Weight Loss Surgery Can Make Your New Year’s Resolution a Reality
“New Year, New Me” season is in full swing. Here’s how weight loss surgery can help you stick to your resolutions.
If you’re like most people, the prospect of New Year’s resolutions fills you with both excitement and dread. According to last year’s U.S. News & World Report, around 80 percent of people don’t achieve their resolutions or peter out by mid-February. It’s no wonder that a lot of us want to leave this tradition behind.
At Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors, we embrace the idea that a new year brings a new start — with the right tools and support, of course. If a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, better sleep, and other weight loss benefits are on your list of resolutions, bariatric surgery can help.
Bariatric Surgery Can Help You Lose Weight This Year
Let’s face it — losing weight is challenging, especially for people experiencing obesity. If you’ve struggled to lose weight with diet and exercise in the past or lost weight only to gain it back, bariatric surgery is a great option for long-term success.
So how can weight loss surgery help you keep the excess weight off? The key is in how bariatric surgery works. Procedures like gastric bypass fundamentally change your body’s relationship to food. Having a smaller stomach means you can only eat so much, but it also impacts how your body absorbs and processes nutrients. After surgery, it’s easier to lose weight, make healthy food choices, and keep an eye on calorie consumption.
Further, bariatric surgery makes it more feasible for you to maintain the lifestyle changes necessary to keep the weight off for good. Did you know that each pound of excess weight adds four pounds of pressure to your joints? Joint pain can make it painful to exercise, but once weight loss surgery eases that pain, you’re more likely to stick to a sustainable exercise routine. Small inroads like this can drastically increase your likelihood of success.
Now that you know how weight loss surgery can jumpstart your weight loss goals and help you stay on track this year, you may want to consider if the right time to have bariatric surgery is now.
Re-think Your Resolutions
Still, it’s important to keep in mind that bariatric surgery is not the easy way out. In order to really make your resolution stick and keep your momentum going, you’re going to need a game plan. Practice these tips to keep excess weight off for good after weight loss surgery.
- Start with small changes: The number one reason why people fall short of their New Year’s resolutions is that they try to do too much too fast. Start walking for 15 minutes a day and then add intensity over time. Or, instead of jumping right into full-fledged vegetarianism, try out Meatless Mondays first.
- Join a support group: When you have more people around you who support your weight loss goals, you stand a better chance of sticking to them. Join a group to share your experiences and get guidance from other people who are going through the same thing.
- Accentuate the positives: Remember to frame your weight loss in a positive light. You’re not denying yourself food or struggling through a hard workout — you’re celebrating how your body can move, treating yourself to healthy foods, and lengthening your life.
- Try and try again: No one said your weight loss journey had to be perfect from start to finish. If you falter once or twice, don’t get discouraged. Get back in the game!
Start the New Year with a Brand New You
Now is the perfect time to start your journey to a new you. Contact the weight loss professionals at Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors today! We’ll walk you through your bariatric surgery options and recommend the procedure that’s right for you.