Does changing eating and exercise habits lead to sustained weight loss for most people? The answer, unfortunately, is no. Despite advertising claims to the contrary, that's the real world.
About 95% of people who change their diet and exercise habits to lose weight eventually gain it back (source Diabetes Dialogue | March 2015).
Surprising? You bet. Only about 5% of overweight people are able to maintain their hard fought weight loss over the long term. If you're reading this, you've probably experienced the process first hand so you know what I'm talking about here.
Yet health experts and advertising from expensive branded weight loss programs keep preaching diet and exercise as the holy grail. Eating smaller portions of the right foods is never a bad thing. Like-wise adopting a more active lifestyle. Exercising and eating right will definitely benefit your health.
But if you've got a lot of weight to lose and want to keep if off, there's got to be a better answer than something that demonstrably fails to work for most people, most of the time.
Programs like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and other branded weight loss programs stress good food choices and portion control and really do help thousands of people lose weight every year. The question is, how many of those people are able to keep the weigh off over a 2-5 year period?
A huge industry exists around trying to help people lose weight through diet and exercise, but for most significantly overweight people, statistics say such programs are rarely effective over time. Losing weight is hard. Keeping it off is even harder. If it were easy, anyone could do it.
Being significantly overweight is a life-threatening condition. If you're serious about changing the dynamic of your life, and traditional diet-exercise has not worked, you owe it to yourself to look at more lasting solutions.
Modern weight loss surgery is a tool that can help you change your life. Today's procedures are safe, minimally invasive, and proven effective because they don't depend solely on your own "will power" to succeed.
Combined with your own determination to succeed, surgical weight loss can be a powerful tool to help you to a healthier, happier life. And that's the truth.