Before we can talk about why to consider gastric surgery, we have to look at why diets don’t work. We know that 80% of any type of weight loss journey is 80% food related and 20% is attributed to exercise and genetics. The fact is, losing weight can be hard, but keeping it off is nearly impossible. Most people (95%) who lose weight regain within 1-5 years.
Dieting, by definition, is a temporary change to a normal eating plan/habit. We put on weight and then embark on the one thing the world tells us to do. Diet. So, we change our normal eating patterns for a short period of time, eg (3-6 months) food intake reduces, fat storage reduces. Great result. But then the diet is finished as it is unsustainable, food intake goes back to normal, fat storage increases. This is called the YO-YO diet. We like to call it, the YO-YU (You Over-eat, You Under-eat).
As a result, weight goes down, weight goes up, weight goes down, weight goes up. On the upside of the cycle, fat storage usually increases above the starting point, meaning you face a bigger challenge each time you begin another diet regime.