then automatically stop losing when they reach an ideal weight. Time and time again, I have see individuals who were not overweight nonetheless lose weigh after the switch. In a few months, however, they gravitated back to their former weight as their health improved. It is as if the body wanted to exchange unhealthy issue for healthy tissue.

(Via Diet-Blog)

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LLouise - June 12, 2007 3:38 PM

Haha! Well, this is not really new. A lot of people do the same thing with fiber pills/supplements like psyllium husk.

The recent diet fad in Japan was consuming a lot of agar (an almost-tasteless clear seaweed) which also expands in the stomach, contains fiber, and purports to aid it "satiety"; however, in my opinion, what most people deem "satiety" is wrong. Satiety is nut simply being full. Like Dr. Fuhrman says over and over, it's when your cells are truly nourished that one is satisfied.
That can only happen by consuming nutrient-rich foods, not simply fiber. Heck, may as well chow down on some newspaper -- that'll make you full too.

Jen - June 12, 2007 4:21 PM


Brett - June 29, 2007 12:23 PM

I see nothing wrong. It's the extremely large portions of any type of food that cause obesity. This is regardless of the nutrition. As long as the person taking the pills and realizes they must eat the right kind of foods to get the nutrients their body needs then it's fine.

It's all about calories in vs. out. This simply helps the problem of people overeating. In this day of supersized meals I don't see anything wrong with it.

sunshine - September 2, 2007 1:29 PM

i can imagine that thing expanding before it gets to your stomach. can't that thing kill you..?
like if it expands before it gets to your stomach.

and can you still..excrete..?

scott outlaw - January 28, 2009 2:06 AM

Send me some pills i`ll try it for research ,If something happens i take full responsibility, this product makes more since than any product out there, it makes you feel ,what else do you want.i need to lose about 30 pounds i would be the perfect person for the research, I`m on the the road 60 hours a week so im always wanting to eat something,and plus i`ve read about this product two years ago, Im ready lets go.

Kelly A - March 10, 2009 8:57 AM

I'm with Scott and Brett. If they are used in the proper manner, I don't see the problem, especially with people whose biggest problem is portion control. If doctors can go to the lengths of surgery to decrease the size of the stomach for someone who is 100+ pounds overweight, this sounds like a good solution for those who are less than 100 pounds overweight. I would be willing to be a guinea pig for research too! Bring it on!

weight loss pills - January 29, 2010 9:25 AM

Wow, it really does grows big. It looks very different from the original form. What happened to it. Is there any chemical change that occurs or just purely physical change.

mary - March 25, 2011 7:44 PM

how can I get this pill.

gesika - May 9, 2012 2:41 PM

I agree with Scott, I've been looking for the name of this pill but the only thing I can find is articles saying that its going to be released early 2008, but its 2012 and the only thing I can find is 'The Expanding Blob'. Please, if anyone knows the real name, let me know. Thank you.

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