My Weight Loss Journey: It’s Not the Easy Way Out

It has been 7 months since I had the vertical sleever gastrectomy. I’ve had my series of up and downs, gotten quite emotional over the fact that I couldn’t eat like everyone else. I watch other people eat and say to myself, “That’s too much food!” Once I had my surgery, my views about food changed considerably and I had to reevaluate my relationship with food. I admit that I do eat pasta, bread and rice…but in small amounts. I use to binge eat these items, and since the VSG I haven’t.

A family member said that surgery is the easy way out and I wholeheartely don’t agree with this. It’s not the easy way out and if they went through the process themselves and lived the WLS love,they would think twice about saying it’s the easy way out or that I cheated by having surgery. I’ve had some tell me that I didn’t need surgery, that I could lose it on my own and keep it off with a low cab-high fat diet. I tell people that diet and exercise alone didn’t work and that telling a food addict to “just stop eating’ doesn’t correct the problem.

I was a binge and stress eater. I ate when I was sad, ate when I was lonely or happy. When I hear someone say, “He or she can lose the weight on their own, you don’t need surgery, ” a person has to realize that the issue for WLS patients is keeping the weight off. We couldn’t keep the weight off with diet and exercise alone. Some of us were addicted to food and sheer willpower, diet and exercise didn’t work. We needed a solution to help us change our eating habits and weight loss surgery (WLS) was our last resort. My sleeve is only a TOOL. I still have to exercise and watch what I eat. It isn’t a magic pill cure for food addiction. If I eat junk food and drink soda I defeat the purpose of the surgery and I will regain most of the weight (or all the weight) I’ve lost.

If anyone reading this is considering WLS or knows someone that is considering WLS, do your research. I’ve heard the horror stories and that didn’t deter me from getting surgery. My advice is to listen to the stories of those who’ve had surgery from WLS patients themselves, talk to your surgeon, bring your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/family member to doctor’s appointments to that they can be educated about the approval process and their lifelong journey. You’ll be surprised as to what you find out.

Links:

http://www.bariatricpal.com
https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/surgery-for-you
https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/weight-loss-surgery-making-the-choice#1
https://www.obesitycoverage.com/gastric-sleeve-reference-manual/
https://www.obesitycoverage.com/the-experts-guide-to-gastric-bypass/
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007388.htm
http://columbiasurgery.org/conditions-and-treatments/laparoscopic-gastric-banding
https://www.youtube.com/user/crystalchaneltv/videos (Documents her weight loss journey. Very informative)

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