I had bariatric surgery more than a year ago and I have gained 10 lbs!
I wish I could say that bariatric surgery makes it to where you NEVER crave “bad foods” again, or that you NEVER have to worry about gaining weight. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case and battling obesity will remain a lifelong endeavor. According to an article printed in Surgical Endoscopy, abstract available from pubmed.gov, 1 in 6 people will regain more than 10% of their weight. Some of the contributing factors such as genetics, the gastric volume following surgery, gastrojejunal stoma diameter and the length of time since surgery are not within our control. On the other hand, there were several patient driven contributors to weight regain, these were sweet consumption, emotional eating, large portion size, binge eating, and loss of control/disinhibition when eating. The bottom line, we must be forever vigilant. Weight loss surgery can absolutely catapult you forward on your weight loss journey, but if we never work on those parts of ourselves that brought us to weight loss surgery in the first place, we may be setting ourselves up for failure. So be ever vigilant, it’s easy during the first few months following surgery, but then the cravings come back. The longer you can continue to remain on plan, the better off you will be in the long run. Pubmed Abstract