It can be overwhelming when we are past the soft foods stage and beginning to eat “normal” foods on the Bariatric Diet. And its okay to initially feel helpless — after all, virtually “everything” we did in the past with regard to food was wrong. Now we are laying a new foundation that will support eating healthy for the rest of our lives!
You may be wondering what you are going to do, where to begin, how you will manage this new way of cooking, eating and relating to food. And the most important question: Will I lose weight and keep it off?
It is important to know that with proper dietary and lifestyle changes, you will achieve permanent weight loss, health and wellness! Read: “Bariatric Weight Loss: How to Get it Done.”
IF YOU HAVE BARIATRIC SURGERY AND
MAKE THE RIGHT DIETARY AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES,
YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT AND REGAIN HEALTH!
Bariatric Diet is a Lifestyle not a Temporary Fix
Permanent weight loss will take DETERMINATION and COMMITMENT, now and forever. I urge you to read my article, “Permanent Weight Loss, Yes You Can! You simply can’t “do” the Bariatric Diet for a period of time and expect tremendous results. And you will fail if you don’t first change your mindset. Do not fall into the trap thinking because you have lost weight, because you are thin, because you workout, or whatever excuse the little voice inside your head many conjure up, that you can return to eating junk food, desserts, processed foods and maintain your weight loss.
What is more, be advised that there are those of us, myself included, who cannot tolerate foods that are commonly thought of as healthy. Foods such as whole-grains, beans, and high fructose fruits while healthful for some can be a source of weight gain in others.
In fact, the Bariatric Diet will be different for each person. There’s a lot of information and misinformation about diets and recipes good and bad floating around the internet and at support groups. Its head-spinning! As you go through this journey, you will need to figure out what foods you can and cannot well-tolerate. What are the foods that make you feel alive versus those that make you bloated and feel sluggish (generally signs of systemic inflammation).
There are many suitable bariatric-friendly diets from which to choose based on your specific health needs. To name but a few: Paleo, AutoImmune Paleo, Ketogenic, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome), and low-FODMAP. Read My Bariatric Life articles on the Bariatric Diet.
Working one-on-one with a knowledgeable healthcare professional, clinical nutritionist, or registered dietician can make the vital difference. Keeping a food diary is essential.
The Bariatric Diet is a lifestyle not a temporary fix. Those of us whom have thought otherwise have unfortunately enjoyed glorious weight loss for a moment in time only to let it slip through our fingers like the elusive brass ring on a carnival carousel. Those of us whom have defeated our obesity and its related illnesses did not do so without first putting in the necessary mental work. So it is really important that we embrace our new lifestyle. We must be single-minded about our health and our life.
Many people are further along in the journey that you are just now beginning. And their success stories are living-proof that you can take control of your health and your life. My Bariatric Life has a collection of patient stories that provide you with a source of hope and inspiration! You also can read articles by bariatric dietician Elizabeth Anderson and retired mental health professional Robert Borne, who share their practical wisdom. My Bariatric Life is here to help you be the most successful with your new bariatric lifestyle. Feel free to contact us with any topics you’d like to see covered on My Bariatric Life.
Living larger than ever,
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