Question: I’m not happy with what my expected goal weight would be. How do I maximize the weight loss after bariatric surgery?
Our US-RD says:
Remember that the expected weight loss after surgery is just an average. Obviously eating a variety of healthy foods and being active are the key to maximizing effects of surgery. However, in my personal experience most patients have a very good understanding of the food and exercise component. It is in other, more personal areas where they struggle.
Recognizing areas that have been difficult for you to change in the past with in regards to eating healthy and exercise before surgery and continuing to work on those areas after surgery is a great way to try and maximize the effects of surgery. It is important to remember that surgery is just one tool to help you get healthy.
1) Start by focusing on eating healthy and managing “bad habits” (habits like eating on the run, or in front of the television, or waiting too long between meals/snacks, or not planning ahead, etc). Pick 1-2 areas where you know you work and focus on making those changes initially.
2) Think about personal issues that have made following a diet and getting healthy in the past difficult. Examples of this may be that you didn’t have support from your family, or maybe you have struggled with emotional eating. These are areas that are not fixed by surgery and ALMOST ALWAYS come up again and again if you avoid working on them.