Mentally Preparing Yourself for Weight Loss Surgery
It’s one of the biggest decisions and challenges you will take in your life. Weight loss is without doubt tough and like many other milestones, you must prepare accordingly.
Mental preparation is so important when it comes to weight loss as you need to get yourself ready both physically and emotionally to ensure you are ready.
Weight loss and sustaining a healthy weight is one of our society’s biggest challenges and if you have tried and failed previously, it can be a big deal. The good news however, is that those feelings are natural and common. You shouldn’t get frightened by the mountain that appears before you, but there are certainly steps you can take to tackle it strategically.
So how & where do we start mental preparation before weight loss surgery?
Set your target
It’s like everything else we do in life, from the easiest activity of getting up in the morning, if we have something to set our sights on, it becomes more manageable. Don’t expect to climb the weight loss mountain in one week or month. This takes time. Set yourself realistic and achievable targets and work to meet them each day and week.
Have a plan
Weight loss won’t happen without sacrifices and dedication. Make sure you plan accordingly and that you understand the science behind it. It is estimated that to lose half a kilogram of fat, you would need to burn about 3,500 calories. This won’t happen by thinking about it, so make a plan which includes exercise and a healthy approach to weight loss. This will focus you mentally and prepare you for what it entails – good and bad.
Listen to your body
If anyone knows your body, it’s you so listen to what it is telling you. We often reach for a snack when in fact we may just be thirsty or even bored. Are you really hungry? If you have looked after the above point, then you will have factored in when to eat and also when to hydrate which is crucial.
Do not be afraid to reach out to a friend or a group partner to discuss how you are feeling and the stress you may be under as you are embarking on or are in the middle of your weight loss journey. Losing weight is not easy and there are a lot of temptations and distractions out there that can be tough mentally. You may have emotional triggers too that have previously lead you to finding comfort in eating. Talk to someone you can trust and understand the way you feel and the path you are on.
Our support program gives our clients peace of mind knowing that they will have support from the beginning to the end of their treatment.
If you have any questions about your surgery and require further steps you can take to ensure you are prepared both physically and mentally, do not hesitate to contact us today.
Mr. Siva Gounder is the director and head of Perth Weight Loss & Surgery. With more than 15 years surgical experience, Mr. Gounder is fully trained and qualified to provide bariatric surgery in Perth that helps treat obesity. This includes gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, sips surgery, duodenal switch operation and revisional surgery.