Weight Loss Surgery Is the Easy Way Out

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​US News & World Report recently noted that gastric bypass surgery not only cuts your appetite but also might reduce your desire for high-fat foods. Over the years, I've had friends who have suffered through gastric bypass or lap band procedures. They've all shed weight as if they had made a pact with Satan -- quickly and what appears to be easily.

People applaud their weight loss and congratulate them on how thin they've become and how good they look.

Not I.

I don't like cheating and I don't like short cuts, especially (at least) when it comes to such a big thing (pun totally intended).

My weight has yo-yoed during the years. I've been normal weight, thick, chubby, and obese. When I was at my heaviest, 250 pounds, I did the unthinkable. I cut my calories to less than 500 per day and began exercising two hours daily. Guess what? I also lost weight as if I had a pact with "he who must not be named." (Oh, wait, that's Lord Voldemoort; I mean the other guy.)

It was difficult, especially at first. But every day I -- and my will -- grew stronger. And after three months (in which I lost 80 pounds), I was very, very proud of myself.

How can I be proud of someone who takes the easy route? Someone who decides that having a surgeon cut them open and rearrange or modify their insides is easier than eating less and exercising more? It's just lazy.

And if you're too lazy to cut calories and exercise, you don't deserve to be skinny.

Before I get a ton of comments about how some people are so obese they don't have a choice -- chill, please. You're the type of person who enables drug addicts and criminals. I have the Learning Channel. I've seen those shows about the heaviest people on the planet, including Manuel Uribe from Mexico, who weighed more than 1,000 pounds and was dubbed "the Fattest Man on Earth." He began losing weight by exercising and cutting down on eating. Sure, his exercise consisted of doing arm circles while lying in bed, but it burned more calories than lying there eating tacos.

And if the fattest man on Earth can say no to food and yes to exercise, so can all of the self-indulgent, overweight, spineless jellyfish who take the easy way out.

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noelnoelnoel67
noelnoelnoel67

I am proud of anyone who takes control of their health and happiness. How one gets there is none of anyone's business.

Ask your doctor this question. what's worse for your health getting weight loss surgery and overcoming health issues like diabetes and sleep apnea or yoyo dieting all your life?


You remind me of a naughty child, say something stupid and misbehave because negative attention is better than none.


Yes I called you stupid, and your article validates just that.

ailsamarshall
ailsamarshall

Rediculous, how can you sit and judge! What an idiot! No I've not had wls but I have lost 114 pound! But I would never criticise another human for their chosen method of losing weight!

Think you need to grow up girlie!

gail_juarez
gail_juarez

There is stupid and there is stupider....shoe fits, wear it!

lina.smith
lina.smith

***sigh*** Since there is no Dr. in front of your name we'll all assume this is your ignorant opinion.  When you write articles with no facts to back it up it makes you appear sad, pathetic and unfortunately jealous.  Please stick to writing little recipe articles and leave the medicals to the physicians.  Oh and good luck on your yo-yo diet, because that's all this will be again. 

jeani.beani.beach
jeani.beani.beach

How Dare YOU? I do not enable anyone, and certainly NOT myself. The EASY WAY OUT? You are a joke and anyone who listens to you should have their head examined. Who would even listen to someone who promotes 500 calories a day? You clearly are uneducated about nutrition, and about WLS. You are clearly ignorant and if your getting your information about WLS through a TV show then you are stupider than this article! Get educated, get a clue, and as far as who deserves to be skinny... well that statement just goes to show how IGNORANT you are. Jeani 8 months post op from sleeve gastrectomy, happy, healthy and eating more than 500 calories a day because I am not an anorexic lol.  

richnbecca
richnbecca

it obvious you did NO research before you came to your opinion... it saddens me to think you are spreading your ignorance and passing judgment on others. You are truly clueless.

