Getting the weight off and keeping it off takes more than just having bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgery, coupled with improved nutrition, exercise and behavior modification, can lead to a better you. Your mind and spirit play a big role in weight management.
It’s important to know that your emotions can trigger eating.
Now is the time to develop new, healthier habits.
Here are some tips:
- Self-monitor what you’re doing. Keep track of what you eat and drink and how much physical activity you get. This will help increase self-awareness of your behavior.
- Increase your physical activity. Find joy in learning new activities.
- Learn to see food as a positive aspect of your life. You’re no longer eating just to be full or to help you feel better after a tough day. You’re eating to reap the benefits of fueling your body.
- Set realistic goals. Don’t expect to drop too much weight too quickly.
- Consider joining a support group or going to therapy to help deal with your new lifestyle.
- Keep your mind busy, eating typically happens due to boredom.
- Stop watching TV! Food commercials are designed to trigger your hunger centers even when you are not hungry. While watching TV, fast forward through the commercials.
- Remember that you are no longer living to eat. You are now eating to live!