5 Rules for Keeping the Weight Off

For many people, losing weight is not the hard bit… It’s keeping it off that causes the problems.

The formula to losing weight is simple yet effective. Increase your activity and/or reduce calories and you will lose weight. For faster results, do both.

Therefore embarking on a radical diet accompanied by a rigorous exercise regime can be expected to deliver good results in terms of weight loss.

The problem comes with “sustaining” that new body weight. People can hit a “plateau” where their weight just stops falling or even worse, start to see the pounds (or stones) creeping back on – the yo-yo weight syndrome.

Achieving Long Term Weight Loss

The ongoing National Weight Control Registry in America is the largest study of long term successful weight loss. On average its 5,000 members have lost 66lb – and kept the weight off for five-and-a-half years.

The organisation has studied what habits help to form success in weight loss and found 5 things rose to the top of the list. People who manage to keep weight off tend to:

  1. eat breakfast every day
  2. weigh themselves once a week
  3. watch less than 10 hours of television a week 
  4. exercise about an hour a day
  5. maintain a reduced calorie intake

This isn’t about a healthy couple of weeks, it’s a healthy lifestyle for life.

Extra Help to Kick-Start Weight Loss

On paper, weight loss looks quite straightforward. In practice, it can be very difficult to change the habits of a lifetime and adopt a lower calorie intake and a healthier regime.

For those that are overweight or obese, surgical intervention can be an attractive prospect.

A gastric band, bypass or sleeve should only ever be seen as a last resort, but where diet and exercise are unsustainable or ineffective and a person is stuck at an unhealthily weight, then weight loss surgery may be considered.

There is another option which does not involve the risks of going under the knife.

A gastric balloon is a non-surgical option which can be used to kick-start weight loss in those that are overweight. It can also be used prior to major surgery in the morbidly obese.

The balloon is a short term programme and entirely reversible. A soft silicon sac is inserted into the stomach then inflated with sterile saline. This takes up volume in the stomach, creating a feeling of “fullness”, so that the patient naturally wants to eat less. The weight can then start to come off while the patient learns how to eat smaller portions and choose healthier foods.

For best results, gastric balloon patients should be supported with excellent dietary advice to help them succeed.

Mr Marcus Reddy, Weight Loss Surgeon

Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Mr Reddy, based in London and Surrey offers a range of obesity surgery procedures for overweight and obese patients. Weight loss surgery options include the gastric sleevegastric bypass and gastric band with excellent standards of aftercare and support to help patients succeed in losing the excess weight for good.

Contact Us

For further information about weight loss surgery or to book an appointment, please call 0207 100 8083 or email marcusreddy@doctors.org.uk.


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