1 800 GET THIN -- This Holiday Season, Focus On Family And Friends, Not The Food

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Bariatric surgeon Dr. Lee Au says people must alter their perception of eating. "Many with weight problems experience anxiety when exposed to the large quantities of food on display at holiday meals," he says.

Patty Gamberg says this holiday season may be her best in years. After years of gaining and losing weight, Patty had the Lap-Band procedure in July and has been steadily shedding pounds and she is well on her way to enjoying a healthier life. 1 800 GET THIN puts people in touch with weight loss professionals who provide information needed to make informed choices & lifestyle changes. “I was up to 228 pounds and thoroughly disappointed with myself,” says Patty, who is a 44 year-old mom in San Diego, CA. “The final straw was when I saw some photos my husband took of me at my birthday.” 

The Lap-Band helps people to lose weight by restricting the amount of food they can eat at one time.  Patty’s dietitian, Jessica says that she encourages patients who have had the Lap-Band to appreciate the second chance they have been given to be healthy and to eat responsibly during the holidays and beyond. She says that if they prepare before sitting down for a festive meal they’ll be better able to focus on the social aspect of the holiday instead of the food. “Be sure to eat your normal portions for breakfast and lunch’: she says. “That way you’ll be less tempted to overdo it later."

“Many bariatric surgery patients have overeaten for years, so they often feel anxiety when exposed to the large quantities of food on display during the typical holiday meal,” says bariatric surgeon Dr. Lee Au. "To be able to lose weigh and keep it off, we need to eat when we're hungry and stop when we're not hungry." Dr. Au says that Lap-Band surgery is a tool for weight loss. "But people still must eat responsibly," he says. "If you overeat, you're going to gain weight again. It’s a complete lifestyle change, to alter the perception of food and eating.”

1-800-GET-THIN encourages everyone to eat responsibly. For information on weight loss, lifestyle changes and the Lap-Band, call 1-800-GET-THIN or visit http://www.1800getthin.com. Hundreds of thousands of obese patients have successfully lost weight and kept it off long-term with the Lap-Band. All individuals should consult with their physician prior to undergoing any weight loss program. Studies indicate that individuals can achieve 30-50% excess weight loss at 3 years with the Lap-Band.

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