5 Types Of Weight-Loss Surgery You Need To Know About

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When bariatric surgery was first conceived, its primary purpose was just to help people lose weight. Today, we know it does that—but also so much more. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, more than 200,000 people underwent weight-loss surgery in 2016, and for many, the benefits were likely far-reaching.

“As time has gone on and more research has been done, we’ve come to realize that not only does bariatric surgery help people lose weight, it also helps treat a lot of the weight-related medical problems that are associated with excess weight, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, acid reflux, and many other conditions,” says Matthew Dong, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. specializing in metabolic, endocrine, and minimally-invasive surgery. (Speed up your progress towards your weight-loss goals with Women’s Health’s Look Better Naked DVD.)

But you can’t just wake up one day and decide you want weight-loss surgery to get rid of that stubborn 10, 20, or even 30 pounds or to cut your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. There are strict qualification guidelines, based on body mass index, or BMI. “The BMI at which you’re considered overweight is 25; people with a BMI of 40 or greater are considered morbidly obese and qualify for bariatric surgery without any conditions,” explains Dong. Typically, for people with a BMI between 35 and 40 to qualify for surgery, they need to have at least one weight-related medical condition, such as heart disease.

And, while it’s easy to write off weight-loss surgery as a magic solution, there’s nothing simple about choosing to go under the knife. Making the decision to get bariatric surgery is very individualized, says Dong. There are a number of options out there, and the choice you make depends on your health issues and the type of solution you’re looking for. Plus, it’s important to remember that since bariatric surgery is all about limiting the amount of food that you can eat and/or absorb after surgery, it’s critical to commit to healthy eating as well as taking regular nutritional supplements. That way, your body still gets what it needs to thrive.

Considering going under the knife? Here’s what you need to know about your options:


What is it: Gastric bypass is one of the oldest and most well-researched types of bariatric surgery, says Dong. “In the gastric bypass, also known as the Roux-en-Y bypass, we use a surgical-stapling device to divide the stomach into a small pouch, a little larger than a jumbo egg, near where the esophagus goes down into the stomach,” Dong explains. This means that the stomach is able to hold significantly less food, thereby dramatically reducing caloric intake and leading to weight loss.

The small intestine is then reconnected to the smaller stomach pouch in a way that “bypasses” the first portion of the small intestines, called the duodenum, which aids in food absorption. This part of the procedure ensures that you do not absorb all of the calories that you eat, resulting in even more weight loss.

Who is it for: Doctors often steer obese people with severe acid reflux toward gastric bypass. That’s because, besides separating the acid-producing portion of the stomach from the esophagus, the surgery reduces the amount of upward pressure pushing foods back up toward the esophagus.

It’s also helpful for people with diabetes, because diverting the food away from the first portion of the small intestines and getting that food into the later portion of the small intestines positively affects insulin levels, says Dong.

Special considerations: It does take a little longer than some of the others to perform, so Dong does not recommend the procedure for patients who have severe medical problems—like a bad heart—that put them at an increased operating risk. “The longer someone is is on the operating table, the more at risk they are,” says Dong.


What is it: A sleeve gastrectomy is another common bariatric surgery. “We use the same instruments as the bypass, but this time, we divide the stomach in such a way that we form part of the stomach into a banana-shaped tube and remove the rest of the stomach from the body,” says Dong. This makes the stomach physically smaller, so people get full more quickly after a smaller meal and can’t eat as much at a single sitting.

“There’s also a hormonal component here, because there’s a hormone in the stomach that sends a signal to the brain when someone’s hungry—when that portion of the stomach is removed, it decreases people’s desire to seek out food,” says Dong.

Who is it for: “We’re more likely to steer people toward a sleeve if they’ve had a lot of other surgery on the abdomen and we think that might make doing a bypass more challenging,” says Dong.

And people who suffer from significant acid reflux may prefer to avoid this one. “Although most people who have a sleeve will see an improvement in their reflux symptoms because of their lost weight, about 20 percent of patients will see no change, and about 20 percent of patients will actually see worsening of their reflux symptoms,” says Dong. “That’s thought to be because by narrowing the stomach, it’s creating more resistance for the acid and the food to continue on downstream.”

