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Aug 13th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is a life altering decision to make. Surgery can certainly help someone who is extremely overweight to lose it, but this is usually if other methods have failed. Surgery is not usually a treatment and shouldn't be considered a treatment or quick fix for slightly overweight or mildly obese people.

If you feel weight loss may help you, you should discuss the risks and benefits of surgery with your doctor to determine whether it will be successful and ultimately the right decision for you. You will also receive information from him about the different types of surgery available along with the drawbacks, risks and benefits of each type.

If your doctor believes weight loss surgery is an ideal option for you, you will then be referred to a specialist consultant/surgeon at a hospital or clinic. He will ask you questions on your personal situation and carefully review your medical history and all your previous attempts to lose weight.

You will also be informed about the exact details of the procedure involved, what you are expected to do in preparation, the extent of the recovery period and the follow up care that will be required. In realty you may be referred to a dietician/nutritionist/psychiatrist therapist as part of a routine evaluation for weight loss surgery. This will help establish a clear understanding of your behavioural changes post operatively which are essential for long term success.

By talking to your primary care physician or Bariatric specialist/surgeon you will be able to make your important decision whilst getting all your important questions immediately answered. It may also help if you join a support group or a Bariatric/weight loss clinic that specialises in weight loss surgery in your area. It is also a good idea to contact a Bariatric/weight loss surgeon to see if they provide seminars and useful, free information to the public as there is much used misinformation regarding weight loss surgery. By talking to others who have already had the surgery, you will be able to obtain a true insight into what it entails.

Weight loss surgery is major surgery. Most patients have a significant improvement in weight/obesity related conditions, for example their mobility, self esteem and their image following successful weight loss surgery, although one should note these results should not be the overriding reason for having the procedure. One should, however consider it a goal to live a better, healthier and longer life.

You should make the decision to undergo weight loss surgery only after you have carefully considered and researched what it entails. It is also very important to note that there are no guarantees in medicine or surgery. There may be unexpected outcomes in every, even the simplest procedures. Weight loss surgery will only succeed when the patient adjusts and makes a life long commitment. There are many unexpected challenges facing a person following weight loss surgery and they can strain relationships with families and partners. A good bariatric surgeon should help their patients achieve their goals and deal with the changes by offering them follow up care that includes support groups, dietician and other forms of continues education.
It must be remembered that the ultimate decision to have weight loss surgery is entirely up to you. Once you have researched all your information you should decide if the benefits will outweigh the side effects and the risks. You should bear in mind that weight loss surgery is a tool and your overall success will depend on strict adherence to a recommended diet, exercise and important lifestyle changes.

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Health Nutrition And Fitness
Jun 29th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Health Nutrition And Fitness

Health, nutrition and fitness are the three interrelated areas that determine an individual's sense of happiness and well being.

 

Health

 

Health involves the physical, mental and spiritual levels of the individual.  A physically healthy person is one who can carry out normal daily physical activities and respond to emergencies with out undo fatigue or pain. The health part of health, nutrition and fitness is achieved through a balanced program of good nutrition, healthy physical activity, continuous education and mental activities, and social and spiritual activities.  Your choices of the food you eat and your physical activities affect both your short term and long term health (how you feel now and in the future).  You may be getting plenty to eat, but if it is not a proper balance of choices from all five of the basic food groups you may be adding fat to your body without generating the energy to burn the calories and energy to the cells to carry out their functions.  Healthy physical activity helps burn off any excess calories you consume, and keeps muscles and joints flexible and strong.  Your efforts of continued education (reading, attending seminars, as well as attending formal education classes), and spiritual activities (social activities, attending devotional services, meditation, etc) provides you with a sense of accomplishment and well being.

 

An important part of good health is being physically fit and maintaining proper body weight.  Maintaining good health requires following a nutritional diet, and exercising to build and maintain muscles, and to burn of any excess calories.

 

Nutrition

The nutritional health part of health, nutrition and fitness deals with the food we consume to maintain our health and provide energy to carry on our daily lives.  Nutrition is the process of nurturing or being nourished; the total of all the processes that a plant or animal uses to take in and process food substances to maintain a healthy life.

