Bariatric surgery is a treatment option more and more people are considering or undertaking as the obesity epidemic continues to grow. Most patients do see significant weight loss after bariatric surgery.
However, long-term weight loss and preventing weight gain as time goes by can be a struggle.
The steps below can help you maintain your weight loss and improve your overall health.
1. Emotional Support is Key
It’s very hard to undertake a weight-loss journey alone. Emotions play a big role for many people struggling to lose weight and there is no question that your emotions affect your eating habits.
A support group offers you information, a cheer-leading section, and a chance to talk through what you’re feeling with others who have been there.
Nearly everyone who has had bariatric surgery and kept the weight off gives credit to a support group for at least part of their success.
2. You Need a Team
In addition to the support you can get from others who have had bariatric surgery, you need a team of health care experts. Find a therapist who specializes in emotional eating.
Work with a dietitian or nutritionist who can teach you the tools you need for success and advise you about food quality and nutrition.
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