This is one of the most popular questions I get asked as a bariatric nutritionist and surgery coordinator. Clients who have not yet had surgery, wonder about weight gain two years down the road and clients who have had surgery are worried about stretching their pouch and clients who are years post surgery wonder about how to lose the re-gain that they are experiencing.
My answer to these questions will always start with a question for the clients…. Are you planning to / or have you allowed refined and processed carbohydrates and soda and sugar back into your lifestyle? I strive to provide clients with the information they require to make well informed decisions and if they have allowed the “carb creep” to take over, this has an effect over metabolism and slow weight gain begins again.
Most clients who experience regain will have this process begin a few years after having great success post surgery. They have had a drastic improvement in their lives and then they begin to relax a bit and allow the foods which originally caused their weight gain to occur back into their diets. Sure, it’s fine to have a piece of cake or a glass of soda every once in a while but the problem occurs when these types of foods become a regular part of life again.
If the re-gain begins, and clients don’t grab a hold of it and get themselves back to good eating habits, the weight can come piling back on. By going back to basics and eating whole, live, natural, good quality food – regain can be kicked to the curb. A reset doesn’t mean drinking only protein shakes and drinking only clear liquids. A reset is a way to clean the “carb-age” out of the fridge and to go back to basic eating and healthy habits. It’s not about a 2 week “diet” but it’s about making those important lifestyle changes to get you back to where you want to be again.
This reset is not about making a short term change. It’s not about losing 10 lbs and then going back to eating crackers and chips and soda. It’s about crowding the bad habits out with the good habits. It’s about not leaving space for carb-creep. Let’s face it, regain has zero to do with the size of the bariatric pouch but it is entirely dependent on what goes into the bariatric pouch. For long term success we need to kick “dieters” mentality to the curb and make lifestyle changes. Resetting the pouch is a means to eliminate the foods which caused the re-gain to begin with.
This Reset Program can turned into a lifestyle as it is the way we should eat for weight loss and maintenance for long term.
Don’t allow a small re-gain to turn into a bigger one. You’ve got this ! Kick the carb-age to the curb and eat real food.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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