Balanced diets 'still essential to weight loss'

16 August 2011

Patients considering weight loss surgery should bear in mind that a balanced diet is key to losing and maintaining weight, an expert has claimed.

Registered nutritionist Dr Carina Norris advised that for those seeking to lose weight, "a balanced diet is essential" as many people neglect certain major food groups in a bid to try and reduce body fat rapidly.

However, this is not the healthiest way to approach weight loss, Dr Norris claimed.

She added: "Even when you're on a low-calorie diet, you need moderate amounts of the good unsaturated fats found in oily fish and oils, such as olive oil."

The use of certain types of bariatric surgery, such as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, was recently linked to the production of hormones associated with the governing of personal taste and food aversion in overweight people.

Published in the American Journal of Physiology, the study registered a lower fat intake for people who had the operation, underscoring the beneficial effects of procedures in specific cases.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1 le Roux, C.W., et al. ‘Gastric bypass reduces fat intake and preference.’ American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology. Wednesday July 27th 2011.

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