Everyone I see for bariatric surgery has already tried something to lose weight. Commonly they see early success with exercise and their dieting plan, whichever one it may be. But ultimately they plateau. They continue to exercise or eat less but still get no results.
These plateaus often cause despair and frustration. People give up hope, throw their hands up and say “what’s the use?” They give up their diet, stop exercising, and then watch as the scale creeps back up.
Weight loss surgery breaks this vicious cycle and puts people on a virtuous cycle. Here, they eat less and exercise so they lose weight. But now they break through plateaus and see continued results. They are excited to finally not be stuck in the rut of yet another plateau. They gain hope and inspiration and that motivates them to continue with healthy eating and exercise.
The virtuous cycle will keep people motivated for about a year and a half. But no one can lose weight forever, so it is important to keep the healthy eating and exercise going for the rest of your life, not for more weight loss but for weight maintenance and general well-being.
Carl Lowe, Jr., MD