Weight loss surgery has come to the fore of the public conscience as being a method to consider for losing weight. While weight loss is a big concern, surgery is a bigger one. Some people have to lose weight before they can have surgery, and others have surgery to lose weight.
Progress in the medical community regarding surgery has been amazing in the last century, with increased knowledge, better equipment and research tools, and better diagnostic aids have resulted in better and more effective surgical procedures. However, surgery always has risks and side effects.
Weight loss is a way of life
• For those who have become overweight to the point that it is causing health concerns weight loss becomes a priority. While it is all nice to speak of weight loss as a good idea for preventing disease and living longer, to some people it has become an issue of life or death.
• Over eating, and lack of activity lead to gaining weight. Your body uses calories for energy to perform the tasks you require of it. Any leftover calories are stored on the body as fat for later use. If you are not using up your calories, and are taking in more than you will use, you gain weight.
• After a period of time this becomes your lifestyle, and being overweight is just who you are. However, you also shorten your life, and are in danger of serious diseases like diabetes, cardiac arrest, stroke, and high blood pressure that will shorten your life even more. To avoid and prevent these diseases and even to reverse them takes a change in lifestyle.
• Weight loss plans are just a method of changing your lifestyle to one of better health. They are tools you can use to turn your life around to go from being overweight and out of shape, to fit and trim. It is your life to lead, you decide on how you want to live it.
Weight loss surgery is forced will power
If you are one of the people who find you cannot lower your caloric intake through sensible diet and exercise then you may consider having weight loss surgery. All weight loss surgeries reduce the size of the stomach and how much it can hold before you feel full. Reducing the amount of food you eat and in most cases causing you to lose weight.
Weight loss surgery is a major surgery and carries with it the according risks. It is not something that can be easily undone if at all. It will be a significant change in your life, and in essence forces you to eat right. However, the lifestyle change must be accompanied by exercise, or the weight loss will not be permanent. Even after you have lost a lot of weight, it is possible to gain it back by becoming inactive and eating high calorie foods.
Once you have the surgery you will have given yourself a medical condition that must be religiously cared for, and maintained. To slide back into old habits could be lethal. You will require counseling as well as regular medical monitoring to ensure you lose the weight and keep it off. Another consideration is that it is far more expensive than any other weight loss plan.
The choice is yours and you must work out with your doctor what the best weight loss plan is for you.