Posted - May 17, 2011

Are You Ready to Lose Weight?

Losing weight is an emotional process as well as a physical process. Bariatric surgery is an option for many people, but together with weight loss surgery needs to be the personal responsibility to change your lifestyle following the surgery. Life comes with many stressors that can get in the way of a successful weight loss effort. Stress from work, home life or finances can inhibit our ability to stick to a diet plan or cause us to stray from a regular exercise regimen.

Addressing the stressors in our lives and identifying healthy ways to resolve the stress can help us along the path to success. One way to address stressors is to find the support necessary to help deal with them. Whether that is a family member or friend or even counseling, having someone in your corner to provide support can help avoid the distraught feelings that may lead to comfort or stress eating.

One way to help make the changes you are implementing in your diet easier is to start keeping a log of the calories you ingest. This is a great way to hold yourself accountable to your diet plan following weight loss surgery, or throughout another type of weight loss program. Getting the required thirty minutes of exercise a day throughout hectic weeks can also be aided when you plan to do the exercise with a friend or group. Find a friend and go to an aerobics class after dinner, or just walk around the block a few times with a neighbor. If that doesn’t work out, try getting together with co-workers during your lunch break or even right after work and exercise in a group.

Before you set out on a weight loss plan it is important that you plan ahead and really assess your own willingness to make changes to your lifestyle. Thinking this way will increase your chances of weight loss success following bariatric surgery.