July 21, 2017
Weight loss treatment is about more than just shedding pounds and slimming down. Dr. Rachel Moore and Dr. Michael J. Thomas know that each patient they work with possesses a personal motivation to change their life for the better. Patients want to participate in activities they used to enjoy or try new things that they have never been able to do before; some want to have more energy for their families and some are trying to start families. Whatever your motivation is for better health, we can help you find the weight loss option that is right for you1.
The Connection Between Weight and Health
What does it mean to be at a healthy weight? Your ideal body weight will depend on your height and can be influenced by your gender, age, and your bone and muscle density. While many people are interested in weight loss for reasons having to do with appearance, an appropriate weight is a very important factor in your overall health. The human body can function more efficiently at an ideal weight, and losing excess body weight can have a positive effect on blood pressure and cardiovascular health.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
So how do you know if you are at a healthy weight or in danger of having obesity? Medical professionals utilize a measurement tool called Body Mass Index (BMI) to evaluate body weight. A BMI measurement is based on your height and weight. A small percentage of people with high muscle mass, such as body builders or professional athletes, may be exempted from BMI guidelines. However, BMI is widely used in the medical community and is accurate for the majority of patients.
If you have a BMI over 25, we offer a variety of weight loss solutions that can help you achieve a healthy weight.
Diet and Weight Loss
Making changes to diet and eating habits is integral to any weight loss attempt. But people often struggle to stick to a more restrictive diet, or they get confused by the plethora of conflicting diet advice. Is it healthier to stick to a Mediterranean or a vegan diet? What is the difference between Keto and Paleo? Will it be easier to stick to a commercial diet like Jenny Craig or Medifast? It can be difficult to find what works for you. Luckily, most doctors and weight loss professionals agree on a few guiding principles that are more important than the latest fad diet:
- Get adequate protein – Protein can help keep you full and is also the building block of muscle. Good sources include eggs, low-fat dairy, beans, fish, and lean meats.
- Include vegetables – Veggies are low calorie and full of beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Eat them fresh with low-calorie salad dressing, or add frozen vegetables to dishes such as soups or scrambled eggs.
- Stay hydrated – Proper hydration aids weight loss and is important for overall health. Keep a water bottle handy and avoid sugary drinks like juice, soda or fancy coffee.
- Eat mindfully – Plan and prep healthful meals in advance and take time to pay attention to everything you eat. Avoid snacking in front of the television and plan non-food social activities.
Exercise and Weight Loss
Physical activity is a key element of a successful weight loss plan and an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Consistent exercise does more than burn calories, it can also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and cardiovascular disease by up to 30%2. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommend between 2 ½ to 5 hours of aerobic activity for adults3. Aerobic exercise includes brisk walking, swimming, and bicycling. Strength training is also recommended at least twice per week. To find a workout regimen that works for you, commit to activities you enjoy and check with your doctor before starting any new exercise.
Understanding and Treating Obesity
People with obesity often face the stigma that stems from societal assumptions and misunderstandings about weight gain and weight loss. Each human has a unique and complex biology and weight loss tips that work for one person may not work for others. Even when weight loss is initially successful, some experts believe that people who lose weight through diet and exercise face a 95% chance of regaining the weight4. Luckily, there are options beyond diet and exercise. Studies show that most patients with obesity who have bariatric surgery maintain their weight loss in the years after their procedure5.
Learn more about preventing and treating obesity.
Bariatric Surgery Options
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Options
- Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)
- ORBERA Gastric Balloon
- Obalon Gastric Balloon System
- Gastric Bypass Revision with Overstitch
Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
All medical procedures have some risk associated, but bariatric surgery typically has a very favorable outcome. Here are a few facts to keep in mind when considering bariatric surgery:
- The survival rate for bariatric surgery is 99.9%, which is comparable to most routine surgeries6.
- Many weight loss experts believe that bariatric surgery is the most effective and reliable solution to obesity7.
- Bariatric surgery can be life-saving for patients facing serious health complications associated with obesity. One study reports that patients with morbid obesity were 89% less likely to die within a 5 year period if they underwent bariatric surgery8.
The decision to have any medical procedure is highly personal, and each patient’s risk of complications or side effects will depend on a number of factors, including medical history and overall health. Talk to your physician or an experienced bariatric surgeon about any potential risks of bariatric surgery.
Paying for Weight Loss Treatment
Did you know that some health insurance plans offer coverage for bariatric surgery? Contact your plan administrator to learn if your plan may cover weight loss procedures. If you do not have insurance coverage for bariatric procedures, there are self-pay options.
Moore Metabolics partners with independent medical lenders to offer monthly payment plans to fit a variety of budgets. Remember, your health is priceless.
Learn more about payment options at Moore Metabolics.
Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
There are many potential health benefits for patients who choose to have bariatric surgery. Some possible benefits include:
- Improvement or total remission of their Type 2 diabetes9
- Improvement in hypertension and sleep apnea10
- Reduction of food cravings due to changes in hunger hormones11
- Relief from joint pain
- Improved fertility12
Life After Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix or an easy way out. Bariatric patients need to be prepared to commit to lifelong healthy habits in order to maintain weight loss success. Patients who do have weight loss surgery may feel more confident and have the tools to live a healthier lifestyle. We recommend finding a supportive community and keeping your bariatric surgeon’s weight loss advice in mind. Check out our patient gallery to see before and after photos and read stories from Moore Metabolics patients.
Bariatric Surgery in New Orleans
We offer customized weight loss options at Moore Metabolics. Whether you are 20 pounds or 200 pounds overweight, we have solutions for you. Contact us to learn more about weight loss options or schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Moore or Dr. Thomas.
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2 CMAJ. 2006 Mar 14; 174(6): 801–809. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.051351
3 Centres for Disease Control – https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/pdf/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf#page=55
4 Bijlefeld, M., & Zoumbaris, S. (2003). Encyclopedia of Diet Fads. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press
5 JAMA Surg. Published online December 6, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.5025
6 JAMA Surg. 2014;149(3):275-287. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.3654
7 AMA and Archives. Study Examines Outcomes of Gastric Bypass Surgery in Morbidly Obese and Super Obese Patients. April 2009
8 Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Weight loss surgery extends lifespan. August 2007.
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10 Canadian Journal of Surgery 2013 Feb; 56(1): 47–57
11 World Journal of Gastroenterology 2015 Nov 7; 21(41): 11804–11814