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Weight Loss Procedures Disprove the “Lack of Willpower” Myth

Weight loss procedures like the lap band and gastric sleeve from Beverly Hills Physicians create the ability to permanently resist the urge to overeat

When people suggest that the obese suffer from a lack of self-control or willpower, it’s insulting. It implies that those who choose to have a lap band or gastric sleeve surgery are taking the easy way out when the opposite is often true. After all, the medical and psychological communities have long supported the idea that the urge to overeat is incredibly hard to conquer, lending credence to the idea that a bariatric surgery (including a lap band to gastric sleeve revision) is necessary for life-saving weight loss. Beverly Hills Physicians, renowned medical network of board certified doctors, has found this to be true when performing the bariatric revision, gastric sleeve, and lap band in Valencia, Thousand Oaks, Huntington Beach, and all throughout Southern California.

Science is showing that the inability to lose weight permanently is not caused by a character flaw, but by signals within the body that are almost impossible to resist. This makes the idea of willpower as the cure for all weight-related issues a problem. The outstanding medical team at Beverly Hills Physicians understands that, once weight loss begins to take hold, the body tends to interpret the change as a signal that starvation is a genuine risk. The result is a flood of strong signals to the brain that feel like genuine hunger and which may cause even more overeating than before.

Certainly, people who criticize the obese as lacking in character have little understanding of the true nature of the struggle. Even people who are dealing with such hard-to-break addictions as cigarette smoking can simply give up tobacco. Food, however, is a necessity, not an optional vice; what overeaters are routinely expected to do is the equivalent of an alcoholic being expected to drink just one glass of red wine per night, and it’s next to impossible.

More importantly, weight loss surgery patients must exert incredible willpower to get the most out of their bariatric surgery. They are by no means lazy or weak; a lap band or gastric sleeve requires a complete change in diet and one’s relationship with food. As the medical specialists at Beverly Hills Physicians have seen many times, exercise is also necessary to guarantee that a weight loss surgery is as effective as necessary. Of course, the BHP staff is always on hand to encourage their patients to take full advantage of bariatric surgery, offering nutritional counseling, follow-ups with the surgeon, and a 24-7 line of support.

Where patients go for their bariatric surgery can make a tremendous difference. BHP’s leading-edge bariatric medicine has evolved to a point where it is able to effectively short-circuit the body’s efforts to force us into overeating. Procedures like the lap band and the gastric sleeve work by drastically shrinking the capacity of the stomach and, along with it, the ability of the brain to fool us into eating more than we need.

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