Weight Loss Surgery: A Last Resort

Written by Jamie Clark

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Some ofrepparttar risks associated with weight loss surgery include:

Death - According torepparttar 131264 Mayo Clinic, about one in 200 to 300 people who has gastric bypass surgery dies fromrepparttar 131265 procedure.

Post-surgery complications - Some weight loss surgery patients experience severe complications such as internal bleeding, infections, and blood clots. Others have to undergo follow-up procedures to correct complications such as abdominal hernias.

Gallstones - More than a third of patients develop gallstones as a result of losing large amounts of bodyweight following a weight loss surgery procedure.

Nutrient deficiencies - Some weight loss surgeries disruptrepparttar 131266 digestion process. Without careful dietary supplementation this can lead to deficiencies in many important nutrients, especially vitamins B12 and D, iron, calcium, and folate.

Anyone considering weight loss surgery needs to weighrepparttar 131267 risks againstrepparttar 131268 benefits. They also need to realize that these extreme procedures are not cosmetic. Most patients only end up losing about 30% of their bodyweight and remain overweight for life. Simply put, weight loss surgery alone will not make you thin and beautiful. Yes, if you are extremely overweight, it may provide tremendous health benefits. But if you're just looking for a way to get thin withoutrepparttar 131269 "hassles" of healthy diet and regular exercise you better think again.

Jamie Clark is editor of fitFAQ.com, one of the Web's top fitness information sites. Learn more about healthy weight loss option by visiting http://www.fitfaq.com.

Low-Carb Diets: Are You Losing More than Weight?

Written by Monique N. Gilbert, B.Sc.

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Another reason weight loss is achieved on these low-carb diets, at least temporarily, is due to water loss. The increase inrepparttar amount of protein consumed, especially from meat and dairy products, raisesrepparttar 131263 levels of uric acid and urea inrepparttar 131264 blood. These are toxic by-products of protein breakdown and metabolism. The body eliminates this uric acid and urea by pumping lots of water intorepparttar 131265 kidneys and urinary tract to help flush it out. However, a detrimental side effect of this diuretic response isrepparttar 131266 loss of essential minerals fromrepparttar 131267 body, including calcium. The high intake of protein leaches calcium fromrepparttar 131268 bones, which leads to osteoporosis. Medical evidence shows that for every 1 gram increase in animal protein ingestedrepparttar 131269 body loses an average of 1.75 milligrams of calcium inrepparttar 131270 urine. Additionally, as calcium and other minerals are leached from our bones, they are deposited inrepparttar 131271 kidneys, which can form into painful kidney stones. If a kidney stone becomes large enough to cause a blockage, it stopsrepparttar 131272 flow of urine fromrepparttar 131273 kidney and must be removed by surgery or other methods. Plant-based proteins, like beans, legumes and soyfoods, also provide fiber, which helps lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL (the good) cholesterol. This preventsrepparttar 131274 build up of arterial plaque, which leads to atherosclerosis (hardening ofrepparttar 131275 arteries) and heart disease, thus reducingrepparttar 131276 risk of heart attack and stroke. The amount and type of protein in your diet also has an important impact on calcium absorption and excretion. Vegetable-protein diets enhance calcium retention inrepparttar 131277 body, and causes less calcium excretion inrepparttar 131278 urine. This reducesrepparttar 131279 risk of osteoporosis and kidney problems. Interestingly, kidney disease is far less common in people who eat a vegetable-based diet than it is in people who eat an animal-based diet. By replacing animal protein with vegetable protein, and replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat (like olive and canola oils), you can avoidrepparttar 131280 pitfalls ofrepparttar 131281 typical high-protein low-carb diet. You will improve your health and regulate your weight while enjoying a vast array of delicious, nutritionally dense, high fiber foods. Remember, eat everything in moderation and nothing in excess. Also,repparttar 131282 healthy way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat nutritiously and make permanent lifestyle changes that allow you burn more calories than you take in. Copyright 2005 Monique N. Gilbert. All rights reserved. Monique N. Gilbert, B.Sc. is a Health, Nutrition, Weight-Loss and Lifestyle Coach; Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Counselor; Recipe Developer; Freelance Writer and Author of Virtues of Soy: A Practical Health Guide and Cookbook. Monique has offered guidance in natural health, nutrition, fitness, weight-loss and stress management since 1989. She can be reached at http://www.MoniqueNGilbert.com


Monique N. Gilbert helps people get healthy and manage stress. Through her coaching program and writings, Monique motivates and teaches how to improve your well-being and vitality with balanced nutrition, physical activity and healthy living. For more information, visit - http://www.MoniqueNGilbert.com

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