Effective Weight Loss Program in Singapore

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Effective Weight Loss Program in Singapore

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM IN SINGAPORE

Weight loss is becoming a much more common topic in Singapore in recent years, as being overweight and obese has become more and more prevalent. According to The Health Promotion Board(HBP), Singapore’s obesity prevalence has increased 0.7 percentage point every year since 2004, reaching nearly 11% in 2010, only one percentage lower than the global average obesity prevalence of 12%. In 2017, Dr Annie Ling director of the policy, research and surveillance division of HPB stated that “If nothing is done, Singapore could hit obesity rates of 15 per cent in just seven years.” Due to the rise in obesity, many have turned to weight loss program in Singapore to help manage their weight – from crash diets to workout regimes, there are a ton of resources that add up to a billion-dollar weight loss industry.  However, with all the resources and the information available out there, it can be very difficult to find what works best for each individual.

Many weight loss program in Singapore claims to be the perfect solution to each individual but often cannot work for everyone as each body is different. To understand how a weight loss program can work for you, you must first understand how weight loss works in the first place. 

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO LOSE WEIGHT?

Is it easy to start losing weight?

The simple answer is both yes and no. The formula for weight loss is simple. Note, it is simple, but not easy. When it comes to weight loss, the simple summary applies: calories in, calories out. If your body burns more calories than it consumes, the body will use your stored fat as a source of energy. If you consume more calories than you burn, then the excess food is stored as fat. Sounds simple doesn’t it? However, weight loss is more complex than it sounds. Though calories in and calories out is true, there are many factors that affect weight gain and weight loss. Factors such as hormones, diet, genetics, age, food tolerance, and muscle mass are just some of the many factors that may affect your weight. 

Moreover, each individual may react differently to each weight loss program. Also, because each body is different, it is dangerous to go on sudden diets and weight loss programs without first consulting experts on how to safely and effectively lose weight.

WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT?

The journey of losing weight is not only about ‘how do you do it?’ but it’s also asking yourself ‘why are you doing it?’. Our reasons for shedding a few pounds can differ from one another. A common notion that people have about weight loss is all about wanting to look good, and most people do. Maybe you have clothing that you want to fit into again. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you’re losing weight healthily.

With that said, it’s not just about physical appearance. A transformation of how you look outside can positively impact how you feel on the inside. For many people, being overweight causes a great deal of shame and embarrassment. It is not only about what other people are saying but also how they view themselves. They may look in front of the mirror and be unhappy with how they look.  This leads to lower confidence and self-esteem, or worse, leads to anxiety and depression. Shedding off a few pounds is like having weight lifted off your shoulders, both literally and figuratively. A healthier body weight also results in a more positive mental disposition. People become happier, more confident, and more accepting of who they are.

However, for some people, their reasons for weight loss run deeper. As mentioned earlier, Singapore has an obesity rate that is alarmingly increasing every year.  Obesity or being overweight can lead to serious medical risks. Common conditions associated with an unhealthy weight include cardiac arrest, pulmonary hypertension, stroke, all cancers, and diabetes. Trying to achieve and maintain an ideal weight as early as now can help prevent the development of these diseases.

Albeit sounding obvious, weight loss improves your overall health and body functions. You may have heard that “not all fats are bad”. To some extent, that rings true. Our body needs a healthy amount of fat for hormones and cell signals to work properly. However, too much is not good. It weakens your immune system, making you feel less energetic and more susceptible to illness. As excessive weight causes a higher risk of diseases, it also makes surgeries and operations more difficult and risky.

Furthermore, maintaining a healthy weight helps you live a life with fewer complications moving forward. It’s less likely for you to develop joint diseases like osteoarthritis. Excessive weight puts stress on the joints, causing them to strain and lose cartilage, which may lead to early onset of arthritis. It also worsens joint pain due to the lack of exercise and physical movement. Being overweight even affects your sleeping. Sleep apnea, which refers to abrupt stops in your breathing for several periods while sleeping, is more common in overweight people. Basically, the excess weight in your body causes breathing difficulties and shedding it off helps you sleep better.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS?

By now, you might have a clear and realistic expectation of what losing weight is like. Just like how there could be various reasons as to why you are doing it, there are also various ways on how you can start your weight loss journey.

The most common way of doing so is revamping your lifestyle to a more healthy one, specifically in terms of Diet and Exercise. In terms of diet, eating a variety of colorful and nutrition-dense food will give you all the necessary nutrients you need. As a starting point, remember to include 50% fruit and vegetables, 25% whole grains, and 25% protein to your every meal.  

