Bad Days after Bariatric Surgery

February 8, 2016

We will undoubtedly have bad days after bariatric surgery. It is how we react to those bad days, however, that separates the most successful of us from those who will struggle to reach their weight loss goals. Bariatric surgery is not a magic bullet that cures obesity with no further effort. Rather, it is a tool to help patients achieve their maximum weight loss potential. Ultimately, it’s up to the patient to change their lifestyle after surgery, through diet, exercise and ongoing support from peers and family members.

Accepting that you will have bad days is very important. Before surgery, you will have set expectations — usually very lofty ones. However, after surgery, these expectations must be tempered based on your body’s unique functioning and metabolism. So what do you do when you have a bad day? Once you understand that you will have bad days it is important to try to compartmentalize those feelings and move on. Don’t dwell on the failures of the day before. Rather, think about the prospects for success in the future. Doing this will help you avoid discouragement and keep you on track.

Further, you may quickly figure out what triggers a bad day. It may be stress at work or an ongoing problem. Knowing that a difficult situation is on the horizon can allow you to prepare through stress-busting activities such as exercise, yoga meditation or prayer – whatever calms your nerves.

If you feel like you just can’t shake a bad, speak to one of your support group partners, a family member or friends, or call our office and explain your situation. Opening up to others about a bad day is a great way to get encouragement between support groups and to get back on track quickly. No matter how you react to your bad day, remember to say positive. You know you have it in you to lose weight, so don’t allow yourself to derail the great progress you’ve made and slow the success you’re destined to have.