Special considerations: The sleeve is a relatively fast and simple procedure to perform. But, compared to the bypass, this surgery runs a higher risk of a major complication called a leak. “When we use that stapler or any time we make a hole and then close it, if the tissue doesn’t heal together properly, it can open up and then the contents inside of the gastrointestinal tract can leak out into the rest of the abdomen,” explains Dong. “That’s when it becomes dangerous and people get infections or get very ill. Often, they require other surgeries or other procedures to salvage the situation.”


What is it: A gastric band, or Lap-band, is a silicone ring with an inflatable balloon on the inside surface that’s placed around the upper portion of the stomach. That balloon is connected to a small bit of tubing that goes out to a little port placed in the soft tissue underneath the skin in the abdomen.

“The thought behind this is if we place this inflatable balloon at the top of the stomach, we can modulate how narrow that opening is at the top of the stomach and create a small pouch that prevents people from eating large meals,” explains Dong. “You want it to be tight enough that the food sits there for a while so people feel full after a meal, but not so tight that it prevents food from getting through altogether.”

Who is it for: This is an option for people with a BMI between 30 and 35 and a weight-related medical condition that wouldn’t necessarily qualify for another bariatric procedure.

“It has to be somebody who’s willing to see their surgeon very frequently, because a lot of the time, especially initially, they require frequent adjustments of their gastric band to get it to the right level of inflation,” says Dong.

Someone undergoing gastric-band surgery also has to be aware that it may not have the best long-term results. “They could lose a lot of weight right now, but may have to remove the band five or 10 years down the road because it’s causing a problem,” says Dong.

Special considerations: The Lap-band was popular about 10 to 15 years ago, but Dong says it has lost favor in recent years. That’s because, eventually, the narrowed opening at the top of the stomach becomes too narrow and stays too narrow, even after you deflate the balloon. Then, people experience very severe acid reflux or pain after eating, or the esophagus will lose its ability to squeeze normally. “It’s not a dangerous procedure by any means,” says Dong, “but the results are a little bit disappointing in the long run and not necessarily worth it.”


What is it: The most intense bariatric surgery option, the BPD/DS is actually two surgeries in one. It first involves a sleeve gastrectomy—making the stomach into that banana-shaped tube. Then doctors reconnect the small intestines to the stomach in a way that food will bypass three-fourths of the small intestines, including the duodenum.

Basically, the BPD/DS is all about limiting the amount of nutrients (a.k.a. calories) that the stomach and intestines absorb. Hence why it’s called a “malabsorptive” procedure. “This surgery makes the functional, or food storage, part of the stomach much smaller, and gets the food into the small intestine more quickly,” says Dong.

Who is it for: This is the most effective surgery in treating diabetes. “It is essentially curative in almost all patients,” says Dong. It’s also a good option for people who are significantly obese. “Sometimes people will consider BPD/BS as a two-stage operation in which they get the sleeve first, lose a bunch of weight after the sleeve, then get converted from the sleeve to the BPD/DS.”

Whatever your weight going into BPD/DS, though, the surgery’s success hinges on post-op follow-up. “After every bariatric surgery, a patient has to take a multivitamin and get their nutritional labs checked on a regular basis, but after the BPD/BS, that is of the utmost importance,” says Dong. “And so people who tend to flake on follow-up will not do well.”

Special considerations: Dong says the BPD/DS is the most technically challenging of the surgeries to perform, and it’s also associated with vitamin and protein deficiencies. “It’s not very commonly performed in most practices,” says Dong. “It makes up a minority of the cases doctors perform.”


What is it: The gastric balloon is an inflatable balloon that doctors feed through the throat down into the stomach. “It’s job is basically to take up space in the stomach and to make it so people feel full more quickly and have less drive to eat between meals,” says Dong.

