One of the biggest fears of patients who have had weight loss surgery is weight regain. Bariatric surgery certainly has its benefits. The good news about weight loss surgery is that most patients can maintain a healthy enough weight to improve chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. However, it is important that patients keep in mind that obesity is a chronic disease that is not cured by surgery. Surgery provides a powerful tool for significant weight-loss, but without proper care, “the tool” can lose its effectiveness, leading to weight regain. To maintain the benefits of weight loss following bariatric surgery, it’s critical that patients adapt their diet in a way that promotes weight management.
Weight gain after bariatric surgery usually occurs between 12 and 18 months after surgery. It can be caused by a few different things: a medical issue, an anatomical problem, or (most often) a behavioral change, such as returning to former habits.
Unfortunately, more calories are required at a heavier weight than they are after you lose weight. That means, for example if someone consumes the same amount of calories at 175 pounds that they did at 350 pounds pre-surgery, they will likely gain weight.
Our practice helps patients learn about weight management after bariatric surgery. It includes learning about the nutrients that promote satiety (or fullness for the longest amount of time). We also help medical weight loss patients identify the triggers that cause them to fall back into old eating habits, like binge eating, eating past the point of fullness, improper hunger signals, and excessive fast food consumption. These are all lifestyle habits that we can help you recognize and reverse.
Obesity is a multifaceted condition and having a weight management team on your side after surgery makes all the difference in keeping you on track. Bariatric surgery is not a permanent solution to obesity, but a tool for losing weight. Take control of your success by scheduling an appointment with our Medical Weight Loss experts in Northern Utah.