nabreu1222
nabreu1222

Whooptie woo and hurray for you that YOU have a certain amount of willpower & self control! Congrats to YOU for feeling the need to attack others that may not have the same amount of self control or a camera in their face keeping track of their progression or failure. Not everyone is you or the people that are on tv! Gastric bypass is NOT the easy way out! Have you ever thought the people that have it need that additional help with portion control?  Have you ever thought this surgery has actually helped to save countless lives by giving a chance to help control something that is so out of control in their life? Just like alcoholics and drug addicts, if there was a tool to help them beat their addiction and get healthy I'm sure they'd do it too, other than AA or NA.  I highly doubt THEY woke up one day & said ,"Damn, I think I'll intentionally be a drug addict or alcoholic, intentionally abuse my body & intentionally lose my self control everyday!" Just like those of us that have been successful with WLS didn't say before hand, "Well, I think today I'll go ahead and intentionally overeat, intentionally abuse my body & intentionally lose my self control everyday!" You don't know other people's lives, situations or reasons there was no control of and therefore gave up control again of everything else in life-including something as comforting as their "go to" of food. THIS surgery is a way to help gain back control for those that are properly informed about it, the benefits, the risks and what to expect in life afterwards.  It's not just about "being skinny"... that's the bonus of it all after health issues are addressed. Just because YOU couldn't see making the same decision, and YOU made the choice to go the route YOU did (again, bravo for you), doesn't mean you should berate those that choose to have surgery. Btw... Should we call you God since you're SO "good" at judging people????

breathless2
breathless2

Talk about needing attention anyway you can get it and then bringing up satan to cast doubt on others proves that your wisdom and religious expertise is invalid and not worthy of the energy you have sucked from others.  You judge others with an iron hand, your time is coming where others will judge you back and you won't be able to handle it.  Good luck in your future endeavors!!! 

shanson3871
shanson3871

I could very easily call you names.. point out just how ignorant you are but there is no use.. I can see that you are set in your ways in your thinking on this topic.  The only thing that will ever get you to see how very wrong you truly are is for you or a loved one to go through this process.  I had the bypass almost 3 yrs ago.  I wasn't lazy, and I did count calories.  I walked 3-4 miles a day 5 times a week.. I had given up soda's, juice or any sweet drinks more then 4 years before I had the surgery.  I didn't (and don't) eat fried foods, but none of that helped.  After developing gestational diabetes it stuck around.  By time I had the surgery I was on 3 shots a day and 15 pills... each of which poor weight on me.. the more meds I needed, the more weight I gained.  Vicious cycle.   I did everything right but it didn't help.  I pray that one day you will see the error of your ways on this thinking.. until then, you shouldn't write about something you seem to really know nothing about.

coreyshirl
coreyshirl

I've enjoyed reading your article on how you feel that weight loss surgery its the easy way out. I didn't get annoyed or upset b/c I realize this is just your opinion and we all have one. I did what I felt was right for me and I don't look back on my unhealthy lifestyle and medical ailments that I had. I now feel so much better and I workout everyday. I no longer take any medications and I feel free. I don't know you but It's wrong that you think that your way is the only way. I am happier, healthier and free. If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all! Peace!




melisa_schow
melisa_schow

There is a cure for Obesity. Obviously not for Stupidity!

melisa_schow
melisa_schow

There is a cure for obesity, buy obviously not Stupidity!

kathyk47
kathyk47

I hope you've learnt something from all the comments you've received. One can only hope cause statements like that are only someone having no idea about someone else's journey. So don't judge unless you've walked in someone else's shoes! Great for you losing weight, take care of yourself and I hope your able to stay fit and healthy.

tammiscus
tammiscus

I have never seen such ignorance in my life. Weight loss surgery is FAR from an easy way out. It is extremely difficult. Not only does your body go through a major transformation from the surgery itself, but your lifestyle changes dramatically. It is TONS of work to get the weight off. I have to weigh, measure, exercise, track, and watch my vitamin/mineral levels all the time. People who say it's the easy way out, obviously never took the time to really look into what's involved. There are hundreds of visits to doctors, dieticians, physiotherapists, psychologists, nurses, etc. Saying weight loss surgery is cowardly and lazy is ignorant, rude, judgmental and frankly stupid. I have great pity on you. Good luck with your weight loss....if you yo-yo'd before, your chances are pretty good that it'll happen again.

Carlos
Carlos

>95% fail at weight loss on their own.  >95% fail.  If you're in the 5% that are successful, good on you.  If you're not one of them, remember what you said here. 

pvanderploeg57
pvanderploeg57

Hey guess what....I don't give a shit what you think. Have a shitty life you narrow minded troll   :)

rashadfit
rashadfit

This author is a special kind of stupid. What a judgmental jerk. Do you call people who use a washer and dryer lazy? Why can't they just hand wash their clothes and dry them on a clothes line? This is simply a tool like anything else.

mistypendragon
mistypendragon

Ok total bs here. It is not a easy way out. If anything its harder. I had gastic sleeve a year ago. It is a tool just like anything else so please can it!

