It’s never an easy decision to have bariatric weight loss surgery. Though the majority of patients say that having the surgery improved their health and made them feel better about themselves, the lifestyle changes that come as a result can often be difficult to navigate and can cause serious strains in relationships if the people involved aren’t prepared for the changes.
If someone you know is about to have bariatric weight loss surgery or has already undergone the procedure, here’s how you can help them adjust to their new life.
Listen to Them
Everyone’s weight loss journey is different, and everyone reacts to the changes and challenges differently. The one thing that everyone who undergoes bariatric weight loss surgery has in common, however, is that they will need encouragement to adjust to their new lifestyle. The best way the people who love them can help them is to offer that support by listening to what they have to say and offering encouragement in response without condescending or lecturing them about the “right” way to adjust.
Participate in Their Weight Loss Program
Sticking with a weight loss regimen is much easier when someone else is doing it with you. There’s nothing more difficult than trying to change your lifestyle while everyone around you sticks with their old habits, and having other people join you in your new dietary or exercise plans offers extra encouragement that can help people stick with it.
Be Prepared for Changes
While bariatric surgery is almost always a positive development in peoples’ lives, the dramatic changes it leads to can put a strain on their relationships. Many people are surprised to learn that the divorce rate for bariatric surgery patients is high, to the point that some advice websites list it as a possible side effect of the procedure.
The changes in weight and lifestyle that result from having bariatric surgery can put a strain on any marriage or relationship, from the stress of changing eating and exercise habits to the alienation people feel when their partner undergoes a massive physical and personal change.
The good news, however, is that couples who are prepared for these changes and who are committed to adjusting to them often find their relationships become even more loving and healthy on the other side.
Want to learn more about bariatric weight loss surgery, and how you can help a loved one who is considering the procedure? 1 st Choice Weight Loss’ staff are experts in all things related to weight loss surgery and can help patients and their friends and family prepare for the changes that come after such a procedure. For more information, contact us today at 281-888-7767.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, post, or video. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.