 

A healthy nutrition life style requires a balanced diet of food selected from the five basic food groups, fruits, vegetables, naturally calcium rich dairy products or calcium enriched products, whole grains, and protein (lean meat fish, peas and beans).  Other nutritional factors should also be considered.  Most fruits and vegetables are better if they are consumed raw because heating destroys some of the healthy nutrients.  Steaming and broiling food is better than boiling or frying foods.  Preparing fresh fruits and vegetables is better than processed or prepared foods.  The prepared foods generally contain more salt (sodium) than necessary and other flavor enhancing substances.  Some of these additives do not add any nutritional value to the food and may even be harmful to your health.

 

More nutritional factors to consider are the variety of the fruits and vegetables in our diet.  Nutritional data shows that dark green vegetables (romaine lettuce, kale, broccoli, etc.), and orange vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and summer squash) provides more nutritional value than some of the less colorful vegetables.

 

Here are even more nutrition facts.  Some foods contribute to burning fat.  Green tea contributes to fat burning by increasing the body's metabolism and increasing energy level.  Foods high in protein are more difficult to digest so they require more calories in the digestive process.

 

Good nutrition practices may not be sufficient for some people they may require unique supplements such as CoEnzimeQ10 or others.

Physical Fitness

 

Physical fitness part of fitness, health and nutrition is the ability to carry out daily activities, enjoy leisure activities and have a healthy immune system to resist disease and infection.  Developing and maintaining good physical fitness requires a balance of good nutrition and varied physical exercise.

 

There are there elements to physical fitness: specific fitness the ability to perform daily functions related to work or recreation, general fitness the ability to enjoy leisure time and a sense of peace with the environment, preparedness the ability to over come or avoid emergencies.  There also three factors in achieving good physical fitness good nutrition, physical exercise and restful (sleep).  The nutrition maintains the health of the cells and provides the energy to perform the exercises.

 

Physical exercise may be used to accomplish work to earn a living, participate in athletic events, develop and maintain healthy cardiovascular system, or control body weight.

 

Physical fitness and how physical fitness is achieved varies depending on individual.  If a person is involved in an occupation that requires vigorous activity and has good nutrition possibly no other exercise is needed to maintain a fit body.  However, even people who are who work hard at their occupation may need additional cardiovascular exercise to keep their heart and blood vessels in optimum condition.

 

People whose profession does not require vigorous physical exercise special effort is required to achieve and maintain physical fitness.  A good nutritional diet is the obvious starting point.  Some easy things are use stairs rather than elevators, park a little farther from the office or store entrance, throw away the television remote, change channels the old fashion way, and walk to near by offices or neighbors rather than using the telephone.

 

These efforts will help, but more vigorous physical exercise is needed for good physical fitness.  For cardiovascular health a routine of physical exercise over a period a minimum of 20 minutes three times per week is required. The best and generally most convenient cardiovascular exercise is walking.  Another good cardiovascular exercise is swimming.  Swimming will also help in building and toning muscles.

 

The other factor in developing and maintaining physical fitness is strength exercise to build and tone muscle and to burn fat.  Strength exercises are good for weight management because they stimulate muscle growth even after the exercise has been completed. This means that the body continues to burn fat for an extended period of time.

 

 

Mental Health

Mental health, as it applies to health nutrition and fitness, is the way we think, how we feel and how we act as we interact with our surroundings.  Our mental health contributes to our relations with other people, how we make decision, make choices and how we cope with stress.  People with good mental health are able to control their emotions, feelings and behavior.   Keeping the mind active through reading, playing games, and an active social life contributes to good mental health.

 

Spiritual Health

Spirituality can be defined as sensitivity or attachment to religion, or as a state condition of being spiritual.  Some people ignore or overlook the importance of spirituality in relation to health nutrition and fitness, because they relate spirituality only to religion.  Through out history man has struggled with the concept of spirituality.  Basically spirituality is the struggle to become the most perfect person or individual.  The path to achieve this goal may be through seeking external help through religion of some form, or internal through meditation and study of both present and past human interactions.

 

The above is based on personal study, experiences and observations through out my life.

James E. Smith

Jim is a retired electronics engineer.  He has been interested in health, nutrition and fitness for over 30 years.  See his website:  http://www.jemssolution.com

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