Would you rather lose weight by diet and exercise or by surgery?

@pilbara (1436)
Australia
May 4, 2007 5:45pm CST
I admit that I am overweight so I decided to do something about it. I have joined weight watchers and am going to a gym doing cirucit training. In the last 5 weeks I have lost 4.5 kilos (10 pounds). I know someone else who wants to lose weight. They wanted some advice so I suggested diet and exericse like I am doing. However, when you ask them to go for a walk they won't as they say they can't walk far and won't listen if you tell them they can start off with small distances and improve over time. When I suggested counting points like I do they aren't interested. They have now made appointments to get liposuction and lap banding and are willing to wait for several months without doing anything to reduce their weight in the meantime.
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44 responses
• United States
4 May 07
Take my word for it. The only correct and healthy way to lose weight is to do just what you're doing, exercise and eat right. Not diet but eat right. Weight Watchers is a little off with it's idea about diet but close enough and quite helpful. The key to losing weight, keeping it off while creating a healthier body is through some form of strength training (not bodybuilding), light weight muscle toning, cardio and proper eating habits. Notice I didn't say diet. I really hate to say it but to put it bluntly. Anyone who wants to take the weight off via surgery is simply lazy. They will regret it in the long run. You're absolutely correct. If someone does just the simplest of exercises and just moves around to raise their heart rate and break a sweat, that's a start. If they did just that, they'd come to the realization of how much better they feel. Good luck with your program. Stay committed. ‹(°¿°)›
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
4 May 07
I know what you mean. I think it is the best way myself. I did notice you didn't say diet, although I am doing the watch watchers programme I am using that not as a diet but trying to change my habits, looking at things like portion sizes and points help me do that. I'm getting experience now but as time passes I am hoping these things will become habits. I am starting to feel better already, when I started at the gym they test you and I could barely do 5 minutes on the exercise bike at the start, now I do 10 minutes and the other day, while I still felt hot while I was exercising I found it's actually starting to feel good
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
4 May 07
I forgot to say it is a motivation thing as well. Knowing that you will have to get weighed once a week helps me with my will power, not that they judge you on the amount of weight you lose (or not) but just keeping track of it and having a goal helps me.
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• United States
5 May 07
That sounds great. Weight Watchers is an excellent program which produces great results for those like you who stay motivated. You're right, it's got to be a life changing experience to work properly. I know you're not dieting as in a grapefruit diet. Sticking to Weight Watchers program helps you make that transition from conscious eating to becoming someone with great eating habits. Sounds like you've got everything it takes to succeed. Go get 'em! ‹(°¿°)›
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• Netherlands
5 May 07
Losing weight through a prescribed set of regiments is better than having surgery done from the outset. Apart from the issue of bad habits partly putting you back in that very spot you were in before, it may still have some other ramifications. Change of habit is the key to breaking the addiction that an obese person may be suffering from. More often than not the reasons for overeating, lack of excercise and commitment is because of little to no selfworth, no confidence, a poor self image, and a substantial amount of psychological bagage that is becoming increasingly hard to shoulder. Since the person in question doesn't know how to deal with any or all of these factors they resort to short term 'solutions' that appear to be doing the trick but in fact end up making them feel worse and also aids in the deterioration of their health. After dealing with all these aspects, it is important to take on excercise this can be done while in the process of rediscovering oneself and working on shedding that excess bagage. Exercise is known to be a very effective measure in dealing with stress release. Once a person starts losing weight, he or she should not rush in to anything but patiently follow through untill their realistically set goal has been achieved, it is good to talk about these things with someone who is qualified to asess the matter properly like a nutritionist, a psychologist and ofcourse a physician all of which may aid you in achieving your goals. Not to forget any family, friends, acquaintences who could even be going through something similar or perhaps had something similar they had to struggle with in the past. When this process is in motion you will notice changes in your mood, your health your prospects, your creativity will be sparked and energy will be restored leaving you bursting with ideas leading you to set different goals for yourself and before you know it you'll be busy not with worrying but with doing positive and constructive things that make you happy. Remember achieving even a little of that goal you have invisioned is good because it is better than where you were before, it is good to move forward instead of being static. After all of this, if you need just a little help through corrective surgery that may compliment all the hard but oh so fullfilling work you have put in then surely you are entitled to that if your health allows it and the doctors find it feasable. Always remember the aim is health and happiness. To be content with who you are, rather than projecting who others might want you to be. People who do this will have more chance of getting an ok for surgery from a doctor, because he will be convinced that with such a healthy and positive attitude you will heal faster, be able to cope with things psychologically and keep yourself fit without the fear of falling back in to that same patron. A minor surgery is better than a huge traumatising one, so following these steps, and having patience is very important.
