A blog by Dr. Aleksandar Resanovic
Weight loss is one of the most searched topics online and a common goal for many people, whether it’s for health reasons, to improve appearance, or simply to feel better. While there are many different approaches to weight loss, the key is to find a sustainable method that works for you. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most effective strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that weight loss is not a quick fix or a one-time activity. It requires a long-term commitment to building healthy habits, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and consistent self-care. With that in mind, there are several steps in the weight loss journey:
- Set realistic goals about the amount of weight you want to lose, and focus also on the timeframe in which you want to achieve that.
- Healthy eating, this means eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, while avoiding processed foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats. Consider working with a registered dietitian or nutritionist to create a personalised meal plan that meets your specific needs.
- Exercise, get moving. The exercise that you stick to, is the one that will allow you to lose weight.
- Well-being. It’s important to keep a positive mindset and a positive approach towards weight loss, as well as not giving up.
What if you are unable to lose weight, or you lose the weight but only to regain it after some time? What is the solution for you?
It’s time for you to consult a bariatric surgeon. The decision for a patient to undergo bariatric surgery is very significant, and therefore the patients need to be fully informed and prepared.
The first step is an evaluation by a bariatric surgeon to determine the best treatment option for the patient. This evaluation includes a thorough medical history, physical examination, and a review of the patient’s weight loss efforts to date. The surgeon will also discuss the different types of treatment and types of bariatric surgery and their potential risks and benefits.
For some patients, placing a gastric balloon is a better fit. For example, patients that have a BMI between 27 and 35 have the option of having a gastric balloon placed for them. With this new method, where we are placing a swallowable gastric capsule-balloon in the stomach, the patient is able to lose 15% over the course of 4 months.
Patients with a BMI between 35 and 40, but with some comorbidities (like hypertension, diabetes, or polycystic ovary syndrome), as well as patients with a BMI above 40, are prime candidates for bariatric surgery. There are several different types of bariatric surgery:
- Sleeve gastrectomy
- Gastric by-pass
- Mini gastric by-pass
- Adjustable gastric band
If the patient is considered a good candidate for bariatric surgery, they will need to undergo a series of pre-operative tests and evaluations to ensure that they are healthy enough for the procedure. These tests may include blood work, imaging studies, and psychological evaluations.
Following their surgery, patients will be advised to adhere to a diet and exercise plan (given to them by the dietitian) as they continue their weight loss journey. This includes consuming small, frequent meals of high-protein, low-fat foods and avoiding sugary or processed foods. Patients will also need to incorporate regular physical activity into their daily routine to help maintain their weight loss and improve their overall health.
It is important to remember that bariatric surgery is not a quick fix, and patients must be committed to making lasting lifestyle changes to maintain their weight loss over the long-term. By working closely with their medical team and adhering to a diet and exercise plan, patients can achieve significant weight loss and allow their bariatric surgery to be a life-changing event.
To know more about the surgical and non-surgical bariatric options available at Dubai London Hospital, call 800 352 to book an appointment with either of our bariatric specialists, Dr. Aleksandar Resanovic & Dr. Jayakrishna Reddy today.