Many people are able to lose weight through diet and exercise. But when traditional methods of weight loss aren't working, doctors may recommend a different solution in the form of surgery. Bariatric surgery might sound extreme and scary to loved ones who don't understand. They might even think the patient is taking the easy way out. But nothing could be further from the truth. It's major surgery that causes weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. It also requires a lifestyle change after surgery to maintain weight loss. If you know someone considering this procedure, take some time to do some research online, and then read below to see what words might help.