Counting the Cost of Christmas Calories... Bodycraft Predicts a Surge in Gastric Band Interest for 2012

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As the average woman consumes 7,000 calories on Christmas Day, it’s no surprise that many Brits face the New Year with a few extra pounds to lose. In fact, it is thought that the average woman will gain half a stone over the festive period. With many New Year’s resolutions bound to include plans for losing weight, Bodycraft’s team of bariatric surgeons, counsellors, nurses and dietitians are already gearing up for a surge in enquiries in 2012.

Christmas dinner is the highlight of the festivities for many of us; but it comes at a cost - there is no other meal in the year where we consume so many calories. The average Christmas dinner with starter, trimmings, pudding, cream, brandy butter, mince pies, cheese and biscuits all washed down with plenty of wine comes to a massive 6,500 calories.

Bodycraft Weight Loss, based in London and Surrey, provides bariatric surgery for overweight and obese patients who have chosen drastic action to take control of their diets and weight.

A spokesperson for the company said “Christmas is a particularly challenging time for those that struggle with diet. Food is rich and plentiful – almost every meal is treat time. In addition, high fat, high sugar snacks such as mince pies and chocolates are also readily available and when picked at throughout the day can easily add a few hundred more calories.”

“It is certainly possible to avoid over-consumption at Christmas. Making sure that you choose plenty of vegetables with your meals and staying well hydrated with non-alcoholic drinks will naturally fill you up so that you consume less ‘naughty treats’. In addition, staying active with some moderate exercise is a very helpful way to stop those pounds piling on.”

“However, that good advice can be hard to put into practice and Christmas is a time when even for those without a clinical weight issue can tend to put on a few pounds. As a result, we do tend to see a surge in enquiries for the gastric band and gastric bypass in the New Year.”

“While bariatric surgery is clinically proven to help patients lose weight, we would stress that weight loss surgery is not an easy option and certainly not for everyone. In the UK, adults are required to have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 30 with obesity-related medical conditions to qualify for a gastric band even in the private sector.”

“Losing weight through diet and exercise alone is generally recommended as a preferred option where possible; but where this has failed; the gastric band is a clinically proven weight loss tool for those that need it.”

“We would urge anybody interested in weight loss surgery to undertake serious research to fully understand the full implications of surgery as well as the weight loss benefits. Patients should choose a reputable provider and take advantage of all the information available on the internet and in brochures to make an informed decision. They should expect a confidential meeting with an experienced bariatric surgeon for an individual review and advice before making any decision. Finally, ensuring they choose a company that gives good aftercare support after the surgery is vitally important to getting the weight loss results.”

“For the right patient, armed with the facts, weight loss surgery can be a life-changing decision.”

Numerous studies have shown that weight-loss surgery changes lives, and weight loss surgery is invaluable to those who have struggled for years with weight, helping them not only to drop dress sizes and look slimmer, but also to benefit from considerable health improvements too.

Bodycraft’s Weight Loss team offer a full range of weight loss surgery procedures, including the gastric band, bypass and sleeve, as well as the non-surgical gastric balloon. Patients are supported before, during and after surgery by professional and dedicated dietitians, nurses and counsellors to ensure they get the best results from surgery.

They cater to London and Surrey in particular, although patients are welcomed from all over the UK and even overseas, due to the excellent reputation of their Bariatric Surgeons, Mr Marcus Reddy and his surgical team. The support team includes Channel 4's The Food Hospital's Lucy Jones as weight loss Dietitian.

Patients can call Bodycraft on freephone 0800 862 0343 to request a confidential consultation with a Weight Loss Surgeon. for further information.


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