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3 Tips to Help You Avoid Old Bad Habits After Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery can be life changing for people struggling with obesity. However, weight loss surgery is just the first of many steps that patients have to take toward living a longer and healthier life.
Dr V. Kuzinkovas at Advanced Surgicare in Sydney is an experienced bariatric surgeon. He takes pride in helping patients reclaim their lives through weight loss surgery. Here, Dr Kuzinkovas provides three tips to help you avoid old bad habits after weight loss surgery.
1. Create a Support System
Weight loss surgery and weight loss after surgery is life altering. As with any life changing event, you should not plan to go through the process alone. Prior to and after weight loss surgery you should create a support system. A support system is essential for your emotional and physical health. A support system after weight loss surgery can be the difference between lasting change and slipping back into bad habits.
When you are building your support system, try to create layers of support. What this looks like differs by person and their unique needs. One example of layers of support may include close family and friends, a weight loss support group, and professional/medical support. A weight loss support group is a great place to meet with people who are facing the same struggles and triumphs that you are facing related to weight loss. Professional support may include a physician, a dietician and a therapist to help you address both lifestyle changes as well as physical and mental health issues.
2. Get Moving
Sometimes obesity prevents people from engaging in an active lifestyle. This can be due to physical limitations as well as feelings of embarrassment or shame. However, an active lifestyle is important to maintaining weight loss and necessary to avoid old bad habits.
There is no right or wrong way to get moving and stay active as long as you are consistent. The best way to get moving is to find activities that you enjoy or have always wanted to try. The more you make movement and activity a part of your daily routine, the less likely you are to fall into old habits.
3. Focus on Food
Your relationship with food is important. After weight loss surgery it is important that you focus on food as nourishment and not a reward or source of comfort. This may involve altering your eating habits or completely changing your diet. Work with a professional to focus on positive eating habits and food choices. Professionals can provide guidance and create a plan to help you avoid old bad habits.
The best way to get the most from your weight loss surgery is to commit to changing your lifestyle to ensure you avoid bad habits. To discuss weight loss surgery options or your post-weight loss surgery concerns with Dr V. Kuzinkovas, please call us at Advanced Surgicare at 1300 551 533.