The Importance of Long Term Support After Weight Loss Surgery

Breaking habits can be challenging, especially when it comes to our eating habits—the what and how of our food consumption. These habits form over our lifetime, often starting in childhood, making it no surprise that changing them is a daunting task requiring support. Why is it so hard?

Here are four common reasons:

  • We can’t simply stop eating; food is essential for survival.
  • Food temptations are ubiquitous, especially in social settings.
  • Navigating the plethora of dietary information available can be overwhelming.
  • Unhealthy foods are often the most appealing and hardest to resist.

Improving health and losing weight is undeniably challenging. However, with a commitment to fundamental lifestyle changes and participation in a supportive, long-term system led by dedicated professionals, these goals become achievable steps in your journey to better health.

Anyone who tells you that weight loss is easy is probably trying to sell you something. 

Won’t Weight Loss Surgery Cause Me to Lose Weight Regardless of My Eating Habits?

Metabolic and bariatric surgery is designed to help you lose weight by restricting your food intake and altering how your body processes food. Your body may even undergo metabolic changes that make it more efficient at processing food energy or make sugary, fatty foods unappealing. However, surgery itself is not enough for your weight loss to be truly successful and permanent.

Metabolic or bariatric procedures must be accompanied by a lifetime commitment to making healthy food choices. This ensures that your body receives the nutrients it needs while avoiding serious risks such as vitamin deficiencies and dumping syndrome.

How Will Participation in a Long-Term Support Network Help?

Weight loss surgery is just the first step in your weight loss journey. The next step begins the moment you start your recovery. One of the most powerful tools at your disposal is regular participation in guided support group meetings, such as those led by the weight loss experts at Beltre Bariatrics.

These meetings will help you:

  • Educate yourself: You will learn how to implement the lifestyle changes necessary for your medical needs and get real, easy-to-understand answers to any questions you may have.
  • Find encouragement: Sharing successes and setbacks with individuals facing the same struggle will help build on those successes and ensure that setbacks are only temporary.
  • Know you are not alone: Changing a lifetime of eating habits is hard. Knowing others facing the same challenge can make the process seem less daunting and encourage you to make your weight loss journey a success.

Navigate Long-Term Weight Loss Support with Us

We’re here to support your long-term weight loss goals.

Led by Dr. Wiljon Beltre, our board-certified surgeon at Beltre Batriatrics, we provide a comprehensive approach to weight loss. This includes advanced weight loss surgery and ongoing support from our team of experienced weight loss experts.

If you’ve struggled with weight loss attempts in the past and are considering weight loss surgery, we invite you to attend one of our informational seminars or reach out to our office for a free individual consultation. We’re excited to connect with you and help you on your weight loss journey!

Please note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.

The doctors at Beltre Bariatrics Center for Metabolic & Obesity Surgery have reviewed and approved this content.

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