Weight loss tips and myths

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Losing weight can make you healthier and help you feel more confident, but there are also some myths.

Dr. Lewis Porter with Saline Memorial Hospital shared more on "THV 11 This Morning".

Myth 1: If you're obese, you lack self-control - Research shows that if we are overwhelmed with too much information or preoccupied, we have a tendency to surrender to poor dietary choices.

Myth 2: If you're trying to lose weight, you can't eat out - Eating out should be a treat, not a regular occurrence. Order from the "healthy and light" menu if there is one. Always practice eating small portions. Eat half of your meal and take the rest home for lunch the next day. Or split the meal with your friend or colleague. If you know where you're eating, pull up the menu beforehand and plan your meal.

There are right ways to lose weight, of course, including dieting, exercise and medicine. But, when these programs have failed, weight loss surgery is a good option for some people. There are three types of procedures:

· Gastric bypass surgery: A surgical weight loss option that restricts food consumption and permanently alters the digestive process. The gastric bypass procedure is only recommended when all other programs of dieting, exercise and medicine have failed. Gastric bypass patients eat less, feel full, and only partially absorb the calories they consume.

· Laparoscopic Banding: A Lap-Band is a silicone belt or collar that goes around the upper part of the stomach. After this restrictive, reversible surgery, your stomach will be roughly the size of a golf ball, and only able to hold an ounce of food. As a result, your appetite will decrease, and you will eat less, feel full sooner and gradually lose weight.

· Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve): A weight loss surgery that restricts food intake by permanently reshaping the stomach into a smaller sleeve-like pouch leading directly to the intestines.


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