Why I Said "No" to Weight Loss Surgery

A few years ago, I went to a new doctor. It was time for my yearly physical and my new insurance wasn’t accepted at my original doctor. So based on a recommendation, I went to this doctor about ten minutes from my house.

There I sat, in my completely uncomfortable paper gown. Waiting. The doctor comes in, does the physical and says “You’re overweight. Actually, you’re considered obese.”

Of course, my snarky response was “no shit.”

There she stood. Staring at me. Asking what I’m going to do about it. At this point, I was just getting started. I lost twenty pounds. But was making progress. According to her, it wasn’t good enough. She told me I need to be on a thousand-calorie diet, which is not accurate. You don’t need to starve yourself to lose weight. Any amount of weight. Then she was suggesting diet pills that she could prescribe. And finally, gastric bypass.

For those who don’t know, gastric bypass is when they surgically remove/staple a large portion of your stomach to prevent you from over eating. Many people have gotten this surgery and will get this surgery. Except me. I turned down the “good” doctor. I said I had no interest in surgery, or pills, or anything that she had to say honestly. And if I was going to lose weight, I’ll do it on my own.

Needless to say that was the last time I ever saw that doctor. However, it’s a situation I will never forget. She was confused as to why I said no. Apparently most people would jump at the chance. I told her no for my own reasons. That I want to do it myself, asked her if my insurance would cover the classes required plus plastic surgery to remove the excess skin from extremely fast weight loss, how much the prescriptions would come to afterwards. And no matter how many times I said no, she gave me another excuse to do it. Saying because I’m obese, I’m diabetic, I have high cholesterol. But I don’t. My levels are completely normal. She made me run two tests to be sure, and yet still didn’t believe it came from me. This doctor, kept saying the nurses didn’t do the test right. Or mixed the blood up. She wanted to draw blood herself, and the run the tests. At this point, I said no.

The point I’m trying to make in this article, is that it’s ok to not have weight loss surgery, follow any gimmicks, or take diet pills. Being healthy doesn’t mean you can never have pizza again, or beer, or burgers. It doesn’t mean you have to spend hours up on hours in the gym, or starve yourself just for the sake of losing an additional ten pounds. You can hit your PRs and have cake too. It’s ok. We live in a civilization where everyone is trying to be skinny, but nothing is actually working. You try a fad diet, binge on tacos two weeks later. You make a goal to lose 100 pounds by the end of the year, but fail and end up eating like crap for months to help cope with the feeling of failure.

Life is not meant to be perfect. Just because you don’t weigh what you did in high school doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Just because you can’t lift as heavy as one person, doesn’t mean you never will.

I’m not saying that “hey, eat all of the cake you want!”  

I’m saying. Having a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. It took years for me to realize this. The incident with this doctor was awful. And I hope no one else every receives treatment like that. Me saying no to her was one of the best things in my life. It also got me started in wanting to help others with finding the balance for a healthy lifestyle.


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Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this March when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!

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