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Exercise Tips for Effective Weight Loss

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

We all know that exercise is certainly a key for actively participating in weight loss. As always, it’s important to seek the advice of a medical professional before you begin any exercise regimen. Burning more calories than you consume is what causes you to lose unwanted inches and pounds. Your exercise regimen should consist of a combination of cardio and strength and resistance training. Let’s face it, we don’t want to burn fat and have mushy muscles. If you’ve been struggling to make exercise a permanent part of your life, or if you are just starting a workout routine, take a look at these weight loss exercise tips to improve your results:

Make your workouts as efficient as possible

Remember that when you’re doing cardio exercise, you want to burn as many calories as you can for the entire length of time you are working out. This is usually accomplished by working at your maximum level of intensity for as long as you can, not counting the warm up and cool down periods. However, if you are just beginning or resuming your workout routine, you’ll need to take it easier than someone who is already in decent shape and can withstand higher intensity workouts. As you get stronger and build stamina, you should be able to gradually boost the level of intensity that you can withstand comfortably and safely.

Take it beyond the workout

Another important weight loss exercise tip involves staying active even beyond your daily workouts. A daily workout will undoubtedly provide some great health benefits and make weight loss easier – but if that’s all the physical activity you get each day, you are limiting your progress. Instead, do what you can to be more active all day long. Take walks with your children, pets, spouse, friends, or co-workers. Keep a set of light dumbbells in your office and do a few short reps during breaks. Clean and organize your garage and basement on the weekends. Every bit of physical activity adds up and improves your fitness level.

Exercise is just one part of the formula

The final weight loss exercise tip to keep in mind is that weight loss is not JUST about exercise! Yes, exercise is very important, but you can’t use exercise to compensate for poor eating habits. Remember, calories in, calories out. You need to burn more calories than you take in to lose weight, and that will be a lot easier to accomplish if you are reducing your caloric intake in addition to exercising each day.

How Do Gastric Balloons Work?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The popularity of weight loss surgery has surged in the last decade as it becomes more affordable and accessible. One of the most popular weight loss procedures is a gastric band procedure, but can a surgery really help a person to lose weight? Is it safe? What exactly is a gastric balloon and how does it make people lose weight?

When patients have a BMI below the requirement for gastric band surgery, they’re eligible for a gastric balloon. It’s a simple procedure where a silicon balloon is inserted orally into the stomach. With the balloon inside patients experience rapid weight loss. Their loss of appetite is due to the device taking up so much space in the stomach.

The implant will rarely deflate before it has been scheduled to be removed. When the balloon is first inserted into the system it is filled with a saline solution and a blue dye so that if it is punctured or deflated it will dye urine. In case of premature deflation, patients should contact their doctors immediately. In rare instances it is possible that a patient may defecate the gastric inflation out of their system.

A 2008 study of gastric balloons showed that only 4% of test subjects required an early removal of the balloon. As a group, patients lost 12.5% of their original weight. Columbia University’s study showed patients with an 8% loss of weight over a 3 month period for subjects who did not diet. Those that dieted as well as received a balloon lost 16%. Many patients weight loss was permanent, even months after the balloon had been removed.

Physicians will prescribe drugs to help gastric altered patients deal with the 24-48 hour period of loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting after receiving a gastric balloon. Because the side effects are mild and the success rate is high, the procedure and device are effective short-term weight loss solutions.

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