OPMOM
OPMOM

WOW.   Everyone has a choice.  A choice to lose weight w/o surgery and to lose weight with surgery.   I had surgery.   I struggled with the same views you have.  "it's cheating." - I've decided it's not cheating.  It's a tool.  Not a quick fix.   That tool has helped me tremendously to reach my goals.  That tool did it make it easier to stay focused on goals.   I work with a trainer 4x a week...and train on my own 2x a week.   I eat right.  Yes. maybe I could have done it "on my own" - however; I had life circumstances that would get in the way mentally.   It would be hard to explain to someone like yourself.    I doubt you'd understand.  I didn't when I weighed 135 lbs w/ a 26" waist.    I used to wonder "how do people get so fat!?"  For me - most of it was medically related.   Weight loss surgery isn't cheating.  It's effective for many people.   When you wash your clothes in a washing machine vs using a rock by the river ..are you cheating?  Use the heater in the winter vs chopping wood in the forest to build a fire ... are you cheating?  


ccornell87
ccornell87

Let me tell you a little about myself. At only 24 years of age I found myself half dead and with close to 325lbs to lose. It started extremely early. I was already well over 300lbs by the time I hit 7th grade. I lived in an abusive home and food became my addiction and my best friend. I tell you this not to get any sympathy, but perhaps to offer insight to the morbidly obese. My addiction to food was much like any run of the mill crack addict. My first thought in the morning was what I was going to eat for breakfast. My first thought after eating was what I was gonna eat next. It was a sick, disgusting cycle and I knew it. I tried everything, but my will power could only tolerate it so long. You see, part of a drug addicts plan of recovery is to separate yourself and cut ties with who and what causes relapse. But here enlies my dilemma. You can stay away from crack houses and avoid people who do crack...But explain how I was expected to stay away from grocery stores, restaurants and avoid people who eat? A person can only seclude themselves from a food driven society for so long...And trust me, I tried using this tactic. Now let me ask you, how long can an alcoholic spend in and around booze before they are tempted to drink? One of my very favorite people in the world is a recovering alcoholic - Clean for over 15 years! Recently WA state just passed a law that allowed hard liquor to be sold in grocery stores. She had to quit her job as a merchandiser in order to maintain sobriety because the temptation was too great. You see, people can only have self control for so long. Even Jesus himself made comments regarding how weak the human spirit can be when confronted with temptation. Married men and women are commanded to fulfill sexual desires for one another completely and often so as to prevent them from going astray. He KNEW that even the most well intentioned person will fall eventually without necessary precautions. When I tell people about my addiction some people scoff, saying food couldn't possibly have the same effects as hard drugs, alcohol or even sex. Really?? Any pre-menstral woman could tell you otherwise, but even science has proven it! Countless studies have been done, some have dissected the brain of those who abuse hard drugs versus that of someone who was extremely obese. The results? The same parts of the brain were damaged. The same pleasure receptors that are triggered by snorting that line were the same that an obese person got from eating that cheesecake. Years of abuse and a tolerance was built up - Soon it takes more and more, until you OD or find yourself 500+lbs. Granted, not everyone enjoys drugs or food that way, but some unfortunate people are predisposition for it. That being said, I have NEVER heard anyone telling a meth addict or alcoholic that rehab was the "easy" way out. It was a TOOL!! It takes time, dedication and planning to overcome your addiction and ultimately rewire your thinking. For me, LapBand surgery was only step 1 of my "12 step program" to insure I wouldn't allow myself to lose my motivation and revert to my old, disgusting habits. I have already lost 70lbs and for the first time ever, I feel hopeful that I will do this! As difficult as it is when someone doesn't "get it," it will never compare to the feeling I get to see the scale go in the opposite direction than it has for the last 25 years! Just know that for some of us, it's not a matter of being the "easy way," sometimes it's the "only way."

