Some people think that the LAP-BAND works by “restricting” the amount you can eat. They ask, “How big is that little pouch above the stomach?” That is not how the LAP-BAND works. The pouch is small, but that is just a transition zone – food stays in that upper pouch only a couple of minutes, then passes through to the rest of the stomach.
Eat Less, Lose Weight
This allows your body to do what it cannot do now– eating less, so you lose weight – but lose weight without being hungry. The second part is even better — you use your fat stores for fuel.
Ever notice on a diet how you lose weight initially, then the weight loss slows down? No matter how hard you try, after the first few weeks, weight loss becomes less and less. Then, when you go off the “diet” the weight comes back, usually with more weight. That is because your body is holding on to fat – trying to save your life. With the band the opposite occurs, because your brain is fooled, it unlocks the fat stores, making it easy for your body to burn fuel. So instead of feeling tired, lethargic, and hungover — you feel energized, and you continue to lose weight at a steady pace.
The LAP-BAND allows you to do two things: you choose what you eat, and you choose how much you eat. What the band does, and what we help you with, is getting the excess weight off with the use of the band. Imagine – you can eat less, feel just as satisfied – and continue to lose weight to the level you want.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.