Increasing Use of Weight Loss Surgery to Defeat Obesity Bolstered by Persistence of Hungry Feelings Following Weight Loss, Says Beverly Hills Physicians

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The Los Angeles area health and beauty clinic comments on a recent article that a Norwegian study documents what people with obesity have known for years about the extreme difficulty of weight loss.

A bariatric procedure can make defeating severe obesity much far more achievable by getting at the root of the problem: hungry feelings that are out of proportion to the body’s actual need for food.

A February 8 article on Live Science reports on a Norwegian study looking at 34 severely obese people with an average weight of 275 pounds. These individuals participated in an intense, medically supervised program of low calorie diet and exercise while a control received a less vigorous weight loss program. On average, members of the more active group were able to lose an average of 24 pounds. Unusually, the study’s participants were successful in keeping the weight off for a two year period.

Unfortunately, however, increased levels of hunger hormones persisted and so did a higher level of feelings of hunger. Moreover, after the weight loss, participants’ bodies actually slowed the speed at which they burned calories, making it even more challenging for them to remain at their present weight. Thus, while it was possible to lose a relatively modest number of pounds for an extensive period, the study’s participants will either have to struggle against their hungry feelings indefinitely or regain their lost weight. Los Angeles based health and beauty clinic Beverly Hills Physicians says that, while the study concluded correctly that weight loss is a chronic problem requiring lifelong attention, a bariatric procedure can make defeating severe obesity much far more achievable by getting at the root of the problem: hungry feelings that are out of proportion to the body’s actual need for food.

Beverly Hills Physicians says that the most prevalent weight loss operation, a gastric sleeve procedure, works in two ways. First, it reduces the stomach’s size by at least three quarters. As you might expect, this makes overeating uncomfortable, creating an unpleasant association with overeating. In addition, the procedure removes the upper part of the stomach, called the fundus. The clinic says that this appears to be the seat of most of the body’s production of the hormone chiefly responsible for feelings of appetite. Beverly Hills Physicians notes that overweight people tend to produce more of the hormone and, to make matters worse, production of ghrelin actually appears to increase after individuals lose weight. Fortunately, removing the fundus largely removes the problem by drastically reducing the body’s production of the hormone. The result is that people are able to focus on changing their eat habits without being driven to distraction by constant pangs of appetite that are essentially indistinguishable from genuine feelings of hunger, says Beverly Hills Physicians.

The health and beauty clinic says that the participants in the Norwegian study, while severely overweight, will have to struggle indefinitely in order to maintain what appears to be a relatively modest, though certainly beneficial, weight loss. While bariatric patients also have to exert some effort, they are typically able to lose significantly more weight and keep it off, mostly because their reduced feelings of appetite means that they are able to focus on developing a healthier lifestyle without being constantly distracted, says Beverly Hills Physicians.

Readers who are interested in learning more about weight loss procedure are invited to contact Beverly Hills Physicians at 1-800-788-1416. Readers may also want to see the clinic’s web site, located at http://www.BeverlyHillsPhysicians.com.

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