If you are at all considering weight loss surgery like gastric bypass or lap band surgery you not only need to be physically ready but you need to be emotionally ready. Some people don’t truly realize just how much their life will change after weight loss surgery.
Here are some key points to keep in mind when determining if you are emotionally ready for weight loss surgery.
You realize that it will Take Work to Lose Weight after Weight Loss Surgery
Some people have the misconception that once they get gastric bypass surgery or lap band surgery the weight will automatically just fall right off. It does not happen that way. Some people will lose a good deal of weight right away but the rest of the weight will not come off unless you work at it. This means you get regular exercise and follow the diet that your doctor prescribes after the surgery.
You must be willing and able to make lifestyle changes after undergoing weight loss surgery. You need to not only put physically work into losing weight but you must also put emotional work into it. You need to realize that you have to stick to the dietary guidelines, get regular exercise as soon as you are able to and continue to meet with your doctor to assess your progress. If you are not willing to put in the work, the surgery will be wasted and you may even gain back the weight you lost right after the surgery putting you back in the same place you were before the weight loss surgery.
Losing Weight Will Affect Every Aspect of Your Life
Most people are overjoyed about the prospect of being approved for gastric bypass or lap band surgery but they don’t fully recognize that losing the weight will have a huge impact on their life and not always for the positive. If you are fully committed to being a success story for weight loss surgery you are going to start having to put yourself first and focus on losing the weight. This may mean you have less time for friends, family, and even work. This may cause some strains on your relationships.
You may also find that while most people will be elated with your weight loss there will be some people who may be jealous about it or can’t accept it. Even though this may sound odd, many times it is the people closest to you that have the problem with it. It may be a best friend who is also overweight or a spouse that is jealous about the weight loss. It’s important that you are emotionally ready to address these issues with people in your life so that you don’t suffer a setback in your weight loss progress.
Weight Loss Surgery Will Not Change the Way You Think About Yourself
Having gastric bypass surgery is not going to automatically change your attitude or your brain and start giving you self-confidence about yourself. One of the biggest problems that people have after they lose the weight is that they still see themselves as a “fat person” or someone who is still overweight. They don’t accept the fact that they are now healthy and at a good weight but they still only see the negative.
Changing the way you think about yourself is something that takes time. Since a lot of the people who have weight loss surgery lose the weight quite quickly their brain and self-esteem don’t have time to catch up with their body. So, even after losing a hundred pounds in 10 months, a woman may still see herself as fat and have low self-esteem. You need to be aware of this before undergoing weight loss surgery so you can send those bad thoughts packing as soon as possible. By telling yourself you are worth it and you are beautiful no matter what, you can get change your way of thinking and match your attitude and your self-esteem to your body.
Weight loss surgery like gastric bypass and lap band are definitely not for everybody. Just because you have been approved for the surgery doesn’t mean you are emotionally ready. Most doctors will require some sort of psychological counseling or exam be taken before they will even perform the surgery. Even if your doctor doesn’t require that it is still a good idea to get help and remember these key points to getting yourself emotionally ready for the weight loss surgery journey that lies ahead of you.