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Extreme Weight Loss Plan: Is It For You?

Aug 17, 2007
Nothing beats a balanced diet and regular exercise as healthy ways to lose weight. But it is quite a tall order for many who are stuck in front of computers all day.

Here is a rundown on extreme weight-loss plan available in most countries today, and the possible risks involved.

1. Hormone Therapy

Quite holistic, this approach basically involves taking an anti-aging medicine. As the body ages, hormone levels go down, the pituitary glands stop producing growth hormones, and one's metabolism slows, making weight gain very easy and losing weight a challenge.

The goal of this method is to bring the body's function back to its 20'the age when the body is at its peak. Weight loss is a result of the increases rate of metabolism. Ten to twenty pounds can easily be lost, but then after that it may come back.

The therapy, however, can also replenish growth hormones, firm the muscles, and tighten the skin.

Hormonal therapy is best for people whose hormones are not in tip-top shape but whose will power is. Health experts say that most people who follow this regimen tend to let their appetite go since they now have faster metabolism.

The Risks

Overdose and hyperthyroidism are the main risks. There is also an ongoing controversy about this approach and cancer. If an individual is genetically predisposed to cancer cells, the growth hormones may trigger the sleeping cancer cells to grow.

This theory is not yet medically proven, but requires careful consideration.

2. Liposuction

According to some 2003 statistical reports, liposuction was considered as the well known "cosmetic surgery" method in the United States, with approximately more than 380,000 cases performed.

The need for liposuction is feasible for people who have extreme fat deposits. Some people have certain areas in their body that are predisposed to easy formation of fatty deposits like the abdomen, the hips, and the arms.

Cosmetic surgeons claim that liposuction is essentially a surgical technique that involves a probe being inserted into the patient's body and liquefying the fat prior to suctioning it out.

The most commonly used method of liposuction is the wet method, which is an outpatient procedure that takes around an hour and a half to perform.

On the other hand, the dry method involves general anesthesia for liposuction on all parts of the body in one session. Tending to be bloody and painful, this approach causes 99% of lipo mortalities.

The Limitations

Liposuction allows the removal of fat deposits from a patient's body in a single operation by as much as 10 pounds.

Also, keep in mind that liposuction is really not a mere procedure for weight loss. Rather, it is a "cosmetic surgical procedure" designed to contour the body by removing extra fat not even requiring a minor surgery to take away extra skin or to put away huge "permanent scars".

Liposuction is best for individuals with a healthy mind and body. Patients with healthy skin will find that their skin will respond positively to their new body contours.

The Risks

In some cases of liposuction, the risk of getting an infection is possible, as with any surgery, for that matter. Thus, a prophylactic is administered before the procedure.

Also, pulmonary embolism happens in one in 100,000 patients of liposuction. This happens when an amount of loosened fat travels the body and reaches post-surgery may prevent this.

3. Bariatric Surgery

This is the last resort for those who suffer from what is called morbid obesity, a case of being overweight by 100 pounds or more.

There are two ways to do bariatric surgery:

a. The "Lap Band System"

This type of bariatric surgery works on the principle of stomach stapling, but instead of stapling, a removable band is placed to restrict the stomach.

Placed laparoscopically, the "band" is pretty much like a belt that can be tightened or loosened, only worn inside the body.

The modifiable band is a "silicone elastomer hollow ring" packed with saline and mounted surrounding the higher portion of the stomach creating a fresh miniature "stomach pouch", with the larger portion of the stomach underneath the band, thereby, reducing the storage space.

b. Gastric Bypass Surgery

Otherwise known as stomach, stapling, gastric bypass surgery involves reducing the size of the stomach so that a patient feels full after only a diminutive quantity of food, from one ounce to three ounces. The result is an immediate decrease in calorie intake and the long-term reducing in weight.

Indeed, there are many kinds of weight loss plans available in the market today. Some may be beneficial for one, but could be harmful to the others.

The key is to find out which weight loss plan will best work for you.

With any extreme weight loss plan you should always weigh the risks compared to the benefits.
Talk it over with your health care practitioner and your family and always wait at least six months before having the surgery. During this six months, eat the most nutritional foods possible, work with your doctor on starting an exercise plan and get your body as healthy as possible. Surgery does take a toll on the body so you need to treat it well before and after.

The six month wait will also give you time to really think it out and decide if you are mentally prepared for an extreme weight loss plan. There is a good chance that after the wait, you may change your mind and go for more subtle ways of weight loss.
About the Author
Patricia has been interested in weight loss & fitness since the early 70's and knows the difference between hype & fact. For daily Dieting & Fitness Information please visit: http://www.The-Weightloss-Guide.com/blog
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