Weight Loss & Metabolism – Part 2

As stated in the previous blog article, metabolism rate is the most important factor is weight control.  VGS surgery creates a short term metabolism change, that greatly helps with weight loss, and combined with the decreased ability to consume a lot of food, weight loss is almost automatic. However, to maximize weight loss, and to maintain weight loss, it is important to learn to eat correctly. Dietitians recommend eating 6 times a day. The reason is, by continually consuming small amounts of food, the metabolism stays reeved up, causing the body to burn more calories. When a person only eats once or twice a day, the extended periods when there is no food in your stomach, allows the level of ghrelin to build up, which in turn causes your metabolism to slow down. The result is that even if you eat only once or twice a day, and are even consuming less calories, nevertheless, your body is going to burn less calories, and your body will store up fat.

Another thing that is important for metabolism to be accelerated, is a little exercise. When a body has even a small amount of exercise, daily, it will help keep the metabolism rate up. It is not that one has to do excessive exercise to be thin, rather just enough to cause the body metabolism to reeve up, so it continues to burn more calories all day. If all you can do is to go walk for 15-20 minutes twice a day, your metabolism will increase, and your body will burn more calories all day long.   

The third rule about keeping your metabolism rate up, and controlling your weight, has to do with the type of foods you consume.  Your body will increase the metabolism if you eat complex carbohydrates and low fat proteins. But your metabolism will slow down, if you eat simple carbohydrates, like sugar, and breads, and also slows down if you eat fatty foods.  

Summing things up: to lose weight, eat a balanced diet, low in fatty foods, and no sugar or bead. Eat veggies, chicken, fish, or lean meat, and break the meals up so that you are eating in small amounts, spread out in 6 meals a day. Do a moderate amount of daily exercise, and with the increased metabolism, you will continue to lose the weight until you reach your goal.

Weight Loss & Metabolism – Part 1

Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery is just the beginning of the journey to a healthy life style. Many times our patients have come to us after years of repeated diets, having their gone up and down, and never having accomplished their goal. But the surgery in and of itself is not the ultimate solution, it is just the beginning. Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery surgery will give you a jump start, a short cut if you will, for weight loss. The pounds will almost automatically come off after the surgery, but to continue the weight loss, as well as to keep the weight off, the patient still needs to learn to eat right and to change some life style habits.

This is how Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery surgery works. First, the volume of the stomach is drastically reduced, resulting is the patient only being able to consume very small portions of food. Second, because a large portion of the stomach pouch is removed, the stomach produces much less of the Ghrelin hormone, which is what stimulates appetite, resulting in a reduction of feelings of hunger, making it easier to eat less. Thirdly, because the levels of ghrelin are lower, the body’s metabolism doesn’t slow down causing it to burn more calories, although the body is taking in less calories. Right after the Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery surgery, one will lose weight almost automatically, because the stomach doesn’t have room for much food, and the metabolism changes. However, after the stomach heals from surgery, it can eventually stretch out again, so it is important to learn to eat right, or weight gain will start to happen again.

We all know someone who seems to eat all the time, and yet stays thin, no matter what. We all wonder why is that? It is simple, they have a high rate of metabolism, and naturally burn a lot of calories. That is why keeping the metabolism at a high level is actually the most important component to weight loss, above all other factors. If we can understand this, we can focus on keeping the metabolism high, so that weight loss will continue, and once we reach our goal, that we keep the weight off.