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
5 May 07
Thank you for your response. There is certainly a lot to consider there
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• China
5 May 07
i confess that i have the same situation with you and i keep losing weight healthly for about 2 years.fortunately, i succeed.thereby i must say something about fat losing to all the friends.
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• United States
5 May 07
Wow, Okay I don't want to sound rude, but they just sound like they are lazy and want the easy way out. If your over you, you have bad eating habbits, so by working out and eating properly, that helps and you learn but if you just go get surgery, you'll go right back into the bad eating habits, and just gain all the weight back. So in the long run, it's better to do it by eating right and working out.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
5 May 07
Thank you for your response. I must admit that I think so as well. When I first started I found it hard, but I think if you come up with a way of being motivated then having the will power to see it through develops.
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
5 May 07
I am overweight. I recently had a discussion about it as I found out I have sevreal health problems, being overweight is one of them. My sister is sending me all her Weight Watchers informations, I have cut out soda and started to walk daily. I would never put myself under the risk of surgery needlessly. I think surgery is only a last resort for anything. And only in extreme cases of weight loss. I also have a friend that has had lipo twice now. It really makes no sense to me, as she doesn't change her lifestyle and goes right back to where she was to begin with. Good luck with your weight loss !!
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
5 May 07
Thank you for your reply. I saw your other post about this. I wish you good luck also A friend of my husbands parents had liposuction and put her weight back on - the silly person was liqufying mars bars and drinking them within a couple of days of surgery.
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@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
4 May 07
As far as i am concerned you are going about it the right way and the healthy way and i commend you. I have been eating right and exercising myself and it is the only way. The reason why your friend cant walk is because they are not healthy enough to do so. Liposuckion and stomack staples are lazy ways out and are not healthy i thought they only did that for people that are grossly over weight for bad health reasons it should never be a form of weight loss for just anyone. I am proud of you dear keep it up. You will feel so much better i have lost 45 so far and feeling great.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
5 May 07
Thank you for your response. I think the not walking thing is partly due to not being healthy enough. But she's not much bigger than I am and I managed it. She asked for health in suggestions and with motivation and then didn't want to do any of it. She even said it was too much effort and she would rather wait for surgery.
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@diego9774 (172)
• United States
4 May 07
It doesn't matter what you have done surgically if you don't eat better and exercise.And any doctor in their right mind will tell their patient that.Walking is not the only form of exercise.It really doesn't matter what you do, just as long as you break a sweat at least once a day.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
4 May 07
I agree with you. I must admit I don't get to the gym every day, but I also got a pedometer and make sure I walk 10000 steps a day one way or another.
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@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
4 May 07
The healthiest way to lose weight is through diet and exercise. However, many obese people have been unsuccessful and they are most appropriately candidates for lapband or gastric bypass surgery. Any reputable doctor will not take anyone under a certain weight for this surgery and candidates must lose a certain amount of weight first (especially very obese people) before a doctor will perform the surgery. Also, most programs require therapy before and afterwards as weight loss is dramatic and sometimes traumatic for the patients. Surgery is by no means a cure. People can gain the weight back if they don't follow a healthy diet.
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
4 May 07
Thank you. You have a very good point there. In this case they have to weight several months to attend an information session, then several more months to see a specialist and then up to a year for the surgery. My problem is that having decided to have surgery, if you know there is a long waiting period, why not decide to do what you can now?
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@Kellrae (69)
• United States
4 May 07
Lose the weight by diet and exercise, definately!! I've lost over 50 lbs. this way. I don't count points or calories. I just try to eat as much natural whole foods as possible. And I make most our meals from scratch. Colas are very rare and sweet tea, as well. This has helped with my headaches and pms as well! Congratulations on losing weight! It will be well worth it in the long run.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
4 May 07
Since I am just starting I find the points very useful as it makes you stop and think exactly what you are eating. For example when we go to the movies we used to get something to eat first, usually a curry (although we don't do it too often). Although I was sort of aware about the calorie value I didn't think too much about it until I found out that eating that was worth more than my daily allowable points. Congratulations to you as well :)
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• United States
4 May 07
Exercise is the only way I have had a few friends do lipo and the gastric bypass but they didn't exercise or change their eating habits so they gained back a lot of the weight. So the surgeries where a waste of money. You need to change your whole lifestyle and exercise
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
4 May 07
Thanks for your reply. I agree if you don't change your lifestyle you might as well not both.
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@KissThis (3008)
• United States
5 May 07
I prefer to lose weight with diet and exercise. I think that working to lose weight means more to a person then to just get a quick fix. Surgery isn't going to solve all of their problems. They will still ned to diet and exercise as well if they want to keep the weight off.
