New Year, New You

One of the top New Year’s resolutions for 2020 is to lose weight, followed by going to the gym and being healthier in general. These are great goals, but not everyone achieves them. In some cases, extra help may be needed.

Importance of Fitness and Health

When focusing on what you want to accomplish this year, you shouldn’t neglect your physical health. There are several reasons why, including those described below.

Fewer health problems

Those who engage in regular physical activity and maintain a good diet tend to have fewer health problems, such as:

    • Obesity
    • Heart disease
    • High cholesterol
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • Obstructive sleep apnea

Put simply, striving to stay fit and active helps improve your overall health.

Higher energy levels

Healthier people tend to have more energy than those who do not. In a purely practical sense, they have less physical weight to carry around. A good diet and regular exercise also boost energy and strength.   You’ll receive the nutrients you need and build muscle as you stay fit.

Positive mental outlook

Those who keep themselves physically fit also tend to have a more positive state of mind, with fewer negative thoughts and an overall better mood. In addition to its raw mental health benefits, exercise can be made into a social activity, giving you an opportunity to develop positive relationships with others.

Weight Loss Surgery Can Help You Meet Your Goals

For some, it’s nearly impossible to get these results with exercise and diet alone. One way to get past that issue is with weight loss surgery.

The purpose of this type of surgery is to make it easier to control your diet while changing the way your body digests food. It doesn’t replace diet and exercise—so don’t ditch that gym membership!—but instead makes those efforts easier to maintain while improving their effectiveness.

BMI Required for Weight Loss Surgery

It’s important to note that weight loss surgery isn’t for everyone. There are strict requirements you’ll need to meet, including a specific BMI (Body Mass Index) coupled with other factors. Typically, the minimum BMI for weight loss surgery is 40, but it may still be considered if either of the following apply:

    • Your weight causes you severe health problems and you have a BMI of 35.
    • You are over 100 pounds overweight.

In addition, you should have already tried to lose weight by your own efforts without success.

Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

When making the decision to supplement your diet and exercise with weight loss surgery, you’ll want to consult with a qualified surgeon first. Contact Dr. Malladi for help determining whether weight loss surgery is right for you.