Find out about some weight-loss surgeries and if you are a candidate for one of them.
If you’ve done your best to exercise regularly and stick to a healthy diet but still have a substantial amount of weight to lose, weight-loss surgery may be for you. Bariatric surgery is a catchall term for operations that limit stomach size and/or food absorption. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, you could be a candidate.
A 2013 study in BMJ showed that surgery led to greater weight loss than nonsurgical fixes like diet, exercise, and weight loss medications. Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome were also more likely to go into remission. Click through to learn more about which type of weight-loss surgery may be right for you.
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How it works: The intragastric balloon falls somewhere between lifestyle changes and other procedures on this list. A balloon is placed in the stomach and then filled with a saline solution, creating a feeling of fullness so that you eat less. Patients learn how to make diet and behavioral changes while the balloon is place, typically for about six months.
Good to know: If you don’t want to commit to surgery, this is the procedure for you. Average weight loss is 15 to 20 pounds.
Tip: You must be ready to adapt to diet and lifestyle changes in order to maintain weight loss when the balloon comes out.