5 Reasons People Choose Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss is a journey that many of us will struggle with at some point in our lives. 

Some people spend years dieting, exercising and trying to lose weight in conventional ways but never see success. This is quite normal – we see it a lot, so you mustn’t be hard on yourself! 

In this blog, we’ll run through the 5 most common reasons that people decided to turn to weight loss surgery, let’s jump right in! 


The 5 most common reasons people choose weight loss surgery 


“Diets just aren’t working for me” 

Diets, from keto to paleo, low-carb to the Atkins, deliver mixed results. 

Often, people find early success with a diet, but as time goes on, the pace of progress slows down and they may even experience weight gains. 

Unfortunately, extreme dieting is often unsustainable, and most people end up putting weight on again after a period of dieting. This is especially true when people have busy lives – it’s super difficult maintaining a strict diet when you’ve got a busy family life, long working hours or other commitments pulling you here, there and everywhere! 

The fact of the matter is: diets don’t work for everyone. Yes, watching what you eat is important, but extreme dieting is a fast track to disappointment for many. 

Instead of choosing a strict diet, it’s much better to restrict your calorie intake in your existing diet, AKA, having smaller portions of the food you’re already eating (you can add some extra veggies if you’re still hungry, that’s what we do!) 

“I have a medical condition that prevents me from losing weight” 

Another reason some may struggle to lose weight is as a result of various medical conditions. 

This is, for the most part, completely out of your control – dieting and exercise are still essential, but you may not see the results you’re after without surgery or other interventions. 

As surgery restricts the amount of food you can eat, and even limit your appetite, it can be a good option for people who struggle to lose weight as a result of a medical condition. 


“I struggle with long-term weight management”

Short-term weight loss is so much easier than long-term weight management. 

We’ve done it too – gym every day, great dieting; it feels great for a while, then the motivation wanes or life gets in the way. It happens to everyone! 

You’re not alone when it comes to struggling with long-term weight management. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons Tonic customers choose weight loss surgery. 

Losing weight quickly is relatively easy, but keeping that weight off is incredibly difficult. 


“I want to improve my quality of life, but have tried everything” 

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything?

Many people who opt for weight loss surgery see it as a last resort, and that makes sense; it’s a big decision. 

We talk to lots of people who are at their wits’ end and don’t know where else to turn. 

If this sounds like you, we highly recommend getting in touch with our team of friendly consultants today. We’ll never suggest surgery if it’s not right for you. We’re here to answer any questions you might have and to put your mind at rest. 

We’re by your side, always.


“I struggle with motivating myself”

Last, and by no means least, we need to address motivation. 

Dieting and exercise aren’t exactly fun for us all. Motivating yourself to do something you dislike is incredibly difficult. 

Sure, lots of people enjoy exercising, but it still requires a lot of motivation to get up and go. It’s perfectly natural if you lack this motivation, many of us do!

If you struggle with motivating yourself, we highly recommend taking baby steps on your weight loss journey. Do short bursts of exercise every day, slowly increasing the amount of time you spend exercising as it becomes easier and more natural. 

The biggest barrier to motivation is trying to do everything all at once. Think of your weight loss journey as a marathon, not a sprint!

When is weight loss surgery considered?

In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have produced guidelines to help map out when weight loss surgery should be considered. 

These are general guidelines, and we always recommend talking to a professional to assess your unique circumstances and eligibility. 

NICE outlines suggest that you should consider weight loss surgery if:

You have a BMI of 40 or more (or a BMI of 35-40 with a health condition that could be improved if you lost weight)

Have already exhausted many other weight loss methods with no success

Have no health problems that would make the operation dangerous

Are willing to submit to the long-term medical follow-up and support that’s required after weight loss surgery

If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the last 10 years, you may be eligible for weight loss surgery with a BMI of 30-34.9. 

Again, each and every body is unique. If you feel that you need weight loss surgery, consult with an expert for further advice


Considering weight loss surgery? 

The first step of your weight loss journey with Tonic is to talk to a friendly member of our specialist bariatric (weight loss) team

We’re here to answer any questions you may have. We’ll also guide you towards the best weight loss surgery option for your unique circumstances. 

We will never recommend weight loss treatment unless you require it. 

All of our surgeries include 5 years of aftercare and can be paid for monthly, allowing you to spread the cost. 

What are you waiting for? All advice is provided free of charge!

Prefer to call? Here’s our number: 0300 124 5520.