Choosing Bariatric Surgery for a New Year, New You

Posted by Jason Radecke on Thu, Feb 07, 2013

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Losing weight is one of the mostpopular New Years resolutions. But what “losing weight" means is different for everyone. Some may just want to drop a jean size or tone up, but some are determined to lose serious weight in order to improve their health and lives. For these individuals, making a resolution to win the battle with obesity isn’t always so straightforward.

Obesity is often a relentless struggle. That is why it is a disease. Some people spend years looking for a solution to losing weight and improving their health, only to be let down. They resolve every year to make a change, but still just don’t get the results they want. If this sounds similar to your story, you may be left wondering how this year will be any different. If you’ve tried everything and still haven’t seen the positive change in your life that you desire, weight loss surgery could be your solution.

Is bariatric surgery your next step?

Bariatric surgery can bring patients great results because it appropriately addresses the real disease, rather than just the symptoms. But before you consider bariatric surgery as a weight loss option, you need to consider whether or not you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery. Your body mass index (BMI), along with your weight loss history will help determine this. Candidates for bariatric surgery must have a BMI of 30 or more, with one or more obesity related medical conditions, like Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension or obstructive sleep apnea. in order to qualify as a candidate. However, patients with a BMI of 40 or more may be eligible even without a comorbidity.

Along with BMI, you also need to consider your history with weight loss. The length of time you’ve been obese, as well as your past attempts to lose weight will determine whether or not bariatric surgery is right for you. Good candidates for weight loss surgery are those who have made legitimate, dedicated attempts to lose weight through various diets and fitness routines.

If your BMI and health have reached this level and you’ve tried everything in your power to turn things around, it may be time to think about bariatric surgery. Taking this step could finally give you the leverage you need to kick start your weight loss and improve your health.

Are you ready to make a lifestyle change?

Although some people see bariatric surgery as the “easy way out” for weight loss, it’s anything but. Bariatric surgery can give you the tools to lose weight easier and faster, but it’s still involves your participation.  The lifestyle habits and choices you make following your surgery will determine your weight loss success.

To meet your weight loss goals, you’ll need to work with your doctor to be educated on proper nutrition and it always help to increase your physical activity. If you’re ready to take these steps and devote your focus to losing weight and regaining your health, you’ll be more than happy with the results you see.

How will you stay motivated?

Even after you start seeing results after bariatric surgery, you’ll need to focus on keeping up your new, healthy lifestyle so you can maintain this new you. New years resolutions are easy to make, but they’re also just as easy to quit. But your health is important, so staying motivated should be one of your major goals. Try imagining yourself after you reach your weight loss goals. How will your life be better? What will you be able to do now that you’ve made this positive life change?

There’s no doubt that making a big decision, like the one to have bariatric surgery, can be scary. But big change means big results. If you stick to it, this year is guaranteed to mean a healthier, slimmer new you! And instead of just making a year long resolution, challenge yourself to commit to a lifestyle change that will benefit your health and happiness for years to come.

Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center can give you the support and tools that you need to reach your goals. We want to help you make 2013 a year to celebrate a new you!

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