Here at Motivation, how to avoid weight gain after bariatric surgery is an emotional issue.
Despite all hopes and dreams, weight gain can recur after bariatric surgery.
Weight gain varies in both the time required and the amount of weight gain.
There are two main reasons for this:
- The underlying reasons for overeating in the first place have not been fully addressed and addressed. With motivation, we call it that WHY. If the underlying reasons were addressed, there would be no significant weight gain.
- As a direct result of not addressing the WHY, old eating habits are creeping back in and this can be one or more of the following:
- Binge eating
- Eat between main meals
- Out of control food
- Eating fast food / processed foods
To avoid gaining weight after bariatric surgery, read these 7 healthy living principles. First, pick one and just add the others over the days that follow. Drinking water is such a simple habit – maybe this is your starting point to get started.
- Chew your food thoroughly and more slowly: We always say it, but now it matters more than ever. Also, don't be afraid to have a snack in between – just choose your snacks wisely (ideally, they should be a source of lean protein or vegetables / fruits with protein).
- Use smaller plates: If you haven't switched to a smaller plate yet, try now for an incredibly effective way to shrink your portions.
- Eat protein with every meal: Here, too, we are like a broken record, but that is really crucial. We need protein to build and repair muscles, skin, and other body tissues.
- Store unhealthy food out of sight:Your wife, husband, partner, or children may still insist that there be chocolates and "goodies" in the house, but they are not for you. Have alternatives ready for your own "enjoyment": protein bars, homemade protein balls, a small bag of popcorn or a few squares with 80% dark chocolate every now and then.
- Drink water regularly: Drink throughout the day as hydration is an important part of your body's metabolic process, but dehydration can also often be mistaken for hunger. Try to limit your intake of sugary, high-calorie beverages and stick to water instead.
- Stock up on fiber:You'll likely be spending more time on your bed or couch than usual, so make sure you stock the kitchen with healthy, high-fiber foods like plenty of vegetables (carrots and hummus are a great snack option), olives, nuts (especially walnuts and almonds ), Chickpeas, lentils and beans (ideal for making soups or dhals).
- Try to keep moving: Even if it's only on foot, try to take a few steps every day. Take a look at our practical hiking guide here.
However, if you feel that you need more structured support, please contact us and book your private individual assessment now. Our core competency is addressing the underlying habits and behaviors that underlie your overeating. Sort out the habits and behaviors and you are on your way to long-term, sustainable weight management.