For many, it can be a long, exhausting road of failure and discouragement, but for those who have attempted multiple diets without success, there are options to get them on the path to a healthier weight and a healthier life.
In addition to medically supervised weight-loss programs, University Hospital's Weight Management Center is now offering laparoscopic gastric banding, a surgical procedure where an adjustable band is placed around the stomach, which helps patients feel full sooner and with less food.
Weight loss options
Diet To lose weight, your body must burn more calories than you eat and/or drink. A diet plan should be based on your health and lifestyle needs, and would include reducing the number of calories you take in. If you are considering this option, speak with your primary care physician about nutritional guidelines, and keep in mind that many bariatric programs also offer medically supervised weight loss programs.
Exercise Frequent and regular physical activity is beneficial to most anyone-whether they are pre- or postsurgery. Generally, an exercise program includes cardiovascular exercise such as walking, swimming, or cycling, strength training using resistance bands, weights, or machines and stretching. Speak with your primary care physician before beginning any physical activity.
Prescription Weight Loss Medications Prescription weight loss medications may be considered a supplement to diet and exercise. Only a healthcare professional can prescribe these weight loss medications.
Gastric banding is a restrictive surgical procedure. During this procedure, two medical devices are implanted in the patient: a silicone band and an injection port. The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and molds the stomach into two connected chambers. The injection port is attached to the abdominal wall, underneath the skin. The port is connected to the band with soft, thin tubing.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass and is about the size of a banana.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is both restrictive and malabsorptive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon first creates a small stomach pouch. Next, the surgeon attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and fat. Having a smaller stomach pouch causes you to feel full sooner, eat less food and absorb fewer calories.