Blackwellkiki
Blackwellkiki

Listen lady, worry about your damn self. Who are you to tell someone they don't deserve to be skinny ha.. what are you a child. Now I think everyone has there own opinion but sometime people just need to think about others and step into there shoes. This is just an example of an ignorant being who has lack of knowledge

Drjoseph Naim
Drjoseph Naim

Yes, it is a convenient procedure then anything else. But it should be taken in excessive over weight case, when all the other ways are not beneficial.  

Bariatric Surgery

Tigge85118
Tigge85118

Hate to break it to you but the gastric bypass is far from the easy way out. I had a gastric bypass 3 1/2 years ago and lost over 200 pounds. Was it easy? HELL NO!!!! It is just as much a struggle as trying lose the weight without the surgery. The one thing that does help is that your stomach is fuller faster. I still struggle with finding enough protein to eat and keeping track as to when I need to eat next. Yes, every 3 hours. I still go to the gym 4-5 times a week, that has not changed since before my surgery. Have I tried any other means of taking off the weight? ABSOLUTELY!!!! I have tried slim fast, diets from my doctor's which consisted of V8 juice, lots of salad and a frozen lean cuisine for dinner. Did the weight come off? NO Why? because there are not enough calories to take any weight off. When you deprive your body of the needed calories it hold on to every piece of food and drink you put in your mouth because it goes into starvation mode. I have even tried other weight loss pills and just using the watching what I eat and writing everything down and exercise and where those things may have worked at first and I did take off 57 pounds but all that weight came back and brought friends. I have even hypnotism, which I will tell you is a waste of time and money. Sometimes gastric bypass is the only thing left that can help you and that is the route I chose for myself. DON'T prejudge people without knowing ALL the facts!!! I was told that if I did not do the surgery then I would be dead within the next 20 years. Was I ready for that comment? Absolutely not, I am still young and I had a life to look forward to. I most certainly did not want my life to end that quickly. For those of you who decide to put something down like the gastric bypass surgery you need to really think twice and realize that what you are saying is COMPLETELY wrong. For those people who gained back their weight after surgery or even lost their lives it was because they did not follow the doctor's instructions or take their vitamins like they were supposed to. Gastric Bypass is not for everyone! But, it has HELPED me and not given me "the easy way out". I have worked very hard to get to where I have and neither you or anyone else will change my mind or make me feel guilty for what I have decided to do for myself. I didn't have this surgery for neither one of you or for society and how they viewed me as being obese. I did it for ME!!!! I am currently no longer a diabetic, I know longer have high blood pressure and I do not have sleep apnea. It all went away within a year of my surgery. My doctors are very proud of me and loves the fact that I am much healthier than I EVER have been in my life!

Sam Gragg
Sam Gragg

Yes we all know Two out of Three American adults are overweight or worse. The issue of weight on wellness has become an epidemic. It is usually a well thought out decision for those who receive the surgery.

It does not matter HOW they got to such a positionBlaming serves no purpose

We need to work together & concentrate on FINDING A SOLUTIONIS THERE A SOLUTION?You decide~Here is a short video~http://www.mymangosteen.com/fr...

Here’s the issue: The problem is comprehensive, and the solutions are not. We gain weight when we lead increasingly sedentary lives and eat bigger portions of less-healthy food.

We all know this is linked to~our addiction to sugar ~genetics~technology/internet/email~lifestyles learned as children

It does not matter whether you just had the surgery or are contemplating one,Neither is easy to have gotten to that point.~My heart goes out to you~ <3Even with counseling, that is not enough support.Your results need to be SUSTAINABLE.Read my Google blog on a solution for those of you serious on making a changehttps://sites.google.com/site/...

Many of my friends have had, or are thinking about this major event.Every decision is based on their weightThey need our support no matter what they decideMost loose a chunk of weight in the first month.Some are not diabetic any more.Others experience hernias & had to return to surgeryAnother friend developed problems with her thyroid & vertigo.

We celebrate your successes & it saddens us loved ones who watch you develop additional health issues. that seem to be triggered by the stress the surgery puts on ones body

If this post helps even one person ~(because I know people are hurting out there and looking for answers)~what a blessing.

