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Is the WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY industry regulated and safe?

Following the unfortunate passing of a patient who underwent weight-loss surgery, there have been calls by her family for the industry to be supervised by a professional standards body.

Every surgery, ever undertaken, has an element of risk. Whether the risk is small or not, it is always there. There are several factors which can help minimise the risk of complication in weight loss surgery and every candidate should consider these carefully. The factors include:

Is the doctor up to date with the latest and safest practices?

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Do I have to lose weight to get pregnant?

Pregnancy is an emotional time for every woman. There are so many exciting milestones to cherish, but there are inevitably some concerns along the way. For women who are overweight or obese, the number of health risks increase significantly and can cause additional complications that strike both physically and psychologically.

A recent study published in February 2018[1] found that more first-time mums are now overweight or obese, which is causing the number of avoidable complications to increase relatively. The rate of overweight women increased from 12.7% (1990–1994) to 16.4% (2010–2014), while the incidence of obesity rose from 4.8% to 7.3% in the same time frame.

Women who are overweight or obese are significantly more likely to incur complications including:

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weight loss dietary plan

Every year around February, the Dieticians Association of Australia launches the ‘Australia’s Healthy Weight Week’ initiative, which is early enough in the year to still capture the magic of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ made by people.

The aim of the initiative is to get people thinking differently about what they eat, how they can prepare fabulously healthy and tasty meals, and how to best manage their dietary requirements over the long term. The program generally runs during the early weeks of February, and the website is choc-full of downloadable recipes, media kits for those wanting to be Hosts and get involved. However, the program has decided to take a break for 2018.

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What is the most popular weight loss surgery?

Types Of Weight Loss Surgery

When it comes to obesity surgery, each technique is as varied as the patients that require them. Three of the most popular variants of weight loss surgery are Lap Band (Gastric Band), Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve. Each of these techniques have the same end goal, but with varying ways of achieving them. Below we look at the key elements of each technique, allowing for a clear comparison of the three.

Lap Band (Gastric Band)

Through keyhole surgery, an inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach.

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How to prepare for Weight Loss Surgery

Preparation for weight loss surgery

Once a patient has made the decision to undergo weight loss surgery, there are some things they can do at home in preparation for the surgery that will make the operation easier, and less risky for the patient. Below are some suggestions that should be considered for peace of mind, and to reduce complications during surgery and post-surgery:

Learn About Weight Loss Surgery

Prior to making a decision, find out as much information as you can on the types of surgery you are considering. Read books, visit sites and open discussions on forums. Not only will your knowledge grow, but you will also discover support groups that can prove valuable before and after the surgery. Life Weight Loss offers free information sessions where you can discuss with our expert team, the benefits and considerations of our weight loss surgery programs.

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Support for Your Journey

At Life Weight Loss Centre we believe that not all of life’s journeys should be solitary, and that more can be accomplished together, with like-minded people, than alone.

From the very start, before a consultation is even scheduled, we hold free seminars for those curious about what is involved with weight loss surgery.

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Does obesity impact my mental health?

Mental Health and Obesity

Obesity can affect a person’s health far beyond just the physical manifestations and side effects associated with this disease. From 2014-15, 28% of Australian adults were classified as obese. An increase from 19% in 1995, equating to almost 2 in 3 adults classified as overweight or obese. [1]

Some of the physical effects associated with obesity like sleep apnoea, asthma, breathlessness and daytime fatigue, are all greatly increased. There is another side of obesity that may be ignored due to not being as visible. That is the mental impact of obesity on a person.

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What will happen after weight loss surgery?


Gastric bypass surgery alters sections of the small intestine and the stomach. The stomach is divided in to two sections, a small upper pouch, and much larger lower pouch, of which only the smaller pouch is used. The small intestine is then rearranged to connect to both sections, with all food travelling a shorter distance in to the intestine.

Gastric bypass is classified as major surgery, and it is good to get an understanding of what to expect post-surgery.

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25 Diseases Related to Obesity

Obesity is associated with many health and medical problems. What’s worse is that the progression of the disease is largely silent, slowly affecting every body system with little to no obvious signs.

Here are the top 25 health problems associated with Obesity:

#1: Type II Diabetes

Almost 90% of people living with type 2 diabetes are overweight or have obesity. People who are overweight or have obesity have added pressure on their body's ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels, and are therefore more likely to develop diabetes. The number of diabetes cases among American adults increased by a third during the 1990s, and additional increases are expected. This rapid increase in the occurrence of diabetes is mostly attributed to the growing prevalence of obesity in the United States.

