I was sitting the other day with another exasperated obese patient swearing to me up and down that she doesn’t eat that much but that she still can’t lose weight. The hopelessness weighed me down a bit I must admit. It just takes so much time, patience, and will power to succesfully lose weight. I completely understand why people turn to what they perceive as quicker and easier surgical solutions. It only takes a few billboard adds to be convinced that weight loss surgery is the way to go. Haven’t you seen the before and after pictures? It’s fast and amazing, right? Unfortunately it is not always fast and it is often far less than amazing. It is major surgery and there are many potential complications associated with gastric bypass and lap band surgery.Fortunately, there is a new option which may solve some of the problems associated with the risks and complications of the other weight loss procedures.
It all started back in the early 1990s. Actually, it probably started long before that. It probably started the first time someone decided to sell a substance on the claim that it improved health. Fast forward a few millenia with some advances in chemistry and much better marketing techniques and you get the multibillion dollar nutritional supplement industry. Continue reading
I am often the victim of much lament from my patients, family, and friends after reading my book/blog or hearing another of my weight loss diatribes. After I finally convince them that there is no magic weight loss pill, they often will look at me forlorn, shake their heads, and wish aloud – if only there was. This sad song is sung by the medical community as well. Continue reading