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Weight Loss Science Underlines Benefits of Bariatric Procedures


According to a recent article published on Live Science, as people lose weight, certain biological processes initiate that encourage the body to regain the lost weight. The author of the article explains that, when the body senses that its fat stores are depleting, certain processes involving key hormones such as leptin make it all too easy for the body to regain the lost weight. This phenomenon, more commonly known as yo-yo dieting, is all too typical for people struggling to lose excess body weight.

The medical center explains that, for overweight and obese individuals struggling to gain and maintain sustainable long term weight loss results, numerous bariatric procedures are scientifically proven to be effective. What’s more, due to the numerous truly harmful health conditions associated with obesity, bariatric procedures can truly be life-saving. The medical center explains some of the bariatric procedures they offer:

  •  ORBERA Intragastric Balloon – This FDA approved non-surgical balloon weight loss system is regarded as a highly effective weight loss solution for people whose obesity is negatively impacting their health, but with body mass indexes (BMIs) under 40. They explain that this procedure works by using a balloon which is endoscopically inserting into the stomach through the mouth. Once safely inside, the balloon is then inflated to help patients feel fuller much sooner than usual. The balloon is typically removed after 6 months, and just like all types of bariatric procedures, patients are expected to follow a structured diet program after the procedure. In a clinical trial, patients on average witnessed a 10 percent reduction in their starting body weight.
  •  Sleeve gastrectomy – For people with BMIs of 35 and above with obesity related comorbidities, or for people with a BMI of 40 and above, the sleeve gastrectomy procedure is becoming one of the most commonly performed bariatric procedures. This operation involves removing about 80 percent of the stomach tissue, so that patients feel satiated more quickly into each meal. An added benefit of this procedure is that the release of some of the hunger-inducing hormones responsible for triggering hunger pangs is curbed. Altogether, this bariatric procedure is one of the most popular and scientifically proven procedures to help people with severe obesity lose weight – and keep it off over the long term.

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