How Nurturing Your Inner Well-Being Promotes Successful Bariatric Weight Loss

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD FASMBS, Medical Director, Institute for Weight Loss

Your bariatric journey is not solely about changing your external appearance and strengthening your holistic health. It is essential to include your emotional health and well-being before, during and after you reach your goal weight.

Let’s talk about some simple yet powerful mind-body practices that calm stress and strengthen your resolve in challenging times. I will also explain why paying attention to your inner well-being is another secret weapon for your new lifestyle:

Stress Management


Did you know that stress can sabotage your weight loss efforts? When we’re stressed, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol, which can lead to increased cravings for unhealthy foods and weight gain.

By managing stress effectively, you can keep cortisol levels in check and maintain a positive mindset towards your weight loss goals. Try incorporating stress-reducing activities into your daily routine, such as deep breathing exercises, taking short walks, or practicing mindfulness.



Meditation has been clinically proven to be beneficial for better mental and physical health by lowering stress levels, improving sleep quality, and even boosting self-esteem—all of which are essential for staying on track with your weight loss journey. Find a quiet space, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Listen to a meditation on YouTube or using a mind-body app. Find a local meditation group where you can attend an in-person experience that may also include aromatherapy.



Have you ever noticed how certain scents can instantly uplift your mood? That’s the power of aromatherapy. Lavender, chamomile, and citrus scents are known for their calming and stress-relieving properties. Consider incorporating essential oils or scented candles into your daily routine to create a soothing atmosphere at home. During stressful times, aromatherapy can help refocus your energy, offset tension and promote relaxation—an ideal complement to your weight loss efforts.

Remember, taking care of your inner well-being is just as important as following your bariatric nutrition plan and staying active. By incorporating stress management techniques, meditation, and a dose of aromatherapy into your routine, you’ll not only feel better mentally but also stay focused and motivated toward achieving your weight loss goals and your life goals.

If you’d like to meet with Dr. Adeyeri and determine if surgical weight loss is for you (and what procedure would help meet your health and weight loss goals, call our practice manager, Natasha, at 732-217-3897 who will be happy to schedule a prompt appointment and confirm your medical insurance coverage, if applicable.