How To Lose Weight Safely

There is an overabundance of articles and information that propose to tell us the best ways to lose weight. Or how to lose weight fast, how much weight you can safely lose in a month, and how to lose weight without having to exercise. But what do you do when you have tried on your own to lose weight but nothing has worked?

Today we are going to talk about how enlisting the help of an expert doctor can help you lose weight safely and quickly.

How To Safely Lose Weight?

Experts advise that for weight loss to be considered “safe”, it should be done slowly and using specific strategies including:

  1. A diet that is nutritious and contains all the food groups;
  2. Exercising on a regular basis;
  3. Watching portion sizes;
  4. Staying properly hydrated;
  5. Getting an adequate amount of sleep;
  6. Keeping a handle on stress;
  7. Getting help from a professional when necessary.

If you have tried and failed to lose weight using your best efforts, you are not alone. Did you know that studies have shown that once an individual reaches a higher BMI level, they have only a 1% chance of achieving weight loss without professional help?

A Weight Loss Expert Can Change The Outcome Of Your Efforts

Most people do not understand the complexities of obesity or the weight loss process itself. They do what they think they should do, using what they understand to be effective strategies, but it is all for nothing because the scale shows no progress. It is easy for them to become discouraged, and they remain unhealthy.

Getting help from a doctor who has been trained in obesity medicine, like Dr. Steven Batash, can be the difference between you reaching your goals and failing to improve your health. Some of the ways working with a professional weight loss center can help you include:

  • Create an individualized weight loss plan that considers your specific circumstances;
  • Teach you strategies to overcome challenges that are tailored to your needs;
  • Provide ongoing guidance on nutritional choices;
  • Educate you on topics such as the importance of nutrition, and how to make changes that lead to a healthy lifestyle;
  • Provide guidance and direction pertaining to getting exercise every day;
  • Provide exceptional support and encouragement throughout your weight loss journey;
  • Find and implement strategies to help you overcome obstacles and challenges that are hindering your weight loss efforts;
  • Help keep you accountable and from getting off track;
  • Keep an eye on your progress and make adjustments if needed;
  • Celebrating with you when you reach your goal!;
  • Continuing to support you to sustain your weight loss over the long term.

How To Lose Weight Safely Without Surgery?

One of the biggest advantages you will get when working with a weight doctor is access to tools that can help you overcome some of the biggest hurdles you will face during your weight loss journey. Today, we are fortunate to have endoscopically performed procedures that can assist obese individuals in losing weight without having to have bariatric surgery.

Balloon For Losing Weight

One option is an intragastric balloon, which is placed down into the individual’s stomach and then inflated using liquid saline. There are no incisions or other surgical techniques used to place the balloon; instead, an endoscope is used to guide the deflated device down the patient’s throat and esophagus until it reaches the target location in the stomach. It is used to take up a large amount of room to provide an ongoing feeling of satiety and also to curtail the individual’s meal portions.

These devices only stay inside the stomach for a matter of months, during which the patient learns how to make healthier lifestyle choices. The goal is for them to implement behavior changes that will last a lifetime so they can maintain their weight after the balloon is taken out.

ESG (Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty)

While this procedure has been used for years, it recently gained FDA approval and has been growing in popularity. Without the use of surgery or any type of incision, the doctor reshapes and downsizes the individual’s stomach so it can only hold a small amount of food. The entire procedure is completed using the patient’s throat and an endoscope to gain access to the inside of the stomach. Special tools are used to help shape the stomach into a smaller form, and then it is held in place through strategically placed sutures.

This procedure accomplishes the same purpose as the most popular bariatric surgery, the gastric sleeve, but it does it without the potential risks or long recovery that come with a surgical procedure. In fact, studies have shown that this non-surgical approach is more effective and helps patients lose more weight than those who had gastric sleeve surgery.

Prescription Injections

Today, weight loss doctors can supplement your individualized program with prescription medication to help you lose weight safely and faster than you would on your own. Most of these injections are done once a week and increase in strength each month until the highest dose is reached.

How Fast Can You Safely Lose Weight?

It is challenging to provide a side-by-side comparison of potential weight loss using different weight loss methods. Studies are limited, and they use different methods of comparison. Some use percentages of total body weight lost (how much weight you have lost compared to your starting weight), and others report percentages of excess weight lost (the number of pounds you are carrying that exceeds your ideal weight).

Additionally, the length of time before calculating results differs by study. The chart below provides a quick overview of the percentage of total body weight lost by the average participant and the duration of time passed when results were recorded.

Comparison Chart Of How Fast You Can Safely Lose Weight Using Different Methods
Total Body Weight Loss*
With Prescription Medicine Procedure Alone
Endoscopic Gastric Sleeve 27% in 12 months 20-25% in 12 months
Weight Loss Balloon 19% in 4 months 10% in 6 months
Diet And Exercise Alone 16% in 12 months Reducing your calorie intake by 500 calories will typically result in a loss of 1-2 pounds a week 5% to 7% in 12 months
Prescription Medication Average of 10% to 15% in 12 months N/A
Gastric Sleeve Surgery 27% in 12 months 20-25% in 12 months

*Keep in mind that these are averages that were noted during clinical studies. We have witnessed many patients exceeding the averages using gastric balloons and Suture Sculpt ESG. Check out real patient results!

Lose Weight Safely With The Team At Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center In New York

There is no reason to undergo a risky surgery and spend several weeks recovering when you can experience significant weight loss without surgery and be back to your normal routine in a matter of days. Every day we speak with individuals who express their regrets after having bariatric surgery and wish they had known about these non-surgical alternatives.

Whether you are located nearby or far away, we can help you lose weight. Dr. Batash is a world-renowned gastroenterologist who is trained in obesity medicine and expertly skilled in endoscopic weight loss procedures. A large majority of our patients travel to our location to get the most comprehensive treatment available from the Batash Medical team. Make an appointment to come in and learn more about losing weight safely and quickly while being fully supported by the most knowledgeable team of professionals.

Losing weight can significantly improve your health and can even reduce or eliminate symptoms and conditions attributed to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension. We are here to help! Contact us today.

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