The Belly Fat Burden: Reducing Your Waist Circumference
When diet and exercise aren't helping you lose belly fat, medications and surgery may do the job.
Bariatric Surgery: Belly Fat's Last Resort continued...
One study looked at 197 obese people who underwent gastric bypass surgery.
It compared their weight loss and risk factors to a similar group of obese
patients who did not have the procedure. Everyone was on a strict diet and
exercise program to help them lose weight.
At the end of three years, there were striking differences. The surgery
group lost an average of 77 pounds, while the others barely lost any weight.
Also, LDL cholesterol levels dropped 40 points, body mass index dropped 15
points, and 19% fewer people had diabetes. Their need for cholesterol-lowering
medication dropped by 61%, too.
Another study investigated gastric surgery for mild-to-moderately obese
people. In this surgery, patients had an adjustable band placed around the
opening of the stomach, creating a small pouch. After two years, patients who
had the gastric banding lost an average of 21% (45 pounds) of their body
weight. The other group lost 5.5% (12 pounds) via strict calorie restriction,
weight loss drugs, and other lifestyle interventions.
New research is showing that gastric bypass surgery also has a dramatic
impact on the hormones that drive hunger. A study of nine morbidly obese
patients found that, just six weeks after surgery, secretions of the
hunger-reducing hormones peptide YY(PYY) and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1)
were significantly altered. These hormones have been shown to play a role in
appetite control by signaling the body that it is no longer hungry after
Bariatric surgery has indeed shown impressive results, Eisenson says, adding
that the procedure is safer and more effective than most of us realize.
"I'm pretty envious of the results that can be achieved pretty quickly. It
can profoundly reduce health risks related to obesity.