Weight Loss Overview

By RealSelf
Most people know how popular dieting, diet pills, and exercise trends have been in the United States. Unfortunately, these weight loss trends often cause people to buy products that don't help or simply become disillusioned from the whole idea of losing weight.
Once weight loss has been achieved, there are often still cosmetic issues to resolve. Some believe they can get some extra help with liposuction or a tummy tuck. Physicians on RealSelf have weighed in with expert information regarding weight loss and weight loss procedures. Read on to find out more.

Weight loss basics

1. Don't starve yourself, it only puts you into a starvation metabolism which will immediately put weight on when you finally get back to eating.
2. Increase your protein intake and eat multiple small meals during the day.
3. Exercise regularly, doing cardio with interval training and weight training. Increasing muscle mass is an excellent way to burn more calories and raise your resting metabolic rate.
4. Carefully monitor your daily calorie intake and expenditure. Make sure you burn more calories than you take in and you will lose weight!

Weight loss treatments

The gastric bypass procedure is a restrictive and malabsorptive operation. With the proper nutritional counseling and behavior modification, you can get close to your ideal body weight. This operation can be performed and has excellent results in patients with a BMI over 45 and those who have a metabolic condition such as diabetes. This operation can place diabetes in remission in almost 85 - 90 percent of cases and/or significantly decrease the need for medication.
The gastric band is a different procedure that can be effective for the well motivated patient who will excercise routinely and follow good nutritional advice. The band is purely a restrictive procedure and does not change your absorptive capacity, therefore it is much less effective overall. The lap-band is best for patients in the BMI range of 35 to 45. Although patients with higher BMI numbers may be candidates for the band, these patients typically do not lose significant amount of weight (there are always exceptions).

Weight loss products

LA Weight Loss - is one of the fastest growing center-based Weight Loss companies in the world.
SlimDelices - a a line of weight loss dietary supplements flavored with chocolate, coffee and tea
Nutrisystem Inc offers weight loss programs with "quality foods" in a "nutritionally balanced" meal plan.

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