Bottom line is. You have a goal, Hurray! Don't try to do it aloneSurround yourself with those that support and celebrate your successesYou will not only reach your goal much faster,but will be able to sustain it for the rest of your wonderful life!!It is possible~I am here if you ever want to talk togetherSam Gragg  BS,MLS (ASCP)(248) 892-7705(please leave me a message if I don't answer the first time, I promise to call you back)

Diemvee
Diemvee

you are a horrible person..... 

Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric Surgery

Yes, Weight loss surgery is the easy way out but it should be adopted only in case of excessive weight, if one can reduce or maintain his weight without surgery, by exercise or diet plan then, one must opt these ways only. 

Rubystars
Rubystars

Women should eat a minimum of 1200 calories per day, men a minimum of 1500 calories per day. 500 calories a day is a VERY dangerous level and could have permanently damaged you.

I agree that most people who get weight loss surgery probably don't need it and should choose an option that doesn't involve mutilating their insides. After all, what weight loss surgery does physically is usually to make someone's stomach smaller, controlling their portion sizes. You can, as you mentioned, do that by choice alone without self-mutilation.

Anorexia (and be honest, 500/day fits into that category), is even worse for your health than being overweight, so I think it's horrible for you to advocate such a low level of calories.

LTrain
LTrain

WLS is for lazy fat people who are too lazy to go on a diet and exercise. What these ads don't tell you is that even with surgery, you still have to diet and exercise to lose the weight and keep it off, so what's the point of having someone scrambling your insides? People just want a quick fix because they have no willpower, no self control whatsoever. Is risky surgery really worth losing 40 pounds so you can fit into a bikini? These doctors don't tell you about the possible side effects and risks of WLS, because all they care about is your $$$$. If your too lazy to get off your ass and lose weight the RIGHT way, then you're pathetic.

Heather
Heather

Um, cutting your calories down to FIVE HUNDRED and exercising TWO HOURS a day is obsessive, and definitely eating-disorder behavior. Not to mention, it would also be described as "the easy way out" by those who lose weight slowly and healthily. 500 calories a day is practically starving yourself and I would definitely call that cheating. 

That said, I actually agree with you that gastric bypass is an easier way out than losing weight the good old fashioned healthy way. But YOU, who did something possibly even less healthy than surgery, are a giant (no pun intended) hypocrite. 

bariatric surgery
bariatric surgery

This is really best article on weight loss. This kind of weight loss surgery are useful but not always the first choice. We can loose weight by doing hard exercise and doing regular and strict diet. 

goal software
goal software

 

As we know, we cannot instantly switch from being overweight to slim. Between these two states we need to take many small steps such as habits needing to be changed, decisions and choices have to be made, lifestyle changes need to be implemented, and various stages of progress to be achieved. If we begin a weight loss program with the attitude that we have to, or are going to shed those unwanted pounds, we may be bogged down by a sense of frustration and anxiety until we eventually reach our weight loss goal.

Mary
Mary

I lost 230 lbs without surgery and I've kept it off for over 10 years. I am always happy for anyone who sheds vast amounts of weight, and I regularly follow the weight loss stories of people who lose both with and without surgery. It's not as easy as you think for those people who do opt for surgery. They still have to make drastic lifestyle changes to keep that weight coming off and to maintain their losses. They have to be very dedicated to better health. I'm glad I didn't get the surgery but I certainly don't look down on people who do choose that route. Either way, the important thing is just to take action today. Somebody might be reading this right now feeling completely overwhelmed by the prospect of losing 100, 200, 300 lbs. Don't be afraid. You can do it.

