After weight loss surgery, most patients begin losing weight at a very rapid pace. Whether you choose the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or change your lap band to another bariatric solution, your body is going to change inside and out.
I’ve outlined some of the key changes which should occur during your transition to a healthy weight and lifestyle:
1) Food will not rule your life
Once obesity sets in, life is about food, first and foremost. But after bariatric surgery, you’ll see that food isn’t really your ‘best friend.’ It just keeps you alive, nothing more. Get ready to say goodbye to the constant worry about your next snack, next meal or which drive-through you’re going to visit.
Going forward, you will learn that food gives your mind and body fuel to perform at its highest level possible. Food is not a crutch or a protector from the challenges of daily life.
2) You’re going to feel so much better
Preparation is the number one key to weight loss success. Before surgery, you’ll start the process of changing what you eat. Go ahead and dump the junk food, the sugar products and empty carbs. You don’t need them, nor does your family. After about a week, don’t you notice a difference already?
Read articles, blogs, magazines and books about healthy living. Prepare your body and your mind to make changes toward living a healthier lifestyle. By utilizing all of the resources from our Prime Surgicare Bariatric Program, you will have many levels of support and education available to you.
3) You are not alone in this journey
Through our monthly support group meetings, you are going to meet people at all stages of the bariatric process. You will learn how to live a healthier life and how to overcome obstacles. There is strength in numbers and our support group meetings often exceed 50 participants.
4) Only you can change your mindset about food, exercise and weight
The struggle against obesity is not just physical. It’s also mental and emotional. Having the courage and dedication to have weight loss surgery is a strong statement about your regard for your value and self-worth. The battle against obesity is complicated; if you feel you need psychological counseling services, we’ll be happy to provide you with recommendations based upon our patients’ feedback.
5) You will be amazed that you actually like to exercise
Once you are eating solid foods again, you can incorporate exercise into your routine, in most cases. Many patients enthusiastically report that weight loss surgery gave them a new chance to reap the benefits from working out. Do you like hiking? Swimming? Yoga? Zumba? Group exercise? After surgery, you get to call the shots. Reclaim your body, reclaim your health, and start a journey that leads to an active, healthy lifestyle. Find activities that you enjoy — start with walking around the neighborhood, walking on a treadmill while you watch your favorite TV show, or play ball with your kids (they will be elated, I assure you).
The battle against the disease of obesity is often in the mind. When you see the physical changes happening, your mental outlook will improve as well.
Seize that momentum and go after your goals with everything you’ve got.
Prime Surgicare is Ready to Help
Have questions about your bariatric weight loss journey? Dr. Sowemimo, Dr. Togbe and our entire Prime Surgicare team are just a call (732-982-2002); email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or social media post away, ready to help!
About Dr. Seun Sowemimo, MD, FACS
Dr. Seun is a top NJ bariatric surgeon and the medical director at Prime Surgicare, with offices in Freehold serving Monmouth and Ocean counties. He is board-certified, Columbia and Yale University fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgery.
To learn more, visit his YouTube channel or call Prime Surgicare at (732)-982-2002.