Diet plans 'should look at long-term sustainability for success'

22 November 2011

Patients who have undergone gastric band surgery should adopt a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained over the long-term to keep the weight off, an expert has claimed.

According to weight loss organisation All About Weight, the key to managing a good diet and body mass index after weight loss surgery is to decide on a plan that can be sustained and can fit into a lifestyle.

Alison Wetton, founder and chief executive of All About Weight, said: "To lose weight safely you must make sure that your diet provides less energy than you need to maintain your current weight, but does contain adequate protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals."

She added that it is fine to use a nutritionally adequate diet to kick-start the weight loss, but after the initial period an evaluation of the eating plan should be carried out to ensure all nutrients are being consumed.

Researchers for The Co-Operative Pharmacy found that one in ten people would starve themselves in order to lose weight, while a further one in 20 would go for bariatric surgery to achieve their goal.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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