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Weight Loss Surgery Is NOT The Easy Way Out |

Weight Loss Surgery is NOT the easy way out

For the last six months I cannot tell you how many times people have given me that ugh look when I tell them I am trying to qualify for weight loss surgery. Or when they tell me are you sure you really want to have gastric bypass surgery after you have lost over thirty pounds, isn’t that like taking the easy way out. At first I was understanding and kind when people would suggest that, but after hearing the same thing over and over again for six month I started getting upset.

If you were educated like myself you would understand how much I am giving up and sacrificing by having weight loss surgery. One thing we learn from the very beginning is that this WLS is only a tool in our arsenal that we are using to get the weight off quicker, but this tool will fail if we go back to our old habits and ways. It is not a quick fix or magic fix it is a painful and hard road to travel that in the end if we use the tool right will end in huge success. So here is a just small understanding what a WLS patient has to endure to have WLS to show that choosing any form of WLS is not the “Easy Way Out”.

  • Any patient wanting to have WLS must undergo several physical and also psychological testing to make sure you are ready physically and also mentally for this process.
  • You have to jump the hoops that your insurance requires to even get approved. Some insurance companies require a six month medically supervised diet, or that plus having to lose  certain amount of weight to qualify.
  • There will be a lot of foods you can no longer enjoy even in small quantities because they will make you sick such as sugary foods, fried foods, fast food, and caffeine to name a few.
  • You could suffer a complication from the actual surgery and recover process itself such as blood clots, bleeding, ulcers, bowel obstruction, death, having to have gall bladder removed just to name a few.
  • If you cheat and you eat few you know you should not have there is a very good chance you will either throw up or get what is known as “Dumping Syndrome” which is where you heart beats faster, you start to sweat, may be difficult to breath, pain in your stomach and some say it feels like they are having a heart attach and this can last up to a hour.
  • You can not chew your food good enough and it gets stuck and can be painful, after surgery you have to eat very small bites and you have to chew your food to a applesauce consistency.
  • Prior to surgery for a week to ten days you have to be on a all liquid diet, the phase I am getting ready to go through and this a miserable process because you feel as though you are starving afterwards.
  • After surgery you cannot drink at the same time you are eating as drinking will push your food down and cause you to be hungry again in a short time and this could lead to weight gain.

So after reading all that I bet the first thing that is popping into your head is why in the hell would you want to endure surgery then? Because for me I am almost 300 pounds and I hurt in every joint in my body, I have a hard time going up and down stairs due to the pressure on my knees, I am so sick and tired of being made fun of out in public and I just want to feel skinny and healthy and normal for the first time in a very long time. For me personally I will risk all the items above to be able to ride a bicycle, or go for a run, or go hiking, camping, walking for a long distance, do a half marathon and find love. At the weight I am now those things are simply a pipe dream and unattainable for me. In a nutshell “I want my life back again” or even better “I want to LIVE again” something I have not done for along time.

So the next time you judge a person for their weight loss surgery choice please look at all they are giving up, and have some compassion and understanding because the choices that person made were not easy decisions to make.

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Single Mom of two girls on a journey to get healthy by losing weight and learning to love herself again!


  1. hi angie, this is really interesting. I am at around your start weight and losing weight through diet and exercise and when I did read how much you already lost I did wonder to myself whether you had considered just continuing on as you are rather than having the surgery. I wasn’t judging I was just curious but I didn’t want to ask in case I offended!! Now I understand a little better. I thought about wls before but in the uk it is classed as cosmetic and I could never afford the money!!

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. I’ve been dealing with this a lot lately. I see snide comments from people about how they lost weight “the hard way with no pills or surgeries”. They have no clue how hard it is. It’s hard jumping through hoops to get surgery and it’s still hard after surgery. I look at it like when we are trying to lose weight that we are all on our own journeys. It’s not our job to judge anyone because they choose to go down a different road, it’s only our job to be supportive because no matter what – losing weight is hard.

    • Thank you so much! And what was so funny was today I had to deal with this same issue with two other people I just wanted to redirect them to my blog and say “Please read my blog posts” lol lol Can be so frustrating lol

  3. I have read a lot of posts about this before when I am thinking of surgery. But still, I opted the help of needles. I’ve tried hard doing those exercises and diet. But I guess there are just cases that it won’t work. And mine was one.
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