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Weight is normal. Yes, you have read it right. Gaining weight is a normal part of life, like anything else in fact it is a sign of a healthy functioning body. The human body tends to gain weight when it is fed with high-calorie food with little or no activity level involved. Sometimes the weight gain is due to underlying medical conditions. but whatever the reason is, losing weight is extremely difficult for everyone. Just to dodge the whole meal planning, dieting, and exercising, people prefer getting weight loss surgery without evaluating its risks and complications.
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It is also common for people to gain weight during holidays or staying at home. Ever since this year has started, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the ‘normal’ ideas of life. the lockdowns imposed to spread the coronavirus have made a majority of people gain weight and now after spending months in this pandemic, they are trying everything to get rid of this extra weight and failing. Many of them have already considered a weight loss surgery but without going through its risks, it could be a really bad idea.
Losing 5-10 pounds is easy with diet and exercise alone but people who wish to lose more than 10 pounds are likely to look for easy ways and tricks to lose weight without effort.
Diet and exercise are necessary for a healthy life. for weight management, their role can’t be ignored as an active life and healthy dietary habits determine the body’s fat accumulation and burning for it.
Weight loss surgery is not one but a number of processes out of which a person is suggested any or a few, by his doctor. The most common of these weight loss processes is a gastric bypass which makes a small pouch next to the stomach helping the body not to absorb a high amount of calories.
The smaller stomach also reduces hunger so a person tends to eat less. Some people also go for a gastric band surgery where the doctor puts an adjustable band on the patient’s stomach, making him feel fuller while eating less. All these surgeries lead to the same outcome that is weight loss. But which one is suitable for a person requires a careful examination and evaluation of a person before suggesting his surgery.
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There are three big questions attached to these surgical weight loss procedures which include;
What are the alternatives?
Should you go for it?
What to expect after surgery?
If a person is overweight it doesn’t mean he is entitled to weight loss surgery. In fact, if he is slightly over a normal BMI, he should never op for surgery. Normally people with BMI of 25 or higher are considered overweight but for considering weight loss surgery, one has to be over BMI 40 for making him a suitable candidate. People who are at risk of any disease but have a BMI lesser than 40 are also suitable for surgery. But all this needs careful evaluation made by a doctor.
If there are other alternatives available, surgery is never a recommended idea. after a person goes through the surgery, the risks don’t end. Although the extra weight is shed right away but maintaining weight is no less than a hectic thing. Most people fail to maintain their weight even after surgery and end up gaining all the weight which they have shed.