Putting an end to yo-yo dieting
Permanent weight loss solutions for a healthy lifestyle
Every time we turn around, it seems like there’s a new fad diet sweeping the nation. First it was the Atkins low carb diet, then we saw the emergence of the Paleo Diet paired with CrossFit, and now the latest craze is Clean Eating. What these three diets have in common is they’re not sustainable. Let’s be honest, most of us have tried at least one diet in our lifetime, and while it often works at first, as soon as you try to go back to ‘regular’ food, the weight piles on quickly.
The strain of constantly losing and gaining weight is not good for our health, both mentally and physically. Obesity increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and stroke. Getting down to a healthy weight, and maintaining it is hard. But there are permanent weight-loss solutions to help you get on the right track. Here are different types of bariatric surgeries that can help you finally put an end to yo-yo dieting.
The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the most common form of weight loss surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon closes off part of your stomach, resulting in a small pouch. A normal-sized stomach can hold 3 pints of food, but this smaller pouch only holds one ounce of food. This causes you to get fuller sooner, which helps you to eat less. The surgeon then attaches your small intestine to this new, smaller pouch in your stomach. This speeds up your digestion and reduces the absorption of nutrients.
The Duodenal Switch is another type of gastric bypass surgery. What’s different about this surgery is that it removes about 80% of the stomach (instead of creating a smaller pouch), and connects the end of the small intestine to the duodenum, which is the portion of the small intestine that connects directly to the stomach. This allows food to bypass the majority of the small intestine, which reduces the absorption of nutrients. Like in the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, your stomach will be smaller after this surgery, which will help you to eat less.
The sleeve gastrectomy is only the first part of the duodenal switch surgery. In this surgery, 80% of your stomach is removed and shaped like a tube, which reduces the amount of nutrients and calories absorbed. For some patients, this is all that’s needed to lose weight, and the small intestine does not need to be rerouted or bypassed. The sleeve gastrectomy is the newest type of weight loss surgery.
The lap-band surgery is quite literally a band that is placed around the top portion of your stomach. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time because it makes the stomach smaller and therefore makes you feel fuller faster. This is a popular weight-loss surgery because of its simplicity and adjustability. This surgery does not remove or reroute any of your digestive tract.
To determine which type of weight-loss surgery is best for you and your current situation, sign up for a free information session that covers the types of surgery in more detail and answers frequently asked questions. Schedule an appointment today: (518) 897-2531. Learn more about weight loss services offered at Adirondack Health. Click Here.