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Weight Loss Surgery is Just the Beginning

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Don’t look at weight loss surgery as the end of your health and fitness process. If you decide to get this type of surgery, be ready to make lifestyle changes. You definitely do not want to regain this weight after undergoing such a life-altering and painful surgery.

I always recommend that clients focus on fat loss rather than weight loss. If you decide weight loss surgery is for you, fat loss should still be your focus after the surgery. Fat loss and muscle gain is the only way to truly transform your body and keep the weight off in the long-term.

Wake Forest University has launched a study to determine the importance of follow-up care for patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery. Each year more than 200,000 people with morbid obesity undergo gastric bypass surgery, but research has shown that more than half of patients regain at least 20 percent of the weight they had lost.

"You wouldn't invest $25,000 to remodel your home and not maintain it. Shocking as it may seem, follow-up on diet and exercise just isn't the norm with gastric bypass," said Gary D. Miller, who heads the team for the study at Wake Forest. "With so many more people seeking gastric bypass each year, we can improve the long-term outcome of gastric bypass by keeping up with patients as they figure out their new lifestyle."

If we can get them to change the way they live and to keep the weight off, they'll reap so many additional health benefits, including lower risks of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer," he continued.

Miller said that typically, gastric bypass patients receive guidance on exercise and diet, but little to no supervision on post-surgery habits. He said the goal should be to help people "cement the healthy lifestyle revolution they have started with the gastric bypass.” Miller hopes the results of the study will show that having a supervised exercise and diet program will result in more efficient weight loss in overly obese people.

And, according to the Mayo Clinic:

”Gastric bypass surgery can provide long-term, consistent weight loss if you exercise and eat a healthy diet," the website said.

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