All of us break the rules on occasion. We overdo it a tad at a birthday party, drink more than we should at a wedding, have too many bites of cake at a going away party….we’ve all had those moments. Those aren’t the rules I’m talking about. I’m taking about the fundamental rules of bariatric surgery. The ones that can be the difference between success and failure. I know some will think that sounds harsh, but sometimes not saying it is harsher.
We all have one big thing in common: We were obese enough to need medical intervention to save our lives. We all went through rigorous tests, boatloads of paperwork, meetings, exams and appointments to get our bariatric surgeries. Why throw all that away to go back to the bad habits? If you feel yourself slipping into bad habits, eating all the wrong things, not exercising, it’s time to go see the doctor. Backsliding is not only going to gain back weight, it can also be damaging to us physically, and could be a sign of an mental illness such as depression.
Stop the cycle ASAP! If you find yourself in this situation, get to your doc! It’s scary to see some questions on support sites popping up that really should be addressed by a medical professional. Support groups are fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but they should be used as just that, support. Recognizing some of the warning signs and getting them addressed can help avoid any complications:
- Suddenly regaining a large amount of weight (I’m not talking a couple pounds)
- Wanting to binge eat
- Finding yourself skipping meals, or grazing all day on junk
- Not taking vitamins anymore (you need labs run to see if your deficient in anything)
- Feeling depressed, bummed out, not interested in things you used to find enjoyable
Going to the surgeon, family doc, NUT, or even the psychologist who did your psyche eval can make a world of difference; it’s what they are there for! Utilize them, and make this just a bump in the road. Don’t give up on your goals. Having a snag in your journey does not have to mean you “failed”!