The common question that arises on every patient’s mind before their bariatric surgery is, how is my life going to be after this? Is everything going to change for me?
To answer these questions, first we must dismissed some myths around bariatric surgery:
Myth #1: Bariatric surgery is like a magic wand, I won’t have to make any effort to lose weight. Although bariatric surgery is very effective and you can lose half of your weight, is important you work to reach your goals, bariatric surgery is the 50% of the work, the other 50% depends on you.
Myth #2: I won’t have to be on diet anymore. In fact the first two weeks after your surgery you will be under liquid and soft diet, after this you will be able to go with solids but you will have to take it slow and follow all the instructions of your nutrionist. Bariatric surgery also requires your will power for your post-op diet.
Myth #3: I can forget about exercise, no more pain and fatigue. We have news, one day after surgery you must start moving! You will start with Little and slow walks, but after a few weeks you will be able to race your pace. In order to have better results you will have to change your routine, at least we recommend to move for 20 to 45 minutes a day.
Myth #4: I’ll stay skinny forever. A bariatric surgery is the beginning to a new a chapter in your life, as if you had click the reset button and you got a chance of doing it all over again regarding to your body, metabolism and health condition. But you have to consider that if you don’t change your mindset as well, the outcome won’t be what you expected. As we say before, bariatric surgery is just the first part, you have to do the other part and it would be very difficult if you do not prepare yourself, emotionally and mentally.
Obesity is also in the mind, so there are cases of patients that have lost a lot of weight and then they start cheating on their diets, stop excersing and eating more and more amount of food without even noticing, that way you can start gaining weight again and disatisfaction or depression could appear.
When you make the decision of getting bariatric surgery, you must be a 100% sure that your lifestyle is going to change and that you are OK with that. There will be good times, there will be bad times but if you stay positive and confident that you want to have a better life, we can assure you the journey will be easier.