If someone you know has undergone weight loss surgery, they can experience extreme changes physically and mentally. These changes will require some kind of support, whether that be from a friend, family member, coworker, healthcare provider, or a fellow bariatric patient.
It is important for that individual to know that they are never alone throughout their journey. There are a number of bariatric resources available that can be utilized to make the weight loss journey a little easier.
Below, we discuss some things to focus on when offering support to someone that has undergone bariatric surgery.
As you already know, bariatric surgery requires a number of life changes. This includes eating habits, lifestyle changes, exercising, social life and personal life.
As a bystander, gather an understanding of important aspects of bariatric surgery. You can do this by staying knowledgeable about potential changes and signs of deficiency or complications.
Understand the importance of bariatric medications and supplements. Offer a friendly reminder if needed.
Try not to pry if you know something is going on. Follow their lead and avoid talking about weight.
Keep An Open Mind
There will be changes in dietary habits, lifestyle choices, social settings, and physical appearance. It is important to keep an open mind when it comes to the changes being made.
Remember to avoid judgment and negative opinions. Try to work on talking positively, respect privacy, and be a good listener. Some individuals will want their space, while others may need more of a hands on approach.
There will be changes, both physically and mentally. Depending on your relation to the individual that experienced weight loss surgery, you may be involved in changes within the household, sleep habits, and physical activity to name a few. Day to day living will be different.
As a bystander, it is important to work on making these changes a little easier to manage.
Lend A Hand
It is essential to lend a hand where you can in order to create a strong support system.
Lifestyle change will be very important to ensure the full benefits of bariatric surgery are achieved. That being said, you could start by offering to be a workout partner. This is a great way to keep someone accountable, while also bettering your own health.
If you have prior experience with bariatric surgery, whether you or someone you know has undergone a procedure, open up about the experience. It can be helpful to hear what someone else has gone through that might be similar.
Doctors appointments and blood work can make or break a weight loss journey. Try to gently encourage attendance to follow-up appointments. You may even offer to tag along to appointments and bariatric support groups for encouragement.
Set A Good Example
Depending on your relationship with the individual who had surgery, there are different ways to go about setting a good example.
If you live together, work on providing access to healthy foods, go shopping together or make a list of food options that are acceptable to have in the house. Make sure to only purchase the dietary options that are written on the list.
If you are attending events together or going out to dinner, avoid focusing on alcohol. Enjoy a mocktail or just stick to water. There are other activities and topics to focus on that do not include alcohol or bad dietary habits.
Why not be apart of the weight loss journey by also bettering your own health? Participate in lifestyle changes, like daily exercise and yoga.
Avoid talking about food as a reward. There are other ways to celebrate accomplishments or milestones. A reward can even include a hobby that might have gotten pushed off or enjoying a movie and time alone.
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**This blog is for information and education purposes only. This information is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions in regards to a medical condition. A qualified healthcare professional can best assist you in deciding whether a dietary supplement is suitable based on your individual needs.