Weight loss surgery is becoming a realistic alternative for long-term weight loss. If you want to qualify for a gastric bypass, you have to be 100 pounds overweight. A few insurance companies, including Medicare, will pay for lap band surgery. Many patients, however, will have to pay for it themselves.
Sometimes peer pressure can be a positive force in losing weight. If you are setting off on a new diet, let your friends know what you are doing. Ask people to check up on you to see how you are doing. Having to be accountable to others can help you avoid those habits you know you should be avoiding.
One idea to help you with your weight loss is to stop buttering your bread and start dipping it in olive oil instead. You are likely to eat less fat with your bread if you do. Since olive oil is a healthier fat than butter or margarine is, this change contributes to your overall wellness, also.
Substituting low fat processed foods for high fat ones when trying to lose weight is a very popular idea; however, it does not always work. For example, replacing regular store bought muffins with low fat store bought muffins may make you want to eat two of the low fat muffins instead of one! The low fat ones are usually missing some of the taste of the regular muffins. Instead, try making your own muffins and other food! You will know what is going into what you are mkaing and can cut back on certain things without sacrificing taste.
If you want to stick with your weight loss goals, try to get a friend or family member to be your active weight loss “partner”. It helps if they are losing weight themselves, but it is unnecessary. What is important is that they are supportive and willing to pay attention and ask you questions about your daily weight loss activity. A caring person who doesn’t mind being a little tough on you can go a long way.
Exercising is the key to changing your metabolism to achieve a weight loss vs. a weight gain. If you can’t afford a gym, there are tons of videos available that you could rent or purchase. Start with the basics for the first few weeks, while your body gets adjusted to this new wonderful lifestyle.
Working for someone else instead of only yourself is a great way for you to stay motivated and on the right path to success. Just think about your husband/wife or your kids. And if you don’t have a spouse or any kids, remember that you might not ever have them unless you lose the weight and change your life around.
Almost one in five surgical weight-loss patients require a second surgery to repair complications from the first. There is the risk of developing gallstones due to the rapid weight loss. There are also patients who end up with serious nutritional deficiencies. Surgical weight loss must be maintained with a good diet and regular exercise.