If this is the year that you’ve decided to make a lifestyle change and lose weight through bariatric surgery, congratulations! This is a big step and something that requires dedication. Once you’ve had surgery, the hard part begins: following through with new eating habits and keeping promises to yourself to look better and feel better. Keeping the weight off can be achieved and you can do it by living by some simple rules. Here are five rules to help you keep the weight off, for good.
Have a Strong Support System
Staying in touch with your surgeon and nutritional team will help keep you accountable and on track. In addition, finding a great bariatric support group will provide you with a community of people who have been through the same experience. Find a friend to be your accountability partner, or even better, your workout or grocery shopping partner.
If you set unrealistic goals for yourself, you are more likely to break them. So, instead of saying that you will never touch another piece of chocolate or another fast food hamburger again, be realistic and set a goal that is manageable. Set goals you’re excited to meet so you’re not continually frustrated at having setbacks.
Don’t keep your weight loss goals to yourself. Share your endeavors with friends and family. This will give you the opportunity to engage with a natural support system that will keep you on track.
Have you been staying on track, working out, and eating well? Reward yourself. Treat yourself to something you enjoy. Whether it’s a movie with a friend or a trip to the salon, reward yourself for your hard work with something that makes you happy.
To maintain weight loss, you must be physically active. Walking is a great way to get the blood pumping and walking 30 minutes a day is a great way to get your physical activity in. It’s ok to break it up into smaller chunks as long as you are engaging in aerobic activity on a regular basis.
Remember that you aren’t perfect and on occasion, it’s ok to make mistakes in your journey to keep the extra weight off. It’s okay and you shouldn’t beat yourself up about it or obsess about the mistake. Focus on taking each day one step at a time and be patient. You’ve made it this far and if you are persistent, the payoff will be well worth it.
Interested in learning more about bariatric procedures? Contact our team at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery! We are here to support you through the entire process, from pre to post-op, and beyond.