Weighing Up The Enemy was on television again last night and I couldn’t wait for the latest installment. I love the concept of the show and in particular what draws me to the show is that it is all about motivation via your weight loss.
The idea is that if you are super motivated you will actually stick to a diet. With the majority of people quitting their weight loss dream in the first 7 days, if something stopped them quitting so soon, they may just make it to the next level.
In this particular episode though, Doctor Christian Jessen actually looked at those that had given up on hope and elected for a gastric band instead. Gastric Bands (for those of you that don’t know) is having surgery that reduces the size of your stomach, this then means that you eat a lot less, thus losing all your excess weight.
But from reading articles in magazines and newspapers and watching television shows this seems rather pointless and has a very negative opinion by people that have participated in it.
And this is why:
You’re still choosing what you eat
As part of a gastric band user you can only eat limited portions but you choose what those limited portions are. I have seen many magazine articles where the person having them just spends the rest of their lives eating cake and biscuits and nothing else. Even though they are not eating mass amounts they are still getting no goodness in their bodies and are not losing weight at the rate they should be.
You have to lose some weight first
When you have the operation on the NHS it is perfectly normal to have to have a couple of stone weight loss before you can have the surgery.
This is because they won’t to see that you can make an effort on your own and are committed to the procedure before you have it.
But my point with this – is if you have lost 2 stone on your own, then why can’t you lose another ten stone on your own?
The dangers are there
There are also the dangers associated with gastric bands. You can get infections. You can end up taking longer than expected to recover. Then also how many people are just borderline for surgery? And then have to gain weight just to be eligible? As you would be surprised how often this is the case!
You’re not treating the cause of the problem
The worst thing you can do here is avoid treating the cause of the problem. When someone was addicted to drugs you don’t chop off their hands to stop them from taking them, instead you give them support in helping them with their addiction.
Well food is an addiction too – whether its being addicted to overeating, fast food or doughnuts, it is still a problem that needs tackling.
Just think if you eat too little you are treated for it, so why not when you are eating too much?
There are other options available
This then leads me to the hypnotic gastric band. When the reason behind the success of the gastric band is to make you full quicker, then why not just get yourself hypnotised and then you can reap the rewards without risking yourself with surgery.
More and more doctors (including Doctor Christian Jessen) want to bring out more gastric bands to help the burden that is being caused to the British Health Service but what if there were different avenues as surgery in my opinion just seems like a step too far.
What do you think?