What is the Biggest Myth About Weight Loss Surgery?
There are many misconceptions and false ideas about elective surgeries. One widespread myth about weight loss surgery is that it is the “easy way out,” like some magic bullet that instantly fixes everything. Expert bariatric surgeons and patients who have undergone weight loss surgery can personally attest that it is definitely NOT the easy way out! But with the help of our team, you can navigate the challenges and experience life-changing benefits with your weight loss journey.
It is NOT “the Easy Way Out!”
For a person who desires major weight loss, there IS no easy way out. No diet, exercise plan, vitamins/supplements/hormones regimen, or weight loss surgery is “easy” to follow and maintain the results. Furthermore, because every individual has a unique biological makeup, what works for one individual may not work for another.
Weight loss surgery makes it possible for people who are struggling to control their weight to successfully achieve their weight loss goals. However, it requires a lot of effort, and it only works well for patients who are willing to work themselves. Significant lifestyle changes are essential; for example, having a smaller stomach may limit portion sizes, but new unhealthy habits can still lead to problems for patients who are not truly dedicated.
It Requires Hard Work
Surgery is hard work for many reasons. Patients revert to a liquid diet for several weeks before and after the surgery (an undertaking that would tax any individual). Immediately after surgery is the recovery, which is a challenging but necessary part of the experience. After surgery you may need to permanently replace certain types of food with healthy alternatives. It can be a daunting task to challenge your body to become accustomed to new flavors and to do without old favorites. Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle must be exchanged for appropriate level exercise, which should build in intensity and difficulty to facilitate weight loss. You may also need to take vitamins and nutritional supplements for the rest of your life.
Because weight loss is often extreme in the first few months after surgery, dietary adjustments must be made to prevent malnutrition and muscle atrophy and to ensure that enough protein and healthy nutrients are absorbed. The experience of eating must also change; along with consuming smaller but more frequent meals, you will need to chew longer and eat more slowly to avoid pain or discomfort. Patients must avoid drinking anything while eating and for a full hour before and after a meal. Other limitations may be necessary, including no snacking, no straws, no carbonated drinks, no alcohol, only small sips of liquid, and more.
Rapid weight loss may lead to experiences such as feeling unusually tired or cold, dry skin, hair thinning, mood changes, and emotional challenges. These experiences are temporary but can lead to frustration on top of other challenges. Patients learn to push through the challenges with an “eye on the prize” mentality, looking forward to the anticipated rewards and quality-of-life improvements that are sure to come after such dedicated efforts.
Building a New Life
Most importantly, all these changes must become a pattern and lifestyle that are a part of you. The “new you” will require arduous work, but it will give you a future that would not have been possible without weight loss surgery. Our professional team is here to help you deal with the challenges of losing weight. We collaborate with you and your family to ensure that you’re safe throughout the process and that you’re a great candidate for the procedure. As a team, we work together to make sure that your weight loss journey is effective, successful, positive, and rewarding.
Countless success stories have shown how weight loss surgery can help struggling individuals improve their health. Major weight loss can eliminate a variety of health problems and significantly improve quality of life and longevity. If you need help losing weight, schedule a consultation with board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Matthew Metz to learn more about how weight loss surgery could help you.