Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Beyond Weight Loss
The most apparent benefit of bariatric surgery is weight loss, of course. But there are many other benefits that we can reap (some more obvious than others). Read on to learn about the many surprising benefits bariatric surgery can offer!
Assuming you follow the diet and exercise guidelines post-op, you will be losing fat while building muscle. Building muscle alone has several significant benefits. Strong musculature increases your resting metabolic rate, meaning you will be burning more calories even when not exercising. Further, good musculature improves balance and takes the strain off your joints.
While the number on the scale drops, your heart health, blood sugar levels, and sleep can improve too! Losing weight can also improve your overall mood and brain health. Not to mention, setting and achieving goals do wonders for your self-esteem. Learning your inner strength and believing in yourself is worth just as much, if not more, than the tangible weight loss.
Another unexpected benefit is an improved relationship with food. Maybe you used food to cope with negative feelings or as a reward. Those behaviors can lead to unhealthy eating habits for many. Following the post-op regimen and participating in support groups or aftercare counseling can help address those unhealthy eating habits.
There are some financial benefits as well. Your grocery and restaurant costs will likely decrease naturally as you eat less at home more often. Also, as your clothing size drops out of extended sizes, your options of clothing stores and styles open up. That means you can take better advantage of sales and specials!
Lastly is a benefit you may not have thought about. That is the enriching experience of being an inspiration and support for others. Your transformation will be evident to those around you, so you’re bound to get questions. Probably a lot more than you’re expecting! Sharing your experiences and lessons learned can help others succeed in their journey! It’s a beautiful feeling to inspire someone else to make a positive change in their life.
Hopefully, this blog gave you some food for thought on some benefits of bariatric surgery that you hadn’t considered—looking for more insights and inspiration?