Why Gastric Bypass Surgery IS NOT A Shortcut To Losing Weight
If becoming FIT was easy to do everyone would be FIT. The truth is that Getting FIT is one of the hardest things you can ever try to do. Eating right and working out isn't just expensive to do but it's also very time consuming. If you are disciplined enough and follow through on a good meal plan and workout routine you will definitely see results, but once you stop the results will slowly but surely fade away. Fitness is something you have to do 24/7 365 days a year. Fitness isn't something you can just turn off or clock out from. Now we are in an age where cosmetic surgeries are seen everywhere like on TV or magazines and this fad has spread to everyday normal people as well. One surgery that is very popular is Gastric Bypass Surgery. Gastric bypass is a surgery that makes your stomach smaller. Since your stomach is smaller, you can't intake as much food as you did before and because of this, you are supposed to lose weight since you are eating less. In today's blog we will talk about if Gastric Bypass Surgery is something you should be considering getting as a weight loss option.
Gastric bypass surgery is not a shortcut to losing weight even though some do it for this reason thinking it would help. This surgery is for extreme cases where very obese people haven't been able to lose weight through standard diet and exercise. This surgery has many complications and unless you are one of these rare cases you shouldn't mess with this. With this cosmetic surgery craze being seen all over many go to other countries and get this surgery so that they can stay slim which is a big mistake. This surgery will change your whole lifestyle. After this surgery you will have to eat healthy, really control the portions of each meal, and you will have to exercise. If you don't follow these rules not only can you have complications but your weight loss can be very slow.
This surgery will change your whole digestive system by making your stomach smaller. The surgeon will use staples to divide your stomach into a small upper section and a larger lower section. The top section of your stomach which is called the pouch is where the food you eat will go. The pouch holds only about 1 ounce of food. Because of this you will eat less and and are supposed to lose weight. The second phase is the bypass. Now the surgeon connects a small part of your small intestine to a small hole in your pouch. The food you eat will now travel from the pouch into this new opening and into your small intestine. The food you eat will no longer go into some parts of your stomach and small intestine that absorb food. Because of this, your body will not get all of the calories from the food you eat.
The reason this doesn't work as well as it sounds is because it's not so much the amount of food you are eating, it has to do more with the types of foods you are eating. The reason someone becomes overweight is because they are eating the wrong types of foods. If you have this surgery, yes, you will eat less but you will still be eating the same crappy foods as before. Eventually, your results will plateau, and you will have to diet, and exercise to finish losing the rest of the weight. If you still have to diet and exercise then why not just do that from the beginning instead of carving up your digestive system to still have to diet and exercise anyway? Most of the people that I've helped that have got this surgery done usually end up losing more muscle mass than body fat, and are left with hangy stretchy skin. There's no shortcuts in Fitness just consequences.