Skip To Main Content

COVID-19 Updates and Resources. Learn More

Weight-Loss Surgery. Is there an Alternative?

September 14, 2016

Is bariatric surgery the solution to controlling our nation’s diabetes and obesity problem? Some doctors seem to think so, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Apparently, spending $11,500 to $26,000 on such surgery (which is often not covered by insurance) while risking possible complications including nutrient deficiencies, infections and intestinal blockages, as well as the potential you might gain the weight back, is a preferable to making a simple and lasting lifestyle change: cutting carbohydrates.

Over 80 clinical studies support the science behind a low-carb diet like Atkins and its effectiveness at helping people lose weight and decrease risk factors for a variety of health problems and diseases. Dr. Atkins discovered long ago that cutting carbohydrates can help control blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity in his patients, factors in controlling or eliminating Type-2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. Eliminating processed carbohydrates found in packaged food, white rice, bread and pasta in favor of high-fiber vegetables, protein, dairy, healthy fats and some fruits and whole grains is a doable lifestyle change that has far fewer risks (and expenses) than weight loss surgery or a lifetime of dependence on insulin and other medications. Despite these hard facts, medical organizations and the diabetes association have continued to recommend controlling diabetes with pharmaceutical insulin and a high-carb diet, and now, a variety of weight-loss surgeries. Sarah Hallberg and Osama Hamdy, the authors of this article and both medical directors and experts in weight loss programs and nutrition-based medical interventions, argue that we owe it to diabetes patients to offer the proven and science-based solution of a low-carb diet.

Having seen the real-life affects a low-carb diet like Atkins has had on controlling and even eliminating Type-2 diabetes and pre-diabetes in thousands of people over the years, I couldn’t agree more. Weight-loss surgery? Just say no. Say yes to Atkins.

Register with Atkins today for additional tips, low carb recipes, and ideas on how to overcome your weight loss plateau.

More From Colette

Low Carb Snacks When You’re on The Go

While the beginning of this summer may have more of a “staycation” vibe versus “vacation” vibe, it’s still the perfect time to get outdoors for a walk or hike, a few rounds of golf, a picnic in your yard or at the park or even a little road trip, and all these occasions call for a smart low carb snacking strategy.

Read More »

Get Grillin’: Make Your Memorial Day Memorable

Your kick-off to summer may look a little different this year, but it is still an opportunity to get out and grill.

Read More »

Put a Spring in Your Step: 6 Low Carb Energy-Boosting Foods and Exercise Tips

The days may seem to drag on forever when everyone’s working from home, studying from home and eating at home.

Read More »

Simple Low Carb Recipes for a Mother’s Day at Home

While you may not be celebrating Mother’s Day with brunch at a restaurant or at a larger family gathering, now, more than ever, it’s important to honor mom, and all the roles she’s taken on recently: teacher, chef, activities coordinator and purveyor of puzzles, to name a few.

Read More »

FAQs

Have more low carb questions? We've got the answers!

Learn More »
FAQs

Free Tools

Access meal plans, carb counters, discussion boards, and more.

Learn More »
Free Tools

FAQs

Have more low carb questions? We've got the answers!

Learn More »
FAQs

Free Tools

Access meal plans, carb counters, discussion boards, and more.

Learn More »
Free Tools