Losing weight is a difficult and overwhelming process, especially for those
considered morbidly obese. Although it may seem nearly impossible, treatment
options do exist. The following weight loss options can help you achieve
your goal weight.
Change your Diet. A main part of losing weight is lowering your daily caloric intake. Swap
out foods high in saturated fats with healthy snacks, like fruits and
veggies. Your primary care physician can refer you to a dietician to help
you along the way.
Increase Physical Activity. Do not begin any vigorous exercise until you have lost 10% of your body
weight, or until after you’ve spoken with your physician. Simple
exercises, even just a walk, can make a big difference in the weight loss
journey. Try and incorporate movement in all parts of your life, like
walking across the room to change the channel instead of using the remote.
Medication. There are weight loss medications available, and it is possible that your
physician can help you find the right one. There can be side effects with
weight loss medication, so be sure to keep this in mind. Also, medication
is not a long term solution, and many individuals regain their lost weight
once they stop taking the medication.
Surgery. For those who are still unable to lose weight even after a variety of
lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery may be the best option. Because of
the difficulty some people have with dieting and lifestyle changes, bariatric
surgery is often recognized as the most effective long-term solution to
weight loss. A variety of weight-loss surgeries exist, ranging from gastric
bypass to the break-through minimally invasive AspireAssist, which is
still in clinical trials in the United States. Discuss with your physician
on which surgery option may be best for you.
Dealing with emotions is also an important factor in your weight loss journey. Emotions are
an underlying cause of weight gain. Talk to loved ones or a professional
to help you combat your emotional struggles.
As always, it is important to always check with your physician before beginning
any kind of treatment option. There are both benefits and risks of each
treatment option and they vary by individual.
Torrance Memorial’s Weight Loss Programs can help you on your way to reaching your weight loss goal.