In the past decade, the number of bariatric surgeries in America has steadily increased. In 2017, the estimated number of bariatric surgeries was around 228,000.
While more people are turning to surgical procedures for weight loss, there are a number of side effects that may deter you from wanting to go that route.
If surgical weight loss isn’t a good option for you, consider the options for nonsurgical weight loss that are available based on your needs and the source of your weight issues.
Read on to learn more about the resources that are available to you!
Of course, we all know that one of the most touted forms of weight loss is traditional dieting. In fact, the weight loss industry is worth $72 billion in the United States, alone, and a lot of those sales come from diet-focused programs.
Traditional dieting relies on your ability to omit certain foods, like carbs, red meat, or anything that is overly processed. They may also rely on portion control as a method to lower your caloric intake at mealtime. Some programs operate on the idea that you can still “eat whatever you want,” as long as you purchase their low-calorie products.
Studies have shown that people who go the route of dieting tend to lose weight in the first year but gain most of it back in the following five years.
There is a multitude of reasons why this may happen, but one of them is often that the diet program promised results in a certain amount of time, those results were achieved, and the dieter returns to their previous eating patterns.
Dieting is an effective nonsurgical weight loss option. For those effects to last, however, you will need to see your change in diet as a lifelong commitment, rather than a program with a set duration.
Dieticians and nutritionists can help you establish a new way to eat that won’t rely on limits but on balance. Work with a medical professional who can work with you and what your body needs to lose weight in a healthy, lasting way.
Increasing your physical activity can help you to burn more calories and create more muscle. Exercise is a nonsurgical weight loss option, although it usually works best when paired with a change in diet.
Not all exercise regimens are suitable for everyone, and any regimen you may choose must correspond to your physical abilities. Losing weight should never come at the cost of injury or undue physical strain.
Weight Loss Medications
There are a number of FDA-regulated weight loss medications on the market that you may consider using. Weight loss medications typically work by curbing your appetite, creating a feeling of fullness after eating less food, or making it difficult for your body to absorb fat from foods you eat.
Prescription weight loss medications are preferable to over the counter alternatives. Studies have shown that people who use weight loss medications lose an average of 3 to 9% more weight than people who don’t. That said, weight-loss medications work best when paired with a change in diet and increased exercise.
Not everyone who wishes to lose weight will qualify for prescription weight loss medications. These qualifications tend to include a BMI of 30 or higher. If you have additional health problems as a result of your weight, those requirements may be waived.
If you are interested in finding out if you do qualify, consult your doctor.
Therapy for Weight Loss
We’ve all heard someone say that they “eat their feelings.” While this may not mean much to everyone, it should not be taken lightly.
For some, extra weight can be tied to previous trauma or emotional unease. This is often the case for those who suffer from eating disorders or depression.
Weight loss therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. In other words, it involves changing the way you think–about food, about yourself, about your past–to change the way you respond to food.
Weight loss therapy isn’t one of the nonsurgical weight loss procedures in the sense that it will directly impact your weight. It is a tool to help you understand the roots of your weight gain and to help you reverse some of those patterns that got you there.
For those who suffer from emotional and psychological trauma, weight loss therapy may be recommended even if they also choose to undergo other weight loss methods. Your mind is just as important as your body.
The Orbera Balloon: A Leading Nonsurgical Weight Loss Procedure
Maybe you’ve tried everything on this list, and none of it is working for you. You still don’t want to go through surgery, but you want to see real results.
The Orbera Balloon is a nonsurgical, noninvasive, and nonpermanent method for weight loss.
What is the Orbera Balloon? The Orbera Balloon is a gastric balloon that is inserted orally. While you’re under mild sedation, the balloon will be placed directly into your stomach by way of the esophagus. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes and most patients are headed for home that same day!
For six months, the Orbera Balloon remains in place, taking up space in the stomach and slowing digestion. This aids the patient in practicing portion control.
With the help of a physician, patients using the Orbera Balloon will establish diet and exercise routines. Research has shown that people using Orbera lose 3 times more weight than people who are only dieting and increasing physical activity.
Your weight loss journey will continue for another six months after the Orbera Balloon is removed. Orbera is not just a nonsurgical weight loss procedure but a full lifestyle and wellness program with proven results.
Want to Learn More About Orbera?
Orbera is a great option for individuals who are seeking a nonsurgical weight loss option with proven results.
Are you in the Tampa or Lakeland area and interested in the Orbera Balloon? If so, schedule a free consultation to find out if Orbera is right for you.