10 Self Empowering Facts You Need To Know Before Choosing To Have Weight Loss Surgery

by Apr 27, 2020Bariatric Surgery

Before Choosing to Have Weight Loss Surgery

1. WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY ISN’T MAGIC – IT’S ONLY A TOOL.

We all know this – there is no magic cure for obesity. Weight doesn’t magically appear and it won’t magically disappear. Even with the surgery, losing weight takes discipline, exercise and self-control. If we were masters of these traits, this surgery wouldn’t be needed in the first place. Surgery is only a tool to assist you in achieving your goal.

2. ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU CONTINUE THE QUEST.

What is my motivation for wanting the surgery? How’s my stress level? How is my life going in general? Determine why you want the surgery. Understand that the surgery won’t change the problems and people around you. Keep your expectations realistic. Remember “Why” power is more POWERFUL than “Will” Power.

3. WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY HELPS YOU DROP POUNDS – NOT PROBLEMS.

For most people, issues in our lives cause overeating. Even when you arrive at your goal weight, those issues will remain if not addressed along the way. You must be willing to discover and deal with the issues that caused your obesity in the first place.

4. LEARN HOW TO TURN STRUGGLES INTO STRATEGIES.

For those of us who live with obesity, healthy eating is a daily struggle. To be successful, you have to find a way to turn those struggles into strategies. Eating may be your pastime. It may be the only true pleasure you get from life. Stop and think. When your stomach is the size of your thumb and you can no longer eat at every whim, what strategy will you use to overcome the battle between head hunger and real hunger? Why aren’t you using that strategy now?

5. BASE YOUR DECISION ON INNER PRIDE – NOT OUTWARD PRESSURE.

Do you really want this surgery or is someone pressuring you to lose the weight? To be truly successful, you’ve got to do this for yourself! When those plateaus hit and you struggle with old habits, no one else can handle it for you. You’ll be on your own. How badly do YOU want this surgery?

6. DON’T COUNT ON DUMPING – COUNT ON DISCIPLINE.

**This normally applies to patients who undergo the Gastric bypass procedure. As you learn more about the surgery, you’ll discover that some patients “dump”, or feel very sick when they eat something they shouldn’t. This sick feeling discourages them from eating that food again. You need to know that not all patients dump. Most patients have to resort to self-discipline. If you have trouble with discipline now, you’ll have trouble with discipline after surgery. If you don’t dump, what’s going to keep you from returning to the old habits that sabotaged your other weight loss attempts? If you don’t have self-discipline now, where are you going to find it after surgery? The surgeons will change your anatomy. Changing your lifestyle will still be up to you.

7. DECIDE TO MOVE FROM EXHAUSTION TO EXERCISE.

Obesity causes exhaustion. When we’re exhausted, the last thing we want to do is exercise. There’ll be times when you won’t “feel” like exercising. You need to know that exercise is not optional. To get maximum results, you have to exercise…even when you don’t feel like it. Even after you reach your goal weight, to maintain those results, you have to exercise for the rest of your life.

8. MOVE FROM SHAME TO SHARING.

Most people who suffer from obesity also suffer from the shame it brings. Many refrain from pursuing dreams and becoming the person they know they can be. If you choose to have this surgery, you need to prepare to move from a life of shame to a life of sharing yourself with others. The transformation is amazing, but be prepared along the way to face important truths in your life that may surface for the very first time. Our Private Support Group on Facebook is one such platform that has other members who are on a similar journey to yours.

9. YOUR WEIGHT IS AN INVERSE REFLECTION OF THE AMOUNT OF SELF RESPECT YOU HAVE

Your scales are a reflection of how much you respect yourself.

What do I mean by that is how much you respect yourself is reflected by how you take care of yourself, your self talk and your confidence. If you don’t respect yourself – like most people, you will just say “I don’t deserve it when it comes to self care”. Understand this that self care is not being selfish. If you don’t show love n care for yourself, how will you show love n care for others. “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

See it all boils down to how you treat you. A healthy person will never put cheap rubbish food in their mouth – they love and care for themselves enough to be able to make that decision. So look after your self and respect yourself – for your scales will pick this up very quickly!
10. MAKE YOUR DECISION INTELLIGENTLY, NOT OUT OF IGNORANCE.

Do your research and find out all you can about this surgery. Make an intelligent, informed decision. It’s the only body you have. The success of this surgery lies within you. Remember, you are making a lifetime commitment to a new way of eating, exercising and living. And a lifetime is a very long time!

Discover. Empower. Prosper.

Dr Arun Dhir
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Dr Arun Dhir
Surgeon, Health & Wellness Advocate.
Author of “Happy Gut, Healthy Weight” and “Create a New You Health Journal