What does healthy weight loss look like?
Barker Bariatric Center understands that the faster you lose weight, the healthier you’ll feel, and the quicker you can get back to the things you love in life. We also know that studies demonstrate that slow but steady weight loss (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) indicates that patients will be more successful at achieving and maintain their weight loss in the long-run. 1
How is it achieved?
What is most important is understanding that your weight loss is a lifelong journey through which you’ll continue to learn how positive changes in daily activity levels, adequate sleep, and nutritional food will enable you to achieve that success! Commitment to your new lifestyle will be critical to helping you achieve your long-term goals.
What is the weight loss and regain cycle?
Always in self-preservation mode, the body treats dieting and subsequent fat loss as a threat. When you lose weight, the body’s natural defense mechanisms kick in to encourage you to regain the weight. This flood of hormonal and neuronal signals increases feelings of hunger and cravings, and decreases the sense of fullness, eventually causing you to put the weight back on. 2
Why diet and exercise may not be enough?
Because your body works to defend its current higher weight, dieting and exercising alone are rarely effective in helping people with obesity achieve and maintain a healthy weight long-term. Compared to patients who had metabolic or bariatric surgery, those who pursued diet & lifestyle changes were only able to maintain 1% weight loss at the 20-year mark. 3
When is metabolic or bariatric surgery necessary for weight loss?
If you have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through diet and exercise, and you meet the criteria below, you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.
- BMI is 40 or higher
- BMI is 35 to 39.9 with a serious medical condition associated with obesity (i.e., type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea)
- 18 years of age or older
What does the weight process look like at Barker Bariatric Center?
Get started on your weight loss journey today by understanding the treatment options that Barker Bariatric Center offers. Our weight loss surgery program features state‐of‐the‐art technology and equipment to support patients who are interested in the 5 primary weight loss surgeries: duodenal switch, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric band, and revision.
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- DHHS, AIM for a Healthy Weight, page 5. Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/aim_hwt.pdf [PDF-2.17MB]
- Sumithran P, Prendergast L, et al. Long-Term Persistence of Hormonal Adaptations to Weight Loss. N Engl J Med 2011; 365:1597-1604 October 27, 2011. Available online: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1105816#t=article
- Caille E, Rodriguez C, Walker-Thurmond K. Overweight, obesity, mortality from cancer in a prospectively studied cohort of adults. N Engl J Med; 2003; 348(17):1625-38. Available online: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa021423?&#t=article