Obesity is a growing trend in our modern society and a health issue that affects millions of people every day. When a person reaches the point of being obese, they are often at a loss as to how to adequately deal with the problem. Many people in this situation have been down the diet road several times and have become discouraged due to their lack of permanent success. They can hardly be blamed for this, because there is so much misinformation out there about dieting and what works or doesn’t work.
When someone becomes dangerously overweight to the point that their weight threatens their health, a doctor will usually recommend that the person drop the weight as soon as possible. There are two popular obesity cures for losing large amounts of weight: going on a strict diet and exercise program to lose weight naturally, or having the stomach size drastically reduced through gastric bypass surgery.
Gastric Bypass Surgery vs. Losing Weight Naturally
When you are dealing with obesity, the safest way to lose the weight is by going the natural route. Your doctor will discuss dietary plans with you and then select one that you both feel you are capable of successfully sticking with for the long term. You will also be given some mild physical exercises to do that may involve walking or light running, tossing a ball around, pool exercises or doing an easy workout routine.
Dieting and exercising under a doctor’s supervision, means you’ll be responsible for preparing your meals at home and faithfully doing the physical exercises required. Your doctor will be monitoring your progress as you go along. Natural weight loss requires time and commitment. If you are also fighting a food addiction, you’ll need to seek treatment for that as well. Although, this method works great for obese people, it is a very slow process. No matter what anybody says, you cannot simply drop a hundred pounds quickly.
Gastric bypass surgery is often seen as a faster way to lose lots of weight. This rapid weight loss is possible, because the surgeon is literally going inside of your body and stapling or banding your stomach until there’s only a small space left for food to enter and be digested. With a smaller stomach size, you simply won’t be able to cram as much food down, and you will quickly feel full when you’ve only eaten a small amount of food.
While opting for the surgery can produce quicker results, the downside is that it is a risky surgical procedure that can come with complications. Many obese people do not care about these risks and just want something that finally works. However, if you are considering getting a bypass done, it’s best to consult with your doctor first to weigh the risks against your particular health issues. For instance, it’s common for obese people to have diabetes, and that disease can really cause complications in any type of surgery.
Basically, it’s best to get all the information you need about both methods so that you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you.
Choosing Bypass Surgery
Once you have made the decision to cure your obesity using the bypass method, you’ll need to prepare yourself both mentally and physically for what lies ahead. This is considered major surgery, as well as, a serious lifestyle change. This is why your doctor will send you for a complete evaluation to check out your physical and mental state of mind. You will be poked and prodded and questioned about your medical history and current eating habits.
Be sure to be totally honest about what types of foods you normally eat, how often you eat and why you feel your out of control eating has brought you to this point. Remember, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, because people often overeat due to stress and emotional issues. The medical professionals are there to help make sure that you go through the whole process successfully and with minimal problems.
Your Diet Following Surgery
After your surgery, you’ll probably be excited to have an opportunity to reshape your entire lifestyle. You have a second chance to become the person that you’ve always wanted to be, but couldn’t because you were trapped by all of that weight. One of the immediate changes you’ll notice is that your nutritional needs are now of the utmost importance.
You no longer have a large stomach, instead, it’s been replaced by a tiny round space that has to hold everything you eat, plus, it’s where your body begins to absorb calories and nutrients. This means that every drop of food that you put into your mouth counts towards your overall health and well being. Because you are weak right after surgery, you’ll need to start eating a lot more protein. Protein will help your body to rebuild and regain the energy it needs to function on a daily basis.
Most likely your doctor will give you a gastric bypass diet plan that includes lots of lean meat, eggs, fish and beans. You can also have small portions of vegetables, grains and soup. If you get hungry between meals, you’ll have to improvise because most of your old junk food favorites will be out. That’s right. Say goodbye to those fat-laden chips, candy bars, fast food items and soda.
Having the bypass surgery doesn’t mean your battle with weight loss has finally come to an end. In fact, it’s really just the beginning of your journey towards healthier eating and a new outlook on life. You have to pay close attention to the nutritional needs of your body and how different kinds of foods affect the way your body processes food and burns fat.
After a few months, some bypass patients lose interest in following the diet and begin to slip back into old eating habits. This is unfortunate, because by doing that, they are only sabotaging their body and their healthy future. Going back to eating lots of fat means that your body will again have to find somewhere to store it all. The fat will find it’s way to your hips, thighs and stomach, while your nutrition will suffer.
So, I hope that you choose to stay the course and continue following the diet recommendations. Not only will you be thrilled at seeing your new thin body in the mirror, but you’ll also feel a real boost of energy from all of those healthy foods that you’re eating with every meal.