Story highlights The criteria for bariatric surgery include a BMI of 40 or higher (or more than 100 pounds overweight) Surgeries reduce the amount of food one can eat and hormonal changes that reduce hunger (CNN)Do you have pounds to lose but don't have a weight loss plan? If you are seriously considering how to go about shedding pounds, there are three proven levels of intervention, depending on your individual needs. Intervention 1: Lifestyle changes Intervention 2: Medications Intervention 3: Surgery If you are severely overweight and have not been able to lose an adequate amount of weight with lifestyle changes or weight loss medications, or if you have serious health issues related to obesity, bariatric (or weight loss) surgery is a potential option. Read More "You consider surgery when other therapies for obesity fail," said Sue Cummings, a registered dietitian who was clinical programs coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight … [Read more...] about Weight loss that works: Surgery
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My size has always been a part of my story. I never felt ashamed of my weight or pressured to change myself. I loved my body and loved eating good food—I was even a food blogger in New York City. Yet after 14 years in New York, my life turned upside down. I'd just ended a long-term relationship and needed something new, so I decided to make a big change and moved to Greenville, South Carolina.It was a huge risk but immediately I knew it was the right choice for me. It is a charming town, known for its outdoor recreation and active lifestyle. Hiking and biking trails crisscross the city and while I loved this, at over 300 pounds it was, honestly, really difficult for me to do. I realized that while I was happy with my body I wasn't happy with it getting in the way of things I wanted to do. I decided that while I was changing literally everything about my life, maybe it was time to change this too. I deserve to be happy and healthy. Hilton Head Health, a health-focused weight-loss … [Read more...] about I Lost 50 Pounds At A Weight-Loss Resort
The low carbohydrate diet has been the topic of much controversy. One reason cutting carbs is so popular, however, is because it is a quick way of dropping the pounds. Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy, as well as fuel for vital organs, such as the kidneys, central nervous system, and brain. Healthful carbs, such as so-called complex carbs, are necessary for the body to work optimally. Carbohydrates are broken down into a simple form of energy called glucose. The body uses insulin to carry the glucose into the cells. When too many carbohydrates are consumed, the blood sugar level spikes, insulin rises, and the result of this is often weight gain. In this article, we take a look at how many carbs someone needs to eat to lose weight, and whether or not a low-carb diet is healthful? We also examine the best and worst sources of carbohydrates to eat. Low-carb diets restrict the number of calories a person gets by limiting their carbohydrate food sources. This includes both … [Read more...] about How many carbs should dieters eat for weight loss?
There are many different ways to manage weight, but which is better for our long-term health? A new study has found a link between multiple types of weight loss surgery and lower all-cause mortality rates overall. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over a third of adults in the United States lives with obesity. This is particularly worrisome as the condition is also linked to other negative health outcomes, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. The most common ways to manage excess weight are dieting, physical exercise, weight loss drugs, and bariatric, or weight loss, surgery. Individuals aiming to get back into shape may opt for one or a combination of these treatments, depending on what choices are most suitable for them. Bariatric surgery is usually offered to individuals diagnosed with "severe obesity," which is defined as a having a body mass index (BMI) of over 35. This surgery type aims to make the stomach … [Read more...] about Is surgery better than dieting for weight loss outcomes?
Green tea has been associated with several health benefits, including weight loss, due to its rich nutritional and antioxidant makeup. While it has recently gained popularity in the West, green tea has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat numerous conditions from headaches to wound-healing. More recently, green tea has been linked to weight loss. This article will look at the evidence behind this claim, as well as the most effective methods of consuming green tea to help with weight loss. The processes that allow the body to convert food and drink into usable energy are collectively known as the metabolism. Green tea may be beneficial for weight loss by helping the body's metabolism to be more efficient. Green tea contains caffeine and a type of flavonoid called catechin, which is an antioxidant. Research suggests that both of these compounds can speed up metabolism. Catechin can help to break down excess fat, while both catechin and caffeine can increase the amount … [Read more...] about Does green tea help weight loss?