Without going into the mechanics of how weight gain can happen after bariatric surgery, the bigger question is how did it happen?
Often, it a culmination of little things that can add up over time.
Our Sterling Surgicare bariatric teams in Holmdel and Old Bridge sat down and compiled a list of common ways weight gain, or a slowing of weight loss, can derail your efforts.
Can you relate to any of them?
Do you feel you can eat more at a meal?
Some people think their pouch has stretched out, but real the issue may be the fact that they are not following the bariatric eating plan. Eat the protein first at each meal to feel full faster. If you still feel you can eat more at a meal, make an appointment to come in so we can evaluate your pouch.
Are you slacking off on exercise?
This can be a real deal breaker when it comes to weight loss. Bariatric patients who do not do some type of physical activity may lose weight in the beginning, but often regain if they are not working out regularly.
Are you grazing instead of eating regular set meals and snacks?
Weight loss surgery works when regular bariatric-sized meals and, if needed, snacks are eaten. Meals and snacks have a start and end time. When we graze, we nibble on various foods over a period of time and wind up eating more than we think –leading to weight gain.
Are you drinking enough fluids?
It is critical to stay well hydrated. When you’re thirsty, it’s easier to mistake thirst for hunger and eat instead of drink. Consume at least 64 ounces of calorie-free, caffeine-free fluids daily.
Do you eat and drink at the same time?
The golden rule of WLS is to avoid eating and drinking at the same time. WLS makes your stomach very small and there is no longer enough “room” for both liquids and solid foods. Most people cannot eat and drink at the same time right after surgery, but over time it becomes easier for some to start drinking while they eat.
Has emotional eating snuck back into your life?
First of all, you are not alone. WLS changes the size of your stomach, not your emotional attachment to food.
If you were an emotional eater before WLS, you will be after WLS.
Talk with our Sterling bariatric dietitians to get a fresh set of coping strategies and clearly identify what triggers your emotional eating.
Obesity is a disease and emotional eating is one of its side effects. If you need additional help from a behavioral therapist (psychologist), ask us for a referral.
Your weight loss journey is a team effort – not a solo ride
Remember, substantial weight loss is a journey, not a destination. Sometimes weight gain after bariatric surgery happens, but Dr. Adeyeri and his weight loss team are specially-trained to help get you back on the path to good health.
Don’t ever feel alone in your quest to achieve a healthy weight.
Further, don’t ever be embarrassed to reach out to if you’ve gained a little or a lot of weight.
We’ve all been there.
Call Dr. Adeyeri’s team at (732) 217-3897. We’ll be happy to walk you through our one-on-one weight loss surgery program from start to finish. When you join Sterling, lead by our board-certified team, you become part of our family. Welcome aboard!