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Can Morbidly Obese People Lose Weight Without Medical Weight Loss Surgery?

To be considered morbidly obese, one must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater or be a hundred pounds or more over your ideal weight. In some cases, a person could have a lower BMI and be less than a hundred pounds overweight but still classified as morbidly obese if they have certain medical conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Obese woman at a carnival

In recent years, there have been various research and studies conducted to determine whether morbidly obese people can effectively lose weight and keep it off without some type of medical weight loss surgery. According to a report from CBS News, what these studies have shown is it is possible for morbidly obese people to lose at least five percent of their total weight.1

While five percent is a good start, it is only a fraction of the 100 or more pounds they need to lose to reach their ideal weight. Achieving even greater weight loss is often difficult because a change in diet and exercise alone is not always effective for most people.

This is not to say there is not an occasional rare case where someone can do this. They just need to be extremely motivated, dedicated, and committed to losing weight without weight loss surgery.

However, the vast majority of people need a little extra help to reach their ideal body weights. According to another report from CBS News, research studies have found that the most effective and long-term weight loss solution for morbidly obese people is some type of weight loss surgery.2

Which Weight Loss Surgery Is the Best Surgery to Lose Weight?

The best surgery to lose weight will depend on the individual. One of the more popular weight loss surgeries being performed today is gastric sleeve surgery. This procedure is minimally invasive. Most patients have a shorter recovery period and notice a major reduction in hunger.

As a result, patients who are ideal candidates for gastric sleeve surgery tend to lose up to half of their body weight gradually, which is the healthy way to lose weight. Plus, they tend to experience fewer unwanted symptoms, like sagging skin, stretch marks, and nutritional deficiencies that could be associated with other weight loss surgeries.

Another weight loss surgery option is gastric bypass surgery. This surgery bypasses a large part of the stomach and reduces its overall size. Afterward, patients tend to have a smaller appetite and eat fewer calories.

slim woman holding loose waist denim

Before deciding which weight loss surgery is best for you, there are several important lifestyle changes you must be willing to make. Your weight loss physician and professional staff will work with your every step of the way to provide the support and encouragement you need.

It is equally important to remember that weight loss surgery is not a quick fix for losing weight, and it will require a lifelong commitment in order to keep it off. To learn more about different weight loss surgery options and the one that is best for you, please feel free to contact 1st Choice Weight Loss at (281) 888-7767 to schedule a consultation appointment today!

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All people should consult with their own healthcare providers before following any of the recommendations or advice in any articles, posts, or videos. All people have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians will be fully aware of.


  1. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/obese-people-rarely-attain-normal-weight-may-have-healthy-losses/
  2. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/diet-exercise-treatment-for-obese-patients/

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