How to Get Support

Support is more likely to happen if you work to develop it, rather than just hoping it will occur. People are often willing to support your efforts to improve your health, but don’t always know how to best support you. If not guided, their support can turn into not-so-helpful practices like policing every morsel that you put into your mouth or, on the other extreme, over-concern for the smaller amounts of food you’re eating.

In general, be honest and share your hopes, goals, and needs with those you’d like support from. Clearly express your gratitude in advance for their help. Share information about your surgery: how you expect it to improve your health and well-being, and how it will change your eating behaviors and lifestyle. If you have not yet had surgery, think through (and ask others who have already had surgery) what challenges you are likely to face.

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About 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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