Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Even Liposuction Doesn't Zap Fat

It turns out that even with liposuction, the fat comes back, within a year, although in a new location.

Here's what happened:

In the study, the researchers randomly assigned nonobese women to have liposuction on their protuberant thighs and lower abdomen or to refrain from having the procedure, serving as controls. As compensation, the women who were control subjects were told that when the study was over, after they learned the results, they could get liposuction if they still wanted it. For them, the price would also be reduced from the going rate.

The result, published in the latest issue of Obesity, was that fat came back after it was suctioned out. It took a year, but it all returned. But it did not reappear in the women’s thighs. Instead, Dr. Eckel said, “it was redistributed upstairs,” mostly in the upper abdomen, but also around the shoulders and triceps of the arms.

My take, the fat may have been removed, but no one actually changed their eating habits, so, the fat came back.
So, once again, the lesson learned is that there is no easy, permanent way to lose weight.  The only thing that actually works is changing your eating habits for the rest of your life, and committing to an exercise and increased movement regime for the rest of your life. 

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