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5 Surprising Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

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If you’ve recently had weight loss surgery in Toronto, Ontario or are considering weight loss procedure in the future, you may be curious about some of the benefits of weight loss surgery. While there may be a few benefits that are obvious to you, we’ve gathered a list of some that most don’t know about until they’ve already started to take effect.

 

Reduced Risk of Medical Conditions

With obesity comes certain health risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, those who are considered to be obese are at an increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, especially in comparison to those of a healthy weight.

Some of these conditions and diseases can include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea, or breathing problems
  • Certain cancers, including breast, endometrial, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver
  • Mental illness, such as depression and anxiety
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning [1]

If you suffer from any of the above, consider speaking with your physician about bariatric surgery to help you lose weight and reduce your risk of weight-related health conditions. Often, losing weight in combination with a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of some of these conditions, if not improve or overcome an existing one.

 

Read More: How Can Weight Loss Surgery Help Type 2 Diabetes? 

 

Boost in Self-Esteem

What does weight loss mean to you?

To some it means fitting better into clothes, feeling more comfortable, or having more energy. We know that everyone’s weight loss journey is different, but everyone experiences a major boost in self-esteem.

Losing weight can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Your clothing might fit better and certain activities may be easier, like walking up the stairs or playing with your children. Weight loss surgery can also help improve or eliminate some weight-related medical conditions. Improving your health can provide you with the confidence to do things you might have otherwise opted out of, like going on vacation, hiking with friends, or going on bike rides.

 

Look and Feel Better

While this one might be obvious, you really need to see and feel it to believe it. After trying many different ways to lose weight with little success, you might feel like you’ll never reach your weight loss goals. But different types of weight loss surgery, such as the gastric sleeve, mini gastric bypass surgery, and Lap-Band (gastric band)  can help you lose weight, and that most of the weight loss will happen in the first year.

 

Read More: How Long Will it Take to Lose Weight After Weight Loss Surgery?

 

New Lifestyle

You may require some lifestyle changes after weight loss surgery. After weight loss surgery, such as the gastric sleeve, mini gastric bypass surgery, and Lap-Band (gastric band) , you’ll need to initiate some healthy lifestyle changes to help you keep the weight off. Weight loss surgery will limit the amount of food that can be consumed at once, so you feel full sooner and stay full for longer. This also means making the most of your daily food intake by choosing nutritious foods more often.

Your new lifestyle will likely consist of regular exercise, a well-balanced diet, and spending less time on the couch and doing more activities you love.

Why not try:

  • Going to the gym
  • Hiking with the family
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Playing with kids in the backyard
  • Walking the dog
  • Walking around your neighbourhood
  • Volunteering
  • Take the stairs instead of the escalator
  • Cooking a healthy dish instead of ordering takeout

 

Read More: How Should I Change My Eating Habits After Weight Loss Surgery? 

 

Save Money

Did you know that losing weight can actually help you save money? If you’re considering bariatric surgery, it might help you to know that it can cost significantly less to have weight loss surgery than costs associated with long-term, obesity-related health conditions.

Losing weight and keeping it off can help lower costs, such as:

  • Groceries
  • Clothing
  • Prescription drugs
  • Time lost from work due to weight-related health issues

 

Discover the Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery in Toronto, Ontario

While trying to lose weight and manage weight-related health conditions, you might’ve gotten stuck in a frustrating cycle of yo-yo dieting and fad diets. The good news is that you can escape the cycle and achieve long-term weight loss with weight loss surgery in Ontario, Canada.

If your BMI is 30 or above and you have weight-related health conditions, you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery at SmartShape. Weight loss surgery options include the gastric sleeve, mini gastric bypass surgery, and Lap-Band (gastric band). Our weight loss centre in Toronto offers all patients access to our unique 5-Year AfterCare Success Program. Our AfterCare Success Program provides all patients with personalized support from our team of nurses, registered dietitians, and weight loss surgeons for 5 years after their surgery.

If you’re ready to discover how weight loss surgery can change your life and experience the benefits for yourself, explore our weight loss surgery procedures and read our patient success stories.

Ready to get started? Book a free virtual consultation with one of our weight loss surgeons to learn which weight loss surgery is right for your needs.

 

Further Reading:

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/effects/index.html.

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