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Maintaining Weight Loss After Weight Loss Surgery

A little more than two years ago, Judy Simes weighed 347 pounds. She couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs or tie her own shoes. Her body mass index (BMI) was 57, which qualified her as morbidly obese. She spent her days sitting in one room, one chair, doing nothing.

Then, Judy chose to have bariatric surgery. Two years later, she has lost more than 133 pounds—“about a person”—and now weighs 174 pounds. Her BMI is down to 32, and where she used to be unable to get out of her chair, she’s now “out and about doing everything.”

For any bariatric approach to weight loss to truly succeed, lifelong changes in diet and lifestyle are necessary. Judy’s weight loss success is not due simply to her bariatric surgery, but to the fact that she has continued to work with her bariatric treatment team to develop and sustain balanced, healthful diet and exercise plans.

“The long term management is a team approach starting with the patient,” notes Dr. Caroline Apovian, Director of Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston University Medical Center. “The patient is the number one member of the team.”

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Weight Loss Surgery Recipe - Eating and Enjoying it After Bariatric Surgery

Weight-loss surgery has helped many thousands of severely overweight people improve their health and lives by enabling them to lose up to 60 percent of their body weight. However, it is not a magic bullet. Maintaining that improvement requires significant commitment and adjustment of one’s diet and lifestyle following surgery. Many people simply don’t manage that, unfortunately, and within 3 to 5 years will have regained much of the weight they lost.

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Ohio Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

For many patients, the hardest part of losing weight through bariatric surgery is not the operation itself. The hardest part comes later, with the difficult task of developing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle and diet. Unless people can make changes in these areas, they are unlikely to sustain their health and weight loss following surgery. Too many patients find that within 5 years after surgery, they are back where they started.

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How Does The Lap-Band Work?

It is usually a long and frustrating sequence of failed diets and exercise attempts that leads people to consider adopting a surgical approach to weight loss. But for many people who have been unable to lose weight by managing their food intake on their own, bariatric surgery can provide an effective solution.

Even after making the choice to seek surgery, patients face a decision about what type of procedure will be best for them, however.

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Weight Loss Surgery May Improve Fertility And Pregnancy

The number of people who are overweight or obese has been growing exponentially for more than 20 years. Nearly two-thirds of Americans age 20 or older are overweight (body mass index over 25), a third are considered obese (BMI over 30), and nearly 5 percent are morbidly obese (BMI 40+).

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Advantages Of Lap-Band – Is It Better Than Roux-en-Y?

“What do you see as a better choice for me?”

This is a question all prospective weight-loss surgery patients should ask their doctor.

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Best Bariatric Surgeons in Dallas

For the third year in a row, Dr. Nick Nicholson has been named one of the best bariatric surgeons in the Dallas area. More than 4,800 area doctors were invited to name two physicians in 40 medical specialty areas whom they would trust with the care of their own patients or loved ones. The annual list of “the 729 Best Doctors in Dallas as Chosen By Their Peers” appeared as D magazine’s top story for November 2009.

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Exercise Reduces Intra-Abdominal Fat And Prevents Weight Gain After Weight Loss

A team of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham lead by exercise physiologist Gary Hunter, Ph.D., set out to study whether a continuing exercise program could help people who succeed in losing weight avoid regaining that weight and, specifically, the unhealthy visceral fat they had lost.

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Obesity-Related Cancer Is Higher In Women

Most people are aware of the link between obesity and the risk of developing life-threatening diabetes. But it seems to be much less widely known that being overweight also significantly increases the chances of developing certain types of cancer—particularly for women.

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Bariatric Surgery Protects Against Cancer and Infections - Another Health Benefit of Weight Loss Surgery

Aside from the limitations it can place on everyday life and leisure, obesity is well-known to be linked with many serious health problems—diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, risk of stroke. What may not be so well-known is that “Obesity is related to a higher rate of infections and some types of cancer.”

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