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Gastric Bypass and Long-Term Weight Loss

Jul 31, 2008
According to Obesitysurgicalcenter.org, 127 million adults in America are over weight. Of those 60 million are obese and 9 million severely obese. Gastric bypass and other similar surgeries are among the fastest growing elective surgeries in the country, next to breast augmentation. Gastric bypass is reserved for those who are morbidly obese, and for them, the benefits are endless. According to Obesehelp.net, a web site which explains the surgery, 75% of patients can expect to lose up to 80% of their body weight, 80% will be off hypertension medications and 90% with type two diabetes will be off medication as well, just to name a few.

However, this is a drastic surgery, not to be taken lightly. A section of stomach is sealed off to reduce the amount of food which can be eaten, resulting in weight loss. Many patients have follow up care which usually includes an overview of a healthy lifestyle. The post care touches on food choices, diet and exercise plans. Unfortunately many clinics neglect long term post care, however there are other ways of maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

Being obese does not always mean you sit down and eat two large pizzas, obesity can be caused by many things. For example, binge eating, genetics, lack of health education poor choices and emotional attachments to food. A healthy lifestyle is easy to learn simply by visiting with a dietitian to understand better choices or spend sometime with a personal trainer at a gym. The hardest part is to put the tools into action and begin making a better choice. Learning why you eat so poorly is a whole other issue in the weight struggle. Some people eat when they are upset or depressed and some might simply be bored. Maybe there is a happy memory associated with food which makes you crave certain things such as a Twinkie. Many have Gastric bypass surgery and are unsuccessful because they have not addressed all their issues with food, which requires help.

Many post Gastric bypass patients choose to use hypnosis as a sort of maintenance care to the surgery. Hypnosis works with the mind in different ways. One way is by addressing problems or emotions attached to food. Rarely does post care touch on the emotional bond a patient might have with food. Hypnosis researches and finds out why food has taken on such a huge roll in your life. Another way is by combating cravings for favorite foods and replacing those cravings with better healthier options such as exercise and health foods.

There are no limits when using hypnosis, as it deals with the mind making it very successful in those who are looking to lose weight or maintain weight loss. It works by helping you to see your memories, associations and feelings about food to improve in your life and choices. Some may feel counselor, dietitian and physician visits are the only way to insure a successful Gastric bypass surgery. Those visits should happen, but with hypnosis you gain a better understanding as to why you feel the way you do towards food and how you can regain control of your life and help make your Gastric bypass surgery the best it can be.

Weight loss options are always evolving and changing making your choice much more difficult to decide which is best for you. It is difficult enough without all the fad diets, gimmicks and infomercials telling you to buy their new super diet product. However, it is important to research all the new methods and diets out there before making a final decision for something extreme like surgery. If you do elect surgery, consider using hypnosis as a tool in addition to your arsenal again your battle with the bulge.
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