One of the major themes recently has been losing weight through surgery options rather than lifestyle changes. It’s constantly in the news and medical doctors are talking up a storm when it comes to surgery based weight loss. (Seriously, I’m seeing it everywhere on main stream Internet media.)
But is it worth it?
What happens after weight loss surgery?
Yes, Weight Loss Surgery Has It’s Place
I think there is a good place for weight loss surgery to help people lose weight. What happens is a forced shrinking of the stomach so you are literally forced to eat less. There is no choice.
I think it’s a good idea (in the right cases) for a couple reasons:
1. It’s great for obese people – When you’re obese, it can be really hard to lose weight. The journey seems so long that most people just give up before ever giving it a serious try.
2. It’s a jolt of immediate success – The immediate success and difference to the body might be enough to help lots of surgery patients want to learn how to live healthy and exercise. If that can start the healthy “want” for a great lifestyle then so be it.
I do believe that you don’t need weight loss surgery to lose weight successfully. In fact I think a change in diet can help you lose weight naturally just as fast if not faster than having your stomach tied shut.
It’s amazing what the right diet (as in what you eat… not a short term program) can really do… AMAZING!
What Happens After Weight Loss Surgery?
The thing about weight loss surgery is when you have it, it’s not like you’re done. You can’t all of a sudden stop worrying about what you eat, about exercising, and being healthy. You HAVE To start doing these things.
You can lose weight and be incredibly unhealthy. In fact it stretches far beyond that:
According to a study done by New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, an extremely high percentage of patients who underwent laparoscopic gastric bipass surgery significantly increased substance (alcohol and drug) abuse 24 months after surgery.
They said that the brain was still looking for the signals it used to get from overeating. So if a patient was a drinker before, that had a propensity to become an addiction.
And according to Dr. Daniel Jones, the director of bariatric program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston… “We know that 5 percent or maybe even more of these patients over time can regain weight. A large part of that has to do with the fact that the factors that caused them to be overweight to begin with are still out there.”
It Always Comes Back To Living, Moving, Being Heathy
You can’t fake it.
You can’t put a bandaid on it.
If you want to be healthy. If you want to be slim, energetic, full of life then you have to eat right and exercise. These are the habits that make the body function properly.
Weight loss surgery can get you started, but it’s just that… a big head start. You still have to exercise. You still have to learn to eat correctly.
When you do that, you can take a weight loss surgery success story and explode it to lifelong success.
Think about that and do your research if you’re considering a weight loss surgery option for your weight loss. Of course visit with a doctor but ask the tough questions because they will not always bring these things up with you.