Of course, we can’t predict exactly how your life will change after losing 35, 50 or 75+ Kilograms but we can assure you that your life will change and the changes are very likely to be quite dramatic. We have noted some of the major changes that we have seen in our patients below.
Improved physical status: reduced blood pressure, blood sugar and better respiratory regulation, more energy, less body aches and pains, improved sleeping.
Improved psychological status, including: decreased depression, improved self esteem, improved social skills, more confidence and realistic hope for the future.
Changes in relationship, including: family, love relationships, friends and co–workers.
In general these changes are positive and exciting. They are also demanding. In order to cooperate with our program, patients must really put their own health care choices first. This is very often a change for our patients, since many have felt depressed and hopeless they have given their own lives the lowest priority. Our patients have to learn to make assertive, healthy decisions for themselves, even when these decisions upset their loved ones. For example, they may choose to go on their exercise walk instead of sitting down and eating pretzels or they may have to deal with their spouse’s jealousy or discomfort when they become increasingly attractive and independent.
Body image: Patients undergo incredible changes in how they see and feel their bodies. Losing 100 or more pounds creates drastic changes in body size, appearance, and related areas such as dressing choices, feelings of being attractive and sexy.
Accepting normal body image is sometimes a major challenge for obesity surgery patients! Even though wearing a size 8 dress may be a lifetime goal, some patients require some adjustment time to accept this reality, sometimes still “feeling fat”, or worrying that they will gain weight back. We find that as more time passes and patients learn to become experts in managing the program guidelines with their individual lives, they experience more real success, and the new healthy body image becomes more comfortable and reliable