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Diets Don't Work Anymore

I'm 100 pounds overweight and I'm considering gastric bypass surgery. Diets don't work. They end up just adding more weight. Is it OK for a Christian to have gastric bypass surgery?

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 ---missy on 7/13/09
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Watching what you eat is tough. I prayed for a long time for The Lord to help me to leave the sweets alone & He did. A person canNot go hog-wild on s-free stuff either. Some of the other engrediants for substitute that is used has calories also. I mix my colas, 1/2 reg & 1/2 diet & it taste good to me. I rarely drink the full streangth reg-pop & or the diet pop. It does take exercise for dieting to work. I cant do upper body work-outs using my arms & hands because of damaged shoulders rotator cuff prob's, it affects my arms & hands. I do some knee-bends & when I stand up I arch my back, then I'L do some upper body twists, mostly I do is walking. This sure helps me, Thank God.
---Lawrence on 7/22/09

Diets don't work because often the first question is what are you eating instead of how far are you running? You've got to move and that doesn't mean trips from the car to an office, mall or home or walks in the cool of the evening. You've got to do more than run from the sanctuary to your car when its raining.
Eat healthy but as much as you want and get moving. Lift some weights until in burns (men and women) twice a week.
Do something difficult (aerobics) at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes and you'll be okay. You'll get smaller and gain weight which is the entire idea, so stay off the scale.

Lastly, if your urine's not clear your not drinking enough water.
---larry on 7/20/09

I don't think the surgery is a sin and if you are so obese that you can't perform aerobic exercise your choices are few.
If the Obesity is from a gluttonous lifestyle (not medical) than treat it like any other sin of over indulgence (pornography, alcohol) and first pray. Pray before surgery and pray about everything all the time. Then pray some more until your mind is renewed about the body God has given you, self-image, etc.
If the obesity is from overeating there may be a deeper issue where eating is used to deal with stress, rejection, etc. Christ is there to help.
---larry on 7/20/09

if it gets down to willpower during and after losing the weight without using gastric bypass surgery, how does one keep up the willpower not to fall back into old eating habits? thanks.
---missy on 7/20/09

"Diets" do work, it's just most people don't know how to do it. I don't like the word, "Diet". My favorite line is, "Proper nutritional intake". Along with proper nutrition are other variables such as eating at the same time each day, start out with a large breakfast, a medium size lunch and a small supper - which is not how most of us were raised. I always gave our nurses a protien bar to carry with them and if they were with a patient when it was time to eat - and they couldn't leave, use the protien bar in place of a meal. At most, a person only wants to lose 2 1/2 to 3 lbs a week. While gastric surgery is very benifical, it has negative side effects and is a last resort to losing weight, so be careful.
---wivv on 7/14/09

missy, people that have that kind of surgery are folks who have such a strong will, that they must take drastic measures to discipline themselves with their eating habits.

With that said, my friend had the bypass surgery, lost 150 pounds and has now gained back 75 of those pounds. She STILL has no control over her eating habits.

I believe making a decision to ear healthy is the way to go. I hear Dr. Phil's book is excellent. Also, a program like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig are inspiring ways to lose weight.

There are alot of side effects to the surgery. My friends has bowel trouble alot. She can't drink while she's eating. That would kill me. Think long and hard before you do it.
---anon on 7/14/09

As in ALL weight-loss procedures, you will find that included with that surgery is the same old "exercise and eat right" orders. You can't have that surgery and continue eating the same way as before the surgery. That's what most people don't realize. If you changed your exercise and eating habits to be what the doctor says you should do after the surgery, it would result in lost weight also. There is no quick-fix for obesity.
---SusieB on 7/14/09

Just keep in mind that the procedure is made to be a supplement to a changed life, it is not a magic wand. The procedure will result in immediate weight loss however many patients are no more healthy because they have not changed their habits. The surgery in combination with a lifestyle change can be of great benefit. I find nothing heretical about improving the quality of your life however pray about this decision first as with any major decision.
---TIMOTHY on 7/14/09

The problem with diets is that they involve "starving" yourself. That makes you even more hungry and you end up eating more. Thus, gaining even more weight.

I always try using "self discipline". Eat 1/2 of what you normally eat and exercise twice what you normally would.

If this doesn't work for you, I would have the surgery. Just be sure that you are aware of the risks involved. The surgery might be better than the risks involved with excess weight.
---Sag on 7/14/09

I am one of three women at my church who have had gastric bypass. The best thing to do is check out Obesity Help website. There are forums there where you can discuss all of your questions and concerns with bypass patients, and there is a Christian forum with a lot of wonderful Christian brothers and sisters who have asked the same questions you are asking. It is a safe, nonjudgemental place to learn your options. This forum is not necessarily the best place to get the advice you need.

The decision to have gastric bypass is a medical one and should be explored with people who have had it, and your doctors.
---Trish9863 on 7/13/09

Yes it is okay to have that operation. Your bypass surgery will improve your health and that is of primary importance.
If I were a young man I would consider it myself. And Lord knows very well your situation so go to him in prayer and I'm sure you will give you peace about this problem.
---mima on 7/13/09

Don't count on bariatric surgery as a solution.

Two women who work in the building where I live had similar surgery about the same time a couple of years ago.

One has shed many pounds. She's zaftig, but not grossly overweight.

The other is just as obese as before.
---Cluny on 7/13/09

I think that it is fine. But keep in mind that it won't solve all of your problems. If you have a medical condition that you don't know about, surgery will be a temporary fix, and the problems will come back.

Get your thryoid tested.
---amand6348 on 7/13/09

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