Patient Spotlight: Scott LoughranMarch 22nd, 2018 - Posted to Weight Loss
An overwhelming weight of 403.5 pounds made Scott Loughran take the matter of his health seriously. Not being able to lose weight through traditional diets, in 2003 he decided to have Roux-En-Y gastric bypass, a surgery that has greatly improved his physical and mental wellness.
Despite facing many challenges, Scott made a life-changing decision and worked hard to reach his goal of developing a healthier lifestyle. Today, he weighs 231.5 pounds and is happy to share his experience and life lessons with other people who consider having bariatric surgery.
Tell us about your biggest success thus far
I am very proud to say that my biggest success since the surgery is managing to maintain a healthy weight for more than 14 years. It has been a long a tough journey but I would probably be dead now if I hadn't had the courage to make a change in my life.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Well, quite the same: maintaining my weight within the normal limits for so long. Now that I have developed a healthier lifestyle I don't see it as a provocation any more.
What is your motivation for continued change?
Being overweight for a long time made me forget how my life used to be when I had a normal weight. The bariatric surgery has helped me rediscover how good being healthy feels and this motivates me to work continuously for my well-being.
What is your favorite quick, go-to healthy meal?
In the morning, it usually takes me a while to wake up, so for breakfast I like to have a meal that is easy to prepare. Therefore, my main choice is hummus, naan and a cup of coffee. Trader Joe's wraps and salads also work fine for me when I'm in a hurry.
What advice would you give to those considering weight loss surgery?
I would tell them to think of bariatric surgery considering every aspect of it. Deciding to undergo weight loss procedures involves a lot of hard work and a commitment to yourself to change your lifestyle and your attitude towards food.
What was the craziest diet you tried before your surgery?
I have probably tried every diet on this planet but, for some reason, I don't know myself, I think that the grape juice diet was the craziest. It worked for a while but I started feeling tired and dizzy because my body needed proper nutrition.
What was the best/worst advice you ever received about dieting?
The best advice I have ever received was actually the formula for weight loss: portion control & physical exercise. The worst one, however, came from a member of a dieting group on social media who told me that diets work well enough without exercising, which, to my way of thinking, is a totally mistaken mentality.
What would you tell your former self now if you could?
I would thank my former self for finally making the life-changing decision of having bariatric surgery, better late than never.