Just because you had bariatric surgery, doesn’t mean that all advice is good advice.
Brace yourselves because we’re about to uncover the top three cringeworthy pieces of advice that are floating around out there.
These pearls of “wisdom” might make you want to roll your eyes right out of your head. But fear not, we’re here to debunk them and set you on the path to success with some hard-hitting truths.
Get ready to ditch the cringe!
1. “Just Eat Less and Move More”
Ah, the age-old adage that’s been thrown around like confetti at a parade. “Just eat less and move more” they say, as if it’s that simple. Because let’s get real. Severe obesity is a complex disease that needs a more in-depth approach. Genetics, hormones, co-morbidities and an “obese-mindset” environment are just a few things that play a role when looking at obesity as a whole. Looking at nutrition in a vacuum doesn’t sense: context always matters.
The Truth: Weight loss after bariatric surgery is a complex process that goes beyond mere calorie counting. It’s about nourishing your body with the right nutrients, making smart food choices, and building a sustainable exercise routine.
So, ditch this oversimplified advice and focus on creating a well-rounded lifestyle that supports your unique needs.
2. “You Can Cheat on Your Post-Op Diet”
Oh, the alluring call of temptation. “Go ahead, have a cheat day,” they whisper, as if a little indulgence won’t hurt. But beware, because this harmful advice can lead you down a treacherous path.
The post-op diet is an absolute non-negotiable. And it’s extremely important to follow your surgeons guidelines. You’re still recovering and your new stomach is getting used to new foods and textures.
The main focus?
Hydration, protein and your vitamins. The rest will follow!
And remember this:
Bariatric surgery is a life-changing commitment, and cheating on your diet can have serious consequences. Your stomach has undergone a transformation, and it deserves your utmost respect.
3. “Just Push Through the Pain”
We’ve all heard it before: “No pain, no gain.” But let’s be honest, pain is not a badge of honor. It’s a signal from your body that something needs attention. Ignoring it can lead to setbacks and unnecessary struggles.
The Truth: Listen to your body. Bariatric surgery is a profound transformation that requires patience, self-care, and a keen understanding of your limits. Pushing through physical or emotional pain can jeopardize your progress and well-being.
Instead, seek guidance from your healthcare team, surround yourself with a supportive community, and embrace a holistic approach to your health.
Key takeaway from 3 Pieces of Cringeworthy Bariatric Advice
There you have it! Three pieces of cringeworthy bariatric advice that need to be kicked to the curb.
Remember, your bariatric transformation is a unique and incredible journey. Continue the process with the same courage you’ve started it (that’s right, having bariatric surgery isn’t for the weak!). So welcome the ups and downs with open arms, armed with the knowledge that real success comes from making informed choices, building a solid support system, and living a lifestyle that nourishes your body, mind, and soul.
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