In a recent study, it has been found that if you take each one of your meals, and blend them into a soup, it will help to stave off hunger. All you need to do is take the same portion of food for each meal, put a little water in it, and blend it all together. What this does is keeps your stomach full longer and takes more time to digest. This way, it will reduce your hunger in between meals, resulting in less snacking as well as eating less.
This is one of the 10 Things You Need to Know about Losing Weight, according to a recent BBC programme. They are:
- Put restrictions on what types of food you eat, so you eat less
- Eat at regular intervals, don’t leave out a meal
- Eating low fat dairy foods help you to eliminate more fat
- When eating, use a smaller plate
- Exercise because your body will burn fat, even while sleeping
- Be sure to count how many calories you are taking in
- Don’t use your metabolism as an excuse
- Keep moving and you will lose more weight
- Eating soups keeps you feeling fuller, longer
- Higher levels of protein in your diet will keep hunger at bay
If you have looked into weight loss surgery, you know that once the procedure is done that you will only be able to handle a liquid diet. This allows the body to heal, but given these new facts, it will also keep you fuller longer. If you were still stuck on the dieting roller coaster, then perhaps bariatric surgery would be the best solution.
Although dieting will help you to lose a few pounds, many people still struggle with their weight because of the vicious cycle of dieting. If you do not lose as much weight as you want, or are having difficulty losing any weight at all, many find themselves depressed because of it. This, in turn, causes stress eating and binging.
Bariatric surgery is a permanent solution to the weight loss roller coaster. It can help you to live a more full and active life. Although any kind of weight loss surgery is not easy, it can and does help many people change their lives.
Every surgical treatment available has its own risks, no matter where you look. Weight loss surgery has gained media attention for the risks and side effects, but mostly the risks. One type of surgery is however, getting positive attention for being the least risky to undergo and just as effective. This is because the lap band is adjustable, removable, and doesn’t make irreversible changes inside the body and with organ tissue.
Dr. Michael Feiz M.D. is based in Beverly Hills and has safely performed a number of surgeries for the Lap Band. There is a great deal of success with giving patients permanent results without permanent modification to the inner organs. Dr. Feiz and his associate Dr. Misra have performed over 2,000 Lap Band surgeries without death and without infection or perforation.
Pre-op preparing requires a great deal of lifestyle changes and psychological changes. It is important that all potential patients undergo a few tests on their mental state to ensure they are a good person to get the surgery done on. Dr. Feiz says that patients should consider a number of things before taking the surgery on.
1. Changing your lifestyle is crucial to the success of the surgery. Healthy eating and exercise are a must if you plan to get the Lap Band. Without having this as part of your plan you will not be successful with the surgery. Weight loss does not happen overnight.
2. Choosing a surgeon that is qualified to perform the surgery is also a must. Patients need to know that their surgeon is certified, and has a good amount of surgeries under his sleeve. Without this patients put themselves at risk for perforation, infection, and other irreparable damages.
3. Look for a surgeon that provides a multidisciplinary approach to your treatment. You do not want to just get the surgery and be left alone. You need consultations, dieticians, and specialists that can help you on all levels of your journey. Weight loss surgery goes beyond the initial procedure and definitely requires lifestyle changes.
4. Being able to see your surgeon after the procedure is done is imperative to your healing and lifestyle. Being offered life long treatment is important, so that you can be involved in support groups, nutrition classes, and other programs under the surgeons recommendations for you.
The founder of the New Obesity Campaign in the UK is urging people who are looking to lose weight to first try the free weight loss programs, before using dangerous surgeries to loose weight.
The campaign was created to help educate people as well as motivate them to loose weight and teach them how to loose the weight and create a healthy lifestyle. The campaign works to help people develop healthy eating habits and begin living an active lifestyle in the UK.
