Weight regain after Bariatric Surgery. Let’s talk about it.
Now…before we dive into the topic of weight regain, let’s start with saying that Weight Regain is a subject that’s often shoved under the rug.
Or even worse….a conversation that many don’t even want to have in the first place.
But here we discuss all things Bariatric Surgery, the good, the bad and the bariatric truth!
In this post we’re sharing some of the main reasons for weight regain after Bariatric Surgery and 6 tips to help you become more aware on how to potentially prevent weight regain.
So…let’s get started!
But first…..How often does weight regain occur?
How many people actually regain after Bariatric Surgery?
Well….it’s not that simple.
There are many studies that investigate weight regain, but the issue often is, that weight regain isn’t defined in the same way.
In other words, there’s not one singular definition for what weight regain really is. Is it gaining 10% of your goal weight back? Is it gaining 20 lbs back within one year of your lowest weight? We don’t know.
But one thing’s certain – and that weight regain after bariatric surgery isn’t uncommon.
And one thing to be mindful of when we’re talking about weight regain is grazing (on slider foods) consistently.
The impact of grazing on Bariatric Weight Loss
Grazing is referred to as eating small amounts of (slider) foods over a longer period of time. And those eating moments are often unplanned too.
When you’re grazing, you’re less inclined to eat wholesome balanced meals throughout the day.
Grazing on slider foods won’t keep your pouch full for long – which can potentially lead to overeating.
Also, foods that are easy to graze on – are often low in protein and fiber and high in (simple) carbs and saturated fat. And often high in calories too.
Is there something you can do to prevent weight regain after Bariatric Surgery?
Actually, there are a few things you can pay attention to when looking into sustaining healthy habits for the long term:
- Eat wholesome and nutritious meals to prevent grazing
- Work on your root cause for emotional eating
- Be sure to maintain an active lifestyle that works for YOU over time
- Don’t miss any of your follow-up appointments. Research indicates that bariatric patients that are more committed to visit their bariatric team, are overall more successful over time
- Avoid high-calorie liquids and drink water in stead
- Change your habits for the long term. And using a bariatric journal can help you do that!
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- Voorwinde V. et al. (2020). Definitions of Long-Term Weight Regain and Their Associations with Clinical Outcomes. Obesity Surgery; 30: 527-536.
- Aills L., et al. ASMBS Bariatric Nutrition Guidelines, Surg Obes Rel Dis. 2008.
- Raves et al. (2016). Bariatric Surgery Patient’s perceptions of Weight Related Stigma in Health Care settings impair Post-Surgery Dietary Adherence. In: Frontiers in Psychology; 7: 1497.
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