The Key To Weight Loss

Key To Weight LossYour body is like a furnace. You put in fuel, and then you burn it. If you put in more than you burn, then you end up gaining weight. You lose weight by burning more than you put in. Fad diets often promise amazing results from counting carbs or eating lots of grapefruit or cabbage soup, but the key to weight loss is caloric intake. You might achieve short-term gains from a fad diet, but those gains will not last, and yo-yo dieting may be even more harmful to your body than being overweight.

Obesity is a major American health problem, and that’s why weight loss is a booming business. Americans spend millions of dollars every year on equipment and treatment. Much of that money is wasted on techniques that ultimately do not work.

One alternative is a weight loss clinic staffed by medical professionals. If you have tried diet and exercise on your own, but cannot achieve the results you want, it makes sense to try something new rather than to continue with methods that have failed repeatedly in the past.

If you have a body mass index over 40, or a body mass index over 35 coupled with an obesity-related condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension, then you are a candidate for bariatric surgery. If you have been obese for five years or longer, and you have tried other weight loss methods without success, surgery may be your most effective solution.

Bariatric surgery can help you lose 30% of your body weight within a year. Your success will be magnified by a serious commitment to the appropriate lifestyle changes, and you can make additional lasting steps toward arriving at your goal weight.

On the Space Coast, Dr. Diego Velarde at the Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute in Merritt Island has over ten years of clinical practice and specializes in bariatric surgery. There are several types of bariatric surgery, including lap band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Velarde performs minimally invasive robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical Robot that allows an increased range of motion and more precise movements.