Many people are so unhappy with their weight that they go through extensive measures in order to lose it, and to attempt to do so quickly. Extreme weight loss is not recommended however, as one may easily end up regaining the lost weight shortly afterwards. As a general rule of thumb it is always better to lose weight gradually by adopting a healthy lifestyle, and keeping that lifestyle even after the weight is lost.
Extreme weight loss is as the name itself implies extreme. So, even though you may see that you lost a certain amount of kilos relatively quickly, you need to see that you stick to the diet plan that you started out with. In most cases the diet plan is either too rigid, in that it includes a limited number of calories, which leave you feeling hungry and craving to eat more. Do you realistically imagine yourself keeping up with this every day of your life from now on? Surely not! Most extreme weight loss journeys also involve plenty of strenuous exercises, which for most people tend to be a bit too much and excessive.
If you were to investigate what happens to people who undergo extreme weight loss you will see that it just does not make sense. Obese people who get an athletic body? Hardly possible! Effective weight loss and maintenance needs to be realistic. Transformations can happen, and there are even TV programmes which show these kinds of transformations. But in reality you are intelligent enough to realize that this is not a permanent weight loss result, and these people are in all probability going to regain kilos as time goes by because extreme weight loss is never a long term solution. How can it be when most people struggle to lose just 15 pounds? Weight loss requires lifestyle changes, proper eating habits and a commitment to retain a healthy lifestyle from now on. Eating right and daily exercises are critical in weight loss, but you also need to combine them with a mental transformation, whereby you believe in yourself and in your ability to lose weight and maintain the weight loss you managed to achieve. You need to be motivated and at the same time, realistic.
Apart from these key elements, you will also need to put into practice some tips which can help you a great deal in losing weight. These include:
- Getting used to eating a nourishing and high protein breakfast every day
- Eat whole foods and not processed foods
- Making snacks more nutritious, by including more fruits, vegetables and nuts in your diet
- Eating soluble fibre
- Avoiding sugary drinks and sticking to water
- Eat smaller portions
- Eat more slowly
- Exercise every day
Extreme weight loss methods are hardly ever a good solution to weight loss. You may start to see results, but they are not going to last. So, try to be more realistic about your weight loss journey. Give it time, patience and commitment, and you will be better off in the long run.
Weight loss surgery
Some people are so desperate to lose weight that they decide to undergo a weight loss surgery. Even though this kind of surgery has increased in its popularity, and there is a considerable demand for it, there are still many who do not understand what it really entails and what are the risks related to it. So let us discuss in some more detail key aspects of weight loss surgery.
First of all this type of surgery is recommended in cases when one is extremely obese, or in cases when one has a weight related condition. One may have to undergo such a surgery so as to improve his or her life. It is also very important that even after undergoing a weight loss surgery, one makes it a point to adjust his or her food consumption and lifestyle so as to manage to keep the weight off.
In a weight loss surgery the process involves changes that are made on one’s stomach or small intestine, or in both of them. There are four types of weight loss surgery, namely:
- Gastric bypass whereby the surgeon leaves just a small part of the stomach, commonly referred to as a pouch, so that the patient will start to eat less as the pouch will not be able to hold much food. The rest of the food will basically bypass the stomach and go directly into the small intestine.
- Adjustable gastric band is when a small band is placed around the top part of the stomach. The band limits how much food gets into the stomach.
- Gastric sleeve is the kind of surgery that removes a significant part of one’s stomach. Only a narrow section, like a sleeve, in the upper area is left. The goal is to curb one’s hunger.
- Duodenal switch is a rather complicated type of weight loss surgery whereby there is the removal of most of the stomach, plus a gastric sleeve to bypass most of the small intestine.
The type of weight loss surgery that is carried out will depend on the individual’s situation. After undergoing a weight loss surgery most people lose weight for about two years. After that period they may easily start to regain weight, but if one has got used to a healthy lifestyle, this can be avoided. Any medical conditions one had prior to undergoing the weight loss surgery should have improved afterwards. Some of such conditions include diabetes and high blood pressure.
Despite these health related benefits and the fact that one will feel better if he or she has a more reasonable weight, there are certain risks and side effects related to this surgery. Some of the most common side effects are nausea and vomiting, bloating, dizziness, excessive sweating, diarrhoea and increased gas. More serious side effects include infection, bleeding, leaks in places where the stitches have been made and blood clots, which in serious cases could move to one’s lungs and heart. Therefore it is important to bear in mind all of this prior to deciding whether to undergo weight loss surgery or not.