Many dieters express frustration about weight loss plateaus. A plateau
occurs when an individual is successfully losing weight, but then the
weight loss ceases. It is not uncommon for a bariatric surgery patient
to reach one or more weight loss plateaus following
gastric bypass surgery or another procedure. Although a plateau can be frustrating for
patients, there are ways of overcoming this obstacle.
Evaluate Your Habits
After gastric bypass surgery, patients must make significant adjustments
to their lifestyle, including making dietary changes and implementing
an exercise program. Although you may have strictly followed your new
diet after surgery, over time, you may have unknowingly begun to adopt
some of your unhealthy habits. For example, you may have started eating
larger portions, choosing sugary snacks, or drinking high-calorie beverages.
Re-evaluate your habits by keeping a food journal for a couple of weeks.
Record what you eat and how much of it you eat, and remember to record
your beverage choices.
Consult Your Physician
If your food journal reveals that your weight loss plateau may be due to
reaching for an extra snack or two, using excessive amounts of condiments,
or choosing high-calorie beverages, you can readjust your diet to overcome
the plateau. Sometimes, however, a weight loss plateau occurs because
your metabolism has naturally adjusted to your new, lower caloric intake
and weight. Before making
significant changes to your diet to compensate for this, consider talking to your physician or a dietician.
It’s important to make sure you get all the nutrients you need with
a lower caloric intake.
Increase Your Caloric Burn
Another way to get past a weight loss plateau after gastric bypass surgery
is to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine. If you’re
already exercising on most days of the week, consider increasing the intensity
of your workout. Parking your car on the far side of parking lots to increase
your walking distance, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and
finding other little ways of increasing your activity can also help.
In addition to providing procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy, gastric
bypass surgery, and gastric band surgery in Atlantis,
The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute provides comprehensive support services. Our bariatric surgery patients
have access to psychological and nutritional counseling, physical therapy,
and more. To speak with a registered nurse about bariatric surgery, call
(561) 548-BARI (2274).