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I know it doesn’t take much to rile me…

This just frosted my shorts. I saw an ad on tv for i-lipo, promising to lose a dress size in one session or less. I thought, either this is a complete fraud, or they aren’t telling you something. They don’t mention in the ad that it is surgery. I found this on a British site:

What is Laser Lipo?

By WLR’s Site Manager, Laurence Beeken

Laser lipo is a new cosmetic procedure to remove body fat,claimed to be as effective as traditional liposuction without a hospital stay.

The laser lipo suction technique uses lasers to break up fat before its removal from the body, reducing the need for harsh suction. There are two types of laser liposuction, internal and external.

  • External liposuction uses a laser (in the form of a pen or pad) outside the patient’s body before the surgery begins.
  • Internal laser liposuction uses a laser attached to the suction device or the end of a fibre-optic probe which is inserted into the area to be treated.

Remember that surgery is only a short term result to a long term issue. If you want results that last and good health inside as well as out, then start your journey with Weight Loss Resources.

This makes me furious for two reasons.

  1. Having lipo surgery does NOTHING to address the reason you are seeking surgery in the first place. You will immediately begin gaining back whatever they took out if you don’t change your habits. They’ve found out that sometimes you gain it back in weird places, since they take out fat cells, other fat cells get bigger, often in places that one wouldn’t normally think of or see.
  2. This is the bigger reason, and it’s twofold. They poo-poo exercise and diet as the real solution, giving people an excuse to avoid them, depriving them of the multiple benefits of both. The other prong of that is it is focusing on weight alone, but weight is only one aspect of health.

Reason #2 is the why I am so passionate about fitness. I didn’t get into this to lose weight. I got into it because my parents died from heart disease at an early age, neither of whom was fat. Once I got in, I found there was so much to it, and that you can be so much happier with your body once you learn how to use it.

Can weight loss surgery make you more graceful? More balanced? Better coordinated? Can it make you more able to catch yourself if you slip on the ice? Will it address metabolic syndrome? Will it make it easier to pick up your child, or a heavy box? Exercise does so much for you, well beyond weight loss. If you change your diet, you will lose weight too.
We don’t need more false answers, we need to encourage people to find the right ones. Rather than come up with another surgery or pill, lets come up with more new ways to make exercise fun, or more ways to put more activity into our daily lives.

Comments on: "We Don’t Need More Surgery, We Need More Lifestyle Change." (2)

  1. I love your outlook on this and totally agree. How can we create successful habits in our lives that support healthier lifestyles? That’s the key to long term change… Looking at the root cause of an issue rather than addressing the symptoms.

    • Ahhh, and there’s the rub. How do we get people to change? I write my blog in the hopes that it is education. Or reminders, nudges, cajoles, and nags. If nothing else, I can at least vent about the ridiculous that surrounds us and causes otherwise sane people to make irrational decisions.

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