Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Washington DC Exercise Specialist Debunks Common Weight Loss Myths

LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, weight loss treatment, weight loss surgery, sleeve gastrectomy

John Petruzzi of Bluepoint Surgical Group educates patients on successful long-term weight loss and separates fact from fiction.

Washington DC – Bluepoint Surgical Group not only offers surgical weight loss procedures such as LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass, the practice also devotes a great deal of time and resources to obesity education. Since there is a wide variety of factors that can contribute to obesity—including an imbalance between excessive caloric intake and physical activity, heredity, metabolic disorders, and psychological factors— Bluepoint Surgical Group’s Washington DC weight loss treatment professionals say an educated patient will often know which are some of the best steps to take in order to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.

When it comes to weight loss techniques, exercise specialist John Petruzzi helps patients separate fact from fiction. According to Petruzzi, the biggest myth in regard to weight loss is the belief that if people eat less, they will lose weight. “Most think that it is a simple addition/subtraction equation when there is much more involved.” When a person does not eat enough throughout the day, the body goes into starvation mode and whatever the body does take in is quickly converted into fat. Since the body in starvation mode does not know the next time it will eat, the body stores food as fat for fuel. Contrary to what patients might think, Petruzzi highlights: “You have to eat in order to lose. Eating clean and healthy many times throughout the day (4-5 meals) will greatly increase your metabolism, help you lose weight, and burn the excess storage (fat).”

Many of Petruzzi’s patients are fearful that rapid weight loss or weight loss surgery necessarily results in remaining excess skin. Fortunately, he says, there is a way to combat excess skin and greatly alleviate the problem: strength/resistance training. “Strength training helps initiate the elasticity we have in our skin so that when we are losing weight rapidly our skin has some rebound and will get tighter and firmer,” says Petruzzi.

Though some patients fear looking malnourished or sickly after surgery, Petruzzi assures the patients of Bluepoint Surgical Group that this situation is very rare: “For the most part, you cannot become malnourished. Surgery will alter your portion size but not how many times you eat per day.” Petruzzi notes that this myth/fear of looking malnourished goes back to the myth about eating less to lose weight—since patients will be eating more frequently throughout the day, but at smaller portion sizes and with healthier meals, their bodies should remain nourished while increasing their metabolic rates.

At Bluepoint Surgical Group, patients consult with a team of qualified professionals before and after surgery. Each doctor and specialist reviews a crucial component of successful long-term weight loss, encompassing every aspect—from diet, nutrition, exercise, habits, and lifestyle changes—with an abundance of communication and follow-up care. Petruzzi says it is the entire staff’s goal to make sure each patient leaves the practice with the knowledge and education to successfully make healthy choices.

About Bluepoint Surgical Group

Designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Bluepoint Surgical Group offers comprehensive, minimally invasive weight loss surgery programs with procedures such as gastric banding, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional bariatric surgery treatments. The practice also offers non-surgical weight loss programs and long-term weight management assistance. Bluepoint Surgical Group is comprised of a number of surgeons, nutritionists, counselors, and weight loss/fitness professionals who help patients in the fight against morbid obesity. The practice also offers treatment for colorectal conditions, hernias, and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). The center treats patients from North Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, and many other areas.

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Bluepoint Surgical Group

3620 Joseph Siewick Dr.
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 620-3211

2280 Opitz Blvd.
Suite 320
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(703) 878-7610

125 Hospital Center Blvd.
Suite 207
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 318-6135

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