Eating Habits after Weight Loss Surgery
After weight loss surgery, your entire life will be different. There are so many positive and exciting things that happen after bariatric surgery, but only if you make the appropriate changes. By far the most important thing to do after surgery to ensure your success is to change your eating habits. It will be difficult in the beginning because your body is so used to consuming thousands of calories per day. Your strength will be tested as you settle into your new way of life. Changing your eating habits is necessary for the surgery to work. Many people think that the surgery will do all the work for you. They think they can eat what they want and they will continue to lose. That is true in the beginning. You can only eat so much at a time so it is easier to get away with eating bad. However, through time you will be able to eat more and if you have gotten used to eating unhealthy again, it will be extremely difficult for you to stop.
It is critical that you make healthy changes in your life. The surgery is a tool, not a fix all. Your surgeon and nutritionist will have a plan that you must follow if you want to be successful. I encourage you to take a step back and think about the choices that you make. You don’t have to be miserable, but you do need to keep yourself accountable for the things you eat. I personally struggled with this. I was one of those that thought I could get away with eating whatever I wanted after surgery. My eating habits never changed. I was just eating less of the bad choices. I continued to lose for a while, but there did come a point when I stopped. I started to gain weight back because I was tricking the system. I would eat small portions of unhealthy foods, but then an hour or two later I would consume more. The calories just kept adding up throughout the day. I never made the appropriate changes to my eating habits and because of this, I suffered with regain.
Changing your eating habits does not have to be torture. I learned that I responded best when I made small changes at a time. I am now 6 years post op and still struggle with choosing healthier options, but it is getting better. I have found that bariatric products have helped me tremendously. I didn’t know about these options when I first had surgery, but now they have changed my life. I have found so many amazing substitutions for some of my favorite foods. For example, instead of eating chocolate cake, I found a new favorite food called the Chocolate Mug Cake. It is absolutely amazing and I feel like I am not depriving myself. It is low in sugar and high in protein, which is the perfect option for bariatric patients. Finding foods like this has really helped me change my eating habits. I encourage you to check out these options if you are struggling. It is all about balance and creating new, healthier eating habits. Remember why you had this surgery and hold yourself accountable with the foods you eat. Your success depends on how much you put into this weight loss surgery journey. Take the initiative to make these healthy changes and you will be on the path towards a healthier you.
- Kimberly H.