Proper Diet And Behavior Modification

It goes without saying that there are hundreds of different diets available today for weight loss. When a doctor works to provide and supervise a diet for a patient, they will take the time to customise a program with the goal of restricting calories while maintaining optimal nutrition. There are basically two major categories for these diets.

Low Calorie Diet (LCDs & VLCDs)

These are individually planned where the patient will take in between 500 to 1000 less calories each day than will be burned. There are also very low calorie diets that limit the intake to between 400 to 800 calories each day and include low fat liquids and high protein foods. There are studies that show that the long term results of such a diet can vary greatly, but the regaining of weight is quite common.

Behaviour Modification

This is therapy that works to help the patient so that they can change their exercise and eating habits. When you combine this with a very low calorie diet, there can be an increase in weight loss as well as the chance of slower weight gain. Over the long term, the very low calorie diet has been shown in patients who are morbidly obese to be no more effective than modest dietary restrictions.

Whenever diet and behaviour modifications seem to have failed you throughout your most valiant efforts, it may be necessary to think about taking the next step of weight loss surgery. However, it will be important that you fully understand that both dietary changes and behaviour modification work in unison if you want to be able to lose weight and then keep it off even after your surgical procedure. The surgery itself is mainly a tool that you can use to help get your body pointed in the right direction for successfully losing weight. Your surgeon will be sure to tell you that your diet and exercise routine will be a major factor in your overall success.