Like other weight loss strategies, undergoing bariatric surgery does not necessarily guarantee that you will be able to keep the weight off for good. Instead, there is the chance that you will end up gaining back at least some of the weight that you had lost.
How Much Weight Is Regained?
Roughly half of all of the patients who opt for gastric bypass surgery will end up gaining weight within just two years. However, patients, on average, will still be able to keep more than 60% of their extra weight off after about five years.
Factors That Could Contribute to Weight Regain
What are the reasons why so many patients will end up regaining some weight after they go through invasive bariatric surgery? Well, there are a few different factors that seem to be at play in this regard. For example, a patient’s weight prior to undergoing the procedure could influence whether or not they end up gaining weight again later on. Also, food addiction, a lack of support, and a person’s overall psychological state could also play a role in how much they eat, how active they remain, and how much weight they gain. And drug abuse or alcohol abuse may also contribute to weight gain following bariatric surgery.
How to Prevent Weight Regain
Even though there are some factors that could contribute to weight regain after you undergo bariatric surgery, and even though it is totally normal to regain some weight after the procedure, there are some steps that you can take to prevent gaining a lot of weight again. These include:
• Prior to the surgery, do your best to stop binge eating. If you suffer with binge eating disorder (BED), getting help long before your bariatric procedure might help decrease the odds of weight gain after the surgery.
• Join a weight loss support group. There are also weight loss surgery support groups out there that can help you stay on track.
• The more weight you lose before your surgery, the better.
• Your bariatric doctor will give you some guidelines to follow after the surgery. Follow these closely to get the best results from the procedure. And talk to your doctor right away if you start to have food cravings or an unstable state of mind.
• Get advice from a professional nutritionist who could help you eat right for the long run. Your bariatric doctor might be able to refer you to a great dietitian or nutritionist that you can use to plan the right meal plans and keep the weight off.