Kelannsmi69
Kelannsmi69

Ily,

I just listened to you on BTV and I have to give my back ground story, since you gave your drug dependency history.  Every obese person has their own private reason for choosing surgery.  My reason was I saw my grandma die of a hernia surgery infection.  She had a hernia because she was overweight she was overweight her entire life.  She worked jobs on her feet all her life and had to lug her weight around causing the hernia. My mom suffers from thyroid disease but isn't terribly overweight.  My father has heart disease.  I was 16 years old when I saw him have his first heart attack at the age of 45 years old.  My older brother was 26 years old when he died in 1988 suddenly.  He was 6'3" and only weighed 300 lbs.  He wasn't terribly overweight but it was enough to shorten his life.  He had a wife and 2 little boys and a little girl on the way  My sister died at the age of 43 in 2003.  She fought her weight for years and when she turned 40 she was diagnosed with epilepsy, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.  She left behind a husband 2 adult children and 2 minor children.  That is why I chose WLS.  When I turned 30 my hormones went hay wire.  I wasn't overweight until 30. In a 2 month period I gained 20 lbs and from then on I just got bigger and bigger.  I tried different diets and exercise until I reached a max weight of 300 lbs.  When my sister died it was totally unexpected and I was in my mid 30's and I reallized if I didn't do something I was going to die young like my siblings. 2 years ago I started looking into the weight loss surgeries.  I went through the support groups and the psychiatric therapy and it freaked me out so I decided to back out and try the whole diet and exercise again.  I cut my portion sizes and I got up to jogging 2 miles a day and I did this daily faithfully for a year and I lost nothing!  Not 1 pound.  So I went back into the program and asked more question and talked to more people who had it done and watched what the post ops were eating and it looked so hard and til the day I went into the surgery I was so terrified it would not work.  I'm now 42 years old and it is the best decision I have ever made.  I'm 6 months post op and 86 pounds lighter.  I can now run 4 miles a day and bike 10 miles a day with no pain.  I think what you said that burned everyone's butt is you saying the surgery is the "easy way".  On the radio show you used the word "short cut"  I think short cut is more acceptable because without my shortcut I probably wouldn't live to see my grandchildren or even long enough to lose my weight.  The "easy way" though? I don't think so, weight loss surgery is not easy.  It takes a couple years to get approved and you have to go through classes and support groups and see all sorts of doctors and get food stuck and get sick cause you ate something you weren't ready for or sick cause you ate that last bite.  Not easy at all.  I'm glad I did it.  

Kelly

TK
TK

What a sad "little" person you (pun intended) 

Your Brain
Your Brain

Thank you Ms. Goyanes. For have the guts to say what you personally feel, unlike so many other writers that just write what the masses want to hear.  I personally do not think this article was written to get traffic for the site, if that was the case she could have written about so many other things. If you read Fuming Foodie, you will notice that Ms. Goyanes is an extremely opinionated person. But HELLO it is called FUMING Foodie for a reason. What did you expect a sugar coated article. Of course not, and if you did go to a dictionary and look up what the word fuming means. The Miami New Times is a newspaper that gives their writers the freedom to say what they truly believe unlike so many other newspaper. and if you don't like it, then read something else. Don't spend your precious time banging your head against the desk and screaming profanity at your computer screen because Ms. Goyanes just called you a spineless jelly fish. Then pounding your keyboard to write some idiotic comment about how she is a complete idiot, she deserves to be fat forever, she has sex with her dad, all this makes you come off as a complete loser with no live. Why not take a minute... breathe and then write a well educated response. And if I may say so what in this article is not well researched? Everything I thought that might have been misinformed in her article was in fact correct. Yes she believes that surgery is cheating. It is. There is no argument to that, it gives you that jump start that you would other wise not have. And so many people are saying that surgery isn't the easy way out. OH REALLY? Then why are so many people resorting to surgery instead of the old school diet and exercise if surgery is so darn hard? If surgery really is so hard then don't do it. You can't, want to know why, because you have no will power so you resort to the EASIEST escape route... SURGERY. So yes surgery is in fact the easy way out because it forces you to eat a little bit and to exercise. And about your other, for lack of a better word, concern about a 500 calorie diet, as long as you visit your doctor and he gives you the okay a 500 calorie diet is perfectly fine. And juicing is in fact good for diabetics because it keeps their sugar at a normal number. As long as you aren't just drinking fruits (a lot of sugar) and you drink a lot of juiced vegetables too. So do i think that Ms. Goyanes was a bit over the top mean... well yes she was but that is what makes this article a classic Fuming Foodie bit. Mean insults combines with WELL researched information and a whole lotta controversy makes for a fun read. Just what Ms. Goyanes is known for providing. 

tammiscus
tammiscus

@Tigge85118 Congratulations. I know it's a hard journey because I'm on it now too for MY health.

richnbecca
richnbecca

nothing about this had been easy!! hard work every single day! worth it because now my hard work pays off where before surgery all the hard work didn't result in weight loss... even with doctor and nutritional help...

