Thursday, June 25, 2015

Diet and Exercise Can Lead to Long Term Weight Loss

For long-term results, nonsurgical approaches to weight loss are generally less effective than surgical approaches. Bariatric surgery is more or less the gold standard in the minds of some people when it comes to weight loss. Still, studies show that some diets and adherence to exercise can lead to long-term weight loss, and to better health.

Recent studies have shown that some commercial  weight loss programs are effective programs. According to U.S. News & World Report, Weight watchers and Jenny Craig programs "had the best evidence that dieters could lose meaningful amounts of weight and keep it off for at least a year."

And in another investigation, U.S. News & World Report  concluded that the DASH diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension diet), was a good diet for "preventing diabetes and heart disease."  So diet can be an effective weight loss method for a relative long period of time, and diet can improve metabolic health.

Exercise can also be helpful in weight loss and beneficial to metabolic health. One doctor, affiliated the 'Biggest Loser' TV show, suggested that "exercising for four hours a day and following a strict diet can yield the same results as weight loss surgery." And another study indicated that "normalization of metabolic control can be achieved after low intensity exercise in individuals with IGT [impaired glucose tolerance]."  Therefore, combining a good diet with exercise could be a worthwhile approach.

While bariatric surgery is considered by some to be the best way to lose weight and maintain the weight loss, diet and exercise, under the right circumstances, might be a winning combination for weight loss and weight maintenance. So, depending on the patient's inclinations and the patient's BMI, a weight loss provider may appropriately advise diet and exercise, even if the patient is eligible for weight loss surgery. Further, diet and exercise will likely be less costly and less traumatic than surgery for the patient.


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