Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Best Ways To Overcome Obesity and Lose Weight

By Kat Fuschillo
Writer for FEP International


There are now a number of treatment options to help you overcome your obesity. Diet and exercise is often enough for many to lose substantial amounts of weight, but others may need a little more help along the way. Below are the three most effective obesity treatments, that could help you lose those unwanted pounds and control your weight.

Treat your obesity naturally...

Changing your unhealthy lifestyle is the first step you need to take, if you want to overcome your obesity for good. All you need to do is make just three simple changes:

1) Re-educate yourself on the food you're eating.
2) Control the amount you eat each day with portion control and lower calories (less than ~2000 calories daily for men and less than ~1500 calories daily for women).
3) Exercise for 30 minutes or more each and every day.

These three steps are all you need to help you get back on track, lose the excess weight and start living a new healthy lifestyle.

Try to remember... this isn't just a quick fix, you need to make permanent changes to your lifestyle. Fad diets won't help, and only offer a quick weight loss solution with no long term plan. Such diets will make weight gain far more likely, and can hamper your weight loss motivation.

If you have a BMI of 30 or over and are considered to be clinically obese, you have a long road ahead of you. This is why it's so important to set realistic goals, to ensure you don't become unmotivated. You need to lose weight at a healthy rate and always be proud of your weight loss achievements [1].

Obesity Dieting Pills...

There are now a number of slimming aids that are available with and without prescription. You can pick up slimming aids at your local supermarket or pharmacy, that will help aid your weight loss process. Many work by suppressing your appetite, while others work by blocking some of the fats found in food. Prescription pills are often far more effective, than those found in stores. But, these pills aren't a miracle cure, and don't work alone. In order to get the best out of any slimming aid, it's essential to eat a well balanced diet, and to exercise regularly to see any real results. Before you decide to use this treatment option, be sure to talk to your doctor first. He or she will be able to advise you on which plan of action is best for you [2].

The obesity gastric band...

The gastric band is an extremely effective way of treating obesity. But, this type of surgery is often viewed as the last resort for those who are unable to lose weight naturally. This procedure is expensive, and can be very dangerous for those who are morbidly obese. Although it's a relativity simple procedure, the anaesthesia on larger patients can be problematic, and cause serious complications. A band is placed around the upper stomach area, and restricts the amount of food in the lower stomach. It works by making you feel more full after just a little food. The gastric band operation is extremely effective and has a high success [3]. This option may not be for you and may be associated with significant risks and complications.

References

1. Lose weight for life –
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/Loseweightforlife.aspx. Accessed Aug 19, 2009.

2. Slimming pills: do they work? -
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5675009.ece. Accessed Aug 19, 2009.

3. Gastric band patients 'at risk' –
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7658410.stm. Accessed Aug 19, 2009.

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