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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeries

When trying to manage our weight and improve our eating, exercise and lifestyle routines, it's easy to lose sight of the need for personal help. Compared to eating the right amount of carbohydrate, joining a forum and getting support can be seen as rather trivial. Truth is, it's crucial!

Weight Loss Help

Gastric Reduction Surgery is No Guarantee of Weight Reduction

Bariatric surgery offers patients the opportunity to change their eating habits and general lifestyle, and thus achieve their weight loss goals. But it's no easy option. After a gastric bypass operation you need to follow a very strict diet plan for several months, begin a lifelong program of nutritional supplementation, and then monitor your eating habits for ever. And the temptation to overeat, or indulge in high-calorie foods, won't disappear unless you have the personal motivation to change your relationship with food and exercise. In short, bariatric operations alter the way you digest food, not how you think. This is why many bariatric patients cheat and end up gaining weight.

You Need Help To Lose Weight

Research indicates that post-operative support makes a significant difference between success and failure for bariatric patients. The point is, while conventional weight loss diets can be started and stopped whenever you choose, gastric bypass is for life. Even gastric banding, while reversible, is not a short term solution for obesity. So you need to ask yourself: how you are going to manage your long-term eating and exercise routines after surgery? How will you cope socially? Will your family support your new diet regimen? Have you thought about how you are going to overcome the usual temptation to overeat? Are you willing to learn about nutrition and healthy meal plans? It's true that a good bariatric clinic usually offers patient support through meetings or online services, but you need to USE these resources and take full advantage of the help offered.

Dieting and Exercise Forums Can Help Weight Management

For peer-support to lose weight, you can't beat a good weight loss forum. Being able to discuss how to adjust your lifestyle in order to cope with your gastric bypass diet, with other bariatric patients or other obese individuals, can be extremely helpful. If you can get help from a nutritionist or dietitian on the forum, so much the better. Furthermore, an active forum is likely to include overweight members of all weights, age groups and population groups, so no matter what your circumstances you are likely to find a weight loss buddy or exercise partner to make calorie control a bit easier. Weight loss planning is also easier if you join a forum. Many forums allow you to maintain a food journal or exercise log, so you can manage your meal planning and record your weight loss progress. If you open your diet journal to other members of the forum, they can post encouraging messages of support to help you overcome problems. Ideally, search for an online bariatric forum designed specifically for people who have had stomach bypass or lap band surgery. Failing this, it's worth joining a diet program which includes membership of a forum. One possibility is the forum run by the nutritionist Anne Collins for members of her weight management program.

Further Help To Control Your Eating Habits

If you need extra professional help to control your eating habits and prevent weight gain, don't be alarmed - you are not alone. Thousands of others who have undergone weight loss surgery have the same problem. It can be caused by many things, including emotional difficulties which are often the root cause for severe clinical obesity in the first place. We have heard from several bariatric patients who developed super-obesity due to emotional trauma in their youth, and who - despite having a successful roux-en-y bypass - are still having problems with food control. The point is, such difficulties don't disappear just because you have an operation on your stomach and duodenum. They often need professional attention. For example, it may be worth your while to get counseling to relieve an emotional anxiety, or help you with a non specific eating disorder. Talk to your doctor and get personal advice.

Bariatric Surgery

Laparoscopic or open bariatric surgery, such as gastric banding or bypass is not an easy solution to morbid obesity and weight loss. It is a serious surgical procedure, involving health risks. To produce lasting weight loss it requires a long-term patient commitment to eating a healthy diet and following a regular program of physical exercise. Life-long use of nutritional supplements may also be necessary. So, before deciding, discuss your options fully with your doctor. © 2003-2017 Bariatric-Surgery.Info - Terms - Contact - Information - Resources