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Snacking has become an American pastime as common as the meal. It is a multibillion dollar industry that relies on consumers to need an extra boost between meals. According to NBC Today Health online roughly a quarter of the calories in the American diet come from snacks, according to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition. And that figure has jumped 41 percent in the past 20 years. It is no surprise that the obesity rate has more than doubled over the last 30 years. According to the article many of us are fooled into eating lots of snacks. We are lulled into a sense of security with marketing words like “natural “or “healthy” used to describe products. Also, smaller portion bags may display on the label that they are less than 100 calories yet many patients admitted to eating more than one bag of cookies as they snacked. The article also gave good tips like cutting the snack and half, and putting all snacks into a serving dish before eating as ways to avoid overeating. We do not have to let snacks and our cravings for them derail our plans for maintaining a healthy and stable weight. A little pre-planning goes a long way. Dr. O’Toole explains to his patients that maintaining a healthy and stable weight is not only about willpower. Many of his patients have made a total life transformation by losing large amounts of weight and keeping it off. They became patients of Dr. O’Toole’s as they looked for a solution to loose and lax skin on their body after their dramatic weight loss. The most common complaints were loose skin on the abdomen, upper thigh, and arms.Typically Dr.  O’Toole will recommend an abdominoplasty to correct a loose and lax skin on the abdomen. For the thighs Dr. O’Toole will typically recommend a thighplasty or thigh lift to remove the excess skin and also create better contour for the legs. For the arms an arm lift takes care of the skin that sags on the underside of the upper arm. Some patients refer to these as bat wings because of the way that the skin swings back and forth. Although Dr. O’Toole will typically recommend that patients have these procedures staged in intervals rather than performed at the same time, most patients are willing to make the commitment to achieve the best results. Patients who have made this type of investment after losing weight ,and keeping it off ,rarely  return to bad eating habits including snacking. The benefits far outweigh any temporary satisfaction derived from indulging in snacks and unhealthy eating behavior.

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