Who is it for: There’s a couple scenarios in which this might work. One is in somebody who wants to lose a moderate amount of weight in a specific amount of time—the classic example would be for a wedding. “Another situation would be with somebody who is morbidly obese and trying to have another surgery,” says Dong.

“In orthopedics, for example, doctors sometimes don’t want to repair a knee or hip if somebody is also morbidly obese, because they won’t be able to rehabilitate their new joint properly or they’ll be likely to have some kind of secondary injury or problem.” The balloon is a good tool to get someone who’s too heavy for that kind of surgery to a safer weight.

Special considerations: “The balloon is designed to be used for six months at a time, so it’s not meant to be a long-term weight loss solution, it’s more of a short-term weight-loss solution,” explains Dong.

We found this article at https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/bariatric-surgery/ By: Ashley Mateo

Obese patients lived longer if they had weight loss surgery, study finds

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Bariatric surgery has become the medical profession’s go-to solution for meaningful weight loss, and new research shows why: It saves lives.

In a retrospective study of close to 34,000 Israeli patients with obesity, the 8,385 who got one of three surgical procedures were roughly two times less likely to die over the next four years than were obese patients whose doctors gave them only weight-loss advice and encouragement.

It didn’t matter whether patients opted for gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic banding or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. All three procedures were associated with a lower risk of death compared with nonsurgical treatment.

The results were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.

For every 1,000 “person-years” lived by the Israeli patients while they were part of the study, the ones who had surgery experienced 2.51 fewer deaths than the ones who didn’t.

After accounting for such factors as the patient’s age, sex and pre-surgical body mass index— along with whether they had diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or other medical issues — the study authors found that the risk of death during the four-year study period was twice as high for patients who avoided surgery than for those who got it.

When considering each type of surgery on its own, the researchers found that the risk of death for nonsurgical patients was 2 times higher than for patients who had laparoscopic banding, 2.65 times higher than for patients who had gastric bypass and 1.6 times higher than for patients who had laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. The differences among these three bariatric procedures weren’t large enough to be considered statistically significant.

Two related studies found that sleeve gastrectomy — a form of weight-loss surgery that has surged in recent years — is roughly as effective as gastric bypass, a forerunner that is more complex to perform.

In one of those studies, Swiss researchers found that five years after surgery, subjects who got sleeve gastrectomy and those who had the more complicated gastric bypass procedure lost essentially the same percentage of their excess weight — 25% for the former group and 28.6% for the latter.

The second study, conducted in Finland, found that gastric bypass resulted in slightly greater weight loss after five years. However, both procedures reduced patients’ need for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol medications at rates that were not significantly different from each other.

On the important subject of surgical complications, the studies found that sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery each come with distinct risks. Sleeve gastrectomy patients were roughly 32% more likely than those getting gastric bypass to suffer a worsening of gastric reflux symptoms. But patients who got gastric bypass surgery were somewhat more likely to need to return for corrective surgery (22.1% vs. 15.8%) in the five years following their procedure.

In an editorial commenting on the findings, an obesity researcher and a bariatric surgeon acknowledged that, in embracing sleeve gastrectomy, the medical profession has not misplaced its bets.

“Collectively, these studies provide reassuring data to suggest that the rapid switch from Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to sleeve gastrectomy in the last decade has not been a therapeutic misadventure similar to the rise and fall of the adjustable gastric band,” wrote obesity specialists Dr. David Arterburn and Dr. Anirban Gupta, both of whom are based in the Seattle area. This surgery, better known as lap-band, “has been all but abandoned after being the most frequently performed bariatric procedure in 2008,” they wrote.

We found this great article at http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-weight-loss-surgery-20180116-story.html By: Melissa Healy and thought it was something that our subscribers would find helpful.

Addressing obesity through weight loss surgery

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Many Americans have committed to losing weight in 2018 with the goal of boosting self-image and confidence. However, the health effects of obesity often go beyond physical characteristics.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of all U.S. adults are obese, and obesity-related conditions are the second-leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Dr. Carlos Galvani, chief of metabolic and bariatric surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, talks about the effects of obesity and how weight loss surgery can help improve overall health and wellness.

