People are always talking about weight loss. In a society seemingly obsessed with slimness, it can be hard to be an obese person. You may feel conspicuous, and that people are judging you by your size. You probably know about yo-yo dieting too - where you have tried dieting over and over again, only to find that you gain even more weight than before. You may have joined a gym or weight loss class, or even tried drug therapy, yet nothing seems to work. It can be a depressing and lonely situation to be in. Of course the best way to lose weight is the naturally and without drugs. In this case you would reduce your food intake and increase the amount of exercise you do. You might try smaller meals, healthier foods, cutting back on take-away food or dietary fats, or sugar or soft drinks. You might decide to start walking every day, first for small distances then gradually increasing. All this is best done slowly - it took time to gain all that weight and it takes time to lose it.
But maybe you don't have time to lose. What if your doctor has told you that your cholesterol and blood pressure are soaring and you are in danger of getting diabetes or having a heart attack, and that you need to lose weight immediately? Trouble is, you know that your eating is out of control and you feel powerless and discouraged. In that case, it might be the case that you need a more radical solution. This is where weight-loss surgery might be able to help. There are a few options available and the one that's right for you will depend on your individual circumstances. One option is gastric band surgery which involves placing an adjustable band around the upper portion of your stomach, reducing its capacity for food, leading to a feeling of fullness much more quickly during meals. With the band in place overeating becomes very uncomfortable and you should find you can only take in smaller meals.
If you are in the morbidly obese zone - generally with a BMI of 40 or more - there are more permanent options that can be considered. These include sleeve gastrectomy, a radical technique involving surgically removing a large part of the stomach leaving it in a shape resembling a tube or 'sleeve'; or gastric bypass surgery, a weight loss procedure whereby a small part of the stomach or 'pouch' is attached to the mid-section of the small intestine, bypassing the duodenum. The advantage of this latter technique is that there is a reduction in the absorption of kilojoules or calories consumed. Sometimes sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass are used together.
These types of procedures can help give you a kick-start in the weight loss process. They are not enough on their own but need to be combined with major dietary adjustments and changes in lifestyle. If you know you really need to lose weight long-term and have struggled to make it happen, why not speak to a professional today about weight loss surgery, to see if it is suitable for you. It might just help you to take control of your health and your life and improve your confidence in the process.