Losing Weight is Hard, but Staying Overweight is Also Hard

Submitted by Ellen Converse, Bariatric Surgery Coordinator

Change your life by committing to lose weight

 

Losing weight is hard. But you know what? Staying overweight is also hard. 

It’s hard on your joints, your heart, and your blood vessels. Excess weight is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes. It is also linked to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, joint disease, cancer, and infertility. 

Wouldn’t it be great to come off of your insulin pump? How about reducing your blood pressure pills? Would your spouse complain if he or she didn’t have to hear your CPAP machine at night? What if you could walk from your car to the store without having to stop because your knees are causing you so much pain?

 

But where do you start?

Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Keto, NutriSystem, MediFast, Paleo? This is the short list of diets that our patients attempt prior to seeking help with weight loss.

Often, hearing that they might want to consider bariatric or weight-loss surgery sends them running for the hills. No one wants surgery. And, isn't bariatric surgery just the easy way out? Surely, I can lose the weight on my own!

Surgery can be scary, however bariatric surgery has made huge strides in recent years and now serves as a great tool for those who have 100 pounds or more to lose!

And, think of it this way - the risk of obesity far outweighs the risk of having surgery. 

The biggest change to your lifestyle that affects weight loss is changing your diet. Dietary changes include making good food choices and picking healthier options. It doesn’t mean saying, “I can NEVER eat this again.”  It means saying, “I should probably avoid this food until I reach my goal. Then, I can add it back, in moderation, as long as I don’t gain weight back.” 

The next challenge to weight loss is exercising. Sometimes, when you have a significant amount of weight to lose, it’s difficult to walk from your house to the car, let alone consider walking around the block or running a 5K. Our busy work schedules and family lives also interfere with getting to the gym.

Here is where making yourself a priority comes in. When you make yourself a priority and start to take care of your body, your body will begin to take care of you.  As the weight comes off, it becomes easier to move and exercise.

 

Considering Surgery as an Option

Sometimes, despite out best efforts, eating less and exercising more just doesn’t work. For people who have a significant amount of weight to lose, typically 80-100 pounds or more, surgery can be an effective tool that accompanies lifestyle changes to promote permanent weight loss.

Beebe offers minimally invasive robotically assisted bariatric surgery. Surgery options include gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. Most patients have the gastric sleeve, but some are better candidates for the bypass. Learn more about surgery options.

Most of our patients are out of the hospital within one day and are back to work within one to two weeks.

Beebe’s bariatric team offers surgical weight loss options, accompanied by nutrition education, exercise guidance, and monthly support groups.  Successful and permanent weight loss is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. 

 

Learn more about Bariatric Surgery at Beebe.

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