What is obesity?

Body mass index (BMI) is a ratio between weight and height, which helps determine weight-related health risks. Those with a BMI of 30 or greater are typically considered to be obese.

“Obesity is the state of having too much body fat to be considered medically healthy. Obese individuals have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea and other conditions.”

In addition to physical health risks, obesity is often associated with psychological and social challenges, such as depression, low self-esteem and isolation.

Weight loss surgery options

Galvani says conventional, non-surgical weight-loss methods such as diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are often sought out, but may not be enduring for some individuals without additional assistance. When traditional options fail, weight loss surgery may be an option. There are a variety of surgical procedures that can be performed to assist with weight loss, including:

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND)
  • Intragastric Balloons
  • Bariatric Revision Surgery

Galvani says each procedure is unique and has a distinct set of benefits and characteristics.

“The sleeve gastrectomy, for example, helps limit food ingestion, can improve obesity-related health conditions and may eliminate need for second surgery if there is successful weight loss after first surgery,” he said.

Qualifications for weight loss surgery candidates include:

  • Previously failed medically supervised weight loss attempts
  • BMI over 40, or BMI over 35 and comorbidities
  • Acceptable operative risk
  • Absence of active drug or alcohol issues
  • No uncontrolled psychological conditions

Followed by a consultation with a bariatric surgeon, a patient will typically participate in a clinical weight loss program with the goal of getting approved for surgery. After being medically cleared for surgery, an evaluation will determine which procedure is best for the patient.

Recovery and outlook

Galvani says post-operative care depends on which procedure the patient receives and weight loss progress. Typically, patients will visit with a nutritionist every three months during the first year, every six months during the second year and once a year thereafter. Patients are also encouraged to join a support group throughout the process while also receiving follow-up care.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the Weight Loss and Metabolic Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center or call 713-798-6673 to schedule an appointment.

We found this excellent article at https://blogs.bcm.edu/2018/01/05/addressing-obesity-weight-loss-surgery/ By: Nicole Blanton and thought it was something our subscribers would find helpful.

Weight-Loss Surgery Is Good for Obese Teens’ Hearts

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Severely obese teens who undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight end up lowering their heart disease risk down the road, new research indicates.

For the study, researchers tracked 242 adolescents for three years after they had weight-loss surgery.

“This is the first large-scale analysis of predictors of change in cardiovascular disease risk factors among adolescents following bariatric surgery,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Marc Michalsky. He is surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

“The study demonstrated early improvement and reduction of cardio-metabolic risk factors, offering compelling support for bariatric surgery in adolescents,” he explained in a news release from the hospital.

Before surgery, 33 percent of the teens had three or more factors that boost the risk for heart disease. Risk factors included high blood pressure, high blood-fat levels, problematic blood sugar levels and systemic inflammation.

However, three years after the surgery, that number had dropped to just 5 percent, the findings showed.

People who were younger at the time of their surgery tended to do better in terms of eliminating heart disease risk factors, “suggesting there may be advantages to undergoing bariatric surgery earlier, even among adolescents,” Michalsky said.

Patients who had a lower body mass index (a measurement based on height and weight) before surgery also did better on reducing heart disease risk. And, girls did better than boys, the investigators found.

The study was published online Jan. 8 in Pediatrics. The research was funded by the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and was conducted at five clinical centers across the United States.

More information

The American Heart Association has more on obesity and heart disease risk.

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How Obalon Intragastic System Work?

Obalon Intragastic System

The Obalon Balloon System is the FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved balloon system for weight reduction. The non-surgical treatment should include 3 light-weight balloons, placed gradually over 3 months. The balloons occupy space in your stomach so you eat less, making weight-loss much easier. You must expect the Obalon System to be accompanied by a professionally-supervised diet plan and workout program. The Obalon Balloon System is a 6-month treatment.


