Weight Loss Readiness

Weight Loss ReadinessThe choice to lose weight is a very personal one, and could be difficult to make until you are fully committed to doing so. If you are overweight or struggling with obesity, your weight loss requires a lifelong commitment to yourself and your health.

To assess your readiness for weight loss, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions first:

  • Am I motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes?
  • Do I have any distractions that could possibly become obstacles during weight loss?
  • Are there any emotional issues regarding my weight that should be resolved?
  • Do I have a realistic idea of how much weight I am going to lose?
  • Do I have a realistic plan of how I am going to lose that amount of weight?
  • Do I have a support system?
  • Have I embraced the weight loss challenge with positivity?

Benefits of Weight Loss

When asking yourself these questions, think about all of the benefits of weight loss. Obesity and excess weight can severely affect your health and put you at an increased risk for a number of diseases and conditions, including:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Sexual health issues

Weight loss with bariatric surgery can help lower your risk for developing the above conditions. If you are obese and already suffering from any of the above conditions, weight loss can help control or eliminate them.

Being overweight or obese can negatively affect your quality of life. You may experience shame, embarrassment, disability or social isolation. By taking the first steps toward weight loss, you can encourage a happier, healthier you.

When You’re Ready for Weight Loss

If you’ve asked yourself the appropriate questions and decided that you are ready for and committed to weight loss, then it’s time to get moving. Explore your options for weight loss, such as bariatric surgery. Surgery may seem scary at first, but in the hands of a skilled and compassionate surgeon like Dr. Bagnato, you shouldn’t worry. Weight loss with the aid of LAP-BAND is a low-risk and effective way to lose excess weight and promote your overall health.

Don’t rush into any weight loss program. If you are not positive that you are ready to accept the lifestyle changes necessary after bariatric surgery then these are the times when weight loss is likely to fail. Take your time to determine whether or not you are truly ready.