What is the fastest way I can lose weight and is weight loss surgery the only way?

Weight loss. Well, the goal should not be to try to lose weight as fast as possible. The goal should be to lose it in a healthy way, and keep it off for the rest of your life. If you starved yourself, you would lose weight rapidly, but that isn't healthy. With a gastric bypass, if you were 100lbs overweight, you would lose about 65-70lbs in about 1 year. With exercise, you can lose much more.
Last resort. Weight loss surgery is the last resort. It is not necessary to lose weight fast. It is better to lose slowly over a period of time with a balanced diet and exercise regimen. Weight loss surgery is done only in cases of failure to lose weight any other way and the patient is suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes etc. After surgery some of these chronic diseases may recede or disappear.

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I'm 5'3 and about 205/210 pounds. I'm trying everything to lose weight and am feeling hopeless. Would weight loss surgery be good or bad for me?

Bariatric Surgery. Yes. It would change your life. It is now recognized in medicine as the most effective way to get to true and lasting weight loss that also prevents diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Read more...
Depends. The indications for surgical weight loss procedures are bmi >40 or bmi >35 with obesity related comorbid conditions. Your bmi is 35-37 based on numbers you provided. Gastric lap band (one of the less invasive procedures) is approved for bmi >30 with 1 or more obesity related comorbid condition. First see a nutritionist and try an exercise program, if that doesn't help, get evaluated by a doctor. Read more...
not tried everythin. Weight loss means investigating the types of foods you eat , the ingredients of the foods, and the motivation to start a new protocol and stay with it. If you use any diet soda or diet drinks, you will stop effective weight loss. Corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup will kill weight loss. Eating low fat foods will stop weight loss. We need protein and good fats and little carbohydrates . Read more...

I've tried everything and can't lose weight. I am 230 lbs & gaining, 5'8" and 36% BF. Would I qualify for weight loss surgery or at least diet drugs?

On 1200 calorie max? A low-calorie diet speeds up weight loss. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body burns stored fuel (fat). If a person exercises more than he did before, but does NOT start eating more calories, then his body also uses stored fat. One can keep a diary of what happens when he eats+drinks no more than 1200 total calories per day, for 1 month, and see the doctor. Read more...

I weigh 308lbs. Want lose weight! I don't want weight loss surgery. Are there docs who help w/ weight loss w/o doing surgery? Education/support/plan

Yes! Good for you for wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes. There are many doctors who could help you. Start with your family doctor or internist. I really like the approach that functional medicine doctors take (see what functional medicine is here: http://functionalmedicine.Org/about/whatisfm/). I looked up one in philly that you might try: http://drreinamarino.Com/. Good luck! Read more...
Yes. A number of docs run medically-supervised weight loss clinics. They have abillity to add medications to lifestyle modification. See if you find one that seems reputable near you. The best won't promise a quick fix and should not feel like a sales pitch. There are also options like weight watchers and others who specialize in lifestyle modification, support groups. Ask your doctor for local advice. Read more...
Weekly support . Some of the better non-surgical programs rely on weekly support to help change habits and diet plus keep accountability and emotional support. Medifast is great. Weight watchers good. If limited budget, check out overeaters anonymous. Can also see your primary doctor about supplementing with Phentermine which can help kick start weight loss effort. Good luck. Read more...
Yes . There are doctors who specialize in weight loss and can guide you. Read more...

How is it that an obese person could lose weight with diet and exercise and not weight loss surgery?

Risk. So many things improve with diet and exercise (cardiovascular health, decreased cancer risks, joint health, stress, muscle tone, diabetes, etc) that the benefits are amplified many-fold. Weight loss surgery on the other hand basically puts your body in a situation where it starves. U lose the weight but do not gain the other health benefits. Surgery is for those who have no other good options. Read more...
Surgery. It would be ideal for an obese person to lose weight with diet and exercise. However, the reality is that 90% fail. That is why surgery is justified. Surgery is not the magic bullet though. You still need to eat healthy and exercise, but surgery helps to make it easier to lose weight. Read more...