If you are planning on getting a weight loss surgery done, also known as the bariatric surgery, you need to make sure of a few things. First and the foremost is that your body should be healthy enough. But physical aspects are not the only thing to be considered, your emotional compatibility and state also matter.

Tackling the required issues, will help you prepare mentally for the surgery.

Realistic Expectations

You will not wake up like a skinny model right after the surgery. In fact there is a chance that you would leave the hospital with a weight that would be  more than what it was before the surgery due to accumulation of fluid. It should be kept in mind that this weight loss surgery will not be the immediate solution to all your problems. However, it is an internal tool that helps you when it comes to losing weight.

It will take approximately six months for you to lose excessive weight. Later hitting a plateau, enabling you to lose weight after a time period of one year. Reaching your expected goals.

 Do not do it all alone!

It is very important to have support from your loved ones when you plan on going for a surgery. Look for a primary care provider. Along with a family member or friend to help your through the long term goals. Recruit a member of the family to help you keep yourself motivated throughout the process after the weight loss surgery. The main idea behind the surgery is daring and it may be a process of starting with small steps. Rather than trying to everything at once. The resources that can help are:

  1. Watch seminars online or attend them personally
  2. Consider joining a support group
  3. Start with a medical weight loss program by working with your doctor

Identify and Confront

If you ae addicted to food, you need to identify all of those problems before the surgery. Having a stomach that is smaller in size will not fill up your emotional needs of eating excessively.

A lot of people have the habit of eating when they are stressed, because they say that it helps them in overcoming their emotional instability. Although that is a short term solution to getting rid of your life problems. Knowing about all these problems will help you in preventing yourself from spending most of your time eating, when depressed or worried due to whichever reason.

Here is a list of food management after the surgery

  1. You have to eat small meals and eat slowly.
  2. You will be restricted to eat specific food especially right after the surgery
  3. Stuffing yourself with junk food will sabotage your ability to lose weight

Addiction can be risky

Understand the fact that being addicted to certain foods can be risky, and it can also undermine your efforts when it comes to losing weight. Be it with or without the weight loss surgery. Such as alcohol, which makes you more susceptible to hoarding on food.

Tobacco also plays a similar role, and increases the risk of surgical complications, ulcers and problems related to respiration.