Exercise vs. Diet…How Weight Loss Surgery Stacks the Odds In Your Favor

Exercise vs. diet with weight loss surgery imageWhen it comes to weight loss, the two strategies you will hear about most are modifying your diet and increasing the amount of exercise you do.  This has been the status quo for decades, and while each activity plays an important role in weight loss, they are not on even terms when it comes to overall effectiveness.

Is Diet the More Important Weight Loss Factor?

As standalone weight loss methods, most experts agree that diet plays a larger role than exercise.  Some say it’s 80% diet and 20% exercise, some say it’s closer to 70% diet and 30% exercise, but diet always leads the way.  That’s not to say exercise isn’t important, because it definitely is, but what you put in your body makes a bigger contribution to your waistline.

In terms of obesity, you didn’t gain all that weight because you weren’t exercising.  You gained it because of the types and amount of food you consumed on a daily basis, over a period of time.  Anyone who likes to indulge in fattening or sugary foods, then tries to even the score through exercise knows that it doesn’t work.  You must create a caloric deficit in order to lose significant weight, and modifying your diet is the way to do it.

What You Eat and How Much You Eat

Not only is the type of food you eat important for weight loss, but also the amount.  Portion control plays a big part, as you can still take in excess calories while eating healthier foods.  All foods have calories, and while eating foods with fewer calories from fats and sugars is good, filling your plate two or three times will erase the benefit.

One useful tip is to put your fork down after each mouthful of food.  Chew each mouthful thoroughly at least 20 times, then pick up your fork and repeat.  When you think you’re starting to feel full, stop eating and leave the table.  It’s also helpful to eat mindfully and minimize distractions such as television or cell phones.

How Weight Loss Surgery Helps You Eat Less

If you’re in a situation where obesity is causing health problems and you just can’t seem to reduce your weight through conventional means, bariatric surgery can help break the cycle.  Since diet is more of a contributing factor to weight gain and weight loss than exercise, and weight loss surgery greatly reduces caloric intake, it’s a win-win situation for patients.  Weight loss surgery allows you to tap into that 80/20 or 70/30 rule, break the cycle of overeating for good and get yourself back to the healthy weight you deserve.

Contact the team at New York Bariatric Group to learn more about their weight loss procedures that can get you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. For more information register for a free informational seminar or call 800-633-8446.

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Exercise vs. Diet…How Weight Loss Surgery Stacks the Odds In Your Favor


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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