Article on Mindfulness and Weight Loss Highlights the Evolutionary Barriers to Weight Loss, Notes Dr. Michael Feiz

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Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles bariatric surgeon says that the human instincts originally meant to help people live longer are the same ones that are making modern day humans obese.

Weight loss surgery can truly change lives.

Dr. Feiz explains that, for obese patients, weight loss surgery can be an incredibly powerful counter to these instincts that still exist strongly in everyone.

In an article published October 22nd by The Washington Post, the author explored the work of Brown University epidemiology professor Eric Loucks, who has been studying the connection between obesity and mindfulness. Mr. Loucks theorizes that a big part of what makes many humans obese are the primal instincts that we have towards food, therefore, those who are more able to recognize these instincts when they pop up are better equipped to fend off excess weight. According to Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz M.D., F.A.C.S., the internal desires to constantly be eating can obviously be detrimental to the health of anyone living in the modern age with an unprecedented access to (often unhealthy) food. Yet, Dr. Feiz explains that, for obese patients, weight loss surgery can be an incredibly powerful counter to these instincts that still exist strongly in everyone.

As noted by the article, one of the big reasons why people often seem to have an insatiable appetite is because, back when humans were hunters and gatherers, we never knew when our next meal was coming. Dr. Feiz explains that this reality encouraged the brain to develop in a way that pushed people to eat past when they feel full, and more often than needed. While not mentioned by the article, Dr. Feiz explains that this logic could also be applied to the question of why the most fattening foods so often taste so good to us. Because early humans were more in danger of getting too few calories rather than too many, the brain sought out foods high in fat and sugar which served as shortcuts to achieving the nutritional intake that each person needed for that day. Now that most Americans have access to more high-calorie food than they could possibly eat, Dr. Feiz explains that these instincts ingrained in the human brain now work against our health.

While some people incorrectly view weight loss surgery as a “cheat,” Dr. Feiz explains that it should be thought of instead as a modern day solution accounting for the fact that our brains are not designed for the realities of today’s level of food availability. Weight loss surgery achieves this effect for severely obese patients both by limiting the capacity of the stomach, and by limiting the amount of ghrelin (a hormone which causes hunger cravings) that gets released to the brain. Dr. Feiz explains that the sleeve gastrectomy, currently the most popular weight loss surgery, has perhaps the strongest hormonal benefits.

For more information about Dr. Feiz, the sleeves gastrectomy, or anything else pertaining to weight loss surgery, call Dr. Feiz and Associates today at 310-855-8058 or visit the medical group online at

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