Health Watch - Advice: Medically Supervised Diet

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about how much advice and support can help in staying healthy. While the basic weight-loss formula is pretty simple – eat less and exercise more – some patients may need medical supervision to lose weight safely.

Whether you’re trying to avoid weight-loss surgery by losing a lot of weight or have had weight-loss surgery that limits the amount of food you can eat, you will probably need the advice of medical professionals. Dr. Edward Livingston, director of the Clinical Center for the Surgical Management of Obesity at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a medically supervised program can help you lose weight safely and effectively. In severely calorie-restricted diets, with fewer than 1,000 calories a day, it’s especially important to get medical help so you can be sure you’re getting essential nutrients.


January 2010

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