In many cases it seems as though severely obese people consider weight loss surgery to be the only option available to make a difference in their lives. While weight loss surgeries can make an immediate and dramatic change, a new study shows that the costly procedures may not be the only possible solution for people with an exceedingly high BMI.
The study, published recently in the online version of The Journal of the American Medical Association, focused on lifestyle changes to help severely obese people lose weight. Subjects that participated in the study followed healthy, calorie restricted diets and participated in a prescribed exercise program five days a week.
The results of the study weren’t necessarily earth shattering, but they were very positive. The average participants lost more than twenty pounds, showed a decrease in body mass index and lost abdominal fat.
While this study probably won’t cause a dramatic decline in the number of weight loss procedures performed or diet pills purchased each year, it does let people know that they have other options available. If you are willing to make a commitment and make changes to your lifestyle, you don’t necessarily need to go under the knife or rely on a prescription to lose weight and get healthier.
If you’re new to exercise, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor or health care provider for the best possible course of action for your situation. Depending upon your current level of conditioning, there may be certain activities that are unsafe for you to perform. It’s also highly advisable to speak with your health care provider prior to making any changes in your diet or in nutritional supplementation.