If you or someone you love is struggling with obesity, then it’s time to think about the best treatment for obesity. Losing weight can be a challenge, especially if you have a lot to lose. However, there are many options available to facilitate weight loss.
The first thing to consider is your diet. No matter what else you decide to do as a weight loss method, changing your eating habits is a must for obesity management.
To make immediate changes in your diet, start incorporating more plant-based foods into your eating regimen. Rather than reaching for a sugary snack, replace it with a piece of fruit or a vegetable. Also, make sure you have a healthy balance of whole wheat carbs, lean protein, and “good” fats.
Another obvious change is to begin a simple exercise program. It could be as easy as walking down the street and back, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or lifting five pound weights while sitting in a chair.
The key is to build more activity into your day, and gradually meet small goals. An exercise program should supplement any obesity treatment, as fitness is crucial to our health.
Prescription Weight Loss Pills
In cases where diet and exercise are not working, doctors may prescribe diet pills to assist the weight loss process.
Two prescriptions available are Sibutramine (Meridia) and Orlistat (Xenical). There are side effects to think about, which your doctor should discuss with you in depth. A prescription is also used to help lose a certain amount of weight, so weight loss surgery can be performed.
There are basically three types of surgery that can be discussed, and it depends on your:
- level of obesity
- overall health
- commitment to lifestyle changes
Bariatric Surgery can be done in cases of extreme obesity, if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 40, or if your BMI is 35-39.9, and there are other serious health issues involved. Some health issues that would be considered are Cushing’s syndrome, Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and others. Bariatric Surgery will limit the amount of food you can eat, and it will inhibit the absorption of calories or food into your body.
Gastric Bypass Surgery is another option with great long term results. This surgery will limit your food intake and shrink your digestive system.
Laparoscopic Surgery is a band surgery, in which your stomach is separated into two pouches with an inflatable band that can be adjusted.
Lastly, there is Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, in which most of the stomach will be removed. Of course, this is for extreme cases, and a BMI has to be 50 or above.
No matter which option you and your doctor choose, severe lifestyle changes will be required, and it will take a high level of commitment for success.