Membership to the New Obesity Campaign is free to anyone who wants to join. Participants can create their own plans to loose the weight they want to loose, they will receive tips on how to loose weight effectively and safely, there are messages they will receive to keep participants active, motivated and focused, there are stay slim tips and tricks from celebrities they can receive and read about and the entire program costs nothing to join and participate in.
A celebrity trainer, named Subodh Gupta feels that there are numerous problems when weight loss surgery is completed. These can include bleeding, infections, leaking and abscesses that develop, as well as throwing up, the narrowing of the area between the stomach and small bowels and ulcerations that can occur in these areas too. This is typical when gastric bypass surgery is completed. He noted that since weight loss can be achieved through natural means there is no reason to put one’s self at risk with weight loss surgeries. He continued that people can loose weight by being disciplined and committing to changing. Since nutritional plans and vitamins are needed after weight loss surgery is done, this may as well be completed in the first place and avoid surgery all together.
Lastly, he explained the cost of weight loss surgery is expensive, ranging in price from £5,500 to £15,000. This cost hurts the NHS and the UK economy. Also, that loosing weight naturally is safe. There are reasons why a person is gaining weight, usually because of poor eating habits and being inactive. Doing something now means loosing the weight naturally and permanently.
Since there has been a boost in funding for the NHS, there will be more people that will be able to have weight loss surgery, to conquer the ever growing problem with obesity. Surgeries such as gastric bypass surgery is expected to double this year alone. With additional funding, the nation may see specialists dealing with morbid obesity, in such areas as Bridgend and Swansea.
However, Welsh patients have seen £520,000 on weight loss surgery in the past two years. Of these operations, most have taken place in Salford and Bristol. Through the Freedom of Information request, only 10% of patients referred for weight loss surgery that were from Wales actually received NHS funding in the last two years.
A prominent and leading bariatric surgeon has stated that he has had patients die, because the waiting list was long and he was never able to perform the surgery. Statistics by the WHSSC show that of 1,044 patients that have been referred to a clinic surgery, only 126 patients were approved. These numbers could also be lower because some patients would have been not physically and/or psychologically suitable to have the surgery.
The director of WHSSC’s specialized services department says that weight loss surgery is low on the priority list. This is in comparison to medical treatments, such as renal dialysis and cancer services that take priority. Which she says means that coverage for the morbidly obese is only for the most sever cases where patients had another medical conditions due to their obesity.
What this means is that people in Wales with a BMI of 50 or more are considered for operations. However, England considers patients with a BMI of 40 or more. The chairman of the National Obesity Forum Wales questions why the criteria for obese people is different between England and Wales. He asks why do people with a BMI of 40 or higher receive treatment in England, while a BMI of 50 or higher is needed in Wales. He states that Wales does not handle obesity properly and there is a high morbidly obese rate in Wales compared to the rest of the Western world.
The WHSSC is evaluating proposals from South Wales and hopes that new services will see at least 80 patients receive surgery at the Princess Of Wales Hospital, Bridgend in 12 months.
Many people look at themselves in the mirror and are disappointed with what they see. The person looking back at them from the mirror is over weight and has a terribly looking body, in their opinion. Each year they look at that same reflection and hope that the time has come for that body to change. 2010 may be the year that their hopes come true; they may turn to cosmetic weight loss procedures to take the weight off for good.
The Weight Loss Surgery Channel has a huge store of information concerning weight loss surgery including patient education, success stories, and breaking news. They reported that the Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery has assembled a list of the top ten trends in weight loss surgery that they expect to see in 2010. One of the trends that is foreseen is a rise in bariatric surgeries, with more teenage and diabetic people seeking out this weight loss surgery.
Obesity is a problem in the UK that has been slowly growing in recent years. A study led by Professor Klim Mcpherson, of the University of Oxford, predicted that by 2020 eight out of ten men and seven in ten women will be overweight, if the current trends continue. Increases in the number of people who are overweight have caused many specialist to come to the conclusion that weight loss surgery is going to
become more and more sought out.
