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The Lap Band Center: Dr. Atul Madan Offers Five Tips for Ongoing Weight Loss for Lap Band Patients
Date:5/22/2013

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

Those who have already gone through a lap band surgery may be surprised to find that the hardest work is yet to come. As of April 24, 2013, an ABC News report indicated that lap band patients have special health needs that should be addressed in nutrition and fitness plans (“Tips to Keep Weight Off Post Lap-Band Surgery” abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/food_coach&id=9078455). Bariatric surgeon Dr. Madan offers four tips to those who have gone through LAP-BAND® surgery, so that weight can be lost and kept off.

First, lap band patients should understand that diet and exercise are just as much a long-term goal as weight loss. This perspective helps patients deal with a conscious or unconscious “quick fix” mentality, says Dr. Madan. It also helps provide discussion points with health care workers, such as a nutritionist and the original physician, who understand that lap band patients often experience the most weight loss at least a year or two after surgery.

Two, a slow and steady tortoise approach can do wonders. For example, in the ABC News report, a lap band patient named Heather Hutchins was quite clear that her 297 pounds were not reduced to 160 pounds overnight. She began an exercise program by walking, and “serious exercise” didn't begin until a few months after surgery. This is in no way unusual, says Dr. Madan, and patients should expect that it may take months to get into a regular routine, in both diet and exercise. Just dealing with an initial lack of energy, due to reduced food intake, can take between four to six weeks.

Third, it may be an idea to seek help outside of just follow-up visits with your physician. Although Dr. Madan certainly recom
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