Bariatric Surgery and weight loss

I think by this time a great majority of the public is aware of the adverse effects of obesity. After all, besides being a strain on the musculoskeletal system it can contribute to diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. So why is there such a high incidence of obesity? Let’s face it most of us enjoy food to a certain degree. It is what we do when we first arrive in this world, nourishment is necessary for our cells to work properly. So where does the need for nourishment and excessive intake of food loose sight of each other? It may differ for people. However, if we take in more than what our cells utilize it will be stored in the form of fat. Our bodies are unique and each individual may burn up calories at a different rate. Calories that are not utilized for energy will be stored as fat. Bariatric surgery has become an alternative treatment for morbid obesity in the last few decades. This surgery comes with risks and oftentimes permanent alterations to the way our bodies absorb nutrients. It is a life saving alternative for some. However, we must remember that if the principles and habits that contributed to the morbid obesity are not dealt with, the person has the potential to regain the weight. Lifestyle changes are what makes for healthier people before surgery and after surgery. According to a recent article on post bariatric surgery the recommendations were: eating real foods and limiting processed foods, omit processed sugars and simple carbohydrates, no snacking or grazing, drink 6-8 glasses of water daily separate from meals, performing physical activity with a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic and anaerobic exercise daily. (Heinberg, 2016). Find a support group that will help validate and encourage the mentioned behaviors. If you decide that bariatric surgery is your answer then start practicing these principles since these will be necessary to maintain weight loss.

Bariatric Times. 2016;13(11):10-16

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