It’s being sold as a quick fix to our nation’s obesity epidemic.
Just one easy surgery. Snip, snip, and you’re left with a dramatically smaller stomach. It holds less food, so you can’t eat as much. Which means you rapidly lose weight. Problem solved.
Or at least that’s how it’s SUPPOSED to work. And sure enough, some 200,000 Americans now have these surgeries every year.
The trouble is the industry pushing these operations just quietly admitted what so many disappointed patients have already discovered the hard away.
It’s NOT the great solution that they’ve promised. Not even close.
Many folks are frustrated by slow weight loss. Or, worse yet, weight loss followed eventually by the pounds creeping back on again.
But today I’m going to tell you the whole TRUTH about this operation. Plus, I’ll share a simple solution to rapid and permanent weight loss without surgery or drugs.
Weight loss surgery often fails
I’ve got a question for you. If weight-loss surgery worked so well, why in the heck would anyone need to take weight-loss drugs after having it?
That’s a little like promising a very filling dinner, but suggesting that you arrange for a bite to eat afterward, too. Yet that’s what the latest research about weight-loss surgery has revealed.
The study in the journal Obesity confirms that HALF of the folks who’ve had surgery regain at least a third of their lost weight over seven years. Some regained 40 percent or more.
But taking meds, they claim, can stop that. Well, at least a little bit.
The weight-loss drugs phentermine (aka Lomaira) or topiramate (aka Topamax) cut the risk of significant weight regain after weight loss surgery by 27 percent.
The patients in the study didn’t take the drugs for all seven years. They were on different medications for different periods. So this wasn’t a true apples-to-apples comparison.
But having to take the meds at all… having to take weight-loss drugs after weight-loss surgery… is just batty. There’s an easier way.
Losing weight isn’t about willpower
Start by eating a little better, of course. Diets that cut out processed foods – especially the Mediterranean diet and the low-carb diet – are great options.
But let’s face it. Diets are often not enough, and when the weight doesn’t come off, or it doesn’t come off fast enough, you can get so frustrated that you want to quit.
But there’s something you need to know. That trouble you’re having shedding the extra padding isn’t poor willpower on your part. There’s a good chance you’re being undermined by your own body – especially your hormones.
As we get older, our day-night hormones often fall way out of whack.
Too little of the nighttime hormone, melatonin, can lead to more than just poor sleep. It can cause cravings and more eating. And when the daytime hormone serotonin drops, you can face not only weight gain, but difficulties losing the extra pounds no matter how carefully you diet.
You can find melatonin as a supplement, but you have to take a more indirect route with serotonin. There’s a plant extract called Cissus Quadrangularis – aka CQ for short – that can do the trick.
In one study, CQ doubled serotonin levels over eight weeks. And just as importantly, the folks who took it lost 23 pounds in that time.
You can get melatonin and CQ separately online, and in most places that supplements are sold. Or look for a comprehensive daytime/nighttime formulation that provides both.