The Threat to Weight Loss Posed by a Bathroom Scale is Dwarfed by the Overall Issue of Appetite, notes Dr. Feiz & Associates.

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Diet tips like discarding the bathroom scale may be helpful for many, but most severely obese patients require more substantial help, says the Los Angeles-based weight loss clinic.

Some weight loss experts advise junking your bathroom scale and focusing on overall results.

Advice of this type may be useful for many women and men who are trying to lose weight, but severely obese individuals in particular often require more substantial help.

A December 9 article on Thrillist Health recounts the weight loss experiences of a personal trainer who believes that bathroom scales present a serious threat to anyone who’s serious about a weight loss, because dieters tend to focus on numbers rather than their actual health goals. Los Angeles based weight loss clinic Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that advice of this type may be useful for many women and men who are trying to lose weight, but severely obese individuals in particular often require more substantial help. They note that the grim statistics showing that few people are able to achieve and then maintain a significant weight loss over a long period of time are probably related to the fact that the body seems designed to maintain its present weight, no matter how excessive, and appetite tends to increase as individuals attempt to lose weight. They suggest that weight loss surgeries appear to help reverse this effect, enabling patients to achieve a level of weight loss that previously seemed all but unachievable.

Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that the mechanism behind the success of weight loss surgery appears to be largely related to its ability to significantly decrease the appetite. They add that a procedure like a sleeve gastrectomy works in two basic ways. A surgery in which approximately 75 to 85 percent of the stomach is removed, the surgery makes overeating uncomfortable enough to help patients make the right kind of dietary choices. Just as important, however, the portions of the stomach removed includes the areas of the stomach responsible for the production of ghrelin, a hormone associated with the nagging feelings of appetite which sabotage a great many weight loss attempts.

Dr. Feiz adds that bariatric procedures should by no means be seen as an “easy way out.” They still require the patient to completely alter his or her relationship with food and commit to a greatly reduced diet, though it is nevertheless true that weight loss surgeries make sticking to that diet vastly less difficult. The weight loss clinic also adds that these procedures are not for everyone. Among the criteria, patients must be classified as severely obese, which means they must have body mass indexes (BMIs) of 40 or above, or 35 and above with obesity-related health problems.

Readers who are interested in learning more weight loss surgeries at Dr. Feiz & Associates can contact the bariatric practice at (800) 868-5946 or visit its website at http://www.DrFeiz.com.

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