I am Ahmed Torky, Gold’s Gym Elite San Stefano fitness manager and elite trainer.

Today’s topic will irritate some people in the medical field but it’s the truth that people need to know before considering weight-loss surgeries.

First of all, let me tell you 2 stories I have experienced the last 2 years.

The first one was about a client who came to the gym to get in shape before her wedding. She wanted to explain her case to me. This girl was 114 kg’s and she had done a “Gastric Sleeve” surgery that helped her reach 64 kg.

She told me my wedding is in 2 months and I can’t get married like this. I am covered with loose skin and I don’t like the way I look. I asked her about her food portions, she said I eat very small quantities because she decreased her stomach size by removing 80% of its size and wanted to gain some weight back.

This is one of the most common side effects of surgeries like these. This is what happens when you lose this amount of weight in a very short time without exercising and following a strong nutrition plan. Your body tends to lose its muscle mass as well. Which leads to overall weakness. Plus, it becomes very hard to gain muscles after the surgery because you can’t eat the amount of protein that your body needs to increase muscle mass and get your toned curvy body. 

 

The Second Story,

This was about a friend of mine who used to work 10 hours daily but after the surgery, he couldn’t work more than 4 hours. That’s another side effect to the surgeries. The fatigue is due to the very low caloric intake that prevents your body to be active and energetic. Plus the other side effects such as:-

-The inability to absorb nutrients:- which means you MUST use food supplements.

-Organ damage:- injuries to organs near the operation site which requires another surgery to correct any damage that may have occurred.

-Infections:- This could happen to the people with a higher body mass index and a high percentage of fat.

-Due to rapid weight loss, you may experience:-

  • Tiredness
  • Dry skin
  • Body aches
  • Hair loss
  • Mood swings 

In the long run, you may be exposed to more complications such as hernias, low blood sugar and vomiting. 

Bottom line is you should never consider these operations if you are “just” overweight or if you just love to eat! It’s a much safer and healthier option for you to try and exercise your will to follow a healthy nutrition plan. I’m not talking about following ”a crash diet” and follow a fitness training program with a professional!

You will get in shape, be more energetic and healthier plus all other benefits working out will provide such as:-

  • Prevention of certain diseases.
  • Physical activity will improve your mood.
  • It will boost your energy, making you perform better in life.
  • It will help you sleep better.
  • It will enhance your sex life.
  • It will give you stronger muscles and bones. 

 

What to Do?

Instead of opting for surgery when your body isn’t under severe health risks that should require surgery, you can focus on working out using compound lifts like “squats-deadlifts”, “bench press” and so on. I recommend going for HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) for cardio, but that’s a whole other article”.  

I hope I clarified the difference between losing weight using surgeries or going for the right path for your body. Exercising, eating better and making modifications in your lifestyle can seem like the harder road for your will, but it sure isn’t for your body. If you have any questions feel free to send me a DM (Direct Message) on my Instagram.

Be safe guys and don’t go for quick fixes because you think you are too lazy to live a healthier lifestyle, you are worth it and your body deserves the best!

Peace.