This distinct treatment allows you to swallow pills that are about the size of a vitamin and are tethered to a micro-catheter. Your doctor will use an X-ray to confirm that the capsule remains in your stomach. When it dissolves, it leaves a special balloon that your physician inflates with a nitrogen blended gas. The micro-catheter is then removed, and at this moment, many people can return to their everyday activities.

Weight-Loss Balloon Obalon

The pill is attached to a micro-catheter which is really great, and the external layer of the pill will dissolve as soon as it gets here in the stomach. The balloon is then pumped up through the micro-catheter, till it reaches around the size of an apple. It will sit at the top of your stomach, which will then make you feel fuller because of the fact that there is something bigger in your stomach than there would be in a regular situation if you had actually not eaten at all. It therefore works as a hunger suppressant, which suggests that you stop eating earlier prior to you normally would, for that reason permitting you to manage your diet plan simpler.


In about a month, your doctor will duplicate the procedure utilizing a second balloon pill, and include a 3rd pill two months after the 2nd one. No sedation is needed, and each pill only takes about 10 minutes to appropriately place and inflate.


The balloons remain in your stomach for a six-month duration that begins after the very first one is placed. Following six months, your doctor will remove all 3 balloons using an endoscope (a flexible, lighted tube) placed through your mouth and assisted into your stomach. It’s a basic 15-minute procedure that’s carried out while you’re under conscious sedation, and there’s no cut or breaking of the skin.


Appetite Suppression


The treatment lasts for twelve weeks, so you will be eating smaller sized portion sizes and getting a lower calorie intake during this time. After the very first thirty days, you will have the ability to return for your second assessment, at which time you will be able to take a 2nd balloon if it is considered needed– in order to make you feel even fuller than previously and limit your need to eat a lot more. Then after sixty days, you will have the ability to return for a third consultation, and you may have a 3rd balloon added to assist you much more and to increase your satiety levels. At the end of the twelve week period, the balloons will then all be gotten rid of through an endoscopic procedure, throughout which you might be sedated. If at the end of this time you have actually not lost all the weight that you wish to, you can attempt again with another course of the treatment.

Tips to Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery

For any arranged and optional procedure is constantly advisable to understand the elements that you as a patient can or ought to consider to make a positive contribution to the advancement of both, the intraoperative and postoperative process.

Here we provide you valuable advice which will help your experience with gastric sleeve surgery to be as smooth and positive as possible. It is a lot of details but we think exactly what is extremely practical for you to take these suggestions as a great basis for your planning and to have a clearer concept of how to get ready for your gastric sleeve surgery.

Find out about weight-loss surgery:

Read books, view websites, go to a support group and talk with others who have had surgery to become informed about the procedures used, threats and way of life modifications. Visit our website for a list of resources and extra details.

Research your insurance plan:

Not all insurance prepares deal protection for weight-loss surgery and the pre- and post-operative center gos to. Many likewise have requirements for BMI, age, weight-related conditions and conclusion of a monitored diet plan.

Keep close contact with your bariatric surgeon:

Keeping close contact either straight with your bariatric cosmetic surgeon or a minimum of with the patient planner is the basis of the success of your gastric sleeve surgery and is also the basis for all the following suggestions on this post.

If what you want is to attain the very best results during and after your surgery is extremely important that communication with the bariatric group you will opt to be as close as possible as there are many essential elements that should be considered as part of the preparation process for the operation.


If you smoke, stop smoking and stop use of all tobacco and nicotine items:

Cigarette smoking and making use of tobacco and nicotine products have been proven to significantly increase the threat of problems during and after bariatric surgery. We need our patients to be tobacco-free in addition to off all nicotine items for a minimum of 3 months prior to starting pre-surgery education.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery and alcohol

In the case of alcohol, unlike the cigarette it is not so essential to give up for a long time prior to the procedure, unless you have a drinking issue and you have the tendency to ingest alcohol routinely or on a daily basis.

If alcohol is something you take in moderately (one glass of wine a day for instance), in theory there is no need to stop it more than a couple of days before the procedure. However to avoid any upset stomach, it would be ideal if you stop it at least a week prior to the procedure.

