Making a life-changing decision to have weight loss surgery will put you on the road to living a healthier, more active lifestyle. Surgery can be a big decision, but making small changes – whether it’s adjusting your diet or your mental outlook – is important to your success. Weight loss surgery requires a lot of change and for many people, it can be challenging to switch to a new way of living and eating. Despite being difficult, these efforts can help so much – to guide you, here are some ways to get into the right frame of mind.
Tip #1: Surround yourself with support
Having a solid support group of family, friends, and other people that have gone through weight loss surgery is very beneficial. Don’t hesitate to ask them directly for their encouragement, especially if you are going through some days or weeks that seem lonely or hard. Share your progress with these people and have them celebrate with you when you meet a dietary or weight loss goal. Having the right support will help you better succeed in the long run.
Tip #2: Educate yourself
Educate yourself on what to expect before, during, and after your surgical procedure. If you are prepared on what to expect, you’ll set yourself up for success. Read about other patient’s experiences, talk in detail with your doctor. Then, once you’ve had the surgery, keep in contact with your surgical team and your weight loss support team to allow them to support you each step of the way.
Tip #3: Take baby steps
It’s easy to think that you can tackle this new lifestyle and “the new you” with ease. But in fact, your body has gone through a big change. So, take things slowly. Be patient with yourself and don’t take on your new changes too quickly. For example, if you have struggled with eating junk food your whole life, you will be forced to cut that out of your new diet after weight loss surgery. To help with this change, talk to your doctor, support group, or counselor to get tips on how to readjust your thinking to crave healthy foods as opposed to junk foods. If you choose to use weight loss surgery as a tool to help put you on your pathway to healthy living rather than a “one all, fix all” solution, you will have a greater chance at success.
Our team at Weight Wise is experienced in working with individuals that have recently underwent weight loss surgery. We can help provide support and give you tools to make your new life a huge success. Contact us today for more information.