Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

Here’s a quick way to lose weight.

It’s called surgery—but it’s not plastic surgery. It’s bariatric or weight loss surgery, the results in quality hands are impressive, and it lasts longer than diet and exercise. Not only do patients lose weight, but they also maintain the weight loss over the longer period of time. Health problems that are associated with obesity, like hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes are often dramatically improved, if not cured, in many patients.

Weight Loss

Sad, but true. Do you need to resort to surgery to lose your weight? Wouldn’t it be safer and cheaper to lose the weight the old fashioned way?

The most common source of frustration for me and for my patients is the issue of being overweight. Plastic surgery is not for weight loss. It should not be seen as the potential “boost” needed to help you achieve your weight goal or even the goal of a certain “look” despite your weight.

We are addicted to food. We eat far too much than we need, and we eat the wrong foods—fat, sugar and starch. We feel that if we eat “right” that we won’t get satisfaction from eating, that we will be denying ourselves the joy of eating.

Surgery may be the best alternative for those people who are morbidly obese, but for the rest of us, we are going to have to find a way to change our relationship with food and stop convincing ourselves that we don’t get enough exercise to lose weight. When willpower isn’t making it happen, it’s time to invest in Weight Watchers.

Robert Caridi, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Founder of Westlake Plastic Surgery