Sandigrandy
Sandigrandy

@Bariatric Surgery I have been on the WLS journey for only a few weeks, but I will swear to you that there is nothing whatsoever easy about it.  I have been losing and regaining for years due to some health issues which just get worse with the gaining/losing cycle.  Since beginning this journey I have now gone five weeks without eating a bite of solid food... protein shakes and strained cream soup only.  What do you think would be easy about that?  I dare you to try it.  When you finish those weeks, do one more on that eating plan, then move to pureed foods only for another couple weeks.  After that, 3 months of soft foods only.   I endured surgery where part of a major organ was cut away.  I had six incisions to heal, but walked daily in spite of it or the hematoma that formed under the main incision which continues to bleed.  I still have to lose and maintain by exercise and diet.  So what part is easy?  And who is one person to tell another how they should accomplish their goals, if it only involves them?  Shall I decide that another should lose weight by taking pills?  Same difference. It should be each person's decision and choice with no judgment for anyone else.  MYOB... Mind Your Own Business!

OPMOM
OPMOM

@Rubystars - I've had gastric sleeve surgery. After healing,  I eat 1200-1700 calories a day now.   Nobody eats 500 cals a day.

Rubystars
Rubystars

I will add that for some people, weight loss surgery is the right choice, especially if they have tried everything else for years and their life is at risk. I just think many people who do get it should make really sure that's what they need to be healthy first.

richnbecca
richnbecca

more ignorance... I spent 4 years working very hard, under doctors care, visits with nutritionist, tracking every bite, exercising, and could not lose. had metabolic issues, thyroid issues... surgery reset my metabolism. I still do all the same hard work as before... only deference is now I get results... good God, the ignorance is just unbelievable!!

jeani.beani.beach
jeani.beani.beach

@LTrain  the only pathetic people i see here are YOU and the author!

Carlos
Carlos

@LTrain  Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. You are an ignorant fool.  

OPMOM
OPMOM

@LTrain I think you're pathetic too

jeani.beani.beach
jeani.beani.beach

@bariatric surgery "the best article on weight loss" at 500 calories a day? yeah you are educated LMFAO!

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Hi,

Thanks for sharing your story with me. I appreciate the fear you must have felt having your loved ones die around you. I also lost my grandmother to diabetes and I was the sun in her sky. I adored her. 

What I mean by "easy" is that it kick starts the weight loss into high gear and forces you to eat proper portions. I know that any surgery is difficult. Also, I am more against those who don't take it as a serious decision, those who just jump on it for cosmetic purposes, and don't even exercise after WLS -- and there are many.

I don't mean to downplay your situation; I'm speaking about others who do not care about their health, only about their appearance. And I think you're right -- short cut may be a better term to describe what I think. 

I wish you the best and I am glad that you are no longer at risk for those various illnesses. You sound like a very nice, decent person.

God Bless,

Ily

softshooz
softshooz

I too am glad she wrote what she did without having to sugarcoat everything.Amzaing how P'Oed some people got about her opinion.  I for one always hate it when people applaud those who have lost huge amounts of weight. I work hard all the time to maintain a healthy wieght; eating right, active lifestyle.  Nobody ever applauds me. 

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Thanks, softshooz. And I applaud you. Lots of people find it hard to do what you do every day; it ain't easy. 

Rob Portinga
Rob Portinga

Congratulations on your success Softshooz... you're right, things like that get overlooked. But, I didn't do this for applause or accolades, I did this for my health. Plain and simple.

@YourBrain:disqus  - many of us do this, even though it is hard work, because "it works". As simple as "eat less, exercise more" sounds... statistics show it does not work for the long term... especially for those who, for whatever reason, have gotten to the point where they're considered morbidly obese. Even the gentleman Ily talked about has continued to struggle had regained some weight in recent years.

yes, dealing with the life after choosing to have surgery is not always easy, and at times it's a lot of work. But the long term results have made it worth it, at least for me.

And I would agree that some people over-reacted, the name calling and such was not needed.

softshooz
softshooz

I know people don't do it for applause, I guess that sounded like a gross overgeneralization. And I wasn't looking for people to praise me for working hard. It just seems some of the time people think that it's easy to be 'average' weight when in reality it does take hard work and determination.  I think there is a segment of people who do the surgery for the wrong reasons and then want people to admire them and their 'achievement.' I guess sort of like the prodigal son.

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