According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of adults in the United States are currently obese, and two-thirds are overweight. Although there is an abundance of weight loss advice available, many people still have difficulty finding a weight loss method that works. The longer an individual remains overweight, the harder weight loss becomes.
Losing Weight Successfully
In order to lose weight and keep it off, you must make lasting lifestyle changes. Depending on your situation, this may include changes to your diet, behavior and patterns of thinking. The ultimate goal of this process is to help you transition into a healthier way of life that will continue even after you have lost the weight.
Many weight loss options exist. However, different people will respond better to different methods of weight loss. Furthermore, some people may need to combine various weight loss methods in order to get tangible results. By evaluating all of your options and taking your current lifestyle and weight loss objectives into consideration, you can find the method or combination of methods that works best for you.
Basic Weight Loss Options
Traditional diet programs are home-based and may or may not have been designed by weight loss professionals. These diets may be based on information found online, in books, in magazines or by word of mouth. Traditional diet programs are often strict and designed for short-term use. Because the lifestyle change is not lasting, many people regain the weight they lost after completing the program.
Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs
The goal of a medically supervised weight loss program is to bring about long-term, lasting changes to the patient’s lifestyle. Because these changes persist after the program is complete, patients are often able to maintain their weight loss more effectively.
Medical weight loss programs often include a combination of the following components:
- Physician supervised
- Reduced calorie intake
- Meal replacement products
- Monitoring of physical condition
- Weight loss medication
- Dietary/nutrition counseling
- Exercise regimen
Bariatric surgery, which is also known as weight loss surgery involves making permanent or semi-permanent surgical changes to the stomach or intestines. The goal of weight loss surgery is to reduce the amount of food the patient can consume at one time. Because the patient’s food intake is restricted, weight loss occurs more rapidly.
Different types of bariatric surgery are available, including sleeve gastrectomy, lap band and gastric bypass. Each of these surgeries is different and has its own advantages and disadvantages. As with other weight loss methods, bariatric surgery is most effective when combined with diet and exercise.