Advances in types of weight loss surgery have made the procedures more desirable. Some procedures are in clinical trails that do not require incisions. The procedures that do require incisions have been improved so much that the incisions are small and there are less incisions necessary. Some procedures are performed by using a band to cinch off the top of the stomach, making a small pouch. This limits the amount of food that you can east and slows digestion. In gastric bypass surgery a small pouch is created in the stomach and the food in this pouch is rerouted to bypass part of the small intestine. This keeps the rerouted food from getting absorbed by the body.
These weight loss surgeries can cause a substantial amount of weight loss. People who are obese can finally shed all of that excess weight. Once the weight is gone many people will consider having a new procedure called corset trunkplasty. This procedure will help to return the elasticity of the skin and give people the contours that they always dreamed of having. Women can have the hourglass figure that will give them a confident and happy life. 2010 is sure to be a big year for weight loss surgeries.
We’ve just got wind of some startling new research which, of course, we felt we simply had to share with you (O.K so my bosses told me to tell you about it but, still, you get to hear some rather fascinating news!) A team of scientists has published research which suggests that having weight loss surgery can reduce a woman’s risk of developing cancer in later life by around 40%. This is massive news which could have widespread implications, not just in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery, but also in the wider medical world as well. Obviously, this is only one set of results and many more tests and investigations will have to be carried out to see if these claims are actually feasible and trustworthy.
It has long been known that there is a link between having a higher than average BMI and an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer but this is the first time, after this research by scientists at the University of Gothenburg, that the trend has been looked at going the other way. This is essentially the first proof that weight loss surgery could, in fact, be even more beneficial than losing weight naturally. It was this information which brought the scientists to conclude that well-timed weight loss surgery could well be highly beneficial to the long-term health of female patients; however no such conclusion has yet been reached as to whether this is also the case for obese males. One of the lead authors on the study has spoken out, saying that:
“The current exploratory report on cancer further underlines the favourable effects of bariatric surgery, particularly in women.”
Cancer is one of the biggest killers in the U.K, and yet our country is also facing an obesity crisis. It would seem like news which was too good to be true if a way were found to synthesise treatments for both conditions. Whilst this news is cause for excitement, we must also remain cautious. Many more investigations need to be carried out, as well as attempts to determine whether this treatment can also be beneficial for men as well as for women. We here on this blog will certainly be keeping an eye out for any developments and will let you know as soon as something new is revealed. In the meantime, we hope you all stay healthy.
Many more people are now undergoing dramatic weight-loss programs, perhaps inspired by celebrities such as designer Karl Lagerfeld, in order to achieve their dream bodies.
Many people find that, even after they have exercises and starved their way into those size 0 jeans, they aren’t left with a body which they would proudly display in a bikini. This is because, as we lose weight, the skin loses its elasticity, having stretched around all the excess weight for years, and often hangs down in unsightly pouches once the weight has gone. This leads many dieters to turn to tummy-tucks to finish of the job which weight-loss started.
Many natural dieters, as well as those fitted with gastric bands, are turning to abdominoplasty to take that final step towards physical perfection. “Weight fluctuations affect the distribution of fat and the elasticity of the skin, especially in areas like the hips, flanks, and buttocks.” commented Dr. Grant Stevens, a Los Angeles-based cosmetic surgeon. This means that tummy tucks are now being added to a healthy diet and regular exercise as the integral parts of achieving a celebrity-beating body. It’s not just tummy tucks which are available either; liposuction and body-lift procedures can also help eradicate the disfiguring scars of an overweight or obese past. We lose weight to make a fresh start, to begin afresh and take on life; we don’t want to be shackled down with constant, unsightly reminders of the past!
This is clearly a feeling which is prevalent amongst many cosmetic surgery patients, and in particular amongst men, with the latter investing in tummy tucks 30% more than women did in 2008. This is an astonishing figure and one which proves that the country has well and truly been overrun by the notion of metrosexuality. It is no longer just women who are pressured to look a certain way, now men are going under the knife in an attempt to live up to the billboards and models which surround us every day. Some companies even offer pec and six-pac implants for the lazier man to get fit in a hurry. Joking aside, tummy tucks do offer a major boost in confidence, not just for dieters, but also for those who have gone through the joyous process of pregnancy but who have come out the other side with depleted confidence. Such negativity can now be cut away!
