Have you had bariatric surgery and are disappointed that you've started to gain back the weight you lost? Have you had lap band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery and not lost as much weight as you had hoped? Don't give up hope! You can still live the dream you had and lose weight with your weight loss surgery. You can get back on the track to weight loss if you follow these tips.
Many people go into bariatric surgery thinking that the surgery will solve all of their weight problems and allow them to eat whatever they want for the rest of their life without worrying about gaining back the weight. The surgery will do all the work for you, right? Wrong.
Right Weigh and Dr. Shina have been working with bariatric patients since 1997. We've worked with hundreds of patients who struggle with the physical and emotional effects of weight loss and weight regain. We inform our patients beforehand that bariatric procedures like gastric bypass, lap band and gastric sleeve are good tools for kickstarting and maintaining a new weight loss regimen. Weight loss surgery does not "cure" obesity. As you were warned before your bariatric surgery, if surgery is the only tool in your weight loss toolbox, you may not get the results you can or want to achieve. Every workman needs a variety of tools to build a successful, healthy, thin lifestyle, but successful long term weight loss involves behavioral modification and (hate to say it) a lot of hard work and self control.
Gaining weight back after a gastric bypass or lap band surgery can be disappointing and frustrating, but don't give up hope and resign yourself to a lifestyle you don't want to live. Follow these tips to get back on track after weight loss surgery.
Drink More Water! Eating when your body is really just thirsty is one of the silliest reasons to gain weight. Next time you feel hungry and are tempted to grab unhealthy junk food, drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes. You will be surprised how often taking a breather or a trip to the water cooler will kill your cravings and keep you on the path to weight loss!
Meal Replacement Shakes Meal replacement shakes (MRS) are a good way to cut the calories but still get your blood sugar up during the middle of the day. Substituting a shake for lunch instead of takeout or fast food will definitely get you back on track to weight loss. Meal replacement shakes like OptiFast and MediFast are fortified with vitamins and minerals that many people don't get enough of in their daily diets.
Exercise more So often people view weight loss and being thin with an all or nothing mentality. If you're trying to get back on the track to weight loss after a gastric bypass or lap band surgery, get back on the track, literally! Start slow. Before even worrying about changing your eating habits and diet, just make yourself get a few minutes of exercise a day and slowly work your way up. It's amazing how just making yourself make a few healthy changes in your daily routine can motivate you to change your whole mental and emotional approach to weight loss.
Follow a Plan and Stick to It So much of successful long term weight loss comes back to your mental outlook and self control. If you have made the decision that you want to get back on track to weight loss after gastric bypass surgery, stick to your plan and make yourself do it! Every successful patient has a unique approach to losing weight. American Idol star Jennifer Hudson lost weight with the weight loss program Weight Watchers and kept it off, others prefer prefer Jenny Craig or a gym membership to take the pounds back off. Everyone's unique, but all of them have one thing in common: determination. Will power is the best tool you can have in your weight loss toolbox when it comes to long term weight loss and maintenance.
Feeling down because you've gained weight back after bariatric surgery? Let us help you get back on track starting today! Once you had bariatric surgery--including gastric bypass, lap band,or gastric sleeve surgery--you probably hoped your weight control problems were over, didn't you?
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