There are a few key indicators that clearly define that it is time for weight loss surgery. These pointers are called KBI’s, also known as key bariatric indicators. In order to effectively bounce back from obesity, you must be ready to face a challenge. You didn’t put on excess weight overnight, so the process of weight loss surgery takes time, but it is well worth it.

How to know its time for bariatric surgery

When Is It Too Late For Diet and Exercise?

First off, it is never too late to give a solid try to any diet or exercise program. Diet and exercise are effective, although when you reach a certain amount of excess weight, it can feel nearly impossible to do it without help. Even the most effective diets take time to see results. 95% of diets fail, and willpower doesn’t always translate to a key indicator of success.1

Everybody is unique and everyone has something that works better for them than it does for others. Never just give up on anything. If one weight loss tool isn’t giving you results, then try different options until one does work!

Above all, it is never too late to lose weight.

Why Your Diet Isn’t Effective

As obesity is on the rise, so are diets. Diets are prevalent in over 50% of American women.2 Unfortunately, 65% of individuals who diet will recover all lost weight or even gain weight past their “pre-diet weight” within 3 years after dieting. With obesity rising and dieting success dropping, the dieting industry continues to rise exponentially year after year.

Proper Dieting: In order to diet effectively, quick weight loss programs are proven to be less effective long-term than slower-paced, persistent diet strategies.

Biology is the key culprit for diets high-rate of failure.3  The biology of the human body has a very specific “set-point” where it rarely deviates from. Quickly losing or gaining weight above or below your “set-point” body moss, immediately causes your body to react to avoid rapid weight-gain or weight-loss from happening.

The reason bariatric surgery is so effective, by shrinking your stomach – your biology immediately believes that your set-point weight is significantly lower because of your smaller stomach size. Metabolism increases and hunger decreases causing rapid weight loss.

The key success of bariatric surgery is maintaining this set-point weight through healthy habits and lifestyle changes. This in-turn supports long-term weight loss and a healthy body.

Exercise and Physical Activity Statistics

The percent of American adults who exercise at least 30 minutes per day amounts to less than 5%.4 It is not a matter if you exercise, it is a matter of when. 57.25 million Americans had a gym membership in 2016 paying an average monthly cost of $58/month. Yet a massive 67% of membership owners never used their gym membership, without even including the members that use their membership only once or twice ever.5

4 Signs it's Time for Bariatric Surgery

4 Signs It’s Time for Bariatric Surgery: Key Bariatric Indicators (KBI’s)

The key bariatric indicators do not mean that it is too late for other attempts at weight loss. Bariatric barometers primarily show that weight loss surgery is most likely your best option to treat obesity effectively.

Body Mass Index Indicator - Mexico Bariatric CenterBody Mass Index

  • BMI>30 is obese (to qualify for bariatric surgery in Mexico)
  • BMI>35 with at least one obesity-related health problem (to qualify for insurance coverage in America)
  • BMI>40 is morbidly obese (for bariatric surgery in America)

Body Fat Index

  • Over 40% of body fat

Waistline Measurements

  • Waistline circumference for Women > 35 inches and Men > 40 inches


Obesity-related comorbidities and health problems: heart disease, stroke, gallbladder gallstones, diabetes, problems breathing, sleep apnea, asthma, gout, certain types of cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, kidney disease, PCOS or pregnancy problems, osteoarthritis.6

Other Indicators

  • Problem overeating or food addiction
  • No long-term results with diet and nutrition
  • Weight loss not effective with exercise and physical activity
  • Negative self-image, depression, or poor quality of life

Are You Ready for Weight Loss Surgery?

These key bariatric indicators are important as they are likely to improve or even subside after weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery is not a cure, but a tool that is heavily used as one of the best treatments for obesity. Be prepared to put in hard work and dedication even before having surgery.

Without a complete transformation into a healthy lifestyle, weight loss surgery alone is not a “fix-all” solution to treating obesity. Bariatric surgery should never be the “go-to” first attempt for those overweight. Trying your best with other weight loss programs is linked to greater success in remission of obesity after bariatric surgery.7

So are you ready to take back your life? You will thank yourself in 6 months…See if you pre-qualify today!