What if I Gain Weight After Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight fluctuations happen all the time. Whether it’s from a growth spurt, hormonal shift, or a few too many holiday treats, gaining and losing weight is pretty common—but what if you’ve already had weight loss surgery or other weight loss procedures to help with obesity, and the weight is coming back? No need to panic! We have 5 tips to help you get back on track.
5 Tips to Help You Watch Your Weight After Surgery
- Keep a Journal: This may seem really basic, but it can be incredibly insightful and is a helpful resource for both you and your doctor to reference after your surgical weight loss. Use your journal to not just keep track of foods you’re eating, but any complications you’re having, such as mood swings, headaches, or allergies.You may find that changes to your diet have increased inflammation, or that you tend to crave certain foods. You may also see a correlation between an increase in weight and new habits you’ve created after your weight reduction surgery.
- See Your Doctor: You may be embarrassed to see the person who performed your surgical weight loss, but they know better than anyone what to do about it. They will ask different types of questions regarding your eating and exercise habits (here’s where your journal comes in handy!), and will delve into the emotional and psychological answers as well. Gaining weight is usually a combination of habits and genetics, so determining what yours is resulting from is key. These questions aren’t to shame you, at all—your doctor needs to know if the weight gain is due to lifestyle changes, physiological or anatomical changes.
- Have a support group: While your doctors will always be your number-one resource, they aren’t exactly the best option when you’re suffering from heartburn at midnight, or need reassurance that you’re doing great on a daily basis. This is where a support group comes in. Look for people who have gone through the same thing you have—bariatric weight loss surgery or other weight loss surgery—and who know firsthand the struggles and triumphs that go along with it.Having an accessible network is key to success with many things in life, and weight loss is no different. Having friends that can hold you accountable or answer questions you have when your doctor is not around can be crucial for success. It is easy to feel isolated from spouses and friends when your experience is so personal. Reach out, and avoid falling into the emotional pit trap of binging and other disorders. You’re not alone!
- Make your health a priority: It may seem just as cliché as keeping a journal, but seriously putting your health at the forefront of your journey can go a long way in assuring you don’t gain weight or have other health complications. Stay in regular contact with your doctor, nutritionist or dietician, personal trainer, and every other resource that can monitor your health.This also means creating new habits, like working out regularly and eating well. These aren’t just about maintaining a weight; making your physical health a priority after weight loss surgery is about longevity. Better habits now can help stave off bigger health complications down the road.
- Avoid triggers: This may be one of the biggest tips we can give. If watching football makes you crave a beer and pizza, don’t watch it. If certain people give you anxiety and cause you to binge on sweets, don’t see those people. If coworkers always go out for drinks on Fridays, leave work early to avoid being invited. If people push things on you, have a set list of excuses you can easily say to get out of it. Having weight loss surgery and losing a lot of weight is major—don’t get derailed by old habits and friends who don’t promote your success!
If you’ve gained weight after having bariatric weight loss surgery, a gastric sleeve, or another weight loss surgery option, reach out! The experts at Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic want to help you be your best self. Call them today at 281-888-7767 to schedule an appointment!
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, posts, or videos. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.