A WEIGHT LOSS pill could help Britons lose more than two stone and save the NHS millions of pounds.

One-off weight loss pill could help overweight Britons lose TWO stone without surgery

A study unveiled at the world’s largest obesity conference showed a pill which contains a balloon can be an effective alternative to weight loss surgery.

Experts are urging the NHS to now consider funding the pills for Britons, with one in four people in the UK being obese.

Once the pill is swallowed, the balloon swells up in the stomach when it is filled with water.

This then restricts the amount of calories a person can eat.

It would be an alternative to an anti-obesity drug, which would come between he BMI 30 plus when people have tried everything and drugs have no worked…for somebody in that position it might be a good intervention.

The study of 42 adults found they lost two stone and six pounds on average after four months.

The pill, which has been dubbed a “gastric band in a tablet” is licensed for use, but it is yet to be available on the NHS.

Privately, it costs around £3,000, which is half the price of stomach stapling.

Researchers from the University of Rome who carried out the study said the balloon technique could be used widely and bring “significant cost savings” to health services in the long run.

The research, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, found patients who were given the one off pill, lost an average of 36 pounds – more than 14 per cent of their total body weight.

They also saw significant improvements in their health including blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar control.

The pill is attached to a thin tube, which enables the balloon to be filled up with water after it reaches the stomach.

Experts said counselling was necessary however to ensure that patients kept the weight off, after the empty balloon passes out through the body.

Professor Jason Halford, from the European Association for the Study of Obesity, said: “I think this is for people before they would get to the point where they need bariatric surgery.

“It would be an alternative to an anti-obesity drug, which would come between he BMI 30 plus when people have tried everything and drugs have no worked…for somebody in that position it might be a good intervention.”

Claire Sweeney, best known for her role as Lindsey Corkhill in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside and presenting 60 Minute Makeover, has lost two stone and has revealed just how.

The 46-year-old has just been announced as SlimFast’s latest celebrity weight loss ambassador, having lost two stone (28lbs) on the SlimFast 3.2.1. Plan.

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