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Meditation and its role in weight loss

May 15, 2020


Meditation has a lot more going on than just repeating “om” over and over again and taking deep breaths. The benefits of meditation positively impact numerous facets of one’s life; it doesn’t just play a role in helping you feel peaceful. Meditation can play an important role in weight loss.

Losing weight and maintaining that weight loss is about more than just eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. It’s about a change in behavior. That is the reason why many people struggle to keep off the weight they lose. Following a diet, as opposed to just making a healthy lifestyle change, can cause people to feel anxious and low even after they’ve lost the weight. They are then at risk of returning to unhealthy coping mechanisms and gaining the weight back. More often than not, one of our biggest barriers to weight loss is ourselves, but we don’t always recognize that. Traditional weight-loss programs or fad diets certainly don’t address that maintaining weight loss is reliant on changing our behavior, not just our diet and exercise routine.

The mind acts as a person’s foundation; by opening our minds to meditation, the right behavior follows. Far too often, people ignore the inner work that needs to be done as a part of maintained weight loss. There are numerous challenges you’ll face while trying to lose weight, and having the right mindset will help you navigate. Meditation allows you to confront all of the habits you’ve developed through the years that have led to unhealthy coping mechanisms. These unhealthy coping mechanisms may have led to weight gain or a negative relationship with food and exercise. Meditation gives you time to confront how you perceive yourself. It gives you the chance to confront your feelings.

With meditation, you are free to challenge your beliefs and restructure your standards. Ask yourself what behaviors are hindering your weight-loss success or what behaviors are contributing to it. Meditation will help you figure out your motivations for detrimental behaviors. It will also help you get to the place where you’re mentally prepared to accomplish your goals. Some studies are showing that it can even help rewire parts of your brain that can help you lose weight. In addition to positively impacting your mind and behaviors, meditation can positively impact your physical body. After regular meditation, you may notice less chronic pain, decreased inflammation, and increased immunity.

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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.