“Why don’t they just eat less and exercise more?” he remembers thinking. Trained as a physicist, the calories-in-vs.-calories-burned equation for weight loss always made sense to him. But then his own research–and the contestants on a smash reality-TV show–proved him wrong.
The Bariatric Surgery Service, at the Army hospital in Central El Paso, has been given a Center of Excellence designation by two groups that oversee this type of surgery.
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Folk lore has been lauding the virtues of vinegar for a long time. Whether there is scientific evidence to support this claim remains to be seen. Beware of easy solutions! And crash diets are not good for you.
We like Braggs, by the way! Great on salads.
Amanda Haughman, a student at Cornell University, was able to drop 27lbs off her waist in 1 month without ever using a dime of her own money. Amanda is studying nutrition sciences at Cornell, and for a required research project Amanda thought it would be perfect to use university funds to find out how to ‘hack’ her weight loss. According to Amanda, “the most expensive piece of it all was actually finding what worked. But the actual solution only cost about $5.”
Yes, it does happen. Many people do lose enormous amounts of weight, but the statistics are against you. Less than 5 percent keep the weight off.
Hello there beautiful people of the interwebs. Today I wanna catch you up on some of the progress that I have been making in regards to a couple of things. Some of you may or may not remember but I have been in the middle of a weightloss/fitness journey and a drawing challenge that I started for myself. […]
The formal name is a Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band.
A gastric band is just what the name says, a band around your stomach. It is performed using laparoscopy.
- Your surgeon places a ring with an inner inflatable band.
- This creates a small pouch at top of your stomach.
- When you eat, the food fills the pouch
- This makes you feel full after eating only a small amount of food
- The inflatable band has a circular balloon inside that is filled with salt solution
- Your surgeon adjusts the size of the opening from the pouch to the rest of your stomach by injecting the salt solution.
After surgery, you will need several follow-up visits to adjust the size of the band opening.
- If the band is too restrictive, your surgeon can reduce the size to allow more food to enter your stomach.
- Likewise, the band may be increased by adding more salt solution, thus making it more restrictive
- The band may also be removed if it is causing you complications.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved use of the gastric band for
- People with a BMI of 30 or more
- People who also have at least one health problem linked to obesity.
What is the difference ?
Bariatric surgery is the preferred method for many reasons, but primarily because of recovery times. Open bariatric surgery, involves making a single, large cut in the abdomen. That cut takes a long time to heal, and affects muscles and tissue.
Most surgeons now use laparoscopic surgery.
- They make several small cuts
- Thin surgical tools are inserted through the cuts
- A small camera allows the surgeon to view the procedure on a video monitor
- Laparoscopic surgery has fewer risks
- Open surgery and may cause more pain and scarring
- Recovery times are faster with laparoscopic surgery
There are advantages to open surgery if you have certain conditions.
- If you are extremely obese
- If you have had prior surgery
- If you have complex medical problems (called ‘comorbidities’)
Happy Thursday!! If you have read my blog in the past, you will probably know that I have been trying to lose weight for a while now. Unfortunately, I have not been successful. For that reason, I started going to a dietitian at my university, thankfully it is pretty cheap at my school!! This past […]
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