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Losing weight is only half the battle. Keeping it off can be just as hard, if not harder. Here are some tips to help you keep the weight off: Set goals. Keep them specific and realistic. Self-monitor. Weigh yourself regularly.

Which type of surgery is right for me? There are several surgical options, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Your doctor can help you figure out which one makes sense for you.

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Energize your exercise. Try a new form of exercise or plan active outings with friends or family. Shop smarter. Make a grocery list to avoid impulse buys. Reward yourself with (non-food) pleasures. Treat yourself to a reward for sticking to your goals.

Gastric bypass drastically shrinks the size of your stomach. After surgery, you feel full after eating very small amounts of food. The surgery also reroutes food around most of your stomach and upper small intestine so that your body absorbs fewer calories. Gastric banding is often called a “lap band.” A surgeon places an adjustable band around the opening of the stomach, restricting the amount of food you can eat. Lap-band surgery may be performed in people with mild obesity and an obesity-related health problem. Sleeve gastrectomy transforms your stomach into a narrow tube. It helps you feel satisfied with less food. Unfortunately, weight-loss surgery isn’t a quick or permanent fix. You must make a lifelong commitment to healthy eating in order to achieve lasting weight loss.

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