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Ever Increasing Weight What to Do About It

Ever Increasing Weight

Summary: Junk diets, sedentary life styles, lack of exercise, smoking and a myriad of other factors have led to the inevitable result of increase in weight in the general population around the globe. Obesity is a problem that is particularly rampant in the developed countries, mainly due to technological advances that have made our lives easier but sedentary nonetheless.

Ever Increasing Weight: What to Do About It

Following are some of the tips that you can follow to keep your weight in check.

Watch every morsel and every calorie that you put in your mouth. Avoid the fattening stuff like carbs that lead to sudden weight gain. Fried foods like fries must be avoided. Fats and sweets are a no-entry zone when it comes to weight loss. Salt consumption should not exceed the dietary allowance of 1.5 to 3.0 grams per day. Avoid energy drinks. Another thing to keep in mind is that always eat breakfast, no matter what. Empty stomach in the morning can lead to more mid-day snacks with more calories that can lead to weight gain.

Going on a diet does not mean starving yourself. Eat less but eat healthy. Some food substances like whole grain foods, husk, legumes, beans, fresh or pureed vegetables, eggs, fresh fruits, yogurt, pistachios, raisins etc. help in losing weight. Vegetables can also be made into delicious soups to make them appetizing. “At least 8 glasses of water a day” should be your mantra. Water fills up your tummy fooling your body into thinking it is full. Adding red chilies to your diet can also help reduce weight due to release of capsaicin in the body.

It goes without saying that normal body mass index can be maintained only with normal level of physical activity. Even simple aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, riding etc. can make tremendous difference. Heavy workouts like bench presses, triceps presses, military presses, chin ups, sit ups, hammer curls, dumbbell lifts etc. can also be opted for. Workouts should be aptly supplemented with pre and post-workout snacks to maintain your energy levels. When it comes to exercise, it is all a matter of will power and how regular you are.

Severe obesity can also be treated with surgery when all other options fail. Surgical options depend upon the degree of obesity and include gastric bypass, sleeve procedure, gastric bands, gastroplasty, gastrectomy and gastric balloons etc. These methods are quite effective in achieving long term weight loss and in preventing the morbidities associated with obesity like cardiovascular disorders and diabetes etc.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.