4 Points to Consider When Dieting Does Not Work for Weight Loss

Many obese patients often find that dieting does not produce the level of results they are hoping for. While others see initial results and then regain weight. Unfortunately for many people, diet and exercise are not enough to lose enough weight to meet their goals and to achieve better overall health and wellness. For those, struggling to see the results from dieting, bariatric surgery offers a solution.  

(1)Bariatric weight loss surgery is one of the most effective solutions for those who are extremely overweight and struggling to achieve results. Bariatric surgery helps to restore health and quality of life while helping people to lose weight in a healthy manner.

(2) Diets Don’t Always Work

The vast majority of patients who seek out bariatric surgery often do so after spending years trying to lose the weight on their own and either failing to do so or failing to keep the weight off. These patients do not fall into the stereotypical category of overweight and lazy that society often places them. They are people who have worked hard to lose weight but are fighting against their body and metabolism.

People who have battled obesity for a lengthy period of time have a harder fight than many may assume. It’s not simply a matter of choosing healthy foods or exercising, they are often fighting what their body has grown accustomed to. An obese body at times will, in a sense, defend itself against weight loss. It will drastically slow its metabolic rate making it extremely difficult to maintain weight loss.

(3)Weight Loss Surgery Works

Weight loss surgery has proven to be an extremely effective means for severely obese patients not only to lose weight initially but also to keep the weight off. Bariatric surgery can create permanent changes to the anatomy of a person’s gastrointestinal tract including the stomach and digestive system. It can also cause various physiologic changes to help maintain metabolism and energy.

When surgery changes the size of the stomach or the route of the intestines, it also works to change the production of hormones that affect hunger. With a reduced production of hormones such as Grehlin, hunger and appetite decrease and a feeling of fullness increases.

Because weight loss surgery affects more than the number on the scale, patients are able to maintain their weight loss long-term. Studies have shown that approximately 90 percent of bariatric surgery patients successfully maintain at least 50 percent of their excess weight loss. Bariatric surgery naturally causes hormonal changes in the body helping to increase energy expenditure and stabilize metabolism.

(4) Surgically induced weight loss can also result in a number of medical benefits such as significant improvement in diseases that are caused or made worse because of obesity. Bariatric surgery works to improve or sometimes even cure conditions such as high blood pressure, respiratory disorders, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, acid reflux, arthritis, fatty liver disease, incontinence, and more. Even patients with Type 2 Diabetes have seen improvement, if not remission, in the disease. Following bariatric surgery, many patients also report a decrease in problems with mobility and pain. It has also helped patients with depression, anxiety, and problems with social interactions.

Surgical weight loss is an invaluable and highly effective tool for countless qualifying patients. When performed by a qualified surgeon, bariatric surgery offers a safe means for losing weight and achieving a healthier lifestyle.

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