It must be noted that alcohol (any type of alcohol), is normally high in calories and being a liquid it will quickly go through the gastric sleeve, so after the procedure you need to moderate the amount of alcohol you take in.

Make changes in your diet plan:

Aim to consume three routine meals and one to two small snacks each day. When planning meals, make certain to include breakfast and try to prevent consuming within 4 hours of bedtime. Concentrate on increasing protein and fresh vegetables and fruits, while reducing or eliminating sugar and high-fat foods, in addition to fast-food and dining establishment meals.

How Lap-Band Surgery Works

Lap-Band Surgery

The lap-band is a reliable way to reduce weight and keep it off. If you are overweight or overweight and want to get healthier, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding may be the ideal solution for you. A discussion with a cosmetic surgeon will be handy in finding more about this alternative. It is important that this choice be made as carefully as possible. As soon as you learn how this surgery works, you will see how it may fit your lifestyle. You might be a step better in having the healthier, slimmer body that you have constantly imagined.

The LAP-BAND System is a little adjustable ring or band that is placed around the upper part of the stomach throughout a laparoscopic or minimally intrusive surgical procedure. LAP-BAND is a more secure alternative to numerous other bariatric (weight-loss) surgical treatments due to the fact that it does not require cutting, stapling, or rerouting of abdominal organs and is performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopic procedures do not need a large incision which generally means less discomfort and faster recovery.

The LAP-BAND is connected to an access port fixed simply below the skin of the abdominal area by a long tube. Saline can be injected into the port or removed from it to differ the size of the band around the stomach. This is most typically called a change or fill.

The band develops a little pouch at the top of the stomach and restricts the amount of food moving into the stomach. This develops a feeling of fullness after an extremely small amount of food is consumed and helps you feel full longer.

The combination of smaller amounts of food and less regular meals leads to weight loss. By changing the quantity of food that goes through the band, the amount of weight loss can be managed by your cosmetic surgeon to fulfill your health needs and weight reduction objectives.

What is a Gastric Band Change?

Gastric bands were developed to be adjustable. This offers our bariatric cosmetic surgeons the ability to regulate your weight loss after surgery. It also avoids you from having a long-term change made to your body. Gastric bands are tubes that secure around the leading portion of your stomach in order to create a new stomach pouch. The new stomach pouch is considerably smaller sized than the complete stomach and holds very little food. Due to the fact that it cannot hold much food, your new pouch assists you to consume less calories, resulting in considerable weight-loss for you without the problem of cravings and yearnings.

Considering that the rest of your stomach is still there, listed below the band, the band can be adapted to create a larger hole in between the top of your stomach and the bottom. When this occurs, food passes in between the upper and lower parts of your stomach faster and you are able to eat more food which slows your weight loss. When your gastric band is changed, it is filled with saline that makes the band’s tubes larger and closes off the opening between the small stomach pouch on the top and the large staying stomach below.

Consulting a cosmetic surgeon is the primary step in perhaps changing your life for the better. The choice is yours. If you are healthy enough, gastric banding can offer you with the way of life that you need.

Drink Up! Water for Weight Loss

I challenge you to find an easier way to lose weight than drinking plenty of ice cold water. Get your fill of pro tips and more in this story…

We take it for granted and perhaps do not recognize the many properties of water. Open the tap, and here it comes. Travel to the shore front and there it is, oceans and oceans of the stuff. It fills rivers and streams. It fills the shelves of markets and convenience stores. It falls on golfers who shake an angry fist and lament that their day on the green is ruined.

Just imagine how ruined all our days would be if it never rained. To state the obvious, water is vital.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

For as long as I can remember we have been told to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day – more if you exercise heavily but less if you drink other beverages frequently. That seems a bit outdated to me. More recently, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends thatmen should consume about 3.7 liters (about 13 cups) of water daily and women should consume about 2.7 liters (about 9 cups).

