A recent review, briefly discussed in Bloomberg, finds that weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass is more effective than diet and exercise in treating obesity, and also increases remission rates of type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery was an option for me – I certainly qualified (surgery is considered for those with BMI of at least 40, and 35 for those with an obesity-related disease) – but I ended up at Structure House where they focus on behavior modification for obese people.
It was there that I began a lifestyle change that resulted in a 130 lb weight loss and maintenance. No dieting. I simply eat healthy and stay active. I no longer have pre-diabetes or sleep apnea. I believe in the effectiveness of weight loss without surgery through a lifestyle change. I also believe that bariatric surgery is effective for some, provided that they are able to implement the lifestyle changes needed to maintain the weight loss.
Have you considered/had bariatric surgery? Results? Share your thoughts, your story with us!