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Breaking up with fad diets

February 13, 2020

With all the diets on the market right now, it can be hard to keep track of what’s what. The truth is, fad diets do not work and it is time for a break up.

When a new diet craze hits the market, everyone is talking about it. There are commercials and advertisements, and special products take over the grocery stores. It seems like there is always a group that falls for the gimmick, hoping that it will be the miracle cure they’ve needed all along to lose weight. As this happens, the dietitians sit back and continue to preach the same advice they’ve preached all along: losing weight and maintaining it is a result of eating less and exercising more. The reason people don’t always listen to dietitians is because they want a quick fix. They want to reach their body goals in a month; they don’t want to put in the required time it takes to lose weight. For some people, no matter what they’ve tried, they can’t lose weight, so they will try any fad diet that pops up in the hopes of finding success. People can be deterred by the strict commitment to a life-long change.

On the other hand, fad diets only require a few weeks of time to provide incredible results (or so “they” say). However, by now we know that fad diets are not the answer. Quick fix diets can leave you malnourished and weighing more than you did when you started. Fad diets also focus more on the size of your body than the health of your body. This means that promoted fad diets may not be all that heart-healthy or easy on your body. More often than not, they are detrimental to your health (for more reasons than one). They can cause nutrient deficiencies, and severely restricting your necessary caloric intake and the combination of exercising more can cause your to pass out. Weight cycling—a result of getting on and off fad diets—is unhealthy for your body. Maybe more than anything, fad diets don’t address the behaviors that you require to lose weight and keep it off. On the contrary, a diet prescribed by a dietitian is a safe, healthy way to lose weight and maintain it. Changing your behavior for the long-term is what works, and exactly what the Lap-Band® helps you do.

It’s time to break up with your fad diet for good and try something that will work for you in the long-run.

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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems are approved for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with health conditions related to obesity, who have not seen success with other weight loss methods, like supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Choosing this surgery means committing to changes in eating habits for the long term.

The Lap-Band procedure is not approved for individuals under 18 yo, those with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or lead to poor results, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, problems with the stomach and digestion, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, scarring of the liver, individuals unable or unwilling to follow the necessary dietary restrictions, individuals with alcohol or drug addictions, or those currently pregnant. Individuals who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems, a long-term tool, may need to be adjusted if you get pregnant, sick, or malnourished. Be careful with anti-inflammatory drugs as they could make the band wear away. Like any surgery, placement of the Lap-Band may have complications such as risks from drugs and methods used, general surgery risks, how well your body handles a foreign object, or in rare cases, risk of death.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with metabolic and bariatric surgery that you and your doctor should discuss. Potential risks associated with the Lap-Band include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach blockage, constipation, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, abnormal stools, abdominal pain, weakness, incision pain, infection, fever, hernia, chest pain, band movement, stomach pouch expansion, unusual healing, pain at the port site, port movement, and/or hair loss. Additional surgery might be needed. Losing weight quickly could lead to complications requiring more surgery. 

Talk to your doctor, and/or visit our website at for more information on its benefits and risks.