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You’ve Tried Almost Every Weight Loss Option. Now What?

When every diet or program you’ve tried in an effort to lose weight hasn’t worked, it can be frustrating. While these weight loss options have helped many people shed pounds, there is not a high rate of success over the long term. In fact, the failure rate of these methods in keeping the weight off is more than 90%. Many of these attempts are very hard on your body, such as yo-yo dieting – where your body never has a chance to get used to a consistent weight.

For those who are seriously overweight (obese), weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, has proven one of the few successful options. There are two reasons why weight loss surgery will succeed where other attempts have failed: First, weight loss surgery physically changes the way your body processes food. By restricting the amount of food your stomach can handle and bypassing part of the digestive process, your body is not absorbing as many calories and nutrients. Secondly, the post-surgery weight loss process is guided by a physician and closely monitored by medical personnel every step of the way.

Other weight loss methods rely almost exclusively on discipline and support. While discipline and support are essential to surgical weight loss, surgery changes a critical factor in the equation: your metabolism, (the way your body accepts and uses food). If you reach a weight that forces you to consider weight loss surgery, it's likely that your metabolism has been a lifelong problem. In a sense, the deck has been stacked against you. Weight loss surgery evens the odds, giving you a much better chance of success than non-surgical options.

Read more about weight loss options and responsibilities.

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