Lifestyle Changes are Crucial to Weight Loss Success
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.