Embarking on a Healthy Weight Loss Journey Before Surgery

The decision to undergo surgery is significant, and the thought of losing weight beforehand can be daunting. Let’s navigate this journey together, ensuring you’re well-informed and supported every step of the way.

Why Consider Weight Loss Before Surgery?

Your health and well-being are paramount to me. As a surgeon, my primary commitment is to ensure the best possible outcomes for you. It’s a well-established fact that a healthier body mass index (BMI) can reduce potential complications during and after surgery. Moreover, many cosmetic procedures yield enhanced aesthetic results when a patient’s BMI aligns closer to the average range. Thus, it’s worth contemplating if shedding some weight before surgery could enhance your results.

A Mindful Approach to Weight Loss

Once you’ve recognised the benefits of weight loss for your surgical procedure, it’s crucial to approach it holistically. Quick-fix diets might offer rapid results, but they often lead to rebound weight gain, potentially affecting the longevity of your surgical outcomes. We want your weight loss and lifestyle transformation to be lasting and fulfilling.

Seeking Guidance: You’re Not Alone

Losing weight can indeed be challenging, but remember, you don’t have to face it alone. If the journey feels overwhelming, seeking professional guidance can be invaluable. I often recommend accredited sports dieticians and General Practitioners with a special interest in Bariatric Medicine to my patients. Together, they can look after your needs holistically, ensure adequate investigations are performed prior to exclude medical reasons which cause weight retention, offer counsel for specialised weight loss medications, along with personalised meal plans, workout schedules, ensuring you’re nourishing your body and staying active.  

DIY Weight Loss: It’s Possible, With Dedication

If you’re confident in charting your weight loss journey independently, incorporating resistance training can be beneficial. It promotes lean muscle mass, which aids in burning calories even during rest. While personal trainers can be a great asset, there are numerous online resources and digital workout classes available for those mindful of their budget.

The Journey: Patience and Persistence

Weight loss, especially when done mindfully, is a gradual process. It’s natural to feel impatient or even disheartened at times. This is where professional guidance can make a difference, offering encouragement, setting realistic expectations, and adjusting plans as needed. Remember, every step you take is a stride towards your ultimate goal: your surgery.