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Dr. Atul Madan Explains The Difficulties of Losing Weight Just by Diet and Exercise
Date:5/12/2013

any patients who struggle with obesity have already had childhood and teen years marked by extra weight. This makes help with weight loss even more imperative after age 30 and 40.

While eating fewer calories is less work than a workout, it's clear that muscle burns more calories than fat – up to three times as much even while the body is at rest. Lack of estrogen in women is also key, so after age 40, cravings tend to increase just as weigh moves from hips and thighs toward the waist, which is the most unhealthy area for extra weight. Exercise can keep this to a minimum, as well as the cortisol levels (a 'stress hormone') that increase the desire for fat-filled comfort foods. Lap band surgery can help cut down on cravings, since the amount of food allowed to pass through the stomach is much reduced, and after the first month of recovery, it's quite normal for patients to be able to do light exercise (such as walking) at least two to three times per week. That habit of regular exercise, says Dr. Madan, will do more for patients to keep weight from being regained, than any short-term diet plan.

After performing 2,000 and more bariatric procedures, from Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to lap band surgery, Dr. Madan can be considered an expert in weight loss surgery. After graduating from Lehigh University and obtaining a medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Madan was first in Memphis to conduct a laparoscopic gastric bypass. He was also the first to offer a treatment without incision for weight gained post-operatively. He was awarded the 2007 SAGES Young Investigator Award, and his satisfied patients gave him an even better 2011 and 2012 Patients' Choice Award.

For more information on Dr. Madan or the LAP-BAND procedure, call 1-800-472-4900, or '/>"/>

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