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I am Pre-Op

Get ready! Because your whole life is about to change. Preparing for bariatric surgery feels nothing short of a full-time job, right? From your sleep studies to your psych evaluations; from your dietitian's appointments to mentally preparing for taking that huge leap of faith, it's a lot to deal with all at once. Let's pause for a hot second and read our 7 tips to prepare for bariatric surgery. You got this!

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I am Post-Op

So you had bariatric surgery, now what? Nobody can really prepare you for that post-op rollercoaster ride. Some days will be great and on other days you don't even know how you'll get your protein in. Some days you look in the mirror feeling accomplished and on other days you barely recognize your own reflection. Let's just take it easy and start with a few bariatric basics to spark that motivation again! 

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Here's a hard truth about bariatric surgery. If you don't change your habits, in essence, you're missing out on the real deal. You see, the transformation after bariatric surgery goes way beyond the #transformationtuesday pictures you see on social media. Real change happens within. When you're ready, get started with our signature bariatric book collection to work on new habits, bless your taste buds and stay motivated!

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3 Bizarre Things Nobody Talks About Before Bariatric Surgery
Last updated January 16, 2023

Weight loss, non-scale victories and new eating habits. These are just a handful of things you might expect before having bariatric surgery, right? You know you gotta work hard to get your protein in. And drinking your water isn’t a walk in the park either.

But what about the things you wouldn’t see coming? In this blogpost, you get a quick introduction of 3 things that might happen after bariatric surgery.

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#1 No bubble bath involved: The foamies

The first thing that comes to mind when you read the word “foam” might be a nice warm bubble bath. But nothing is farther from the truth!

You see, there’s nothing cozy about the foamies. Let’s explain why.

The “foamies” (or foamy mouth) is the regurgitation of mucus and (partly) undigested small food particles that move back up from your stomach back into your mouth.

The foamies can happen when:

  • you eat too fast
  • you don’t chew thoroughly
  • when food doesn’t sit well in your stomach

And what anatomically happens is this:

The opening between your stomach and your small intestine (called the stoma) is temporarily hindered by the food that’s already in your stomach – which makes it difficult for food to pass through.

As a result, your stomach produces more mucus “hoping” that the food will pass, but the exact opposite occurs: the food and mucus regurgitates.

The best way to prevent the foamies is to eat slow, chew well and be incredibly mindful while eating.

#2 Not unknown but not pleasant either: Constipation

You might have heard about constipation after bariatric surgery before. But perhaps you didn’t know how exasperating constipation would be for some when (newly) post-op.

(it can literally have you either yearning for that first poop or dreading it).

Sidenote: if you’re suffering from constipation, don’t hesitate to check in with your (bariatric) care team for personal advice.

We hear you thinking “why does constipation gets triggered after bariatric surgery?”.

Well, there could be different reasons for that, such as:

  • lack of fiber: smaller portions and food intolerances might hinder sufficient fiber in your diet.
  • lack of hydration: water nausea, restriction and separating solids from liquids make hydration a strenuous task.
  • lack of movement: mobility might be decreased in the recovery stages.
  • use of specific medications
  • use of iron supplements

Once you’re able to add a wider variety of foods to your diet, including vegetables and complex carbohydrates (yes, they contain that much needed fiber), more liquids and more physical movement – symptoms can improve. However, this isn’t always the case. If constipation doesn’t resolve on its own, your doctor might prescribe a dietary fiber supplement.

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#3 An unforeseen “side effect”: signs of body dysmorphia

When you lose a significant amount in a relatively short period of time, it might be hard for your brain to grasp this new reality.

Have you ever looked in the mirror, not entirely recognizing your new physique? Or have you ever find yourself picking apart every inch of your body? Constantly comparing your body to other people’s?

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) isn’t to be taken lightly. BDD is a DSM-5 disorder which can only be accurately diagnosed by a specialist, like a psychiatrist.

