Lifestyle Choices Required for Weight Loss Success after Bariatric Surgery
Understand your strengths and weaknesses
Most patients loose weight rather quickly in the first few months after an operation. The weight loss unfortunately slows down and becomes more difficult as time passes from your operative date. Understanding healthy eating, portion control and the need to exercise will help you maintain a steady healthy weight for the years to follow.
Bariatric surgery requires a change in the way that you think about food, dieting and exercise. Although there are definite physiological changes that occur after surgery and that will help you lose weight, it is important that you realize the need to change your environment and some of your previous lifestyle choices.
Bariatric surgery can help normalize feelings of satiety and food cravings. Although the operations change the way in which your body processes food, some of these changes are only temporary. It is important that you start life-affirming habits that will help you succeed. Healthy habits don’t just happen. Do not rely on your operation to force you into healthy habits. These lifestyle changes take know-how, time, and commitment and support from family and friends. If you’re ready to commit, you need to research the knowledge and tools to develop healthy habits. There are challenges that wait and you will need help to cope with social situations, cravings and emotional eating.
Steps to Developing Healthy Habits
Bariatric surgery is a tool that can help patients can use to take control of their health. In addition to surgery, goal-setting skills are important tools that can help you achieve healthy habits.
Redefine balance in your life
Almost all patients describe many years of unsuccessful Yo-Yo dieting. The diet after bariatric surgery requires a constant commitment and not a diet that can be quit and restarted once goals have been met. Speak about that commitment with your family and friends before considering surgery.
While the most important steps include your own research and support from your loved ones, the following suggestions can help you set yourself up for success.
Lifelong habits start with information and knowing yourself. Spend some time researching online and speaking to someone whose diet and fitness habits you admire. Find out why they enjoy their habits and what keeps them going.
Once you’ve defined some objectives, it’s time to create an action plan. A plan plots your short- and long-term goals on a timeline. A plan should be specific so that you have realistic, but flexible, goals you can attain.
Developing a habit takes practice. For the first few months, you will be stress-testing your plan. Whenever you start a new habit, you are likely to encounter some challenges. When you do encounter a challenge, you will need to figure out a way to work through it.
Some minor changes in lifestyle and philosophy
There are many psychological changes and challenges that occur after metabolic surgery. While the operations do most likely involve some hormonal changes, do not rely on any operation to make you happy or to solve problems at home.