Diet & Exercise: An oldie, but a goodie.

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I had not been to the Fairfield County Surgical Center for about a year. When I walked in this morning, I was greeted by a nurse who said, “Good morning, Dr Lyons! Welcome back.”  I knew her eyes well, but her body was shockingly different.  She had lost 100 pounds. Wow. How did she accomplish such an amazing change? Diet and exercise. No gastric band. This is a great example of the power of commitment. Throughout the day, I noticed that she acted differently, moved with a new sense of confidence and looked energetic and happy. I am certain that she will stay thin and healthy since she has modified her behavioral approach to to food and fitness. I have found that when patients get thin passively (surgery) the chances of eating “beyond the surgery” are significant.  Making the change from the inside out, changing your patterns and habits, and patiently committing to a new lifestyle may seem tedious at first. Many people are attracted to the immediate results of surgery. But cultivating the discipline to change your life — rather than seeking a quick fix — is what will keep the weight off for good.