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Your BMI is 32

BMI values between 18.5 and 24 are considered normal weight. Your BMI of 32 falls into the category considered obese. While commonly people do not consider weight loss procedures at this BMI, in the case of an existing health problem that can be linked to obesity, chances are that lap band procedure, gastric plication or gastric sleeve may have great benefits. This is especially true if a well-balanced diet and a regular exercise routine have failed to bring the desired weight loss results.

Each person’s body is unique and may have different caloric needs. When your body’s caloric balance status is in caloric excess, it means that you are eating more calories than your body is using and you will store these excess calories as fat. Besides diet and behavior, the environment and genetic factors may also have a significant effect in causing people to be overweight or obese. It is important to understand the risks you are facing if you do not take any measures to lose weight.

Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • hypertension
  • dyslipidemia
  • high LDL cholesterol
  • low HDL cholesterol
  • high levels of triglycerides
  • gallbladder disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • coronary heart disease
  • stroke
  • osteoarthritis
  • sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

If you are seriously overweight, have tried dieting and exercise but you fail to lose weight, weight loss surgery is a viable option to consider. If your weight is impacting the quality of your life, bariatric surgery can help you regain control of your life and improve your health.

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Lap Band Procedure

Although lap band procedure is recommended for BMI over 35, it can also be done for patients whose BMI is 32. The Lap Band is an adjustable gastric banding system, which is attached to the upper part of the stomach, drastically limiting stomach capacity. It is a minimally invasive surgery that has helped hundreds of thousands of people achieve lasting and healthy weight loss.

The lap band system has proven to provide significant short-term weight loss within the first 1-2 years of use and has shown to improve or resolve several serious obesity-related comorbid conditions (sleep apnea, asthma, diabetes, hypertension). Although lap band surgery is completely reversible, you should consider the lap band a lifelong commitment. Removal should only be considered if serious complications develop.

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Gastric Plication

Gastric plication is a restrictive procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and limits food intake. It can be combined with the lap band for initial weight loss. During the procedure, stomach volume is reduced by folding in the stomach wall and stitching the stomach in order to secure the folded stomach wall. Although new, this procedure has shown encouraging results.

Gastric plication takes about 1-2 hours to complete and is recommended for overweight patients with a BMI of 25 and over, with obesity-related comorbidities. Patients can expect to lose between 40% to 70% of their excess weight in the first year after surgery. However, they need to follow a diet and regularly exercise in order to maintain their weight. Obesity-related comorbidities improve or resolve after gastric plication.

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Gastric Sleeve

If your BMI is 32, it means that you are obese and are a possible candidate for the gastric sleeve procedure. Also called a sleeve gastrectomy, the surgery is performed using laparoscopy meaning that there will only be a few small incisions through which the doctor performs the procedure. Laparoscopic technique allows for quicker recovery and less patient discomfort, to name a few advantages.

Results depend on the commitment of each patient, who must be willing to adopt a sensible eating plan and reasonable routine activity. As a restrictive procedure, the sleeve gastrectomy will limit the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach and making you feel full quicker. The stomach during the gastric sleeve procedure is reduced to about 25% of its original size.

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Based on DRI (the Dietary Reference Intakes) established by the Food and Nutrition Board, the list below contains the daily need of vitamins, mineral and nutrients. The list contains estimations made for the average person and should be regarded as a general guide.

Your Daily Nutrients Need
Total Carbohydrate 130.0 g
Dietary Fiber 25.0 g
Linoleic Acid 12000.0 mg
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1100.0 mg
Protein 33.0 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A 2333.0 IU
Vitamin C 75.0 mg
Vitamin D 200.0 IU
Vitamin E 15.0 mg
Vitamin K 90.0 mcg
Thiamin 1.1 mg
Riboflavin 1.1 mg
Niacin 14.0 mg
Vitamin B6 1.3 mg
Folate 400.0 mcg
Vitamin B12 2.4 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 5.0 mg
Biotin 30.0 mcg
Choline 425.0 mg
Minerals
Calcium 1000.0 mg
Chromium 25.0 mcg
Copper 0.9 mg
Fluoride 3.0 mg
Iodine 150.0 mcg
Iron 8.0 mg
Magnesium 310.0 mg
Manganese 1.8 mg
Molybdenum 45.0 mcg
Phosphorus 700.0 mg
Selenium 55.0 mcg
Zinc 8.0 mg

Disclaimer

The above recommendations are only estimates of your minimum needs, and illness or any genetic individuality is not taken into account. Furthermore, these recommendations are specific to women with ages between 19 and 30, and may differ from the standardized Daily Values used on nutrition facts labels.

Important note: If you have been diagnosed with obesity related co-morbidities, only perform the type of physical activity recommended to you by your doctor, and only at the intensity level that keeps you in your comfort zone.

A sedentary life is your worst enemy. Physical activity can bring you welcome long-term life changes, as well as a new, better quality of life.

  • Several house chores can be physically demanding (cleaning, farming, outdoor chores) and by doing these you can kill two birds with one stone: you burn calories and you keep a neat environment.
  • Cardio exercises are meant to improve resistance and have several benefits: weight loss, stronger heart, resistant lungs, lower risk of heart conditions, reduced stress, restful sleep and of course, more energy.
  • Strength training routines are designed to sculpt and strengthen the different muscle groups of the body. Trainers can help you pick the right exercises and ideal repetitions for your specific goals.
  • Stretching exercises have the role to keep you safe, sound and free of joint-injuries.
This page was last updated on 12/22/2014 10:13 AM PST by Julie L. Oldenburg , Dietitian at Marina Del Rey Hospital