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Bariatric Surgery Brings Many Changes

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Deb Hart

Bariatric surgery brings about many changes all at once. There are the emotions surrounding the actual surgery, the abrupt reduction in food intake, a whole new set of “rules” to follow, foods to find and try, physical changes surrounding new anatomy and a shrinking girth, and all of the social aspects that these changes affect. The first few months are a whirlwind. As the dust begins to settle and the comfort level with all of this newness grows, life is good. It is fun to watch the pounds drop off. It is amazing to drop medication after medication and see your health improve before your very eyes. You can shop at a regular store, fit into a restaurant booth and easily tie your shoes—freedom, really, to do whatever it is you want.

The tool of bariatric surgery is very effective as long as you follow the “rules,” but the “rules” can be hard to follow consistently as life happens. Unexpected job loss, money issues, relationship troubles, teenagers, injuries, illness or other stressors come up.

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Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.

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