Ready to lose weight? Skip the New Year’s diets and face the facts

bariatric surgeon dallasIt is a new year. This is the typical time when everyone wants to lose weight and get healthier. I am designing a work out routine to make me look like Brad Pitt, George Clooney or LeBron James, haven’t
decided yet.

Everyone on January 1st steps on the scale and decide that they want to lose 1,050 pounds by February 1st. Or lose weight by May 15th-So they can get ready for Prom, I ask?  The question that creeps in is; Which diet plan that I have tried before and hasn’t worked will I do again?

Everyone wonders if bariatric surgery for weight loss is for them.  The science is in;
-Diets don’t work if you have more than 50 pounds to lose.
-Diets don’t work if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.
– Pills only give temporary success (6 months or less) and have serious side effects.

There is no argument, obesity surgery works.

Everyone thinks that obesity surgery is drastic.  Here is drastic;
•Obesity is a medical condition that affects every part of our bodies. Obesity is not just about weight. It
makes existing medical conditions harder to treat or cure.
•The fat of obesity creates a negative environment for you immune system and all of your organs.
Obesity makes everything in your life more difficult.

Hard truth
–Obesity puts you at risk for stroke, heart attack and cancer. What is more drastic than that?
Powerful statement
Obesity surgery can cure diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and acid reflux. Imagine leaving
the hospital and not having any of these conditions. That has been the case for thousands of patients.

Here is a simple checklist to help you decide if weight loss surgery is for you. Any of these alone or in combination means bariatric surgery will work for you.
• BMI (Body Mass Index) 30 or higher – no matter how old you are.
•Age greater than 30
•High blood pressure
•Sleep apnea- stop breathing when you sleep
•Acid reflux – also called GERD and acid reflux
•High cholesterol
•Diets have not worked to keep weight off you
•Diets have not gotten rid of diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea

So now the question comes up;  OK, smarty pants doctor, which surgery is the best one for me?
The one that you and your obesity surgeon decide is the best one.  There is no one operation that fits everyone. But there are lots of good choices. All obesity operations are not the same and they each work differently for every patient.
-Lap Band – just an OK operation, not for everyone.
-Gastric Sleeve – great operation
-Gastric bypass – really great operation
-Duodenal switch – incredibly good operation

In the next blogs I will write about the different weight loss surgery operations how they work and how they compare. Visit my website to learn more.

-Dr. Dirk