I'm currently studying the ACE Health Coach materials to hopefully become certified. Currently I'm reading about different things people have tried to lose weight - pharmacological products, surgery, fasting, etc. I was shocked to find out that 45-65% of people who have had weight loss surgery of some sort (the material discusses 4 different surgeries) regain the weight after their 2nd year of having the surgery. It really proves the point that nothing can replace healthy eating and exercise to lose and MAINTAIN weight. We need to show clients that you don't need to starve yourself to lose weight (like with a 1200 calorie diet or less) or that excessive exercise is required. Moderate calore deficit is needed.
My sister had the lap band put in 2 years ago. She lost weight and looks great. I think its so drastic. I hope she is one that is able to keep the weight off several years later. Being in her mid 30's she has a long way to go.