Why Some People Don’t Keep the Weight Off After Surgery

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We live in a world where it seems to be harder and harder to follow rules. There is just too many of them! That said, there are situations in which you have to follow the rules, and this is particularly true if you suffer from one of the most conditions in the world today: obesity. While the fact that you are obese already means that you didn’t quite follow the rules, you will really have to change that if you want your bariatric procedures to be a success.

Why Bariatric Surgery Sometimes Fails

Overall, bariatric surgery has very good outcomes, with the majority of people keeping the weight off for five years or more. However, there are some failures as well, and you need to make sure that you don’t become part of those statistics. This means that you must change your lifestyle. The reality is that you became obese because you ate too much and moved too little. If you choose to have surgery, but you don’t also choose to change your diet and lifestyle, then bariatric surgery will only last for a short period of time.

There are a few reasons as to why surgery fails. These include:

  • Poor work by the surgeon, but this is incredibly uncommon. That being said, you do have to make sure that you find a surgeon who is properly trained, registered, and licensed to perform the procedure so that you can avoid this.
  • Not following the dietary and exercise requirements that are recommended to you – in other words: not following the rules.

If you don’t follow the rules throughout your recovery time, then it is far more likely that your surgery will fail. And surgery can fail in different ways. For instance, you may not be able to lose weight, you may not be able to keep the weight off, or you may even develop complications.

You will be prescribed a complete diet that has the right calories and vitamins and minerals. Additionally, you should be prescribed an exercise plan. You will also be told to take certain supplements. If you do all these things, then there is absolutely no reason for you to develop complications, or for the surgery to fail.

You will also be told to avoid certain things after you have surgery, including:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sweets
  • Pretzels
  • Chips
  • Pastas
  • Oven baked items

Unfortunately, these are things most people crave from time to time. In the first few weeks after your surgery, these things would be impossible for you to consume as your stomach will be too sensitive. Over time, however, as you move back to solid foods, you may want to eat those things again. What you have to teach yourself is that you must ensure that all your nutritional needs come first. If you eat small portions regularly, and you fancy a single pretzel, then that is fine. But if you fancy a pretzel and you haven’t had your regular portions yet, then don’t eat that pretzel!

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