Lap-Band; FAQs and Opinionby Sonja Rose on Oct. 05, 2010, under Health
Lap-Band obtained FDA approval in the United States in 2001, soon gaining in popularity for people wanting to lose 100 pounds or more. It seems easy enough. Get a band surgically installed around the upper part of the stomach, and it makes it so you can’t eat very much. Ingest fewer calories, and the excess weight just falls off — right?
There’s no willpower involved, or self control, or any of those other things that other diets require, and what may have failed in the past. Many Lap-Band recipients complain that they “tried every diet in the world, and nothing worked.” Recipients simply cannot eat very much, because they will get sick or throw up if they do.
My questions are: How to do you learn to eat when you are truly hungry? How do you learn how to stop when you are full? And what happens when the weight is gone?
There are kinder, gentler, less expensive ways to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime (and not have to walk around with a band inside of you forever). I have kept off 50 pounds since 2001. It’s hard sometimes, and it oftentimes seems like I have one or two pounds to lose to get back to my “happy weight” (see: First, Find Your Happy Weight). But I know when I have to lose it, so it never gets out of hand, because I weigh myself every day (read: The Bathroom Scale: Friend or Foe).
My Living Thin friends, before you get Lap-Band, know your FAQs!