When we are no longer in our bariatric honeymoon period and we are “years” beyond surgery, it can be a common thing to worry about “regain”. As the years pass by and our habits become less strict as they were in the earlier days, we can find the scale moving in the wrong direction again. It is super important if you find yourself at this point to not beat yourself up but to get a plan and get back on track again. Focus on the positive and use your tool – it is still largely in place for you and it will work again if you work it.
Welcome to the Bariatric Reset Program – to get back on track and lose any regain or break a bariatric stall.
What comes next ? There are no tricks or magic involved – some of us are waiting for a miracle to occur but that is not going to happen. If you don’t have good nutritional habits and if you don’t exercise the inevitable will occur and you will experience re-gain. If you slip back into old habits and allow the bread basket to make it’s way back onto your plate which is filled with pasta – you will gain weight. I am talking about basic rules post surgery. If you slip-up once, okay ,, but if that slip-up becomes your new norm – you will gain weight. Don’t allow a small regain to turn into a big one – attack the problem head-on. Admit to yourself and possibly to others what’s exactly going on. I have never met a bariatric client who told me that the surgery failed them – they always admit that they failed their surgery. If this happens it is time to surround yourself with bariatric knowledge and get yourself a plan and get back on track again. It’s just a matter of admitting your errors along the way and taking back what rightly belongs to you – your bariatric plan.
Don’t blame your thyroid or your terrible genes or your very slow metabolism. Own your regain. Until you do, you will not make progress. Now that is out of the way and we can enable ourselves to make the right decisions to change things around. Yes, I have a slow metabolism – now is the time to move on with my weight loss. I own my thyroid and my body and I am going to win. Bariatric post ops have a surgical tool that is largely in tact. In all likelihood, the pouch is fine, you’ve been choosing the wrong foods. Owing it and taking responsibility empowers you. With that out of the way, it’s time to move on and work to change things.
If you feel it is time to reset your pouch and take control of your bariatric journey then welcome to the Bariatric Reset Program It will tell you what to eat, when to eat and exactly what to do for 21 days. Finish the 21 days and if you want to redo it – start it again. It is your safety net for those times when you feel a bit out of control. We all feel that sometimes but the winners are the ones who reach out for help. The reset program is a good reminder of how are are supposed to eat/ no tricks or pills – whole, live, fresh, really good quality food, limiting calories, staying full, keeping full and raising metabolic burn rate. This is the bariatric lifestyle.
About the author: Sheri Burke is an RHN – Registered Holistic Nutritionist who has been supporting bariatric clients for over a decade. She also coordinates bariatric surgical procedures and assists clients both pre.surgery and post.surgery to ensure that they follow bariatric guidelines and have the nutritional information they require for short term and long term success. When not working, she can be found in the kitchen with her husband and two teens cooking up a nutritional storm.
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