Losing weight can be difficult for people with hectic schedules and eating disorders. And, the need to be fit is now more than ever thanks to sedentary lifestyles and physical inactivity. Every now and then, the idea of burning that excess fat and transforming into a fit individual must have crossed your mind. It is time we ensure that we maintain an optimum body weight, because for each kilo we put on, the impact on our knees and joints are manifold. It is not very difficult to lose weight if you understand the science behind it. For people who have not achieved expected outcomes out of regulated diets and workouts, there is a cure in Bariatric surgery. One needs to understand that fitness is not an event; it is a journey.
Excess weight makes a person susceptible to comorbidities that can be physically and psychologically challenging to overcome. And, morbid levels of obesity (BMI of 35 or more) cannot be addressed by workouts alone— they require surgical intervention. What you need to understand that merely losing excess weight is not a solution. One must lose weight without jeopardizing on the nutritive component of one’s system and simultaneously addressing the comorbidities— [Type 2 diabetes, Dyslipidemia (High cholesterol), Hypertension (High blood pressure), Obstructive sleep apnea (Excessive snoring associated with obstruction of air flow to lungs), Heart failure, Asthma etc.]
With developments in the science of optimizing one’s BMI, Bariatric surgery has taken prominence in solving issues pertaining to morbid levels of obesity. Bariatric Surgery limits the stomach’s capacity and food intake leading to quicker satiation. Since different patients reflect diverse conditions, a surgeon after evaluating a patient’s profile would choose the most appropriate kind of bariatric surgery. Whether it is a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, the results have not only shown to accelerate weight-loss procedure but also contain associated comorbidities. For e.g.— Type 2 diabetes shows an 82% reduction, Dyslipidemia (High cholesterol) is improved in 70% of the cases, Hypertension (High blood pressure) is brought down by 62% etc.
It is imperative to consult your surgeon for a pre-surgery checkup of your vitals and take necessary precautions. Pre-surgery screening helps in minimizing the risks of a surgery if any. Furthermore, maintaining a nutritious diet and physical activity before and after the surgery have been instrumental in better patient outcomes. Remember that a surgery is only one of the solutions to manage your excess weight. The real strength lies in your strong will-power to drive your own weight-loss success story.