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Drawing of a woman weighing herselfThey say that the mind is a powerful part of everything that we do. According to a recent article the brain has a lot more to do with our success in dieting then we give it credit for. According to a post in Time online magazine, a new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) suggests that prolonged obesity may cause structural changes in the brain, altering the parts responsible for healthy weight maintenance and ultimately undermine your weight-loss plans. The findings are consistent with other recent studies that find people may have a set point for weight and even when they participate in healthy lifestyle changes and reduce their caloric intake they may still remain obese. Basically the study found that the brain, at least in mice, caused them to believe they were hungry and needed to eat until they reached their set point which is the weight their body is accustomed to.If this is true, this would explain why obese people not only tend to gain the weight back, but gain it rather quickly, and usually more than they had weighed originally. This information supports the encouragement Dr. O’Toole provides for patients when they are deciding whether to proceed with post massive weight loss plastic surgery procedures. Sometimes patients are leery because of the substantial investment and their fear of regaining the weight. Most plastic surgeons would agree that the overwhelming majority of patients who invest in post massive weight loss plastic surgery procedures including thigh lift, abdominoplasty, and brachioplasty maintain a stable weight after surgery. Although it is easy to discount the value of appearance and how it relates to the way a person feels the truth is successful weight loss resonates when patients look as good as they feel. Dr. O’Toole and his longtime patient coordinator Sarah help patients communicate their feelings and desires so that they are able to make the right decisions about plastic surgery following weight loss.

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