Weight-loss goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Well-planned weight loss goals provide a plan that keeps you focused and motivated. Poorly planned goals, on the other hand, are unrealistic and almost impossible to achieve. If you set unrealistic goals, you will probably end up frustrated and discouraged and decide to quit all your efforts to lose weight. These tips will help you create well-planned weight loss goals that will have you on the path to weight loss success:
Thomas W. Clark, M.D. is a Bariatric Surgeon at the Center for Weight Loss Success and Program Medical Director at the Sentara CarePlex in Hampton, VA. Dr. Clark graduated from Davidson College and The Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also one of the rare bariatric surgeons also certified by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine as a bariatric physician. Dr. Clark is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American Medical Association.
The DoctorsTV show recently featured a new bariatric procedure that may be an attractive alternative to gastric bypass and gastric banding surgery. SPIDER weight loss surgery is a less-invasive procedure than other bariatric procedures because it involves making a tiny incision in the belly button. According to the segment on The Doctors TV show on Friday June 10, 2011, this procedure can reduce the size of the stomach by as much as 80 percent and leaves virtually no scars.
If you are considering professional weight loss therapy, you can visit a bariatric clinic to work through a supervised program to reach your weight loss goals. A bariatric clinic can help you lose weight slowly and in a healthy way without surgical intervention, and will help you work through the weight loss process and maintenance phase so that you can sustain weight loss for an appropriate period of time.
Gastric bypass surgery not only changes the size and shape of the stomach, but also reduces the amount of calories – and nutrients – the patient can absorb over the course of the day. For the first three weeks after gastric bypass surgery, the patient is required to consume only a high-protein liquid diet, and they must limit the volume of liquids they consume because the newly formed stomach pouch simply cannot hold a large amount of food or liquid. After the three-week liquid diet, the patient must start introducing solid food back into the daily menu.
Bariatric surgery patients are required to adhere to a very specialized diet before and immediately after surgery, and the first three weeks after surgery require the consumption of a very high-protein, liquid diet so that the body can heal.
While bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric bypass surgery and adjustable gastric banding surgery make it much easier for a person to lose weight than dieting and exercise alone, these procedures present several risks and do have some drawbacks. In some cases, patients living with morbid obesity can benefit from non-surgical methods to trigger weight loss and improve their health.
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