Who should consider a gastric bypass?
A gastric bypass is considered a tool which can give you the additional boost you need to achieve substantial fat loss alongside a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
Weight loss surgery like the gastric bypass procedure is often considered as an option for those who have a particularly high body mass index [BMI] and are at risk from obesity-related conditions like coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancers.
You might be considering bariatric surgery if you have tried numerous diets and exercise without successfully being able to maintain long term weight loss. For most people, due to the invasive nature of the procedure, choosing to undergo a gastric bypass is the last resort. This may be an option after they have tried conventional methods like dieting, exercise and everything else to lose the required amount of weight and achieve a healthy BMI for an extended period of time.
As the journey following a gastric bypass is a lifelong commitment which involves completely changing your eating habits and lifestyle, a candidate for this type of weight loss surgery needs to be someone who can show that they are dedicated to losing weight.
It is true to say that it is a path with many challenges along the way that requires your full dedication but the benefits can be completely life-changing.
What are the long term benefits of a gastric bypass?
There are a number of benefits to a gastric bypass surgery particularly when it comes to your long-term health. The NHS advises that if you’re overweight or obese, you have a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, osteoarthritis. losing weight can reduce your risk of some potentially serious health problems. Most people who need to lose weight can get health benefits from losing even a small amount (about 5%) of their weight if they keep it off.
Additionally, both men and women have reported a significant improvement in their fertility since having undergone a bariatric procedure like the gastric bypass, which can, of course, be life-changing.
Although, we always encourage body positivity and think that everyone should be able to feel happy in their own skin, we also recognise that this isn’t always possible for everyone. That being said, there are many emotional benefits to achieving substantial long term weight loss made possible with the gastric bypass. For instance, an increased sense of self image particularly if confidence is something that you may have struggled with as a result of being overweight or obese.
All in all, it can’t be denied that choosing to have weight loss surgery is a huge decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly especially considering the risks of surgery. But ultimately, it can reduce and reverse the effects that obesity may have had on your overall health and it can give you a new lease of life and an improved mindset.
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