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Recent Advances in Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery, in one form or another, has been around for more than 50 years. For patients considering any of the procedures available today, it should be comforting to know that recent advances in weight loss surgery have improved the reliability of frequently performed procedures. There are also promising new procedures and techniques that could be readily available in the future. Consider some of the recent advances in weight...

Pregnancy After Weight Loss Surgery

An obese pregnancy presents many health risks to both the mother and the baby, so having a baby after weight loss surgery is ultimately safer in most cases. Losing a substantial amount of weight can also make it safer to become pregnant due to a reduced risk of pregnancy problems such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. Even so, there are certain precautions that should be taken during pregnancy...

Understanding BMI

Body mass index, or BMI, is a useful tool in guiding health care providers and patients towards a healthy body weight. Typically, a larger BMI is correlated with a higher risk of disease and possibly death, and there are ranges that are recommended for a given height. Your BMI is calculated by taking your weight in kilograms and dividing it by the square of your height in meters. To convert your...

Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgeries change how a person digests food and how many nutrients that a body can absorb. Exercise is an important factor in healing from the surgery to help lose weight and keep it off. It is important to check with the surgeon first, but a person should be able to start walking for 20 to 30 minutes per day as soon as the patient gets home. However, divide...

New Year, Your New Shape

Losing weight is one of the most common resolutions people make for the new year. And for many people it may be an achievable goal to shed an unwanted 10-15 pounds. Losing a substantial amount of weight, however, involves more of an effort. Sometimes standard weight loss methods won't be effective regardless of your motivation. If you've tried trendy diets, doctor-recommended diets, fitness classes, and various forms of exercise without...

How Nutrition Relates to Weight Gain

Whether you lose, gain, or maintain weight is ultimately determined by the energy balance equation. Energy balance is the relationship between the calories you take in and the calories you burn. When you burn more calories than you eat, you lose weight. When you burn and eat the same number of calories, you maintain weight. When you eat more than you burn, you gain weight. For a long time, scientists...

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3 Common Causes of Obesity

Where you fall on the body mass index determines if you are obese or overweight. Though many people think that obesity only occurs in those who overeat, it can also occur because of genetics. If both your parents are obese and/or you have a family history of obesity, you're more likely to become obese later in life too. Looking at some of the basic causes can help you find the...