Losing weight is always a challenge and yet there are many people who are under the impression that bariatric surgery is the ‘easy option.’ After all, without a gastric band, gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, it is much easier to underestimate your calorie intake and to continue eating too much. There are numerous different types of bariatric surgery that all work in slightly different ways, but each one of them aims to reduce how many calories you are able to consume by reducing the amount of space available in your stomach. If your stomach feels full after only a few mouthfuls of food, you are obviously less likely to keep eating more.
However, it is clear that bariatric surgery is not the easiest option. Just because your stomach can no longer accommodate as much food as before does not guarantee you are going to keep losing weight. There are people who, despite having a reduced amount of space in their stomach, continue to eat more than they should and often the wrong kinds of food. If you have had a gastric band fitted, you may not be able to eat large quantities of solid food, but it is still possible to consume a significant number of calories if you liquidize high-calorie foods. Similarly, if you have had a gastric bypass, by gradually increasing the amount of food you eat, the size of your stomach could expand and thus enable you to consume a greater number of calories.
Clearly, then bariatric surgery offers you a tool for weight loss, but will not automatically lead to weight-loss success if you do not take the appropriate steps. You cannot have surgery and continue to follow the diet plan you had previously if all you ate was high-calorie, low-nutrition junk food. You have to get used to monitoring the number of calories you consume and to pay attention to how much you eat and what you eat. Since you will be unable to consume as much food as you were before surgery, eating the right types of food becomes even more important, as otherwise you could miss out on vital nutrients which could have a detrimental impact on your health.
Bariatric surgery, as with any other kind of surgery, comes with risks, and is definitely not an easy option or a quick-fix solution to a weight problem. Individuals who choose to have surgery are often in a state of desperation about their weight and need to lose weight relatively quickly for the sake of their health. Bariatric surgery can help with this, but ultimately, in order to keep losing weight and to maintain a healthy weight once you have reached your goal, you have to be committed to leading a healthier lifestyle. Ultimately, this means making the right food choices and doing enough exercise to ensure that the number of calories you put into your body matches the number of calories your body uses.
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