Many patients wonder if over time they will regain weight they lose after weight loss surgery.
The short answer to this question is: It is up to you.
The long answer lies in the answer to these questions: Why do people regain weight after weight loss surgery and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you?
While primary purpose of weight loss surgery is to curb the amount of food that you can physically consume, it is still possible for you to overeat. The surgery does not prevent picking/grazing, which tends to lead to eating more calories than your body needs. It is important to focus on eating at meal times only and to limit mindless snacking in between.
Eating High-Calorie Foods
While you’ll only be able to eat a small amount of food in one sitting, if you choose foods that are high in calories, you could consume too many calories and gain weight. The surgery will prevent you from eating large amounts of food, but it will not prevent you from making poor food choices. After weight loss surgery, you must learn about and adhere to healthy food choices if you want to keep the weight off.
Drinking With Meals
After your procedure, your surgeon will advise you not to drink with your meals. Why would drinking with your meals cause you to gain weight? If you’re a gastric bypass patient, you do not have a pyloric valve between your stomach and your small intestine. So, drinking with meals can wash food out of your stomach and the sooner your stomach is empty, the sooner you will feel hungry again; drinking with meals can lead to overeating.
Healthy Choices Help Keep the Weight Off
Your surgeon and healthcare team at Hallmark Health System’s Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford will help guide you in making healthy choices after your weight loss surgery so you can achieve and maintain your weight loss goals. Recommendations may include nutrition, exercise and behavioral modification – but no matter what, we’ll be here to answer your questions and give you the support you need.
Attend one of our free weight loss seminar to have an experienced surgeon answer your questions.See our calendar of events to find out seminar dates and times, then call (781) 306-6166 to register.