Weight loss is most of the time, if not always, a hard endeavour to those who aim for it. Especially for the large sized crowd who live life with the joy of eating anything and everything. Eating can be fun, but not getting fat, and certainly not going on a diet. Exercise and diet – the two of the main things you should commit to when you want to lose weight. But it’s not as easy as you think.
Weight loss surgery is the easy way out, as many would say. Instead of going through months and years of dieting and going to the gym daily, you just go inside a weight loss surgery facility and bam, you’re back to skinny jeans and tight halter dresses.
Gone are the fat days and say hello to sexy again, back to zero, eating whatever you want to eat – or is that really so?
Actually, weight loss surgery – or bariatric surgery to be exact – requires a lot more than just a visit to the doctor. The ads may make it look easy, quick and hassle-free, but in reality, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
So if you’re one of those who have gone over their BMI average weight and would not want to go through that tiring and stressful duo – exercise and proper diet – and would just opt to go through a quick surgery to lose the fat, you might want to consider these 10 things that they don’t tell you beforehand:
1. Weight Loss Surgery Is Not For Everyone
First of all, this is not the cliché, “not for everyone” stint. Weight loss surgery was originally designed for those who are super obese to the point that it presents an extreme danger to their health and life.
Bariatric surgery did not initially cater to those who have vanity issues and those who are just conscious with their weight.
Right now, the categories and weight requirements in going under the knife have been lowered down to accommodate anyone who dislikes their size and who wants to opt to go through surgery to take the extra weight off.
But it has its limitations, and it’s not for everyone. There are the obvious reasons, like you’re not really in need of it, or you don’t have fat to shed. Then, there are the medical reasons, like if you are pregnant or you have a serious heart condition, and you don’t get the clearance to go through surgery. Therefore, if you think you need surgery, seek advice from your doctor first to know if it is just a case of a vanity attack or you really need it.
2. You Will Develop A Relationship With Your Bathroom
One thing that you need to learn about going through weight loss surgery is the high possibility of developing the dreaded “dumping syndrome,” or in more understandable terms, you poop uncontrollably.
This happens when you eat foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates.
The food gets processed fast by your digestive system – which has been neutered and controlled, by the way – resulting in a quick metabolism, thus the constant visits to the bathroom.
It doesn’t stop there. Aside from the dumping syndrome, weight loss surgery may also develop other “body secretions” from your other body secretion channels – like intense sweating and vomiting. Therefore, surgery foods and beverages can really make you develop a close relationship with your bathroom. You might spend a long time finding and staying near them, just in case you didn’t know.
3. You Can Go Through Hell Convincing Your Insurance That You Need This Surgery
Weight loss surgery is usually covered by your health insurance. However, it is not for those who are just unhappy with their weight and decide to go under the knife.
Insurance companies would require more than a vain attempt to shed the extra fat.
You will have to go through a lot of convincing, pages of proof from doctor appointments, approval and signed papers by your doctor, your insurance company and the surgeon that will question you before you actually go through surgery.
The paperwork is endless, so much so that the stress alone will make you lose weight. After all that, it is still not an assurance that your surgery will be approved by your insurance company, which means you’ve have to pay about five figures – even with the minimum costs – to have it done.
4. The Side Effects Can Be Pretty Scary
Aside from the uncontrollable pooping, sweating and vomiting, which can haunt you for a long time, weight loss surgery also present a number of serious side effects that will make you think twice.
Weight loss surgery, like every other form of surgery, goes through the same medical processes and all the danger it entails.
Yes, a surgery that goes terribly wrong can also lead to death, especially since many of those who go through weight loss surgery already have these presenting health issues in the first place.
Going through surgery would mean a number of possible side effects. These may include hernias, anemia, gallstones, osteoporosis, blood clots, abdominal pain, general body pains, changes in your bowel movements and possible infections. Reading that alone is already cringe-worthy, don’t you agree?
5. You Still Have To Follow A Specialized Diet
It’s not how most people would think. Going through weight loss surgery doesn’t mean you get that small and sexy body without any effort at all on your part.
After the surgery, you will still need to go on a special diet. Actually, this special diet will have to stick with your for a long time, all things considered. Surgery alone cannot make you lose the fat.
You still have to work it and eat healthily to really lose the fat. Apart from that, your surgeon will require you to eat only an approved list of foods. That means no foods that have too much salt, too much sugar, carbohydrates and oily food. So really, where is the fun in eating with all those restrictions?
6. It Can Make You Health Conscious
Weight loss surgery will force you to think about health a lot, like really, you will have to be obsessive-compulsively health conscious. In a way, it’s not a bad thing.
If you look at it, if you’ve been overweight before and it prompted you to go through weight loss surgery. Now that you are given a reset, you want to overdo the health buff thing. That’s good.
That means you have the impetus to take good care of yourself, but it can lead to extreme dieting and being annoyingly conscious with the foods that you eat. It’s not always fun to be extremely health conscious, but you will have to be 24/7 or else face the side effects.
7. It Has The Potential To Ruin Your Marriage And Social Life
This point is somehow in connection to number six on the list. Being extremely conscious with your health will take the fun and spontaneity out of your life. That may cost you your marriage and social life.
Your partner may start becoming insecure, or become controllable with what you eat, and this may lead to arguments and heated discussions which would lead to worse scenarios, if you really think about it.
You may also lose your friends, because you will probably opt out of going out to eat most times. You may forgoparties and other activities that you normally used to do, since you’re now health conscious and have to be in control of what goes into your body. In order to avoid this, you’ll have to plan ahead and that can be stunting at times.
8. Weight Loss Surgery Does Not Stop At One surgical procedure
There it is on the table. One surgery is not going to complete the whole weight loss surgery program. It doesn’t stop there.
Why? Picture this, after losing all that fat, what happens to all the extra skin? That’s right – you’ll need to have it removed at some point.
The excess skin, depending on how many pounds you lose, will hang like a curtain from your arms, legs and face. Clothes won’t fit right and you’ll feel self-conscious.
That means you’ll have to go through reconstructive surgery and that’s another round of preparations and recovery. Whew!
9. Going Through Surgery Does Not Make You Learn To Control Your Eating Habits And Lifestyle
Learning to control your eating habits and your lifestyle choices is something that you do and commit to personally.
Surgery will only give you a reset on health and take off all that unwanted weight, but maintaining that weight will have to be an effort on your part. So in the end, you will still need to learn how to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
10. It Might Not Work
After all of that pain, effort and expense, there is still a chance that the weight loss surgery program may not work on you.
You can potentially end up back where you came from, if you can’t restrain yourself from eating a lot and continue living an unhealthy lifestyle.
After all the preparations, recovery, uncontrollable bowel movements and other side effects that weight loss surgery entails, you might still go back to being obese or overweight and all the effort will be in vain.
Weight loss can be pretty challenging, if done the natural way. This is why some people opt to go through surgery for a quick, easy and hassle-free weight shedding program.
But like all things that can be easily achieved, it brings with it a number of risks, compromises and sacrifices that you would not have to let go of, should you opt for the conventional, yet long-term way. In the end, you will still need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, so the choice is still yours.