Developing a successful weight loss strategy is not an easy task. When we cut food consumption, our bodies react negatively to the sensation of starvation. Metabolism slows, appetite ramps up, and often the body seeks nourishment from muscle tissue rather than fatty tissue.
Worse is the fact that the diet and weight loss supplement industry depends on failed weight loss strategies to keep selling their products with promises of wonder aids that curb appetite or speed up metabolism â€“ claims which are often disingenuous.
One Technique Does Work:Â Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric weight loss surgery generally comes in two types: installing a lapband, which restricts the size of the stomach to limit the amount of food intake, or gastric bypass, in which a small portion of the stomach is stapled off and rerouted to the small intestine, both limiting food intake and routing food around the areas of the stomach where more calories would be absorbed.
A new bariatric surgery technique is now being refined by practitioners and surgeons and may attract many people to undergo the procedure, even those who don’t have the high body mass index required to undergo traditional gastric bypass surgery. Called transoral gastroplasty, or TOGA, this procedure requires no incisions; instead, a tube is inserted through the patient’s mouth and into the stomach, where microscopic staples create the necessary stomach pouch.
While traditional laparoscopic bypass surgery requires a recovery time of several days in the hospital and a clear liquid diet that is gradually stepped up to soft solids and then a normal diet, TOGA patients are often discharged the same day they have surgery and begin eating normal foods much more quickly than laparoscopic patients.
Risks of Bariatric Surgery?
Despite the success of bariatric surgery in reducing weight and curbing type 2 diabetes, the procedures still carry with them significant risks. Researchers in Cleveland, OH have found that many patients experience problems months or years after undergoing gastric bypass or lap band surgery, including malnutrition, diarrhea, regurgitation, and bowel obstructions.
The malnutritive aspect of the procedures is perhaps most alarming, especially when considering the range of deficiencies the surgery can spawn; bariatric surgery patients express low levels of iron, calcium, vitamins B12 and D, folic acid, and thiamine. Most patients who undergo bariatric surgery find themselves taking multivitamin supplements for the rest of their lives, and in some cases even have to seek hospital care to be administered supplements intravenously.
In particular, calcium deficiency is of great concern because the areas of the stomach which many bariatric surgeries bypass is most conducive to absorbing calcium from foods. The risk of diarrhea and vomiting increases, especially early after surgery, because patients need to adjust to the small amount of food their altered stomach can contain.
Bariatric surgery can be a beneficial procedure for someone who is extremely overweight, especially diabetics. However, for long-term sustained weight loss, doctors and nutritionists still advocate healthy lifestyle changes such as regulated diet and regular exercise to curb your waistline. An otherwise healthy person who needs to lose a few pounds is far better off doing it the old-fashioned way than seeking invasive surgery that can have potentially life-threatening side effects.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, please consult with your family doctor and a nutritionist before taking the leap to make sure you’re making an informed, healthy decision.
Cole Watts writes on behalf of A1 Medical Supplies. A1 Medical Supplies one of the largest online suppliers of medical equipment for the home includingÂ lift chairs, Â wheelchair lifts, and stair lifts.