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A recent news story revealing that the Better Business Bureau has given a failing grade of F to the Sveltox weight loss patch is simply the latest reminder of the ongoing problem of snake oil weight loss products. While the patch’s claims that users could expect to lose up to 4 pounds every day might seem remarkable, it is only the latest in a long line of extremely dubious store-bought “miracles.” It’s easy to sympathize with people who purchase these products in hopes of dealing with their severe obesity, considering how difficult it is to lose large amounts of weight and keep it off. Unfortunately, the reality is that alleged magic bullets never work, and we would like to take the opportunity to remind the public that weight loss surgery remains the one proven technique for putting long-term, significant weight loss well within the reach of most patients.

People who have never truly struggled with obesity cannot fully comprehend the difficulty of making the dietary changes required to lose weight and keep it off. It’s much more than a matter of simple will-power; battling severe obesity essentially means being beset by pangs that feel like hunger, almost all of the time. When a severely obese patient seeks treatment here at Beverly Hills Physicians for such procedures as a gastric sleeve or Lap Band, the available area of their stomach is greatly reduced. This significantly reduces the hunger-like feelings that drive ordinary dieters to distraction. Thus, patients are then able to make the lifestyle changes necessary to ensure long-term weight loss and a healthier, happier life.

Unlike most over-the-counter would-be remedies, weight loss surgeries are not “like magic,” but driven by actual science. Reducing the size of the stomach makes eating excessive amounts of food uncomfortable, and may also have certain hormonal and metabolic impacts that reduce feelings of hunger. Bariatric procedures of all types have been proven in countless studies to produce a host of very real benefits. Most dramatically, a number of scientific studies have repeatedly shown that bariatric procedures can effectively fight the full range of obesity related health conditions. Among other dramatic benefits, actual remissions of type 2 diabetes have been shown in numerous studies.

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