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Celebrity Chef Undergoes Weight loss Surgery

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Robert Hesse was a contestant on Hell's Kitchen. Not only did Chef Ramsey yell at him but Hesse says his entire life had uncomfortable moments, all because of his weight. "I've done everything to lose weight from fasting, diets, shakes to magic pills and then exercise and diet. It's just been a tough battle."

A few months ago, Hesse opted for surgery to help him lose weight. On that day, he weighed 398 pounds. Dr. John Ganser, from Western Bariatric Institute performed the most common weight loss surgery on him called verticle sleeve gastrectomy. "It's very successful. You can ask Robert. It's hard not to lose weight on that. If you eat wrong you'll pay the price. If you eat too much you might throw up."

Dr. Ganser cuts out 80% to 85% of the stomach, making a smaller pouch for food.  But it does more than that. It actually changes the way a body processes food. "I think the key way that it works is it changes your metabolism and it also changes how your central hunger mechanism so you look at food differently. You're not as hungry. You don't have the cravings you might have had before surgery. But it raises metabolism so you're burning more calories."

Hesse is now down to 267 pounds. It's a weight he hasn't seen since middle school.

He's the head chef of the Eldorado buffet. Yes, working in a kitchen makes his weight loss journey difficult, but he has additional motivation to get healthy. "My son, Aiden is the most important thing in life and if I can't keep up with him in baseball or the shopping mall what's the point? So I decided to take my life back."

For more information on the surgery, go to http://www.westernbariatricinstitute.com/

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