So, you’ve committed to having bariatric surgery. Congratulations! You’ve made an important and wise decision for your long-term health, as long as you are ready for the challenges you will be facing after your weight loss procedure.
Some people may still struggle with their weight after surgery. That may come as a surprise for those just learning about bariatric surgery, but it’s important for anyone considering a weight loss procedure to understand that the surgery is a tool, not a quick fix. A very powerful tool, mind you, but not a guarantee. That said, as long as you have the will, there is a way to long-term weight loss.
The key to success is to enter into the process prepared, with all the knowledge you need. More specifically, if you are aware of some of the common challenges many weight loss patients face, you greatly increase the probability that you will succeed. Let’s take a look at them:
Poor eating habits. Your digestive system may be transformed by your bariatric procedure, but your mental makeup may not be. As the saying goes, old habits die hard. That’s why it’s so important that you address the reasons you eat poorly. This can be done through group meetings with fellow weight loss surgery patients or one-on-one consultations with nutritional and mental health professionals.
Not sticking to follow-up appointments. As we mentioned, long-term success depends on the effort you put into it. Your doctor will set you up on a follow-up schedule, including check-ins with your doctor, but also the aforementioned group meetings and nutritional and psychological support. If you happen to be struggling, you might be tempted to cancel these appointments if you are feeling guilty or insecure about it. Do whatever you can to break through those mental barriers.
Letting early success set you up for failure. That may sound a little odd, maybe even counterintuitive. But it’s common for people to become complacent in the early stages of post-bariatric surgery life, because weight loss often comes swiftly. It may lead to a feeling that this stuff is easy, but it won’t always be. So be prepared to put in the effort when the weight doesn’t come off so easily and when you are at your goal weight maintaining.
What you need to remember is that these are common challenges. So, don’t beat yourself up when you are facing them. Just know that you aren’t alone.
Looking for support during any phase of your bariatric journey? Contact Dr. Bledsoe today!