There is no doubt about it, excess weight comes with some heavy costs. Morbidly obese people- those who are more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight- face not only some high social costs but some extreme health costs due to their body weight. For many of these people, traditional methods of weight loss such as diet and exercise simply are not within the realm of possibility- the slightest activities are too hard to handle, and the body has reached a point where an addiction to high fat foods is equal to that experienced by those addicted to heroine, with the resultant complications of withdrawal but without the convenience of less ease in accessibility. More people are beginning to turn to weight loss procedures such as gastric bypasses and gastric lap bands in order to lose some of the much needed weight quickly.
In the case of surgery, there are several benefits. The loss of the weight will immediately allow a patient to regain the energy needed for exercise that will be needed to maintain a healthy body. These surgeries also are known to reduce a patient's dependency on the foods to which they were formerly addicted, and also curb appetites. Some people may make the mistake of believing that weight loss surgery is a quick and easy way to lose weight. This is, however, not the case.
Like any other surgery, surgeries for weight loss carry with them inherent risks for lasting complications and even death. There can be many complications after any surgery as well, and it is best to find these out before undergoing the surgery itself. Finally, there is the rumor that surgery is the ticket to a hassle free weight loss.
The reality is, weight loss surgery does not mean that the need to diet and exercise is eliminated. For most surgeries in fact, an even more extreme diet will often be required after the fact, and the same is true of beginning an exercise regime. Bodies that are fit are able to recuperate faster, and they are also able to process the food that is received more efficiently and effectively.
Remember, weight loss surgery does not mean an easy way out, avoiding the pain of exercise and the annoyance of dieting. Most surgeons will recommend that you start an exercise regime as soon as possible after the operation in order to assist the healing process and keep you from gaining the weight back. Weight loss surgery is best thought of as the chance to start over. Once the weight has been removed, the surge of energy and an enhanced natural capacity for exercise will allow you to begin the exercise routine that will be vital in maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of your life.