Thus far, our generation is the unhealthiest, yet we live in the most advanced time known to man. Our lives are much faster and yet sedentary. Obesity is a prevalent condition that affects nearly half of the American population.
However, this Christmas, you can decide to put a smile on your face by undertaking a weight loss program that suits your needs. There are a ton of benefits when it comes to losing weight. Also, there are many “experts” who can lead you astray. It would be best to look for something customized to suit your circumstances since what worked for someone else might not necessarily work for you.
Hence, the reason why you should seek the help of our physician in Germantown, Dr. Lakhvinder Wadhwa, to get a customized plan based on the options available for weight loss.
Non-invasive options are the foundation of losing and maintaining a healthy weight. These are interventions that can be used all through your journey, obviously done under our doctor’s guidance. These are:
Regardless of other interventions throughout your journey, your diet takes a central position. It is counterproductive to undergo surgery, then go for unhealthy options or revert to bad eating habits. In other words, you need to eat right.
The principle of eating right is quite simple. If what you consume is more than what you burn, then you will never lose weight. While planning for your intervention, we try to check the calories you consume to advise you on how and what you should eat.
In a nutshell, you need to reduce your starch and sugar intake. Hunger levels drop when you reduce your sugar intake. Consider eating more protein, healthy fat, plenty of fruits, and vegetables.
Water is very critical in your journey because it keeps you hydrated and aids in burning fat. So, drink plenty of water.
Activity is always essential. Exercise helps with losing weight since it helps in burning calories. It strengthens your cardiovascular system, improves your posture, and keeps you fit. It also helps mitigate the issue of muscle loss that comes with depending solely on diet modifications.
Some of the minimally invasive strategies we can employ are:
Gastric balloons are designed to occupy some space in your stomach and confuses the stomach so that you think that you are full. This will make you eat less. The procedure typically takes less than ten minutes to complete.
This is a reversible procedure, which means that any changes that have been made can be restored. The procedure is designed to help patients who have an issue chewing food properly, leading to weight and digestion issues.
This is also another minimally invasive procedure that is reversible. This is a very safe procedure that can help patients who have a BMI of over 30. An adjustable balloon is placed near the junction of the esophagus and stomach. The band is typically placed on the outer part of the upper stomach.
You can have the band for years, but you have to really what you eat for it to work as it should. You will notice that you have started shedding some weight.
Stapling the Stomach
This is a common procedure that entails gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. With sleeve gastrectomy, there is stapling off and then the removal of 80% of your stomach. What remains behind is a “sleeve” of the stomach that is nearly the size of a hot dog. The procedure is non-reversible.
On the other hand, the gastric bypass procedure bypasses the small intestine’s beginning by creating a stomach pouch the size of a golf ball.
These two procedures can be ineffective if you don’t take the diet modifications seriously since the sleeve and the bypass can stretch over the years.
Regardless of the options available for weight loss, there are things to check while choosing weight loss. You have to change your lifestyle so that the weight you lost doesn’t come creeping back on.
Weight loss surgeries are typically performed when you have lost some pounds rather than when you are at your highest weight. Many patients eat obsessively before the procedure, thinking that they might not eat again after the procedure. However, this is not true. You can eat, but not as much.
Regardless of your reasons for choosing to lose weight, it is always the healthier way to go. Contact us today if you need to schedule an appointment.