Weight loss surgery is a great way to get a jump start on your health. It is not an easy quick fix, but it can be a great choice for people who have had lifelong weight struggles. The success of the surgery is up to you so you should be prepared for the journey that begins after surgery too. Here are three things you can do if you are getting ready for upcoming weight loss surgery:
Work on your Mental Health
Many people overeat to deal with depression, anxiety, and addiction. These are mental health battles that won't just disappear after weight loss surgery. If you can seek professional help and get to the root of your overeating bariatric surgery has a much better chance of being successful long-term. Just like any addiction, food addiction isn't cured overnight. It will likely be a long journey to finding peace with food and your body. Having a metaphorical toolbox filled with tools to help you on your weight loss journey is a great idea. You can find support groups and people preparing for weight loss surgery just like you!
Start an Exercise Routine
Any kind of physical exercise is great for our health. You may not be able to run as fast or as far as you wish, but everyone has to start somewhere. Weight loss surgery will definitely jump start your weight loss, but your body can build strength and feel better working out. Start a simple routine you can stick to before your surgery and as soon as you are cleared for physical exercise get back to it. You will feel so good watching those pounds fall off. Some patients find that they hit a plateau even when they are eating much smaller portions. Exercise is a great thing to modify to get past that plateau. Exercise is another great tool to add to that toolbox.
Set Realistic Expectations
Your body will go through a lot in the upcoming year. It is very normal to experience a variety of emotions with this huge step you're taking. Remember that weight loss surgery can't teach you to love yourself and start doing the work so you can improve that mindset now. Set realistic expectations for how you will feel with your weight loss and be patient with yourself. It helps to have a support group of family or friends who you can talk to.
Doing these three things can help you get the most out of your weight loss surgery. Start preparing today and make your journey a little easier by making these commitments now!