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...
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.