Diet and exercises: Your doctor recommends regular physical exercise combined with healthy eating habits to control your weight. Physical activity helps to control your weight by burning excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat.
Medications: Your doctor may prescribe weight-loss medications, which are “appetite-suppressants”, promoting weight loss by decreasing your appetite. Weight-loss medications should be used only when there are increased health consequences because of your weight and not for cosmetic purposes.
Dieting, exercise, and medication have long been considered conventional methods to reduce weight. In those who are morbidly obese however, these methods may be successful in the short-term, but results rarely last. This can translate into what is called “yo-yo syndrome,” which is characterized by the continuous loss and regain of weight which increases the chances of serious psychological and health consequences. Recent research shows that non-surgical treatments result in approximately a 10% loss of body weight, but a regain of two-thirds of it within a year, and almost all of it in five years.