Article By: Whittany Gibson, RDN
Whittany is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in bariatric nutrition counseling, and owner of Level Up Bariatrics, LLC, a bariatric lifestyle coaching program that provides pre and post-op support for weight loss surgery patients. Learn more on Instagram (@level_up_bariatrics).
Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix but rather a tool that can help you achieve your goals for a healthier life. As a bariatric lifestyle coach, I have witnessed firsthand how patients can thrive post-surgery if they focus on the right priorities. The new year is here, so it is time to start thinking about what you want to achieve in 2024. In this blog post, I will share the top three priorities this upcoming year to enjoy long-term success after bariatric surgery.
1) Invest in your mental health. Weight loss surgery patients often focus on the physical aspects of their health and wellness journey, but it's important not to neglect the mental side of things. Losing a significant amount of weight can be a daunting and emotional experience. It's not uncommon for patients to struggle with body image issues, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges along the way. That's why it's essential to prioritize your mental health in 2024. This may involve seeking out the support of a mental health professional, joining a support group, or simply setting aside time each day for self-reflection and mindfulness practices.
2) Practice consistency. One of the most important things to prioritize in 2024 is consistency. Losing weight after bariatric surgery requires a lifestyle change, and your changes must be consistent over time. This means maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet, being physically active, sticking to a regular sleep schedule by adopting routines, and taking care of your mental health. It can be challenging to stay consistent, but it is worth it in the long run. Start small by setting achievable weekly goals, and reward yourself appropriately for meeting those goals.
3) Use a support system. Finally, prioritize support in 2024. All bariatric surgery patients need support — it is crucial for success. Find a support system that works for you, whether that’s joining a support group, hiring a bariatric lifestyle coach, or finding an accountability partner. Having someone to share your goals and setbacks with, cheer you on, and provide helpful feedback when needed is essential. Support will help you stay motivated when times get tough and provide a healthy environment for making positive changes.
Weight loss surgery can be a transformative experience, but it's important to remember that it's just the beginning of a long and challenging journey toward optimal health and wellness. In 2024, prioritize your mental health, practice consistency, and use a support system to help you achieve your health goals and live your new healthy lifestyle. Remember, these changes won't happen overnight, so be patient and kind to yourself along the way. With hard work, dedication, and the right support, you can achieve your health and wellness goals in 2024 and beyond.
BariMelts provides general recommendations, not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor.