The simple truth is that losing weight is no easy feat. Weight loss means reversing years of weight gain, and often trying to do so in a short amount of time. It’s important to remember that weight loss doesn’t happen overnight, even with the help of a surgical procedure. People who are successful in maintaining long-term weight loss are those who have fully committed to a new, healthier lifestyle.
Bariatric surgery is a tool that can set you on the right path toward achieving your weight loss goals, but it is just one piece of the puzzle. Here are five tips to help you commit to a weight loss program and find motivation to lose weight.
Stop making excuses and putting off change for another day. Whether you are considering weight loss surgery for the first time or already have your procedure booked, now is the time to begin making the lifestyle changes that you’ll need to continue after bariatric surgery.
Work with your doctor to develop S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and trackable) goals. Remember, the weight loss journey looks different for every individual, so be careful not to compare your process and success to that of others. Stay focused on your goal and take the day-to-day steps necessary to achieve your weight loss goal.
Bariatric patients should adhere to a high-protein and low-carb post-op diet. Your weight loss doctor can recommend a nutritionist or registered dietitian who can discuss your weight loss diet with you and offer tips to help you stay on track.
Weight loss and fitness go hand in hand. Even if you can only find time for 10 minutes of exercise here and there, aim for at least 30 minutes per day of moderately intense exercise. You’ll find that you lose weight more quickly with exercise. Staying committed to physical fitness can also help you push through any weight loss plateaus you may experience on your journey.
Accountability and support from those around you is essential to maintaining the motivation to lose weight. In addition to close friends and family, ask your doctor about weight loss support groups specifically designed for people who are trying to lose weight through bariatric surgery and other weight loss programs.
Most importantly, remember that you’re not in this alone. Your First Baptist weight loss center staff is ready and able to ensure you’ll be successful in achieving your health and weight loss goals after bariatric surgery.