As a bariatric patient, you may already know that the key to sustainable weight loss is your commitment to lifestyle changes (i.e. diet and exercise). This is easier said than done, especially for those who have a completely different lifestyle.
It is for this reason why our bariatric team at New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, highly recommends our patients join a bariatric support group. Studies have shown that regular attendance to a support group increases one’s chance of succeeding in both short- and long-term goals.
The Benefits of Joining a Support Group
The following are some of the benefits of joining a bariatric support group:
With so much information available everywhere, it can sometimes get confusing which ones are true and/or applicable to you and which ones are just ‘false’ information.
In a support group, you get to learn from each other’s experiences. You will learn from people who have been in your situation or are currently in your situation.
From time to time, certified professionals are invited to talk about vital elements in your weight loss journey. This person can be a nutritionist, exercise specialist, or psychologist which may help you sort through the different emotions you’re going through.
You can only do so much on your own. This makes support groups important especially for someone who is going through significant lifestyle changes.
Stories of others can inspire you to stay or get back on track (if you lose track of your goals). It’s a great venue for staying accountable for your actions.
Your family and friends may have expressed their support for you, but they would never fully understand what you’re going through unless they’re bariatric patients themselves.
A bariatric support group provides you with a safe place to share your struggles and triumphs. They know exactly what you’re talking about and what you’re going through so it takes away the frustration from having to explain it in detail.
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery patients can attend monthly in-person support groups held by bariatric staff at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. They can answer many of your questions and provide helpful tips. Support Groups meet at 5:30 pm on the 3rd and 4th Monday of each month. Registration is required. Please call (865) 374-PARK (7275) to reserve your spot!
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, TN. New Life partners with the Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery, a member of Covenant Health.