Moreover, it is not enough to change the kinds of food you eat but also the amount you consume. Control your portions and have smaller meals within your diet regimen. An easy way to do so is using smaller plates and serving dishes, so you trick yourself into thinking that you are eating a lot even if you’re eating fewer than usual. Also, take your time to eat. The slower you eat, the more time you’re giving your body to digest food.

With that said, diet alone may not be effective. Pairing more active exercises to your healthier meal plans can help you shed off some weight. However, do not strain yourself. Slow and steady wins the race. If you are just beginning to become more active, start with light exercises like brisk walking for an hour a day. You can also do chores like cleaning and gardening as a way to get some steps in. Once your body is used to it, you can gradually move on to more intense activities like cardio to improve your metabolism and resistance exercises if you wish to gain more defined muscles. 

If you don’t think diet and exercise are enough to reach your ideal weight, you can try out Commercial Weight Loss Solutions in the market. However, be cautious about jumping into a weight loss product immediately so that you won’t fall victim to false promises. One of the products that have become popular is shrink wraps. As the name suggests, they are products that you wrap around specific areas for your body, like your abdomen, and claim that you can lose a few pounds in 30 to 90 minutes. The success stories with these types of products are usually anecdotal and come from word of mouth of those who tried it before. It is still hard to trust in these types of solutions as there are little to no scientific studies that say they are effective in shedding off weight. It is more likely that shrinkwraps help the skin look tighter rather than actually losing weight. A more holistic approach to weight loss is still a good place to start with your journey.

Being active and eating less can be tough and intimidating. To help you stay motivated, keep track of the calories you consume and burn by writing it down in a health journal. Be patient as weight loss does not happen overnight. Small victories within your journey can help you feel positive that you can reach your goal. Also, having a fitness buddy that does the regimen with you may also be helpful as you are there to cheer on and support each other throughout.

ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVE WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS?

As we have established, there is more to losing weight than just consuming and burning calories. Factors like genetics, age, and body mass affects whether a certain diet and exercise plan works for you. Some people find it hard to shed off even a few pounds despite making extreme changes in the way they eat or how much physical activity they participate in. 

However, this does not mean that there is no hope. There are many alternative weight loss surgeries available out there, and most involve invasive surgery. Weight loss surgeries are either restrictive or malabsorptive. 
Restrictive surgeries shrink down the size of your stomach, slowing down your digestion. Essentially, it helps you eat less food, which then makes you lose weight.
Malabsorptive surgeries, on the other hand, alter how much food you consume by making your stomach smaller and removing a part of your digestive tract. Doing so makes it harder for your body to absorb calories.

Here are some of the surgical weight loss procedures available in Singapore that you may want to consider:

      • Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery, also referred to as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, combines both restrictive and malabsorptive techniques. The procedure divides the stomach into two sections, where the upper part is sealed off from the lower part. It then cuts a portion of the small intestine and attaches it to the upper portion of the stomach. In other words, the procedure creates a shortcut of where the food you consume travels.

The small pouch on top of the stomach is the only part that holds the food you eat. Therefore, it limits the amount of food that you can eat and drink at a time. During digestion, the food bypasses a part of the stomach and small intestine, directly from the pouch to the attached part of the intestine. However, the main stomach continues to produce digestive juices, which flows to the small intestine attached to the main stomach. Skipping parts of the digestive tract means your body absorbs fewer calories.

      • Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight loss surgery. It removes 75% of the stomach from the body. The remaining section of the stomach is then formed into a narrow tube-like structure or sleeve, holding smaller portions of food. The procedure also helps produce less of the appetite-regulating hormone – ghrelin – which lessens your desire to eat more. With that said, sleeve gastrectomy does not change the body’s absorption of calories and nutrients in the intestines.

      • Adjustable Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is another type of restrictive weight loss surgery in Singapore. The procedure uses an inflatable band that squeezes the stomach into two sections. A smaller upper pouch and a larger lower section are formed, which are still connected by a very small channel that slows down the emptying of food from the upper section. As a result, people who have undergone this surgery can only consume half to one cup of food. Any more than that can make them feel too full or sick. Also, it requires the digested food to be soft and well-chewed.

      • Biliopancreatic Diversion

Biliopancreatic diversion is considered a more drastic version of gastric bypass surgery. The procedure removes as much as 70% of the stomach and bypasses even more of the small intestine. A less extreme version of the process includes “the duodenal switch.” It removes less of the stomach and bypasses less of the small intestine, though the technique is more invasive than a regular gastric bypass. 

With that said, aside from losing weight, biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch also helps reduce the risk of dumping syndrome, malnutrition, and ulcers. The conditions are common side effects of common gastric bypass surgeries and deter how your body digests food. Even during weight loss, you still need to consume food for its sufficient nutrients, so it is best to avoid solutions that may cause digestive problems.  

