Despite what some people might believe; bariatric surgery is not the easy way out when it comes to weight loss. Those who decide to have weight loss surgery are often desperate and see no other way of getting back in control of their weight. Weight loss surgery is something that requires a lot of thought, research and is not to be taken lightly, so it is doubtful that anyone would decide to go under the knife on a whim. Bariatric surgery can certainly help you to lose weight, but you can’t simply expect to come out of the operating room and lose weight rapidly without making changes to your life. If you’re not prepared to embrace change, you can’t expect to lose weight and keep it off.
Indeed, there are those who choose to have bariatric surgery and find they lose weight quickly in the first few months, but then stop listening to the doctor’s advice and fail to follow their diet plan. Consequently, their weight loss grinds to a halt and they may even start to regain the weight they lost. You don’t want to find yourself in such a position if you’ve had a gastric bypass or had a gastric band fitted. It can be demoralizing and once you stop believing in yourself, it is even easier to fall back into your former eating and exercise habits, which will completely undermine your chances of weight-loss success.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, it can help to set yourself miniature goals, as doing this will give you something to focus on. Every time you reach a goal, you could treat yourself to something that isn’t food. You may decide to buy a new outfit or go out somewhere. Ultimately, to increase your chances of weight-loss success you have to change the way you think about food. If you’ve always turned to food for comfort you’re going to have to find another way to deal with your emotions; if you used overeating because you were bored or lonely or because you felt you deserved a ‘treat’ you need to think again.
It helps to be organized and plan your meals. You need to keep portion sizes under control, especially as your stomach will no longer require huge quantities. If you eat too much, you could end up feeling bloated and sick. Overeating will also hamper the progress of your weight loss. You need to avoid eating junk food and make sure the food you do eat is nutritious, especially as you will be eating less. You should eat small meals regularly and avoid snacking, as it is still possible to consume more calories than you burn if you’re not careful.
That is why it is important to make exercise part of your life, as well, since this will enable you to burn extra calories and also tone your body. You need to be patient, although you will probably lose weight quickly at the beginning, the rate at which you lose weight may slow down and you need to stay motivated enough to stick to your new diet and exercise regime.
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