Liposuction is NOT a method of weight loss. There is only one method of losing weight, and that is changing the quantity and quality of what you eat. Even with “stomach stapling” operations, you have to change your eating habits. Some clinics are using liposuction as a part of an overall weight loss program experimentally, but, even in these, changing dietary habits is the key. The main reason you need something other than liposuction is that the most dangerous fat is that around your gut. This is below the abdominal muscles and where we cannot suction it. The reason that diets do not work is that you try to go from one habit to a markedly different one. After a while, you simply revert to your previously eating habits. We have found that the best way to change your habits is to do so gradually. This means changing only one or two things a little each shopping trip and each meal. By doing this, you gradually change your habits. Once your habit is to eat less and better quality, you do not revert. I am a southerner, and getting sugar out of my tea took 2 months. I simply took a little out every day or so. That way I did not miss it. Once I got used to non-sweet tea, I could not go back to sugar in it. (By the way, you do not want to use sugar substitutes, as they maintain your taste for sweet things. What you want to do is take the sugar out of everything you eat. That way, if you are away from home and get something sweet, you will only eat a small bit of it, instead of the whole thing.) The books I suggest to my patients are The Zone, A Dietary Road Map, Barry Sears, Ph.D., Regan Books, 1995 and You on a Diet, Michael F. Roizen, MD & Mehmet C. Oz MD.