Every once in a while I will see someone who mistakenly believes that gastric bypass surgery will allow her to lose weight without really having to change anything about her lifestyle. The thought is “I can have this surgery and still eat what I want to eat, and the operation will just force me to eat less of it. That way, I will lose weight.”
While you may be able to get away with that strategy for a little while, eventually it will catch up with you. You may lose some weight, but you are just cheating yourself of reaching your full potential. You are also putting yourself at risk for weight regain 2 years after surgery.
Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix. It is a tool that is only one part of a complete lifestyle change. People who get the most out of it are those who view the surgery in this manner. They exercise 4-5 days per week, they eat three healthy meals a day, and they avoid snacking and grazing, which just adds extra calories and weight over time. People who approach the surgery like this achieve amazing results. I have a number of patients who have lost over 100 pounds and are able to walk 5 miles, bike ride, weight lift, run 10 K’s, and participate in mud runs. They never believed they would have been able to do such activities prior to surgery. But because they approached it the right way they have unlocked exciting new activities to their lives.
Bariatric surgery + healthy eating + exercise = amazing results.
Carl Lowe, Jr., MD