Weight Loss Surgery and the Importance of Nutrition
How do I lose weight? A common question with a seemingly simple answer. Healthy eating and physical activity are the most common treatments for losing weight. To lose weight, you must consume fewer calories and use more calories than you take in.
March happens to be National Nutrition Month and establishing proper nutrition is central to losing and maintaining weight. This annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics invites everyone to learn how to make informed food choices and develop healthful eating habits.
However, many factors can affect our weight causing it to be difficult to lose or not regain weight you have lost. Weight loss or bariatric surgery can be a supplemental treatment for individuals with extreme obesity. Bariatric surgery is a broad term for several procedure options that make changes to the digestive system for candidates with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more or a BMI of 35 with a serious health problem linked to obesity. Studies have shown that patients who paired an intensive lifestyle intervention program involving increased physical activity and healthy eating with gastric bypass surgery witnessed the most success.
“There’s no miracle cure or magic bullet to cure obesity,” says Dr. Brian Lahmann, M.D., F.A.C.S. with BMI Surgery at Silver
Cross Hospital. “What we’re doing with surgery is enabling the patient with a new tool that they can use to defeat obesity for the final time in their life.”
Chronic obesity affects more than one in three adults in the United States. Being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other health issues. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the terms “overweight” and “obesity” refer to a body weight that is greater than what is considered normal or healthy for a certain height. Reaching and maintaining this weight can produce a long-term, and often life-long, struggle for individuals who are overweight or have obesity, but starting with improved nutrition and increased physical activity today can drastically impact your future health and wellness!
If you’re beginning your weight-loss journey, BMI Surgery offers a free informational session to patients looking to learn more about what bariatric surgery could do to help improve your overall health!
Call BMI Surgery today for more information 815-717-8744 or visit Weight Loss Surgery | New Lenox, IL | Silver Cross Hospital