Weight loss surgery can be one of the biggest lifestyle changes you can make. It can also bring powerful new perspectives, hopes and challenges to your life as you work towards a healthier version of yourself. Medical weight loss surgery is a physically transformative process that often brings an empowered emotional experience that matches. Many people who go through this procedure find the confidence they were hoping for in their newly improved body image – able to unlock their inner strength and feel comfortable within their own skin. Weight-loss surgeries are fantastic tools that help people regain control of life by allowing them to step off of the weight-loss journey rollercoaster, and feel good about themselves again.
Mental Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery has been linked to a number of positive mental health benefits. In patients seeking bariatric surgery, studies have shown lasting improvements in mental health symptoms and quality of life. These improvements include decreased depression, stress, and anxiety. Not only do they tend to feel happier, but they also benefit from increased self-esteem and body image. Studies further show that bariatric surgery enhances psychological well-being through its effects on physiological changes such as lower levels of inflammation, improved gut bacterial balance, and steadier levels of hormones associated with mood regulation. With so many advantages, bariatric surgery is proving to be more than just a physical transformation – it’s a powerful tool for improving mental health. The psychological benefits may be even more significant than the physical enhancements associated with the surgery.
No More Yo-Yo Dieting
Yo-yo dieting can be an exhausting experience on multiple levels. On a physical level, the body is always adjusting to different foods and different calorie amounts, which can cause fatigue and irritability. On an emotional level, yo-yo dieters often guilt themselves for “failing” when they don’t meet their weight goals or fail to stick to their diets. This leads to feelings of hopelessness that further impede progress in their weight loss journey. Yo-yo dieting is also stressful due to the complexity of navigating all the food trends, nutrition information, and fitness data out there; it can become overwhelming – and time consuming – to sort through all the contradictory advice. The list of unhealthy results from it is seemingly endless—: exhaustion, low self esteem, weakened metabolism— and the cycle of failed attempts can seem endless too. Instead of the on-again, off-again approach to diets, a post-bariatric diet focuses on life-long changes to eating habits. Eating whole foods, reducing sugary foods and drinks, avoiding heavy processed foods, watching portion sizes; these small changes are far more effective in the long run than the latest diet craze.
Leading an Empowered, Happier Life
Bariatric surgery can be an incredibly daunting process, but the benefits it brings can be life-changing. After bariatric surgery, many patients find that a healthier and happier life is within their reach. Not only does it lead to noticeable weight loss, but it can also change habits, attitudes, and outlooks. Achieving a healthier self can lead to feeling more confident and satisfied with life. Additionally, developing healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity can bring about positive changes that last beyond the initial effects of the surgery.
For people who have undergone bariatric surgery, increased energy can be a delightful addition to their lives. Not only do they gain physical energy with which to go about their day-to-day tasks more efficiently, but also mental and emotional reserves that may have been lacking due to the extra weight they carried for so long. With the burden of obesity off of their shoulders, many patients find themselves energized and ready to take on life anew.
With proper post-operative care and lifestyle modifications, bariatric surgery is an excellent option for those looking to lead a happier life.
After bariatric surgery, many patients report improvements in self-esteem and body image. Surgery can be a tool to help you reach your weight loss goals, but it's important to remember that it's not a quick fix. You'll need to make lifestyle changes and commit to long-term healthy eating and exercise habits. Are you considering bariatric surgery? We can help you learn more with a free consultation. Visit www.DrWadiwala.com for more information.