After trying every imaginable diet and weight loss program known to man and hitting an all time high of 245 lbs (at 5'4"), I began researching Gastric Bypass Surgery. I was desperate for help. The surgery, contrary to what many uninformed people believe, is not an easy way out. Many people, including some in the medical profession, said I just needed to change my eating habits and start exercising. Easy for them to say. I tried this for literally 20 years and each year put on more weight than the previous. s). My decision to have the surgery was one that I took very seriously.