Published on March 03, 2020

Getting Mentally Ready for Bariatric Surgery

When it comes to bariatric surgery, we often focus on the physical results—the ability to move more easily, fit better into clothing, and become a healthier version of ourselves. But weight-loss surgery isn’t just physical. It affects almost every aspect of life. So how do you mentally prepare for such a drastic change?

Be Realistic

After weight-loss surgery, it’s easy to compare yourself with others. But every person loses weight at different rates. And it’s common to experience weight-loss plateaus at times. Pledge to keep a positive attitude with yourself and focus only on what you can control. Take lots of pictures and measurements before and after surgery to help you see how far you’ve come.

Build Coping Skills

A lot of times, food can serve as a coping method for a host of reasons—stress, sadness, and boredom may be a few. But after surgery, you won’t be able turn to food for comfort. Be prepared to grieve this loss and work on building other coping strategies before surgery.

or example, you can try replacing needless snacking with:

  • Taking a walk
  • Calling a friend
  • Coloring
  • Knitting

Nurture Relationships

Losing weight can change how you think about yourself and how others think about you. Keep in mind, some people will be more supportive than others. Remember to maintain open communication with loved ones throughout the process. And be ready to seek counseling and support if you need help navigating changing relationships after surgery. Remember, you deserve to be happy and healthy.

Choose How You Want to Socialize

From backyard barbeques to holiday gatherings, food plays center stage in many social interactions. You might feel sad or left out when you can’t participate the same way as before. That’s why it’s important to prepare for these situations before you face them after surgery. Identify what you may need to do differently at social gatherings, such as bringing your own healthy dish or eating before you go.