Alternatives to bariatric surgery for people suffering from severe to morbid obesity
In a previous blog, entitled “What is a healthy weight?”, we discussed ways that health professionals use to analyze your weight. Among other things, they use the body mass index (BMI), which is a way of categorizing someone’s weight. We’ve even added a hyperlink in that blog to help you calculate your own BMI.
Thus, when your BMI is between 35 and 40, you are considered to suffer from severe obesity and when your BMI is above 40, you are considered to be morbidly obese. At that weight you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. A few people choose that route while many are refractory for all sorts of reasons.
Then, what do you do when you have 60, 100 or even 150 pounds to lose? Are you going to see a dietitian? Join a gym? Are you going to start a diet based on shakes?
These are all possibilities that unfortunately do not work. Few people achieve their goals of losing a very large amount of weight using these methods. And for those who do, very few are able to maintain it.
Are you tired of playing yo-yo game with your weight? Read the following.
When you have a considerable amount of weight to lose, do not waste your time looking for miracle diets. They do not work! Not only do they not work, but they reinforce the idea that significant weight loss is mission impossible for you.
It’s time to change strategy once and for all! But what are the alternatives?
As mentioned above, bariatric surgery may be an option. However, even patients who undergo bariatric surgery and who end up losing a significant amount of weight, are at risk, in the mid- to long-term, of regaining the weight if they do not change their lifestyle.
You need to change your ways of doing things and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. You have no other choice. You must make the jump! The question is how can we change our lifestyle permanently and not fall back into old habits?
The answer is simple. You must be patient and seek appropriate help.
To lose 60, 100 or 150 pounds, it takes time; 6 months, 9 months, 1 year and maybe even more. You will need to be followed regularly, ideally on a daily basis. You will need to be guided, encouraged and monitored throughout this period.
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions that are linked to obesity, you will need a special follow-up to control these diseases and help you manage your medication because, as you lose weight, you will have to gradually reduce your medications.
In Canada, ZeroExcuseGO is unique in offering the right kind of help for individuals who are severely or morbidly obese and who do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery.
By joining our ZeroExcuseGO program, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a multidisciplinary team of health professionals who will follow you daily using new technologies, to help you reach your target weight and maintain it in the long run. Your success is our success!