Obesity is difficult to treat. Things that affect treatment are:
There are many different approaches. Talk to your doctor or ask for a referral to a specialist. They can help you develop a plan that is best for you. Plans for weight loss may include:
Your doctor may recommend that you:
According to a recent study, the key to weight loss is in reducing the amount of calories that you consume, rather than following a specific kind of diet (like a low-carb diet). * 7 It is much more important to choose a low calorie diet you can stick with for the long haul. A dietitian can help you with your total calorie intake goal. This is based on your:
Portion size also plays an important role. Using special portion control plates may help you succeed. *¹
Keep track of everything you eat and drink.
Ask your doctor about an exercise program.
Add bits of activity through your day. Take stairs instead of elevators. Park a little further away. Limit the amount of time you spend watching television and using the computer. This is particularly important for children.
Behavior therapy may help you understand:
Research on the ability of weight loss programs is limited. They do seem to work for some people.
Some studies suggest that a partner or group may help you improve your diet and fitness.
Weight loss medications include:
Medications alone are not a viable option for losing weight and keeping it off. Some have led to serious side effects. Do not use over-the-counter or herbal remedies without talking to your doctor.
The problem of obesity, of course, is not restricted to adults. There is evidence that the same changes in diet, exercise, and other behaviors can help children and adolescents loss weight. When added to lifestyle changes, medications (sibutramine or orlistat) have also been shown to help obese children and adolescents lose weight, though careful monitoring for potential adverse effects is required. * 9
Surgical procedures reduce the size of the stomach. It will also rearrange the digestive tract. The smaller stomach can only hold a tiny portion of food at a time. Operations include:
These procedures can have serious complications. They are only an option for people who are dangerously overweight.
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