Long term success after bariatric surgery will always begin before any surgery is completed. The first basis for success is complete mental preparedness.
If someone is only 50% ready for this new pathway in life then it may be more prudent to wait until you are 110% ready. There is no “magic pill” per se to correct the obesity epidemic. However the combination of greatly improving nutrition, the addition of increased activity level hopefully on a daily and weekly basis, and with the added benefits of the bariatric surgery, this could be the “magic pill” that our patients are longing to achieve their individualized success.
This process again starts before any surgery occurs. Talking with your surgeon at length about your intended surgery and monthly discussions with your dietitian for better understanding of improved nutrition and innumerable ideas for food options can lead to better long term success. The idea should never be a “diet” but should be an improvement in your nutrition.
Additionally, and what I like to call the “bookends” to success; support groups and exercise. Think of your process as a book shelf and on that shelf is all the books to success after a surgery. The “bookends” that support the process and your pathway to success is increasing exercise, which aids the weight loss process, and support groups, which elevate your insight for success in the short and long term. Both of these parameters have been proven to increase your success in your life plan.