Losing Weight Tips, Products and Dieting Info

Losing weight tips is one part of your weight loss plan; after all, after the first excitement of finally doing something about your weight passes, tips are what keep you going.  And you’ll find some ideas in the tips for losing weight section.

Dieting Information

There’s dieting information here as well — for example, book reviews of eating plans that promote health, rather than cutting out a food group.  So if you’re getting ready to diet, but aren’t sure which one is best for you, then there are plenty of reviews available — just take a look at the diet and weight loss books section and you’ll find all kinds of info.

Weight Loss DVDs

OK, maybe you hate exercising, or can’t get to a gym, or are maybe ashamed to be seen in workout clothes in public.  I know — been there, done that, have the t-shirt.

What I found useful were weight loss DVDs for exercises.  But before you run away screaming, know that they are not all the same.  For example, Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds series was very useful for getting started (yes, walking in front of the TV, but it’s probably not like you think).

Another was Fat to Firm Fitness Ball for Dummies — looks totally easy, but after I bought it, I realized it gives you a much better workout than you might think — especially through your middle section!  And what I appreciate is that it’s easy on the joints (ah, getting older is such a joy).

Anyway, there are lots of different exercise DVDs — yoga, Pilates, stretching, toning, etc.  You’ll likely find a few that you’d like to try.

Losing Weight Products

So you have a bathroom scale?  Is it an accurate scale?  While I’m a firm believer in not weighing yourself more than once a week, scales can help you judge if you’re going in the right direction.  So consider a digital bathroom scale if you don’t already have one.

There’s also exercise equipment — mostly inexpensive, like fitness balls, resistance bands and the like.  Things that you can easily store away, and even take with you if you’re going away on a business trip.

Losing Weight Feels Great!

No doubt about is, losing weight isn’t easy, but it sure does feel great!  From getting into smaller clothes sizes, to knowing that you look better, to taking pride that you’re doing it.  Not to mention that you feel better with the pounds gone!

So roam around the site, get some ideas, pick up a few DVDs or books, then get out there and shed those pounds.

(And know that I am proud of you as well.)

Weight Loss Surgery and You

Weight loss surgery can be an extremely effective weight loss option, but is it right for you?  Despite popular belief, just because you have one of the weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass, lap band, VSG or duodenal switch, it doesn’t guarantee weight loss.  Sure, it helps to lose weight, but doesn’t mean that you will.

What?  You pay all that money for the surgery and you don’t lose weight?  Read on, and you’ll learn the types of weight loss surgery, as well as if you are a good candidate for weight loss (also called bariatric) surgery.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

There are four main categories of bariatric surgery, and they are as follows:

  • Laproscopic Band (also known as lap band)
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (also known as VSG)
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Duodenal Switch

If you notice, I didn’t include liposuction, as it is more of a cosmetic surgery that isn’t suitable for the very obese.

Do You Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?

This first set of qualification is based on your physical status.  In general, candidates for bariatric surgery are as follows:

  • At least 100 pounds overweight.  Exceptions may be made for someone who has less than 100 pounds to lose, but has a condition that would be substantially lessened by weight loss (example – type 2 diabetes).
  • Have documented proof of trying and failing at a structured weight loss plan.  This could be anything from Weight Watchers to NutriSystem or Jenny Craig, up through a plan created by a physician or nutritionist.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Be in otherwise good health, and able to handle the stress of the surgery and recovery period.

You will usually also have to pass a psychological evaluation, at least for the VSG, gastric bypass and duodenal switch.

Is Bariatric Surgery Reversible?

One thing you need to know is that while a revision surgery is available for the lap band surgery, the others pretty much don’t have a revision available.

A revision is the reversal of the weight loss surgery.  While in theory some of the others can be reversed, it’s very expensive and may not work.  And any surgery that actually removes parts of your digestive system can’t put it back.

Weight Loss Surgery Cost

So how much does weight loss surgery cost?  It’s not cheap, especially for the surgical procedures that require a hospital stay.

The weight loss surgery cost typically involves some form of weight loss surgery support.  Sometimes this is available with a one-on-one counselor; other times the support is in a group setting.  When you are interviewing surgeons, make sure you ask what kind of after surgery support is available.

If you’re wondering, some types of weight loss surgery can be paid for using medical insurance.  However, it needs to be authorized by your insurance policy, and not all policies will pay for it.

Are You Ready for Weight Loss Surgery?

I mentioned in the beginning that bariatric surgery is not a magic bullet, and just because you have it, it doesn’t mean that you will lose weight – or keep it off.

Bariatric surgery doesn’t give you a license to eat whatever you want, just in smaller quantities.  Depending on the surgery you choose, there will be foods that you will have to avoid for the rest of your life.  For example, gastric bypass surgery usually results in the body being unable to process sugar well; eat too much and your body will pay for it with some unpleasant symptoms.

If you are considering bariatric surgery, you need to commit to changing the way you eat.  Find out before your surgery what kind of changes you will need to make in your diet, and what kinds of supplements you will need to take.

Weight loss surgery can literally be a life saver, and it can help you to lose large amounts of weight in a short time.  Just be sure that you are willing to do what is necessary to keep the weight off, once you’ve lost it.

If you want to learn even more, you might want to check out the book Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies. It can help you explore the weight loss options when it comes to having the surgery.

Why Weight Loss is Like a Supermarket

You know that weight loss begins when you make the commitment to lose weight.  But the next step is exactly what plan do you have for losing that weight?  For example, will you be using a structured plan that lists out your meals in advance?  Or is your plan to make small changes in your diet in order to drop the weight with a minimum of change to your daily schedule?

The decisions you make can help to keep you on the road to weight loss…or derail that losing weight train!

Here is “food for thought” to digest before you select your next diet plan, whatever it may be.

What You Don’t Think About Can Make You Gain Weight

But what is odd is that so many people treat weight loss like a supermarket, that is to say they want the same things from a weight loss regime that they want from a supermarket.  Cheap, convenient and comfortable.  They want what they know.

That is an amazing thought when you consider it properly, but one very indicative of human behavior – the want to get maximum results from little to no effort is something that has been around a long time, and has increased as time has gone on.

People want answers they know, answers that make them feel they are on the right path.  They want to know that a small change, like going from semi-skimmed to skimmed milk, or regular to diet coke, is going to make a big difference.  They know this is true because it ‘feels’ true.

Do Small Changes Mean a Big Commitment?

If you want to lose weight, and I mean really lose weight, not just a pound or three from walking up the stairs or changing your soda type, then you need to make changes.  To achieve real weight loss results, it’s more than just changing your “supermarket brands”.  You are what you weight for a reason – and those reasons need to be addressed.

No matter how much people want to lose weight they want it to have as little impact on their life, on their daily routine as possible.  We know that as humans we suffer change badly – we don’t like missing our favorite TV shows, never mind making huge changes.

It may not be easy, it may not be convenient, it may not even be cheap (though usually you can find budget options) but then your health and your weight aren’t a supermarket – they need more attention and more effort than that.

The Secret to Weight Loss That Works

OK, weight loss isn’t easy for any of us — it it were, no one would be overweight.  And you can lose weight, lots of it, by making small changes to your daily diet…but you’ll need to make lots of small changes (even if you implement those changes over the course of a month or so) to lose lots of weight.

The secret to weight loss that works is understanding why you eat the way you do, and deciding to make the changes you need in order to lose the weight.  Then actually doing it!

Is weight loss like a supermarket?  It is, if you take the time to shop for the best foods for your diet plan, rather than just head straight for the convenience foods.  Just as reading labels at the store takes time, so will your weight loss.