Savoring Success

Patricia's Guide to Bariatric Living


Persist and Prevail: Making Healthy Choices as a Bariatric Patient

Embarking on the journey of bariatric surgery is a significant step towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. However, the road to success doesn't end with the surgery. It requires persistence and the determination to make healthy choices every day. Here’s how you can persist and prevail in your bariatric journey by making wise dietary and lifestyle choices.


Embrace Change and Stay Committed

1. Acknowledge the Need for Change
The first step to persisting is recognizing that change is necessary. Understand that your old eating habits led to weight gain and health issues. Embrace the new dietary guidelines provided by your healthcare team and commit to following them. This might include eating smaller portions, choosing high-protein foods, and avoiding high-sugar and high-fat foods.

2. Set Realistic Goals
Persistence is easier when you have clear, achievable goals. Instead of aiming for a large weight loss target all at once, set smaller, incremental goals. Celebrate each milestone, no matter how small. This approach not only makes the journey manageable but also keeps you motivated.


Make Smart Nutritional Choices

3. Prioritize Protein
After bariatric surgery, your protein needs are higher to support healing and maintain muscle mass. Incorporate high-quality protein sources such as lean meats, fish, eggs, and dairy products into your meals. 

4. Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough water is crucial. Dehydration can slow down your metabolism and make you feel sluggish. Aim to drink a minimum 64 ounces of water daily (half of your goal weight is better!), but remember to avoid drinking 30 minutes after meals to prevent flushing nutrients from your smaller stomach pouch.

5. Eat Fiber-Rich Foods
While your new stomach size restricts the amount of food you can eat, it’s important to make every bite count. Include fiber-rich vegetables, fruits, and whole grains in your diet to aid digestion and keep you feeling full longer. Foods like leafy greens, berries, and oats are excellent choices.


Develop Healthy Habits

6. Plan and Prep Meals
Meal planning is key to staying on track. Spend some time each week planning your meals and preparing them in advance. This helps you avoid unhealthy last-minute food choices and ensures you have nutritious options readily available.

7. Practice Mindful Eating
Eating mindfully involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the body. Savor each bite, eat slowly, and recognize when you’re full. This practice can prevent overeating and help you enjoy your food more.

8. Exercise Regularly
Physical activity is an integral part of your weight loss journey. Start with low-impact exercises like walking or swimming, and gradually increase the intensity as you build strength and endurance. Exercise not only aids in weight loss but also boosts your mood and energy levels.


Seek Support and Stay Positive

9. Connect with a Support Group
Join a support group for bariatric patients. Sharing your experiences and hearing others’ stories can provide emotional support and practical advice. Knowing you’re not alone can significantly boost your motivation and persistence.

10. Stay Positive and Patient
Weight loss is a gradual process, and there will be ups and downs. Maintain a positive attitude and be patient with yourself. Celebrate your successes, learn from setbacks, and keep moving forward.


The journey after bariatric surgery requires persistence and the determination to make healthy choices every day. By setting realistic goals, prioritizing nutrition, developing healthy habits, and seeking support, you can prevail in your weight loss journey and achieve a healthier, happier life. Remember, every step you take towards better health is a victory. Persist and prevail—you’ve got this!

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