Patients lose most of their weight in the first nine months. Typically, patients who lose more weight in the first month will lose more weight over the long term.
Take advantage of this fact and start out strong with the following suggestions:
Stick to your diet
Join a walking group for added accountability to stay active and walk regularly
Find a local bariatric support group to discuss unique experiences, tips and tricks
Motivated patients can continue to lose weight up to two years after surgery, however, the first nine months are when weight loss is usually the easiest to accomplish.
Remember that bariatric surgery is a tool to help you lose weight, but the true success depends on you! Cheating the diet by consuming high-calorie liquids, constantly eating, eating meals over long periods of time or washing foods down with liquids will almost ensure that you lose little to no weight post-procedure.
Beyond the First Year After Surgery
While the first year following bariatric surgery involves many significant life changes, it is important to maintain healthy habits through all of the years and decades to come. By doing so, you will decrease your risk of regaining some or all of the lost weight while enjoying an active, unhindered life. Continuing self-care after achieving significant weight loss plays an integral role in long-term wellness. Remember, you are worth it!