Strategies for Weight Loss Success

Strategies for SuccessThough bariatric surgery is a valuable tool, it is only the beginning of your journey. To reach your goals and maintain a strong, healthy body, you’ll need to stay focused on your new habits for the rest of your life.

This final section of our guide will walk you through strategies that will help you achieve long-term success. From allies who aid in your initial weight loss to habits that make weight maintenance easier, these strategies will continue to be assets for years after your operation.

Developing Your Weight Loss Surgery Support System

Weight loss surgery will be the beginning of many changes, which will be much easier to make with encouragement and emotional support. Your support system can be comprised of friends, family members and bariatric surgery support groups, but you will also need to do your best to avoid people who have a negative influence on your progress.

Eating and Exercise Cues

Factors both external and internal can influence our commitments to healthy eating and exercise. Social, psychological and environmental cues can all have an impact on the way you behave after weight loss surgery. Learning to manage and anticipate them will help you stay focused and successful.

Maintaining Your Weight Loss

Even if you lose a significant amount of excess weight, you will only be able to maintain it by staying focused on the new lifestyle you’ve adopted. By staying motivated, committed, accountable and realistic, you can help yourself keep off the pounds you lose.

Avoiding Complications after Weight Loss Surgery

Because of the anatomical changes of bariatric surgery, you will need to be careful of how and what you eat after your operation. Closely following our instructions will help you avoid potential health problems.

Coping with Weight Regain after Surgery

The journey to your goal weight may be filled with ups and downs. Regaining weight after bariatric surgery can be frustrating, but it can also be a sign that your devotion to a healthy lifestyle has slipped. Recommitting yourself to diet, exercise and your support system can help you stay on the right track.

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