During a workout or other physical activities, on hot or cold days, and owing to your weight and certain medical conditions, you may need more. The online daily hydration calculator is a great tool that calculates how much water you need by factoring in those criteria. I just used it to calculate how much water I need today. The result – 3.2 liters.

The benefits of this simple discipline are many.

Water for Optimal Health

Water is an energy booster, relieving the dehydration that makes you feel fatigued. When you are thirsty, you have already become a bit dehydrated. Dehydration also makes the body and mind feel stressed whereas 70 to 80% of your brain tissue is water.

Water helps to prevent muscle cramping and is a lubricate for the joints of your body. Water also hydrates your skin cells and gives your face a younger appearance. In addition, it is a good for digestion and helps to keep your bowels regular.

As an added bonus, it has been proven that drinking water helps to lose weight.

Water for Weight Loss

It has been shown that people who drink two glasses of water twenty to thirty minutes before they have a meal lost weight more quickly and lost a greater number of pounds then those who did not drink water prior to eating.

It was also discovered that people who drank water before meals consumed an average of 75 less calories over that course of that meal.If this action were continued for one year, a person would lose 14 ½ pounds.

It has also been shown that being just 1% dehydration causes a drop in metabolism that can interfere with weight loss.

The body has difficulty differentiating hunger from thirst. If you do not consume enough water across the day, thirst might be interpreted as hunger and more food will be eaten then is necessary.

Finally, drinking plenty of water to stay healthy during a fasting diet is essential.

Drink Iced Water for Maximum Calorie Burn

Calories can be used to define the amount of energy contained in food. Another definition for calorie can be the measure of energy it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius. Therefore, your body burns calories when you simply drink iced water.

Your body burns 17.5 calories raising the temperature of a sixteen ounce glass of iced water. If you comply with the eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day recommendation but drink iced water instead of non-iced water, you will burn 70 calories per day. Over the course of a year, the numbers will add up and translate into weight loss.

Original article from: Cheryl Ann Borne. Read here: https://www.bariatricpal.com/magazine/601-drink-up-water-for-weight-loss%C2%A0/



Things You Need To Know About Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss in turn likewise benefits in enhancing total health as it assists in controlling diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, minimizes possibilities of arthritis as well as assists in establishing self-confidence about personal look. Here are the important things you have to know about weight loss surgery.

Not everybody’s a candidate.

While body mass index (BMI) can be a problematic step of your weight and overall health, it’s still the first criteria a doctor will take a look at when figuring out if bariatric surgery is an alternative for you. Rosenthal states anyone with a BMI over 40– also termed “serious” obesity– should consider the surgery. He states those with a BMI in between 35 and 40 are also likely candidates, and surgery might make sense for some individuals with BMIs varying from 30 to 35.

“As doctors, our intent is always not to run if we can assist it,” he says. “However when lifestyle changes like diet plan and workout stop working, those people might ready candidates for surgery.”

Exactly what are these different approaches for decreasing weight.

The main approach utilized for minimizing weight in these procedures is by Limitation, Malabsorption, & Vagal Nerve Stimulation

Limiting surgical treatments lower the size of the stomach thus reducing the quantity of food the stomach can hold. The procedures using this approach are a Gastric Sleeve and LAP-BAND surgery.

weight loss surgery

Malabsorptive surgical treatments, on the other hand, remove a part of the digestion system consequently limiting the number of calories, fat, and minerals the body will take in. The procedures that utilize malabsorptive approach are Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Change.

Vagal Nerve Blocking utilizes electrical stimulations that fool the brain by stopping hunger signals sent out from the stomach.

The surgery comes in a number of tastes.

Bariatric surgery might entail implanting balloons or bands that briefly restrict the size of your stomach. But Rosenthal says neither of those is recommended nowadays. “We found that as soon as those measures were eliminated, the patients had the tendency to regain weight, so we now advise procedures that aren’t reversible,” he states.

More than 90% of patients now get one of two different procedures. The very first and most common are called a sleeve gastrectomy. “This involves the elimination of 80% of the stomach,” Rosenthal explains. The procedure limits the amount of food you can take in as well as significantly tears down appetite-increasing hormones, he states. (Have a look at ways to balance your hormonal agents and lose approximately 15 pounds in just 3 weeks!).

