Surgical Weight Loss without the Surgery

Lose weight, live healthier, eat less.

temecula personal tainerSince it was first unleashed on the world, bariatric surgery has seen an incredible surge in popularity. People who once struggled with 100 or more extra pounds finally found a way to lose weight and keep it off for good. Perhaps you know people who have undergone bariatric surgery and have seen their dramatic weight loss. Maybe you need to shed some extra pounds as well but you don't qualify for the surgery or are hesitant to have such a drastic, life-changing operation.

The good news is that you don't necessarily need surgery to have surgery success. You do, however, have to eat as if you had the surgery. How exactly can you do that? You're about to find out. So keep reading, give it a try, and see if you have the results you want.

Smaller Stomach, Less Food
In bariatric surgery, the size of the patient's stomach is reduced. A normal stomach can hold about one quart of food. Following bariatric surgery, it can only hold about 2 tablespoons or one ounce at max capacity. However, if pushed to its limit over and over, the stomach will gradually stretch over time to hold up to one cup or four to eight ounces. So following surgery, the stomach is shrunk by 75 percent, and the amount of food needed to feel satisfied is reduced by the same amount.
Tips to Cut Your Caloric Intake
The advantage of weight loss surgery is a smaller stomach. With a smaller stomach, the stomach tells your brain it's full faster than with a normal stomach.

But if you've not undergone bariatric surgery, how do you trick your brain into thinking it's full so you'll eat less? With the following tips:

  • Give yourself smaller portions at each meal and only eat until you feel satisfied. Believe it or not, typical restaurant-sized portions are not normal and are in excess.
  • Don't stuff yourself.
  • Eat slower. Doing this will cause you to feel fuller sooner.
  • Use a smaller plate so less food can fit on the plate. Filling a smaller plate gives you the impression that you're eating just as much as usual, without actually eating as much as usual.
  • Don't feel guilty about leaving leftovers on your plate. Though your parents may have forced you to clear your plate when you were young, it should no longer be your habit.
  • Eat smaller portions more often. Instead of filling up on three large meals a day, eat small, healthy meals more often throughout the day to keep from feeling hungry.
  • Brush your teeth after meals. This will send a signal to your brain that eating is over.
  • Drink more water. It fills you up. Also, drink a glass of water before meals.
  • Reduce your intake of carbohydrates and starchy foods such as bread, pasta, cereal, rice, and potatoes. While these foods are important in your diet and give you energy, they won't keep you feeling full for long. Instead, fill up with protein-rich foods such as eggs, dairy, meat, beans, and nuts, as well as fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.

More Than Shedding Pounds
While eating less is helpful for losing weight, it will also improve your overall health and help you live longer. According to research, calorie restriction can reduce your risks for many common diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. On top of this, cutting calories may help you live longer. Sound good? Then start cutting the calories and eating like you just had bariatric surgery!

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