We all have our own reasons for going under the knife; maybe we want to lose some unsightly weight, correct a deformity we’ve had since birth or perhaps we simply want to get back some of the confidence we had when we were younger.
Well, now there’s another, ever more popular, reason why people are going under the knife: divorce. It seems many people who go through a separation from a partner are now turning towards cosmetic surgery to start the new chapter in their life!
The Lansing State Journal is the publication which has carried the story, saying that both men and women are finding that Cosmetic Surgery offers them the complete break from their old life which many of them needed. “Plastic surgery can improve how a person looks and feels about themselves. I have seen patients at all times of their lives – not just (after) divorce – who become more confident and feel better”, commented leading plastic surgeon Dr. Jean Loftus. After a messy divorce, what better way to restore confidence than to make yourself look uber-fabulous and leave your ex cursing the day he ever let you go? It’s the surgical equivalent to putting your best dress on and having a night out on the town!
However, impulse plastic surgery is not the wisest move one can make and industry experts are warning that, despite this trend, surgery is something which should be thought about for a long time, in consultation with both GP’s and trained cosmetic surgeons. Despite this rise in post-divorce surgeries, they are nowhere near topping the league of the main reasons people decide to go under the knife. Long term insecurities or the negative effects of child-birth are still the main factors in people opting for certain procedures and these are probably the most admirable and wisest catalysts to opting for Cosmetic Surgery.
Divorce, and other trauma within our lives, can often leave us feeling that we need a fresh start that we need to turn a page and open a new and more exciting chapter in our lives. This is certainly healthy, but impulse decisions about surgery are not. Even if you feel it’s the only way to move on, take some time to think, to reflect and to decide if it’s truly what you want to do. If you decide it is, then a world of possibilities and change awaits you!
A new study reports that changes in lifestyle and behaviour are significant for successful results in any kind of obesity treatment.
The research reveals that patients who suffered from obesity and shifted weight by maintaining a healthy diet and a physical excercise routine has the same rates of success in keeping the weight normal in the long run as people who chose to undergo surgery to get rid of excessive weight.
However, individuals who had been obese and decided to shift weight naturally had to work more to keep losing weight than patients who had plastic surgery.
Dr Dale Bond of the Miriam Hospital’s Centres for Behavioural and Preventive Medicine who conducted the research claims that changes in the patients‘ lifestyle are “critical components to long-term weight loss maintenance”.
He explained: “Our findings suggest that it’s possible to maintain large weight losses through intensive behavioural efforts, such as changing your approach to eating and exercise, regardless of whether you lost weight with bariatric surgery or through non-surgical methods.”
The results of the research were published in the International Journal of Obesity. Similar studies bear importance to a high percentage of the British population, since a recent research funded by the government and carried out by Foresight estimated that 22 per cent of male and 24 per cent of female respondents qualified for obesity treatment.
A new study by Sendex has revealed that beer bellies are the number one body part for men to be worried about.
According to the results of the research, approximately nine in ten British men would like to be physically fitter and eight in ten confess that they feel insecure about their looks.
A round belly was announced to be the number-one concern, which was followed by so called “man boobs” and love handles.
A representative of the company which specializes in manufacturing slimming pills concluded: “Men have just as many body hang-ups as women.”
However, hair loss, which is commonly thought to be a concern for many men, was only fifth in the top hated body parts, which can be explained by the fact that male celebrities such as Jude Law and Wayne Rooney have been recently shown in the media as not being worried about balding.
However, currently media seems to be more interested in Jude Law’s upper lip than his balding head, since the actor has followed Brad Pitt and grown a moustache for filming purposes.