Lifestyle Changes are Crucial to Weight Loss Success

-- Marc A. Neff, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Time and time again at medical conferences focused on obesity, the topic of lifestyle modification comes up.  

A patient can be interested in losing weight, go through all the preoperative testing, undergo a quality surgical procedure, and still not reach their weight loss goal. Why?

Weight loss surgery is not a magic wand.

Patients need to make long-term lifestyle modifications after surgery to ensure they lose weight and keep it off. These include changes in:

  • Exercise level
  • Food choices
  • Smoking habits
  • Alcohol intake
  • Management of stress

A post-surgical patient may see short-term improvement, but the improvement will be short-lived if a healthy lifestyle is not maintained. Lifestyle modification is a crucial part of a successful weight loss journey.

When it comes to bariatric surgery, like any medical intervention, long term success requires commitment, dedication, regular follow-up with a doctor and acceptance to change.