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Lap Band - Seven Crucial Facts You Need to Know

Aug 17, 2007
Lap band surgery has become quite popular over the last three years in the United states, as it was ten years ago in European countries.

As with most new break throughs there are always misunderstandings and not so credible advertisers trying to simply the subject.

We have attempted to take the seven most common misunderstood conecepts, or myths, surrounding Lap Band surgery and formulate the true facts.

Myth 1: Lap Band is an easy way to lose weight--
People tend to view Lap Band as an easy solution for a lifetime weight problem. Instead it should be viewed as a commitment one makes to change their life for the better. It is for people who have tried diets and exercise yet nothing seems to help. It might be a difficult life change, but it is worth it because it is the safe way for overweight individuals to successfully lose the pounds.

Myth 2: The surgery prevents proper nutrition--
Not true. Many doctors will prescribe vitamins and supplements to take after the surgery in order to help the recovery process. Individuals can still get proper nutrition, but since the stomach is restricted, you must change the way your body was accustomed to getting daily vitamins and minerals.

Myth 3: Even if you lose the weight, you will gain it back--
The secret is making a lifelong commitment. If you make the commitment to lose the weight and change old eating habits, you will of course lose the weight. If you continue to eat like you used to, then your chances of losing a large amount of weight decreases.

Myth 4: The surgery results in unhealthy rapid weight loss--
Weight loss does not occur overnight, that just would not be healthy. You will lose about 2-3 pounds a week, if you follow a doctor's eating and exercise plan. And of course it will depend on your starting weight and your weight loss goals.

Myth 5: You will have to eat only a liquid diet--
You won't be on a liquid diet forever that is only during the recovery process after surgery. Of course you shouldn't continue to eat the supersized fast food meals like before, but you can eat solid foods. The idea is to eat smaller portioned meals, three times a day because the smaller amount will still give you a full feeling.

Myth 6: The follow-up care is not important--
The follow-up care is the most important part because changing your eating habits and old lifestyle is what leads to healthy weight loss. If you really care about losing weight, then the follow-up care will be a breeze.

Myth 7: You can lose the weight without a drastic lifestyle change--
If you are drastically overweight, then your lifestyle probably was not so healthy before. Of course you have to change your lifestyle if you want to change your body. Losing a large amount of weight is no easy task, but with a positive attitude and a commitment to change your life for the better, weight loss is an attainable goal.
About the Author
Neil Lemons represents Dr. Wade Barker, the premier Dallas Lap Band surgeon who has performed over 1100 Gastric Bypass surgeries and Lap Band surgeries in Dallas for over eight years. For more information, check out http://www.wbarkermd.com.
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