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@sacmom (14338)
• United States
5 May 07
I'd rather lose weight through exercise and eating right. No weird silly diet, just change my eating habits. As for having surgery to loose weight, I would never want to do that. I never understood why some people are willing to go through that to begin with. :( Aren't there some bad side affects in having fat removed from the body this way (with surgery)?
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
5 May 07
I would rather lose the weight with diet and exercise. If this person doesn't do anything now or eat right then theyare just going to end up with all their weight back on because they will not change. So they will end up getting lipo again and again because if they are not willing to change it is useless and stupid.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
5 May 07
to get the lap band and keep getting lipo and risking her life doing this.
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
5 May 07
Thank you for your response. I agree that even if they get the surgery it won't be much use if they don't change habits. Although maybe they will find it easier to do this afterwards?
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
5 May 07
I know a few people who had this done some even had the gastric bypass surgery and they have gained their weight back. So that is what I was thinking of when I wrote this. They changed at first lost some then started eating the same as before and before long they gained it all back.So they went thorugh all that pain fo rnothing in the end.
@thefuture (1751)
• Nigeria
5 May 07
I don't need to loose weight, but if I will decide to, I will prefer excercise than surgery, cos prevention is better than cure, I mean for doctors using sharp blades on my body, I prefer excercise, eventhough it is not easy. Thanks
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
7 May 07
Thank you for your response. I agree it's hard, but in the end I think it will be worth it.
@stevej90 (134)
5 May 07
I would rather lose weight by exercise and diet. For a start you'll end up healthier if done correctly and also going under the knife to lose those pounds is just such a risk, and does nothing to resolve the problem in the long term
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
7 May 07
thank you for your response. I agree with you
@meljessxena (2319)
• Australia
5 May 07
i would rather diet and exercise. i dont agree with surgery. im also trying to lose weight, but really only by dieting because lately been to busy to exercise( i guess running around after kids at work is a form of exervise) but it doesnt seem to be doing much lol.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
7 May 07
Thank you for your response, good luck with that
@worthy (2415)
• India
5 May 07
i would choose to exercise and loose weight rather than to go for surgery which might result in long term side-effects and short term weight loss!!!LOL...cause ive seen and heard that people who loose weight by surgery gain weight again due to the same daily diet and routine. i think the right amount of exercise and diet can help one loose weight. i love going for long walks,cycling and swimming!!
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
7 May 07
Thank you for your response. I agree this is the best way. I'm not into cycling, but I do ride the exercise bike at the gym. I started off at 5 minutes and can now do 10 minutes, but I would still hesitate going for an actual ride.
@j27366 (294)
• Philippines
5 May 07
diet and exercise are still the best to lose weight. since your friends can afford liposuction, let them do that. but they should realise that if they don't change their eating habits and lifestyles, they will regain back all the fats they had taken out, and worse, much more fats will accumulate. at this time, i am dieting 'cause i am overweight ( in fact, i'm in Obese I classification.). I am a rice-eating person, so I minimize my rice intake. Wheat bread in the morning. I eat fruits,too. No softdrinks, no artificial juices. I will exercise after my menstruation (upon advise by my doctor)because I am still recovering from D&C. I will do walking, no strenuous exercises allowed yet.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
7 May 07
Thanks for your response. Good luck with that.
@robert19ph (4586)
• Philippines
5 May 07
I prefer to lose weight by diet and exercise than having any kind of operation. Surely it will take time before I can reach my weight goal but I believe it's much safer than liposuction. You'll never know the side effect someday. Having diet is sacrificing a lot of food that I used to eat before. It's really hard, but I'm determined to do it. All I need is to control myself and have some encouragement. Besides it's much cheaper.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
5 May 07
Thank you for your response. I agree with you about it being safer. I don't really like the thought of having surgery unless I really needed to.
@sweetsue (759)
• Philippines
5 May 07
body fit - beautiful body-staying fit
I do exercise too almost everyday. After office I set my mood into strecthing and doing a few push ups until I sweat. And I alwasy take brisk walking with my bf, that is another form of exercise.I keep my body fit and that makes me feel good. Exercise is indeed the safest and priceless way to lose weight. But I have nothing against to those who have udnergone or will be going surgery such as liposuction to remove that excess fats in their body. As long as they have the finances to support that luxury, that is indeed very fine.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
5 May 07
Thanks for your response. I can see the value of this, but still think it is safer and more sustainable to do it changing habits.
@roque20 (518)
• Philippines
5 May 07
I'd rather lose weight by exercising because when we exercise there are many advantages like you will be able to stretch your muscles,there are many advantages,but when you lose weight by diet then your metabolism will slower and you lose some nutrients needed by your body.And we undergo surgery,the result of it is just for a mean time if you will not maintain it and it is very expensive.I better exercise that dieting and undergoing surgery.
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
5 May 07
Thank you for your response. I also think this is the best way