Other things that are related to signs of body dysmorphia are:

  • Obsessively comparing yourself to others
  • Avoiding mirrors; or being overly stimulated to look in the mirror, all the time
  • Needing constant validation from others about your appearance
  • Not being able to accept compliments about your appearance from others
  • Constantly hiding (parts of) your body

The term “body dysmorphia” is often used within the bariatric community, because some of the signs are so striking. But remember: having signs of Body Dysmorphia doesn’t automatically mean that you have body dysmorphia.

But that doesn’t take away from how you feel and how you perceive yourself. You’re not alone. And again, if you’re struggling: there’s absolutely no shame in asking for help.

Therapy, using visuals to prime your brain how you truly look like (before-and-after pictures for example) and allowing yourself time – can be helpful to deal with this baffling effect of losing weight.

Final words about what can take you by surprise

You can’t predict every single detail of your post-op life. You learn as you go, right? Talking about the struggles you’re facing and relying on your bariatric team to guide you, is invaluable. And we hope that by raising awareness and holding space to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly – there will be more room for self-compassion and self-understanding.

Tackling the hurdles after bariatric surgery can be lonely (especially when you’re dealing with judgment from “friends”, family or co-workers). Heck, the stigma surrounding bariatric surgery still exists. But you know what? You’re brave for taking this huge leap of faith. And we’ll be cheering you on, every step of the way.


Hey, you’re not alone!

In fact, there’s a whole community right here in front of you that’s ready whenever you’re ready to join us (yes, we’re talking about our free community platform with 6000+ members from all over the world).

But there’s waaaaaaaaay more to explore in this dazzling community.

Don’t know what to eat? Check out our free bariatric recipes here.

Wanna dive into what might be thrown your way after bariatric surgery? From weight stalls to pouch stretching, read our mini-guides AKA our blog to find out!

In need of a free nutrition guide? Sign up for your freebie here!

And if you really wanna get the most out of your journey, then our bariatric book collection might be just what you needed all along (spoiler alert: there’s one for every part of your post-op journey!).

Bariatric surgery isn’t the easy way out. It’s just easy to say it is.


Finally. A book that helps you make sense of your journey!

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you had one resource that captures all common obstacles after bariatric surgery? In “The Bariatric Blueprint” you get 21 no-nonsense chapters to take away the stress dealing with the challenges thrown your way. Now LIVE on Amazon. Tap here to learn more!

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Resources:

  1. Sarwer D.B. & Fabricatore A.N. Psychitric Considerations of the Massive Weight Loss Patient. In: Clinics in Plastic Surgery (2008); 1-10.
  2. Roberts, C.A. Physical and Psychological Effects of Bariatric Surgery in Obese Adolescents: A Review. In: Frontiers in Pediatrics (2020)
  3. Afshar, S. et al. The Effects of Bariatric Procedures on Bowel Habit. In: Obesity Surgery (2016); 2348-54.

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About our community

Bariatric Surgery the easy way out?

Uhm....we don't think so! And that's why we give you a proven framework to make YOUR bariatric journey work.

Yes, it's all here...at the tip of your fingers!

SHOW ME THE COMMUNITY  >

I am Pre-Op

Get ready! Because your whole life is about to change. Preparing for bariatric surgery feels nothing short of a full-time job, right? From your sleep studies to your psych evaluations; from your dietitian's appointments to mentally preparing for taking that huge leap of faith, it's a lot to deal with all at once. Let's pause for a hot second and read our 7 tips to prepare for bariatric surgery. You got this!

READ 7 PRE-OP TIPS >

I am Post-Op

So you had bariatric surgery, now what? Nobody can really prepare you for that post-op rollercoaster ride. Some days will be great and on other days you don't even know how you'll get your protein in. Some days you look in the mirror feeling accomplished and on other days you barely recognize your own reflection. Let's just take it easy and start with a few bariatric basics to spark that motivation again! 

SHOW ME THE BASICS >

Bariatric Book Collection

Here's a hard truth about bariatric surgery. If you don't change your habits, in essence, you're missing out on the real deal. You see, the transformation after bariatric surgery goes way beyond the #transformationtuesday pictures you see on social media. Real change happens within. When you're ready, get started with our signature bariatric book collection to work on new habits, bless your taste buds and stay motivated!

GO TO BOOKS >

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