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Those who exercise regularly following weight-loss surgery not only lose more weight and keep it off longer — but are also happier and healthier. Learn how to develop an exercise plan that meets your needs and helps you achieve your weight-loss goals after bariatric surgery. 

Why exercise won't make you thin

Americans spend $19 billion a year on gym memberships, and 57% of adults claim they exercise regularly; yet two-thirds of Americans are obese or overweight by government standards. Why the discrepancy?

Though exercise provides multiple benefits — among them, a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes — recent research indicates that the role of exercise in weight loss has been overstated, reports Time magazine.

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I hate exercise!

Most bariatric patients, most people in general, don't enjoy exercise.  You have to put on tight-fitting stretchy clothes, then you move your body enough to breathe heavy, get sweaty, your heart beats like crazy and you're just plain uncomfortable.  Why would anyone do this on purpose?  More importantly, if you're like most people and really hate exercise, can you still lose weight after surgery and maintain the loss without exercising?

Bottom line, absolutely not.  Without moving more you simply won't lose as much weight, nor permanently keep off lost weight.  This is seen in virtually every weight management research study; regular exercise is a top indicator of weight loss success, across the board.

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Need a Walking Partner? Try a Dog

Medline Plus, a database of health information from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, published an online article from HealthDay News in June 2009 touting the benefits of dog walking to stick to your fitness goals.

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