Obesity is a disease that needs to be treated by more than a quick fix diet or surgery. A person needs to address and change their lifestyle to include healthy eating, exercise ( either commence or increase), the cessation of smoking and minimal alcohol consumption in addition to a surgical procedure.
Here at CBS we have dieticians that will help guide your diet choices to include high protein and water, moderate amounts of good fats and low carbohydrates, to help achieve best weight loss. We have a team of psychologists and counsellors to help change the way you think about food, diet and exercise that result in sensible ongoing lifetime changes in lifestyle.
Our team of bariatricians will help influence and change your smoking habits and lowering or ceasing your alcohol intake (or at least guide you to the appropriate help needed to make effective changes). They will also help support and encourage exercise programmes that include, as per the recommendations (Australian Government Department of Health) – Adults should be active most days, preferably every day. Each week, adults should do either:
- 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity – such as a brisk walk, golf, mowing the lawn or swimming
- 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity – such as jogging, aerobics, fast cycling, soccer or netball
- an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activities.
Include muscle-strengthening activities as part of your daily physical activity on at least 2 days each week. This can be:
- squats or lunges
- lifting weights
- household tasks that involve lifting, carrying or digging.
Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you do no physical activity right now, start by doing some, then slowly build up to the recommended amount. Our surgical and bariatric physician team will help provide you with information to help you decide which surgical procedure best suits you and your lifestyle, and then offer you ongoing support after the procedure. Getting a GP Management Plan and/or a Mental Health Care Plan will help fund through Medicare, your visits to dieticians, exercise physiologists and psychologists as needed.
All these multidisciplinary people are required to help change and support ongoing changes to your lifestyle to achieve and maintain successful weight loss
Written by – Dr Audrey Kotzander