Maybe you’ve said it before, “This will be the year I lose the weight.” Don’t be discouraged if this isn’t the first time significant weight loss has been your resolution in the New Year. If you’ve found that, time and time again, the weight won’t come off, maybe it’s time to consider weight loss surgery.
Why Weight Loss Surgery?
People with severe obesity are defined as those having a BMI greater than 35 and at least one serious obesity-related health condition, or someone who is 100 pounds over their ideal body weight. Those with severe obesity may actually be resistant to weight loss by traditional means, using only diet and exercise, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Experts Panel. For some people with severe obesity, weight loss surgery may be an effective option to lose a significant amount of weight—and get on the road to achieving their weight loss goals this year.
Many people don’t realize that most insurance plans offer coverage for weight loss surgery—this is because weight loss surgery can be an important tool in helping to lose a significant amount of weight, and even resolve or alleviate other obesity-related health conditions. Not only could weight loss surgery help you achieve your 2020 weight loss goals, but you may also find you can achieve a number of other health improvement goals at the same time. Some conditions that are often resolved or improved after weight loss surgery include:
- Type 2 diabetes,
- Sleep apnea,
- Hypertension (high blood pressure),
- High Cholesterol,
- Heart Disease, and many other conditions.
Additionally, many patients describe how bariatric surgery helped them gain a new lease on life. By regaining energy, health, and mobility, many people are able to pursue new hobbies and interests after weight loss surgery, simplify many day-to-day activities, and feel more confident.
Seven Steps to Successful Weight Loss in 2020
Step 1: At your initial consultation, we’ll check your Body Mass Index (BMI) and determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. We’ll also complete a free insurance verification.
Step 2: If you qualify for surgery, you’ll complete comprehensive pre-surgical education, where you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about the surgical options available to you, and learn about everything to expect before and after surgery, as well as gaining an understanding of the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.
Step 3: To best prepare yourself for a good weight loss surgery outcome and successful 2020 weight loss goals, you’ll meet with a My New Beginning dietitian to help you put together an achievable plan of good habits you should develop before surgery, including:
- Taking vitamins regularly;
- Decreasing meal portion sizes;
- Eating protein first at meals;
- Practice small bites, eating slowly, and chewing thoroughly;
- Incorporating exercise into your day;
- Adjusting your diet to avoid processed sugar and fried foods;
- Begin eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks from your diet; and
- Eating 5 or 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 large meals.
Step 4: Prior to surgery, you may also complete a clinical psychology examination and counseling, to help determine that you can make appropriate decisions for your surgery, and to help you manage any underlying psychological reasons that may have contributed to obesity or past failed attempts at weight loss.
Step 5: You’re not the only person who has made 2020 the year to lose the weight! An important part of your successful journey can be finding the support you need. You’ll attend My New Beginning support groups with others on the weight loss journey, as part of the preparation for surgery.
Step 6: Your bariatric surgeon may want you to complete preoperative work or diagnostic tests before surgery, to make sure you are healthy and prepared. This may include tests such as bloodwork, EKG, chest x-rays, sleep studies, or anesthesiology consultations.
Step 7: The big day: surgery. Some apprehension is normal, but hopefully the comprehensive program and support through My New Beginning will help you feel confident and excited for the big day.
Then recovery begins. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions and have follow-up appointments with the My New Beginning team to ensure you’re on the right track. Within six months of surgery, depending on the type of surgery among other factors, some people have lost up to 30 to 40% of their excess body weight.
Get Started on Your 2020 Weight Loss Goals Today!
With a program that is set up to help you succeed, including tools like a free weight-loss app and support groups, we can help you make 2020 the year that you keep your weight loss resolution and start a healthy new life.
Contact us today at (214) 324-6127 to get started!