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    Statistics show that keeping the massive amount of weight you've lost off over the long term is the hardest thing to do. But it's not about losing weight — it's about getting control over your life, your health, and your future.

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Why Is Fat Harder to Reduce than to Increase?

Eliminating fat can be difficult, particularly in areas where you are genetically predisposed to store it (such as the stomach, hips and thighs). There are a number of reasons why it's easier to gain weight than to lose it and these are the top 4:

 

1. We live in a time when food is plentiful and fairly easy to access, but your body doesn't know that. Your body is hard-wired to store fat because it serves as a source of energy when food is scarce. This is a matter of survival and can be triggered by stress as well. Your metabolism slows down and chemicals are released all in an effort to hang on to fat.

 

2. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (and several other prominent organizations), it takes 3,500 calories to create one pound of fat. When you consume 3,500 calories more than your body needs to function, a pound of fat is created on your body. This fat is created by the expansion of the fat cells (lipocytes) that are currently in your body. In fact, the number of fat cells you have remains pretty much constant since puberty, and this quantity is determined by the amount you eat in childhood and adolescence, as well as genetics—some people are born with a higher number of fat cells.

 

More fat cells are created only when you gain a lot of weight, and a decrease in fat cells can only occur if you surgically remove fatty tissue, as is the case with liposuction or a tummy tuck.

 

3. Imagine each fat cell like a balloon that can expand and deflate to accommodate fluctuations in caloric consumption. Much like the rubber that a balloon is made from, once it has been inflated it becomes easier to inflate again. This may be one reason why so many dieters fail to keep the weight off after they've lost it. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), within two years over 80% of dieters gain back the weight they lost.

 

4. To function, your body burns energy while at rest (basal metabolism), to break food down (thermogenesis), and to perform physical activity. Once you've been a certain weight for a period of time, your body adjusts its processes to help maintain that weight. It does this in several ways, including how your body responds to exercise and how hungry you feel so that you'll be compelled to eat. If you've been overweight for a long time, your body optimizes its functions to maintain that weight.   

  

Reducing weight and keeping it off is possible!

The Top 10 Health Benefits To Maintaining Long Term Weight Reduction?

1. You will be at a lower risk of developing an array of health issues. Being overweight or obese has been linked to a number of serious, life threatening health issues. Coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes are just a few of the many, many problems that have been directly linked to excessive weight. If you have or had experience dealing with these issues, you know how much your life changes. Your life becomes centered around medication, frequent trips to the hospital or to see specialists, and dealing with all the related symptoms (such as swelling and fatigue). The only way to resolve these issues is to reduce your weight. Even a bit can decrease the risk of developing a life-threatening condition.

 

2. As a woman, you'll have a more predictable menstrual cycle and improve fertility. Skipping periods and experiencing severe pre-menstrual syndrome can all be very distressing for women, particularly in the child-bearing years.

 

3. You won't be at a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, high blood pressure or suffer from a long recovery period following childbirth. In addition, the babies of overweight or obese mothers are at a higher risk of being premature or developing defects of the brain or spinal cord.

 

Children of overweight or obese mothers are at a higher risk of being overweight or obese themselves.

 

4. You'll sleep better. Sleep apnea, a condition that refers to the pausing of breathing during the night, is very common in people who have excessive weight. This can cause irritability, sleepiness and headaches, as well as heart failure.

 

5. Your joints will thank you. Carrying excess weight can be very stressful on your joints, particularly your knees and hips. Over time, this stress can cause the cartilage in your joints to wear away, resulting in inflammation, swelling, and pain. One medical condition that refers to this is osteoarthritis, and according to the Arthritis Society, over three million Canadians suffer from it.

 

6. You'll sexually function better. A number of studies and reviews, including a 2012 review published in the medical journal, Obesity, confirms that erectile dysfunction is more common among obese men than those who are of a healthier weight. While studies on obesity and female sexual dysfunction aren't as plentiful, one study cited by Brown University in the US found that 60% of women who are seeking bariatric surgery have female sexual dysfunction.

 

7. You won't suffer as much heartburn or acid reflux. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that obesity increases the risk of heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Long term sufferers are also at a higher of developing esophageal or throat cancer. The doctors conducted the study have gone as far as to say that all overweight patients with heartburn may be advised to reduce their weight to help improve their condition.

 

8. You won't have to wear adult diapers anymore. Excess weight pushes down on the pelvic muscles, which may weaken the valve on the urinary bladder. This can cause incontinence, particularly when coughing, sneezing, or laughing.

 

9. You won't be depressed. Dutch researchers found that there is an undeniable link between obesity and depression: obese people have a 55% higher chance of becoming depressed and people who are depressed have a 58% higher chance of becoming obese. The impact of social perception, failure with dieting, and unfair treatment in your professional and social relationships can cause you to experience sadness and depression. This can be devastating.

 

10. You'll have better self-esteem. Several doctors believe that weight issues tend to be directly connected with self-esteem issues. When you have low self-esteem, you'll probably make more bad food and lifestyle choices because you simply don't care enough to bother treating your body right. When you have good self-esteem, you take care to treat your body right by giving it the right food and exercise.

 

There is no doubt that as you achieve a healthier weight and maintain it, you'll feel so much about yourself. This is not only because you are finally able to be successful in your goals, but also because the positive impact on your physical health has a positive effect on your mental state as well.

Memberships and Qualifications held by our Plastic Surgeons

Our surgeons are Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and are affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Canadian Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS), Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) and the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery (ICPRAS). All are members in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

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