Weight loss surgery is something of a blurry topic. Not much is known about it, and most people will view it in a particular way. Before we dive deeper into this post, I must make it clear that weight loss surgery is by no means essential for anyone. It can suit certain individuals, but you should always try to lose weight naturally before considering some of the surgical options out there. With that out of the way, let’s get into the meat of this post!
As you can tell by the title, we’re looking at some common weight loss surgery myths. These are things that people read online or hear from others, and there’s almost no truth to them. So, let’s look at these myths and bust them wide open:
Weight loss surgery is cheating
Many people will say that weight loss surgery is cheating or bad for you. It makes sense – if you put in months of hard work to lose weight, then someone else has surgery, you can feel a bit cheated!
However, most types of surgery are only recommended in specific scenarios. Individuals aren’t encouraged to get liposuction unless they’ve already lost a lot of weight. It’s usually there to help get rid of the final bits of stubborn fat. Similarly, some people actually need thyroid surgery to lose weight because they have a thyroid problem. So, it’s not always bad, and it’s rarely seen as a direct substitute for natural weight loss, more of an addition alongside it.
Weight loss surgery lasts forever
I think the first myth stems from the idea that weight loss surgery lasts forever. Someone can pay for surgery and see lifetime weight loss. Hence, it’s seen as cheating. But, this is not the case at all.
In fact, it’s highly common for people to reverse the effects of some weight-loss surgeries. Certainly, many individuals look for an improved gastric sleeve revision after their original one stopped working. Surgeries don’t always last – even liposuction is temporary, fat can regrow in your body! So, if you’re looking at surgery as the easy way out, it’s definitely not.
Weight loss surgery is just for celebrities
True, celebs are most likely to be associated with weight loss surgery. However, it’s not exclusively for them. I think this is partly where it gets a bad reputation – we associated this type of surgery with celeb culture and trying to look good.
Nevertheless, some individuals actually need weight loss surgery for various reasons. We’ve mentioned people with thyroid problems, but obese individuals may need surgery to allow them to safely start an exercise regime. People with water retention issues can also need surgery to get rid of it, and so on.
Hopefully, this shines a light on weight loss surgery and some of the myths surrounding it. Do you need it? Not necessarily. If you try losing weight naturally, you may find it’s easier than you thought. Still, if you have medical conditions or very specific problems, many doctors might suggest you undergo a procedure to let you get the most out of natural weight loss in the future.