Sometimes You Need Extra Help with Weight Loss
If you have been overweight for most of your life, you’re far from alone: in the United States alone, over sixty percent of the adult population is overweight. About one third of adults are obese, and about five percent of adults, or one out of every twenty, is morbidly obese. When your body mass index (or BMI) is above 25%, you are considered overweight by national healthcare standards. Though it is possible to carry a little extra weight, and still be healthy, many of us that are carrying extra weight are unhealthy: the past decade, the number of people living with Type II Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases has risen steadily, even with the growing popularity and availability of vegan, vegetarian, and fresh fare restaurants and food delivery services. If simply changing your diet helps you to lose weight quickly, you are not likely a good candidate for bariatric, or weight loss, surgery. Changing your diet is something that most people need to do, but it isn’t something that can help everyone. Some of us need more help to get to and to maintain a healthy weight, but there are always going to be things that you will need to keep in mind when you’re considering a bariatric surgery.
DON’T get Weight Loss Surgery if You are not Drastically Overweight
This tip cannot be stressed enough: it is not your job or your responsibilities to have all of the answers. It is your job to listen to your body, and to do your best to follow your medical team’s advice. If your doctor tells you that, because you are only 20 pounds over what they consider to be a healthy weight, you do not qualify for weight loss surgery, it is to your advantage to follow your doctor’s orders, and ask about a weight loss plan.
DO Prepare to Change Your Diet Whether You Qualify or Not
Silly though it may sound to some, you will have to do your part after you have weight loss surgery. After you have made a fully recovery, you will have to make sure that you consume mostly nutritious food, get vigorous exercise, and manage your stress levels. It is not unusual to gain back weight lost after bariatric surgery, but you can minimize the weight gain, and possibly help yourself get rid of the weight by sticking to your diet.
DON’T Expect to be at Work the Next Day
Weight loss surgery is still surgery, and surgery does and will always have risks. Assuming that your procedure goes perfectly, down to beginning the minute you’re supposed to and being discharged not one hour after your projected date, you will still need at least a couple of days of bed rest. Think of surgery as an injury over which a medical professional has control: you will need rest and medication, there will be some pain, but you be able to pull through. It is unwise to make plans the day after your surgery, or to try to jumpstart your weight loss by going to the gym immediately. Healing is paramount to making the most of your life, and taking care of your body should always be a priority.