The second-most common procedure is gastric bypass, which involves bisecting your stomach and small intestines into 2 segments. Your surgeon then links the smaller sectors together in order to minimize the quantity of food you can consume while likewise decreasing the number of calories (and nutrients) your intestines can absorb, Rosenthal says.

Post-surgery recovery.

Post-surgery, the patient is released from the healthcare facility within 3 days depending on the procedure. They can rejoin work within 2 weeks and full healing normally takes around 6 weeks. The diet plan and activity are slowly resumed. Patients are advised to follow healthy eating habits and inculcate healthy day-to-day regimen. Swimming and exhausting physical activities can be prevented up until the internal stitches have actually recovered correctly.

Some patients may face food digestion associated problems depending upon the procedure and their specific condition. If there are signs of infection, difficulty swallowing or nausea and vomiting after the surgery, the patient must instantly get in touch with the hospital and get re-examined.

5 Tips for a Quick Gastric Bypass Surgery Recovery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is the most common bariatric surgery and considered to be the “gold standard” in weight loss surgery. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere from one to 4 hours to perform depending on the particular technique used and the specific factors to consider of the patient.

Usually, most people require two to five weeks of recovery time prior to typical activities can resume. Here are suggestions created to assist speed up gastric bypass healing.

Follow the Doctor’s Orders

Before your surgery, your doctor will discuss in detail with you standards to follow throughout your recovery. It is crucial that you follow these guidelines in order to decrease risks and problems after surgery. Be sure to ask your surgeon to clarify any concerns you may have in concerns to your post-op healing care.

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Start walking as much as you can after surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will likely recommend this. You’ll need to take it easy the first couple of days after surgery. However don’t sit in your bed waiting on the pain to go away. Get used to pain and start altering your mindset. An exercise, sweat, and exhausted muscles, are good things. Power through the pain and walk– you’ll likely walk your house for the first couple of days. However begin to make it a practice.

After the first week, begin your day with a walk. Or end your day with a walk, however don’t skip it. Let your family members know that this is a fundamental part of your new life. And you’ll be doing it daily. Put your shoes and your exercise clothing by the foot of your bed. Do not use your snooze button. Every time you want to hit snooze, remember your life before surgery. Remember the battle, the humiliation you felt from obesity. Utilize it as your superpower, your motivator. Stroll.

Adhere to Diet plan Guidelines

Following your post-operative diet plan is necessary not only for your recovery however likewise for your long-lasting results. Bear in mind that you might not have the ability to consume any strong foods for a number of months after surgery. You will be limited to a clear liquid diet plan for the very first week of your healing, pureed foods for the following weeks and soft foods for as long as 2 months thereafter. Your doctor will work closely with you to design a dietary strategy that is fit to your requirements.

Stay Positive

Surgery is easy compared to the anxiety that you’re most likely to feel after surgery. Do everything in your power to prevent this and to remain determined. Buy a Fitbit device and track your actions. Complete against others. Find methods to motivate yourself. You do not have to run marathons or begin Crossfit. You don’t need to be a world-class professional athlete. You need to stay favorable and inspired throughout your very first month after gastric bypass. So set yourself up.

More than anything, don’t take a seat. Do another activity. Clean the meals, pick up after the kids, change a light bulb. Activity types positivity. Why? When you are sitting, your mind wanders and believes excessive. In this case your mind is a terrible thing to use. Being active is an amazing way to turn off your mind. Yoga and meditation are popular for this very factor. However the same thing applies to most activities. When you’re trying to clean up the house, you’re focus is not on food, or on how you didn’t anticipate healing would be so difficult. Your focus is on the task at hand.

Consume Lots of Water

Consuming plenty of water throughout your recovery will help your body recuperate rapidly and correctly. Remaining appropriately hydrated is particularly important throughout the stage of your healing when you start to slim down. Remember to consume at least 8 glasses of water a day.