How often have you heard that weight loss surgery is the easy way out? I know I have heard this opinion many times in conversation about weight loss surgery. The people who make this statement, of course, are those who have never undergone this procedure themselves. My reply to this is “The easy way out of what?”. This gets their attention right away.
Is this the easy way out? Not a chance! Yes, the weight loss is rapid and encouraging early on, but it is not an easy way out by any means. We put our very lives on the line when we go in for this surgery. We risk suffering from several different complications during and after surgery. With having major surgery, we face a recovery period, that can be tough. But this is just the beginning. We must change what and how we eat, when we eat, and why we eat amp; we must be sure to get in a minimum of 64 oz of water daily. It is important that we make several major
lifestyle changes during our rapid loss period, if we are to succeed in the long term. What’s easy about this? Oh sure, we may be very sloppy about following the rules and making the changes, and still lose 100 lbs or more. But, what happens after our “honeymoon” (rapid loss) phase ends? If we have not made the necessary changes to our eating, water intake, activity levels, our relationship with food and other lifestyle habits, we can, and likely will regain part if not all of our lost weight.
There too, are the challenges with possible nutritional deficiencies, as a direct result of the surgery. Aside from the Gastric Banding procedure, weight loss surgery is a procedure that creates malabsorptive issues. While this malabsorption is part of why this surgery works so well, it can also contribute to health issues later, if the patient and doctor do not take the necessary steps to ensure that nutritional deficiency doesn’t occur. The surgical weight loss patient must take several nutritional supplements, have regular lab work done to monitor nutritional levels, and follow up with their doctor for the rest of their lives.
Most people who undergo weight loss surgery do so, because all other methods of weight loss has failed them, even when followed in earnest. Most face many severe comorbidities and other health issues related to their obesity as well. The risks of remaining obese, outweigh the risks of undergoing a weight loss surgery procedure. Most severely obese people will tell you, they have little to no “quality of life”. The decision to undergo one of these procedures, is not usually made because one wants the easy way out. It is made because they have tried for so long without success. This is seen as their last hope.
One of the keys to making the necessary changes, and staying on track after weight loss surgery, is a good solid and uplifting support system. It’s so easy to get off track when life is happening. Having a solid support system in place to encourage us, hold us accountable, and share experiences will help us stay on track and allow us to help others as well, with the lessons we have learned during the course of our own personal journey’s.