The Hard and Easy Way to Deal with Obesity: Diet vs Surgery

Slowly but Surely

It’s usually easier to lose a couple or more of pounds if you have quite a lot of weight to lose as you’re starting with your program. This is because you have reactivated your metabolism and burning calories has never been as stress-free. But as you’re nearing your target date, the weight loss plan becomes more of a routine than as a challenge. This is the reason why the weight shed will begin to slow down. Though frustrating, it is a natural occurrence. Besides, it is safer and healthier to lose weight slowly because you won’t have the tendency to binge as you may do if you are drastically cutting your calories.

There may come a point when it seems as though the scale will not budge. It stays on one number week after week regardless of not cheating on your diet or exercise program. Do not lower your calories below a safe level because you need those calories to perform during the day. Check with your doctor or dietician regarding how many calories you should be consuming to lose weight. Never go on a severely low calorie diet without being under a doctor’s supervision. As you are dieting, you may want to consider adding a daily multivitamin to make sure you are exercising with a nourished body.

Many people do not have the will power or the time, health-wise, to wait and go through the diet and exercise routine from the beginning. If either of these is the problem you are facing, contact your physician to discuss various options that may be of help to you.

The Easy Way Out

One of the options they may discuss with you is the possibility of bariatric surgery. But you must first be considered morbidly obese for this type of surgery. The patients must be more than 100 pounds over a healthy weight; they must have a body mass index of over 40 or 35 with other serious weight related health issues and have not been able to lose enough weight over time. You can find weight charts and BMI charts online or through your doctor.

When a person is morbidly obese, this can cause a variety of joint problems and life threatening health problems such as sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure. Bariatric surgery is NOT cosmetic surgery. Its primary goal is to reduce weight-related health risks and not give you the perfect hourglass figure.

There are several types of bariatric surgery available. Gastric bypass surgery is where the majority of the stomach is stapled closed, just leaving a small pouch. This pouch is then attached to a “Y” shaped small intestine section allowing food to by-pass another area. It usually requires a short hospital stay, vitamin supplements and produces greater weight loss faster, some as impressive as losses averaging 65% of a person’s body weight and most importantly an average of 96% improvement of the potentially fatal health conditions were improved.

Lap-Band surgery is a procedure where a band is placed around the top of the stomach dividing it into two smaller sections. This in turn makes the patients eat less since they feel full faster. The results for this type of surgery have not been found to be quite as effective as the gastric bypass.

The Gastric Sleeve surgery tends to be a bit safer than the gastric bypass by cutting the part of the stomach that produces grehlin, the hunger stimulating hormone. This surgery does not involve any foreign objects inserted into the body and since there is no bypass, the stomach can digest the food naturally. Since there is a smaller area to fill, the patients feel full faster. The results have shown nearly 100% improvements of major health problems following this surgery.

There are other bariatric surgeries available, but these are the three major ones offered in the United States. When trying to decide which one is the best for you, talk with your physician and the bariatric clinic surgeons for their options. Since this is considered an elective surgery, usually health insurance will not cover the cost. If that is a concern, check with your insurance company ahead of time. Your health matters so do not waste any more time.

Whichever way you choose depends on how motivated you are to deal with the weight issue. Yes, it’s always more rewarding to get through it the “more challenging” way, but there’s nothing wrong with taking the easy way out either. But before deciding, always remember that it’s you and your health that’s on the line. Try your best to end up with the best decision and be firm with it.

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