Recent Article on the Difficulty of Weight Loss with Traditional Methods Highlights the Opportunity to Break Through with Bariatric Surgery, says Dr. Michael Feiz

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Commenting on the recent article, the bariatric surgeon notes that the successes of weight loss surgery patients are even more impressive when one truly understands the long odds that obese patients attempting to lose weight are faced with.

Losing weight with traditional methods may be harder than most people think.

However, Dr. Feiz notes, this data proves just how effective that weight loss surgery can be for those who choose it.

According to an article published July 20th on Psych Central, although it’s well known that nearly all obese individuals have difficulty losing weight, successfully reaching a normal weight may be even harder than had been previously thought. The study also illustrates that it is much more difficult for severely obese patients to reach this goal compared to patients that are classified as normally obese, who face some fairly long odds of their own. Specifically, only one in 210 men and 124 women who are obese will ever reach normal body weight, but the numbers skyrocket up to a truly depressing 1 in 1290 for men and 1 in 677 for women that are classified as severely obese. According to bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., these numbers do an effective job of illustrating exactly how daunting the task of losing weight and keeping it off in the long term can be. However, he notes, this data proves just how effective that weight loss surgery can be for those who choose it.

According to Dr. Feiz, the average sleeve gastrectomy patient can expect to lose around 50 percent of their excess weight at the two year mark after their procedure. While this does not necessarily mean a patient will achieve a “beach body,” it is still an astonishing accomplishment when considering that only one in 1290 severely obese men will ever attain a healthy weight.

Part of the reason why the sleeve gastrectomy is so effective, says Dr. Feiz, is that it takes a two-pronged approach to weight loss by helping patients to limit food intake with both physical and hormonal control methods. Like most methods of weight loss surgery, the sleeve limits physical consumption by reducing the size of the stomach by around 80 percent. Additionally, the procedure results in a reduction of the hunger hormone ghrelin. This helps control hunger cravings that people may or may not experience during the day, even if they are not truly hungry. While many patients find that the Lap Band, in addition to the gastric sleeve, is a viable method for losing weight, Dr. Feiz notes that this added hormonal benefit of the gastric sleeve is what makes it the fastest growing weight loss procedure in America today.

Dr. Feiz says that any severely obese patients who are faced with the long odds of losing weight may want to consider weight loss surgery as a pathway to a healthy future. While it is true that all patients are different, and some see much greater success than others, weight loss surgery is far and away the clearest path to a healthy future. The best way to know if weight loss surgery is right for new patients is by taking part in a free seminar with Dr. Feiz. Patients can get more information on seminars, and Dr. Feiz’s work in general, by calling Dr. Feiz & Associates at 310-855-8058 or by visiting the medical office online at

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