The Importance of Lifestyle Change after Bariatric Surgery
I’ve been working for Dr. Boyce and Dr. Williams for three years now. But I’ve spent the majority of my life in the world of weight loss through fitness and nutrition. A common theme emerges, whether you are following a specific diet, training with a personal trainer multiple times a week, or pursuing bariatric surgery – if you don’t make permanent lifestyle and eating behavior changes, your success with keeping the weight off is limited. I don’t say this to be a Debbie Downer! But the truth of the matter is – you can lose weight by eating healthier food and less calories; you can lose weight by increasing your physical activity and burning more calories every day; you can lose weight by gaining restriction and malabsorption through bariatric surgery. But the key to keeping the weight off is changing your attitude towards food, how you use food in your every day life, and the types of foods you choose to eat – and making these changes a permanent part of your life. There is no quick fix to weight loss and it does take a lifetime commitment to be successful at keeping the weight off. The good news is – we provide you a team of experts who want nothing more than to see you succeed! We will work to educate you, guide you, support you, and help you in any way possible. Whether you are beginning your weight loss journey, or are years into your journey, know that it is never too late to examine your eating behaviors and start to make changes. Begin with small, simple changes like removing caloric beverages from your diet or cutting out snacks between meals. If you know you are an emotional eater, begin keeping a journal and working on changing your behaviors to break that cycle. Consider seeing a therapist who can help you work through any barriers you may have and provide you with tools for positive change. And if you revert back to old habits, don’t beat yourself up – accept the slip up and continue moving forward towards positive change! You can do this! Just remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Ciara Csanadi House, MS, RD, LDN