WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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under the sun. As a last resort, some patients need to consider gastric bypass surgery in order to lose weight. To qualify for this, they must be at least 100 pounds overweight and have a BMI of 40 or more. "Morbid obesity," she stresses, "is a disease state with a genetic component and problems with hormone imbalances. It is also impacted by behavioral and environmental factors…It's not as simple as just eating less." That said, the nutrition and fitness professionals we spoke to for this story had a number of suggestions for losing a substantial amount of weight — 25, 50, or 75 pounds. Importantly, they all said losing a large amount of weight and keeping it off was a lifestyle choice, requiring major behavioral changes. Here are some of their commonsense suggestions: n TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR and get a referral to a dietitian and/or a fitness facility. If your doctor does not make a recommendation about losing weight, push for a referral. In general, if you're overweight but are in good shape otherwise and have no medical conditions, a doctor may be less likely to refer you to a professional. If you do have a medical condition, however, such as diabetes or heart disease, that changes the equation. n KEEP A DETAILED FOOD JOURNAL. Write least seven days, says Blondek. You can do this in a journal or use one of the new apps, such as Lose It! and My Fitness Pal. This is a 151 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e down everything you eat and drink for at

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