The image above might be rather alarming and applies more to people on regular diets rather than after weight-loss surgery but it might surprise many WLS patients to find that regain is far from rare. Most patients do experience a small regain from their lowest weight but sadly some do gain more on the rebound. Why? A number of reasons and none of them are unique to you but this can be dealt with and controlled if you act quickly and decisively.
Read on for a few quick suggestions ….
Regaining some of the weight you lost after weight loss surgery can be an emotional challenge. However, every journey has its challenges and weight regain is a setback that can be managed and reversed with a little help.
Identify the Cause
The first step in regaining control of your weight is to identify the underlying cause of the weight regain. In some cases, the same reasons you put on weight in the first place are at work again. If you have been losing weight consistently since your surgery, identify what has changed?
Next you should seek support from your weight loss surgery program. Sometimes the cause of your weight regain will be difficult for you to determine without professional assistance. While you may think the weight is returning because you missed a few exercise sessions, the underlying problem may be a stretched stomach pouch which is very difficult for you to identify without help, your weight loss team may be able to help you find out what is happening.
Reaffirm your Commitment
Regardless of the action taken to correct your weight regain, this is a good opportunity to renew your commitment to the weight loss journey you are on. If you have slackened off in your efforts to be active or control your portions, now is a good time to strengthen your resolve to stick with your surgical weight loss plan.
If you have not been attending support group meetings or have lost contact with your surgical team, consider making the extra effort to be closer with people that are there to support you.
Don’t lose hope.Weight regain is a manageable setback that can be reversed with a little effort. The key is taking action immediately. The longer you leave it, the harder it is to regain lost ground. So if you think you are gaining weight; take action now!