A mindset adjustment is crucial for long-term success after having bariatric surgery. It’s necessary to change your relationship with food, which involves knowing why you overeat and implementing strategies to overcome those challenges. Consider joining a support group after weight loss surgery, as you can learn from the experiences of people who have dealt with these issues.
Investigate the causes of your food cravings.
Food cravings can stem from physiological and psychological issues. Every time you eat something sweet or fatty, your body responds by releasing “feel good” chemicals in the brain. This lets your subconscious mind associate unhealthy foods with pleasant feelings. Consequently, when you’re stressed out, fatigued, or depressed, you’ll be more likely to start craving chocolate or pizza. In some cases, a food craving occurs simply out of habit. If your family customarily orders pizza on Friday evenings for a family movie night, you’ll probably start craving pizza as you drive home from work on Friday. It’s tough to break these habits, but knowing why cravings occur is half the battle.
Make your home a no junk food zone.
If your favorite junk foods aren’t available, you won’t be able to indulge. Before having weight loss surgery, go through your cupboards and discard unhealthy junk food. Donate unopened items to the local food pantry. Ask your family members to indulge in their own cravings away from the home.
Stay in charge of your hunger.
Bariatric patients must eat multiple small meals and snacks throughout the day, as it’s no longer possible to eat large meals. Eat on a regular schedule, and don’t skip meals. This will only make you much hungrier later, and you’ll be more likely to stop by the drive-thru.
Have a plan to manage cravings.
After a few weeks or months of following a healthy diet, you’ll notice that your food cravings subside. In the meantime, proactively develop a plan to handle cravings without giving in to them. Drink a glass of water, and distract yourself with a book, a conversation with a friend, or an activity that keeps your hands busy with something other than eating.
At Bariatric Care Centers, we’re committed to your success. Long after you have bariatric surgery in Houston, Dr. Mirza and his staff are here to help. Call 713-339-1353 to ask about our bariatric support services.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.