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If diet and exercise haven't worked for you and your weight loss goals, what other options are available?

Diet pills

For people who are very overweight or obese, there is one medicine that can help them lose some weight but only if they are also following a low- calorie diet and exercise programme.

Alternative therapies

You may have seen ads for natural dietary supplements in the back pages of magazines or on the internet. Can they work and are they safe?

Do the facts about African mango live up to the hype?

Is HGH safe and does it work?

Body wraps are often used for weight loss, although experts suggest any benefit is only temporary.

Cortisol regulates many of the body’s functions and is essential for life.

Weight loss surgery

As a treatment for severe obesity, the popularity of weight loss surgery is growing. However, it isn't for everyone - and like any surgical procedure, has risks.

The most common weight loss procedures are gastric banding and gastric bypass operations. Learn more.

Read more about the different kinds of gastric banding surgeries.

Procedures like gastric banding aren't the end of a weight loss journey. Many old habits will have to change too.

Many people who have lost more than six stone are overjoyed at their success - but they may be dismayed that their body does not have better shape and tone. Learn about cosmetic surgery after weight loss.

Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem. It is a health hazard. Learn more about your risks.

Depending on the type of weight loss surgery, patients often lose 50 to 70% of their extra weight after surgery. Yet weight loss surgery is major surgery and does come with some risks.

How does weight loss surgery work, and could it help you? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about weight loss surgery.

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