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When Diet and Exercise Don’t Work: Options in Weight Loss Surgery



Winning the battle of the bulge may seem impossible for some individuals. After trying every diet in the book, doing a thousand crunches, performing extreme fitness plans, and taking supplements, those unwanted pounds still won’t go away. Genetics play a part in making it hard to lose weight.

In some cases, health conditions may make it impossible to have an exercise regimen. In other instances, unwanted weight can be extremely stubborn in trouble spots and no amount of dieting or exercise will make it disappear.

When all else fails, surgical remedies may be the answer. It is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of any type of surgery and remember that risks are involved at any time someone undergoes an operation. However, many will agree that weight reduction is worth any cost to finally shed those excess pounds and feel better. There are several forms of weight loss surgery that can help people to achieve their ideal weight.


Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty. Excess fat is removed from the body in order to sculpt it into a leaner shape and enhance its contours in the process. This procedure is ideal for the individual who has tried diet and exercise but still has problem areas, such as fatty deposits in the midsection, in the thighs or buttocks, at the hips, in the upper arms, in the neck and the facial area.

People who choose liposuction generally address the areas of the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. This is not a solution for someone who is obese.

A tummy tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that addresses the abdomen. This procedure addresses excess fat and skin in the midsection. It is a surgery of choice when diet and exercise fail to eliminate that pouch or “muffin top.” A plastic surgeon will surgically remove the excess fat and skin. The muscles of the abdomen are tightened as a final step in this surgery. This surgery is not recommended for anyone who is going to become pregnant or is going to lose a great deal of weight or the effects can be reversed. Abdominoplasty is not a solution for someone who is obese.

Gastric Bypass Surgery and the Laparoscopic Gastric Band

A gastric bypass is a more radical form of surgery that is recommended for people who are extremely overweight. When obesity threatens a person’s health, mobility, and quality of life, this procedure could be the answer. The stomach is actually bypassed through the use of a gastric pouch which is surgically connected to the small intestine. As a result, a person must take in smaller amounts of food. A laparoscopic gastric band works in a similar fashion with an adjustable band at the top of the stomach.

A reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise are recommended in combination with this surgery. People must take care to eat small amounts and slowly. Long-term maintenance is important to avoid future weight gain.