Weight loss management

Are you overweight or obese? Have you lost control of your weight? Are you at risk of developing diabetes and heart disease? Do you have knee pain or back pain?

Make an appointment to see Dr Daiva Kuzinkoviene, a bariatrician, who specializes in weight loss management.

Normal weight  Overweight       Obese                  

Morbidly obese

BMI 18.5-24.9BMI 25-29.9BMI 30-39.9

BMI >40

There are four main aspects of treating obesity

1. Learn about healthy eating and include this in your every day routine
2. Start exercising: ranging from simple walking to training with a personal trainer
3. Set up a psychological support network among your family, friends, psychologist and medical professionals
4. Be realistic. If your BMI >35-40, only healthy eating and exercising simply doesn’t work.

Talk to a weight loss (bariatric) surgeon and make a life changing decision to undergo weight loss surgery (gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass) for an effective, evidence based treatment.

Diets do not work.

There is enough evidence to state, that diets do not work. The majority of the people fail to follow one or another diet, simply because our special hormones try to restore the lost weight as soon as possible after we stop the diet.Only the very disciplined and determined people manage to lose about 3-5 kg in 1 year, without regaining the lost weight.  Weight loss management - Diets wont work image

Exercise. There is no doubt that exercise makes you stronger and healthier. However, the reality is that in order to lose 1 kg, a person has to burn 7000kcal. 1 hour of exercise on average burns about 500kcal. So, it would take around 2 weeks to lose 1 kg. How much time and determination it might take to lose 20-30kg of excess weight?

Psychological support. A lot of studies show that people who embark on a weight loss journey do much better if they have a strong support of their family or friends. Professional help from GPs and specialists and counseling sessions with a psychologist can be invaluable.

Bariatric surgery. To undergo weight loss surgery is a life changing decision. For some people it can take up to 2 years to make this decision for various reasons (denial of the problem, time, money,health issues).

It is important to talk to health professionals involved in bariatric medicine to help to make the right decision. On average people lose about 40-70% of their body mass in 12 months after bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgery significantly improves their health and prolongs peoples’ life expectancy.

For more information about weight loss surgery please visit www.advancedobesitysurgery.com.au.