Month: December 2019
What was your motivation to pursue weight loss surgery? Did a physician mention it to you? If not, was your PCP supportive? If you spoke to 10 different prospective bariatric patients who walk into our office, they will all have broadly similar goals – losing weight, improving their lifestyle, getting healthier, living longer and having better social and work opportunities. But ask them how they arrived at the decision to have bariatric surgery and you may get some very different answers.
Weight loss is hard. Even harder is keeping the weight off. There is a theory, known as the Set Point Theory, that some believe explain why our bodies fight weight loss and so easily regain weight after we have worked hard to lose it. While traditional thinking about how our bodies regulate weight have long said calories in versus calories out equals the balance of weight gain or loss, this very simplistic view does not account for many factors that contribute to how our body works. These factors include intricate systems and feedback mechanisms that allow for our body and brain to communicate.