LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As more and more data is gathered on its safety and effectiveness, weight loss surgery has grown in popularity, but so have many of the misconceptions surrounding it. Because weight loss surgery is usually chosen by obese patients who have spent years struggling to lose weight with diet and exercise, many people who don't understand the science behind the procedures assume that it is a replacement for diet and exercise. Los Angeles based bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., reminds current and potential weight loss surgery patients that the procedures simply make it easier for patients to make these important lifestyle changes – it's a beginning, not an ending and lifestyle changes are still extremely necessary. Weight loss surgery is by no means a silver bullet, and there are three things a patient must be mindful of to achieve their weight loss goals.
- Diet – Depending on which bariatric procedure a patient elects, the surgery will either reduce the overall size of the stomach or limit the amount of food the stomach can hold at any given time. This makes it easier for patients to walk away from the dinner table feeling full having only eaten a small portion. Yet, it is still important for patients to eat healthier foods. Not only do healthier foods help patients lose weight, they aid in establishing a new, healthy mindset that is important for keeping the weight off in the years that follow surgery.
- Exercise – Another way for patients to establish a healthy lifestyle and mindset is to introduce exercise into their weight loss regimen. Exercise is a great way to burn calories and lose weight, and it also is proven to make people more relaxed and contented through the release of endorphins. Exercise is proven to help reduce many of the symptoms of depression and stress that are all too common in obese patients.
- Nutrition – After weight loss surgery, patients will be eating a much smaller amount of food than they previously did. While most people see this reduction of calories as a good thing, they often do not consider the fact that they will also be drastically reducing the amount of nutrients that their body receives. Luckily for patients of Dr. Feiz & Associates, he and his support staff, including registered dietician Elana Rackman, are renowned for their ability to guide patients through the weight loss process with all of the nutritional supplements and vitamins that patients need to remain at their healthiest.
Bariatric surgery is an important first step for patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight, but it is important that they remember that it is only the first step. Yet, by heeding the advice of a world class bariatric surgeon like Dr. Feiz, patients can put themselves on the right track toward a happier and healthier future. For more information on weight loss surgery and the things that current patients can do to ensure success, please visit Dr. Feiz's Google+ page or call (800) 868-5946 today. Readers can also visit the doctor's website.
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