Fitness and You A National Institutes of Health Survey of 13 studies concludes that physical activity: Results in modest weight loss in overweight and obese individuals Increases cardiovascular fitness, even when there is no weight loss Can help maintain weight loss New theories focusing on the body's set point (the weight range in which your body is programmed to weigh and will fight to maintain that weight) highlight the importance of exercise. When you reduce the number of calories you take in, the body simply reacts by slowing metabolism to burn fewer calories. Daily physical activity can help speed up your metabolism, effectively bringing your set point down to a lower natural weight. So when following a diet to attempt to lose weight, exercise increases your chances of long term success. Examples to get you started: Park at the far end of parking lots and walk Take the stairs instead of the elevator Cut down on television Swim or participate in low-impact water aerobics Ride an exercise bike Overall, walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Incorporating exercise into your daily activities will improve your overall health and is important for any long term weight management program, including weight loss surgery. Diet and exercise play a key role in successful weight loss after surgery. After recovering from your surgery, approximately 2 – 4 weeks begin an exercise program that incorporates the following: F – Frequency, plan to exercise at least 3 times per week. I- Intensity of your workout you select should be determined by a fitness evaluation of your current physical condition and increased gradually T – Time, the period of time you devote to a workout out session.  Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Pleatman Surgical Bariatric Surgery Mark A. Pleatman M.D. weight loss surgery weight loss surgery Bloomfield Hills Michigan 248 334-5444 Mark A. Pleatman, M.D. 43494 Woodward Ave. #202, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 248-334-5444, Fax: 248-334-5484 email:  info@drpleatman.com