Bariatric Journey Bumps:
Embarking on a bariatric journey is a courageous decision that can bring significant positive changes to one’s life. However, it’s normal to face challenges along the way, such as weight regain. If you’ve experienced this setback, know that you’re not alone. In this supportive blog, we’ll explore practical and compassionate strategies to help you reclaim control of your health and get back on track after bariatric surgery.
Weight regain after bariatric surgery can be disheartening, but it’s essential to remember that it can occur, especially during challenging life circumstances such as job changes, loss of loved ones, or divorce. Rather than being self-critical, acknowledge that life’s ups and downs can impact our routines and eating habits. Be gentle with yourself and focus on finding a positive way forward.
When facing weight regain, seeking support is crucial. Reach out to your bariatric support group, friends, or family members who can offer understanding and encouragement. Additionally, reconnect with your bariatric nutritionist to discuss your challenges openly. They can provide valuable insights, adjustments to your dietary plan, and offer non-judgmental guidance to help you regain focus.
Take time to reflect on the lifestyle habits that might have contributed to the weight regain. Have there been changes in your eating patterns, physical activity, or stress management? Identifying triggers and patterns will empower you to make necessary adjustments to support your weight loss goals.
Avoid restrictive diets or fad weight loss approaches. Instead, focus on consuming a balanced diet rich in nutrient-dense foods. Portion control, mindful eating, and regular meal planning can help you make healthier choices and avoid impulsive eating during stressful times.
Exercise is not only essential for weight management but also for overall well-being. Engage in physical activities you enjoy, whether it’s walking, swimming, dancing, or yoga. Aim for consistency rather than intensity, and remember that every small step counts.
Life’s challenges can trigger emotional eating or disordered eating habits. Prioritize self-care and stress management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or spending time in nature. Reach out to a therapist or counselor if you find that emotional struggles are impacting your eating habits.
Experiencing weight regain after bariatric surgery is not a failure; it’s an opportunity to refocus and make positive changes. Remember, you have a strong support system and professional guidance available. Embrace a compassionate mindset, adopt healthier habits, and take small steps towards reclaiming your health and well-being. You can do this!
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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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