Article on Foods for Weight Loss Highlights the Problematic Quick-Fix Attitude Surrounding Weight Loss, Says Dr. Michael Feiz

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Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles bariatric surgeon explains that simply mentioning that there is no silver bullet cure for obesity is not enough to avoid perpetuating the myth of easy weight loss.

While losing a significant amount of weight is difficult, the hardest part is often keeping it off.

Those who are severely obese need a serious, long-term solution like weight loss surgery that can help patients lose weight and keep it off for years to come.

An article published October 11th in Science Times began by stating that “There is no magic formula that can help you lose weight.” The author then goes on to list five foods (lemons, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, olive oil, and hot sauce) that the article states are able to help patients lose weight by incorporating them into their diet. While the article is responsible in that it only lists foods that have some credible scientific backing to their weight loss claims, bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. explains that the fact that our discussion about weight loss is so often phrased in terms of “tips and tricks” can be problematic for those who need serious weight loss solutions. Dr. Feiz explains that, while replacing a caloric beverage with lemon water may be helpful for those who simply want to shed a few pounds for health or cosmetic reasons, those who are severely obese need a serious, long-term solution like weight loss surgery that can help patients lose weight and keep it off for years to come.

  • Serious Results – While Dr. Feiz cautions against calling any procedure a surefire method to help patients lose weight, bariatric surgery with a qualified surgeon remains the only proven therapy for encouraging significant, long-term weight loss. After having the sleeve gastrectomy, the fastest growing choice for weight loss surgery, patients on average lost just over 60 percent of their excess BMI when examined one year after surgery. While results vary from patient to patient and study to study, Dr. Feiz explains that the scientific consensus around weight loss surgery is plain and simple. Patients who have chosen weight loss surgery lose weight far quicker and more easily than those who opt for traditional diet and exercise.
  • Long-Term Results – Dr. Feiz explains that perhaps the greatest benefit of bariatric surgery is that it not only helps obese patients lose a significant amount of weight but manage to keep it off as well. Anyone who has experienced the frustration of yo-yo dieting, characterized by weight gains that equal or exceed previous losses, knows just how valuable a long-term solution can be. In one study, it was revealed that the average patient had maintained a weight loss of 62 percent of their excess body weight when examined five years after their gastric sleeve procedure.

While it is certainly fine to offer tips and tricks to aid those going through their weight loss journey, Dr. Feiz explains that it is important to understand and emphasize that these solutions are secondary. Obese patients interested in learning more about weight loss surgery and the solutions available to them can call Dr. Feiz and Associates at 310-855-8058 or visit them online at

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