Your Ultimate Weight Loss Journey
Are you considering losing weight? Whether you’re amongst the vast number of people that have tried various fad diets that just don’t seem to work or your just came to the realization that you should lose weight, there are a number of ways you could approach your weight loss process.
If you have been trying to lose weight for years and have very little results you may want to look into bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery includes procedures like the gastric band, gastric sleeve, gastric balloon, and gastric bypass. Gastric band is when a band is placed around the upper portion of your stomach which creates a small pouch where your food is stored. The recovery is very fast but the gastric band requires constant readjustment and runs a risk of the band actually slipping.
Gastric sleeve results in a reduction of your stomach by nearly 70% and your stomach often times takes the shape of a sleeve. This is great because your digestive tract remains unaltered; however, revision surgery is often necessary. Gastric balloon is a nonsurgical approach which entails placing a silicone sack in your stomach. A gastric balloon is quite advantageous because your gastrointestinal tract is not reconstructed and it’s a temporary procedure in which the balloon is removed after 6 months.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
The most highly researched surgery is gastric bypass surgery in which a small pouch is formed at the uppermost part of the stomach. Although this procedure is very beneficial in reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels, you run the risk of acquiring dumping syndrome. Surgery is definitely not the only way to lose weight and is often times not the best option for you. It is therefore essential to consult with your physician regarding any changes in your lifestyle including diet and exercise.
Start a Diet
Weight loss diets include low carb diets, vegetarian diets, and low calorie diets. Low carb diets restrict or limit the consumption of carbs. Zone diet is a type of low carb diet that requires you to eat protein and small amounts of carbs such as rice, bread, and fruit juice. Fat sources including avocado, fish oil, nuts, and olive oil is allowed. No foods are forbidden with the Zone diets and frequent smaller portion meals are recommended.
Become a Vegetarian
Vegetarian diets focus on fruits and vegetables. Pescatarian is a vegetarian diet that does not allow you to eat any meat except fish. The high levels of unsaturated fat raise your HDL cholesterol which prevents heart disease. Keep in mind that high levels of fish consumption could lead to you consuming fairly large amounts of mercury. Low calorie diet requires you to maintain a daily calorie intake of 1000-1500 kcal.
Cycling, dancing, running, walking, and playing sports are all forms of exercise which could be done to help you lose weight. Select the right bariatric surgical procedure or combination of diet and exercise that works well for you.