For people who want to lose 40 pounds or more, gastric band surgery is increasingly becoming a popular option
especially as research shows that bariatric surgery beats diet and exercise for producing fast weight loss.
The gastric band operation involves having a silicone band placed around the stomach to create a pouch the size of a golf ball, limiting the amount of food the patient is able to ingest.
Basically, it forces patients to follow a very-low-calorie diet.
Patients often lose one to two pounds a week, and shed 40-50% of their body weight within a year.