The following are some facts and tips on how to maintain your weight loss. Realign yourself if there has been some type of weight gain during your weight loss journey.

    1. About half of all patients regain weight after two years
    2. Average regain is about eight percent after reaching lowest point
    3. Total ten year excess weight loss is still over fifty percent

Weight gain after bariatric surgery occurs in about half of all patients with in two years post surgery. Despite the weight gain, the average patient keeps off over sixty percent of their excess weight after five years.

    1. Weight prior to surgery – losing weight prior to surgery is key. Shedding weight prior to surgery can have a significant impact and reduce the risk surgery complications. The more weight you lose prior to surgery the less likely you will be able to experience weight gain after bariatric surgery.
    2. Alcohol or drug abuse – Substance abusers are more likely to revert back to their old habits following surgery. Some patients begin to abuse alcohol and drugs after bariatric surgery, in effect, replacing one addiction with another. Drinking alcohol and taken drugs lead to significant bariatric surgery complications.
    3. Lack of support system – Among family, friends and a weight loss surgery support group and lack of ongoing lifestyle counceling through a hospital or doctor based group
    4. Psychological state or food addiction – Increased food urges and decreased feelings of well-being following surgery are directly correlated with weight gain after bariatric surgery. Food addiction is also a huge reason for weight gain
    1. Pre-surgery behaviors – Join and participate in a good weight loss surgery support group
    2. Diet guidelines – Stop binge eating well before surgery
    3. Good support system – Open communication with Family, Friends and Doctors
    4. Follow Surgeons advice – Effective surgeons are not only good in the operating room but are also trained and experienced in helping patients kept the weight off long-term
    5. Address alcohol and drug abuse – Prevention to be prepared to be honest with your self and the doctors in order to keep the weight off
    6. Address food urges and lack of well being – Patients who experience these feelings and don’t ¬†address them usually gain more weight. Support will be required to overcome these issues.
    7. Maintain Nutritional counseling – Being consistent with your nutritionist or dietitian with help with better longer-term weight loss success. The key here is to never stop seeing your support systems.