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The Shocking Truth about Obesity

Magazines tend to be full of dieting articles on how to drop 5 to 10 kilos, but plenty of Australians need to lose a whole lot more than that to have a healthy BMI (between 18.5 and 24.9). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2014-15, 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese (11.2 million people), that is, they had a BMI over 30-35, which is considered obese. This is similar to the prevalence of overweight and obesity in 2011-12 (62.8%) and an increase since 1995 (56.3%).

 What is shocking is that even though people are dying from this deadly threat, fast casual restaurants are the quickest-growing segment in Australia's food market. Milk and cheese, sugar items, meat and the portions just keep getting bigger and bigger.

And yet there’s a lot of change happening in the world of fast food and the grocery chains. By law, understandings of calorific values, nutrition and health are now being written on all packaging. The biggest player in the game, McDonald’s, have redesigned menus to cater for healthier choices.

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Can Gastric Bypass Surgery Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

Gastric bypass surgery has the greatest potential weight loss and has become a popular surgical option. It is also known to reverse the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.

In fact, just recently a coalition of international experts have announced that weight-loss surgery should be a standard treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. This is a radical departure from the conventional approach to tackling type 2 diabetes. The report, which included endorsement from Australian experts, recommends surgery as standard treatment for obese type 2 diabetes patients - with a BMI over 35 - who can't control their blood sugar levels through other means.


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Pregnancy after Gastric Sleeve… The Facts YOU Need to Know

Obesity is a rising epidemic and significantly affects a woman’s ability to conceive by causing hormonal imbalances and problems with ovulation.  

Gastric sleeve surgery, and other bariatric surgeries, can produce positive changes in fertility. Scientific Reports[1] have found that women with fertility problems linked to obesity who have bariatric surgery can start ovulating regularly for the first time in years.

Gastric sleeve is just one of the bariatric surgery options for overweight women looking to start a family. One advantage of gastric sleeve over other surgical options is that you can continue to absorb nutrients normally, so your risk of vitamin deficiency is much less than with a gastric bypass.

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Health Benefits of Dieting You Didn't Know

When most of us embark on a diet, we do it for weight loss and for improved health, but dieting can have some other important benefits too.

Avoiding Saturated Fats

Cutting out saturated fats, such as the kind you find in most junk foods and in fatty meats, is one of the first steps to lowering excess weight. But, lowering these fats also helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular heart disease and high blood cholesterol, which, in turn, helps reduce the risk a stroke.

Dieting Isn’t All About Restrictions

Including more fruits and vegetables in your diet will increase your fibre consumption too. More fibre in your diet will keep you fuller for longer and help keep your digestive system running smoothly. It’s literally a detox for your body – cleaning out the intestines and decreasing the risk of IBS and colorectal cancer, as well as lowering the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Weight Training for Weight Loss

Weight training often conjures up images of beefy body builders pumping iron but, the truth is, weight training is an important part of creating and maintaining a healthy physique and may help hone that dream body more efficiently than cardio training alone.

While many women worry about ‘bulking up’ with weight training, it’s actually very difficult for women to build substantial muscle due to a lack of testosterone. Instead, weight training creates firmness and definition. Looking for Michelle Obama arms or Jennifer Aniston abs? Get lifting!

Weight training builds muscle, which helps to increase the metabolism and burn fat, giving your body a lean, tight, and toned look. Muscles have very high-energy requirements and, even when we’re asleep, they’re responsible for 25 per cent of calorie use. This means that the more muscle you have, the more calories you can consume and maintain your weight. Who’s going to say no to that?

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Why the Occasional Cheat Meal is Good for You

You are often told that keeping to a strict diet and exercise regime is the key to long-term weight loss success – and it is. But preserving your dedication to this plan is another thing entirely. In this video, Dr Mike explains why cheat meals are actually a positive thing for your diet, as well as your end goal.

When you embark on a diet, you have a no-fail mindset. You do, however, have to understand that you will not do everything by the book, every step of the way. Treating yourself to a cheat day every once in a while serves as a reward for your hard work. Along with refreshing your palate, a cheat meal will also refresh your mind and inspire you to continue on your weight loss journey.

What is a Cheat Meal?

Usually reserved for festive periods in the year – such as chicken, prawn and dip platters come Christmas time – a cheat meal is any meal that falls outside of your strict diet. When choosing your cheat meal, try to choose the healthiest option – if you are craving salt, sprinkle gourmet sea salt over a fresh, ripe tomato.

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