Remember that the weight loss options mentioned above are invasive, which means that it requires surgery to do so. As long as you have a skilled surgeon to conduct your procedure, you have nothing to worry about. However, undergoing such a process requires an extended recovery period. Also, while results can be immediate, having invasive surgery also opens you up to the risk of health complications. So, planning is crucial to have an effective and safe weight loss surgery.

If you are hesitant to put your body through all of that, as mentioned earlier, it is not the end of your options. There are non-invasive weight loss options available in Singapore. One that is growing in popularity are gastric balloons. As the name suggests, one of the treatments involves a swallowable weight loss balloon that will enter the stomach through the mouth in the form of a capsule. The balloon is then filled, creating a sense of fullness, helping fight hunger. 

While the swallowable weight loss balloon is guaranteed to work, it is important to make changes to your habits and lifestyles to ensure that your weight loss is maintained in the long run. Swallowable weight loss balloons are temporary, usually lasting four months. While the balloon gives you results, you still need to have a set diet plan and exercise regimen to make sure you maintain your ideal weight and do not gain the pounds you have lost in the process. This is where DeFATO Hub can help you.

DEFATO HUB: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS

Weight loss is not a diet, it is not a workout, and there are definitely no shortcuts. Weight loss is a journey, and DeFATO Hub can help you get to where you want to go. DeFATO Hub is not a diet or a workout, but rather, it is a combination program with a holistic approach, tailor-fitted to each individual. It is a revolutionary way to jumpstart your weight loss and help you get started with your journey.  DeFATO Hub jumpstarts your weight loss with a swallowable weight loss balloon that inflates in your stomach, taking up space, thus lowering your need for excess food. It is the first-ever swallowable weight loss balloon that requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anesthesia.

The balloon is simply swallowed by the patient, filled with liquid, and stays in the stomach for about 4 months. During this period, the individual would naturally feel more full and will experience less craving for food, thus taking in fewer calories. After 4 months, a time-activated valve will open, causing the balloon to deflate. The deflated balloon will then be excreted out through the bowel system.  The whole process of inserting the balloon takes about 20 minutes and based on the current studies, the product alone results in about 10-15% of weight loss in about 4 months. The balloon is a great way to jumpstart your weight loss journey, however, it is not the only solution to weight loss. Each body is different, thus DeFATO Hub gives you all the right tools and the right people you need to take with you along your journey.  

WHAT DEFATO HUB OFFERS

      • Medical Specialists The process begins with certified medical specialists to help you with the placement of the swallowable weight loss balloon, to make sure that the balloon is properly placed, and to be there for you, monitoring your progress throughout the journey. The medical specialists will be there from the consultation, placement, and follow-ups, ensuring that you get the medical attention you need.
      • Lifestyle Coach Weight loss requires changes in lifestyle, especially if you want the results to be healthy and permanent. A lifestyle coach will be there to help you make the necessary changes to not only jumpstart your weight loss, but also to ensure that you maintain the results.
      • Nutritionist Our goal is not just to lessen the calories you take, but also to make sure that you get the proper nutrients that you need and to create a sustainable healthy diet that you can maintain even after the program. A certified nutritionist will help you determine what you need to eat to maximize your weight loss and give you the nutrition that your body needs.
      • Meal Prep Service The meal prep service will provide you with healthy, cooked meals delivered right to your doorstep so that you can experience firsthand how changing to a healthier lifestyle can be so convenient and delicious.
      • Fitness Trainer To adhere to an exercise regime, it has to be an exercise regime that you will enjoy. The Fitness Trainer will work very closely with you to find out what your preferences are and what works best for you. He or she will then guide you through your preferred exercise method to increase your success and well-being during the program.
      • Reward System DeFATO Hub places high emphasis on your success and well-being during the program. We also understand that weight loss is no easy feat. To take some physical and mental stress off your shoulders, we have also included some treats for you as a form of reward for your effort and determination. Upon completing achievable goals set by DeFATO Hub, you can claim certain rewards. These rewards will remain a mystery for now, but you can definitely look forward to them.
      • Physiotherapist An optional service of a physiotherapist will help you to restore, maintain, and make the most of your mobility, function, and well-being. The physiotherapist will also help you determine the movements and exercises you can do to make sure that you’re safe and that you avoid injury or complications.
      • DeFATO Hub App We utilize and maximize all the tools to make your weight loss journey a success, and that includes the digital space. The DeFATO Hub app can help you schedule and keep track of all your appointments, access all the services and professionals in the programs, and will work as your personal fitness buddy throughout your journey.

 

DeFATO Hub is not just a weight loss program in Singapore. It is the first step to create lasting changes in your life. Rest assured that you have all the tools and the medically supported professionals you need to make your weight loss journey a success.

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