Surgical Weight Loss without the Surgery
Lose weight, live healthier, eat less.
Since 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,
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
- 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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