Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery:
The Ultimate Guide

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery:

How to Prep For Bariatric Surgery Part 1: Start Making Lifestyle Changes

How to Prep For Bariatric Surgery Part 2: MORE Lifestyle Changes

Setting Realistic Expectations

Why Lose Weight Before Surgery

Pre Op Diet Part 1: The "WHATs" and "WHYs"

PreOp Diet Part 2: Nitty Gritty Details of What to Eat and Drink

Lowdown on the Liver Diet Before Surgery

Should You Have a "Food Funeral?"

2 Week Pre Op Diet: How to Follow the Liquid Diet Before Surgery

Top Tips to Surviving the PreOp Liver Shrinking Diet

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery Mentally, Part 1: How Will You Stay MOTIVATED Long Term?

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery Mentally, Part 2: TOP 5 Ways to Stay ACCOUNTABLE Long Term

Having weight loss surgery is not a “one and done” deal. It’s not a single event that happens in your life and then you go on your merry way afterward. Bariatric surgery and the lifestyle changes that you must commit to forever afterward are two separate things.

Consider These as 2 Totally Different Components

1. Weight loss surgery procedure (RNY, VSG, Gastric Band)

2. Diet and lifestyle changes

Simply having surgery doesn’t force you to make the diet changes you need to. Nor is it a guarantee you’ll make lifestyle changes long term. However, you may assume otherwise.

Have you ever thought, “If I can just take it off, I’ll keep it off”?  Let me tell you…

…this is NOT a good enough strategy.

A better strategy is to start the lifestyle changes as far ahead of surgery as possible

…3-6 months before surgery that is!

Surgery and diet/lifestyle changes REALLY ARE two separate and different things. Establish new healthy habits as part of your bariatric surgery pre op preparation, and then think of the surgery itself as the last little piece of the puzzle. Lifestyle change takes time…and it’s the BIGGEST piece of the puzzle!

Start diet and lifestyle changes as far ahead of surgery as possible…3-6 months ahead…in order to increase your chances of success after surgery.

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery: Lifestyle Changes

3-6 Months Pre Op--> Start the “Great 8”

These are 8 of the most important eating habits to start incorporating into your life pre bariatric surgery. Bonus: Weight loss will follow as a natural consequence because weight loss is an outcome that results from engaging in consistent healthy habits.

Prep for Weight Loss Surgery:
#1: Create a Safe “Bariatric Friendly” Environment

Your environment can make or break you. At home. And at work.

Remember a time when you “didn’t plan to eat the cookies”…but they were in the house and in a moment of weakness you found yourself plowing through the whole box?

You eat what’s around. Period. So, keep a “clean house.” Non Negotiable! This is critical to your success. Your ability to make a good decision about what to eat at any given moment has everything to do with what’s available. Make your environment “bariatric friendly” and conducive to making good choices: 

  • Get rid of any tempting food or trigger foods
  • Stock up with bariatric friendly foods

 But wait...I know what you’re thinking…

… "I can’t deprive my spouse/significant other/or kids of what they like to eat just because I have a hard time resisting.” To that I say…

…if other members in your family can’t live without particular foods, and you absolutely can’t keep them out of the house, store them out of sight, out of mind. Put any trigger foods in a separate cabinet that you don’t open or store them on the bottom shelf or drawer of the fridge where you don’t look.

Don’t plan to rely on “will power” to stay away from tempting foods. Willpower suggests there’s “won’t power.” Eliminate this variable. A person trying to quit smoking or drinking doesn’t keep cigarettes or alcohol in the house. Now go make a bariatric friendly environment!

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery:
#2: Structure Your Eating

Establish a regular pattern:

  • 3 main meals per day
  • 2 planned snacks per day if needed

Plan to eat within the first hour of waking up and then every 3 hours thereafter. Like this:

If you wakeup at 6am-

  • 7am: Breakfast- choose high protein and low sugar and low carb options
  • 10am: Snack- a light, low-calorie snack if needed
  • 1pm: Lunch -focus on lean protein combined with produce, healthy fats and if room, healthy carbs.
  • 3pm: Snack- another light, low-calorie snack if needed
  • 6pm: Dinner- focus on lean protein combined with produce, healthy fats and if room, healthy carbs.

We're talking about preparing for weight loss surgery here, but you should know that whether you have surgery or not, eating small frequent meals and snacks like this will always:

  • Give you consistent energy throughout the day
  • Help curb hunger
  • Curb cravings
  • Curb overeating

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery:
#3: Eat Mindfully

HOW you eat matters as much as what you eat.

When you eat, eat. When you watch tv, watch tv. When you drive, drive…

…You get the idea!

Make eating a primary activity when you do it. Sure, a tv can be on in the background, but if you’re paying more attention to the tv than your food, you’re at risk of eating mindlessly and overeating. In other words…

Uni-task when you eat.

This is the first of 10 Key Steps to Eating Mindfully.

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery:
#4: Grocery Shop Regularly

You can’t eat what you don’t have! Your ability to make a good decision about what to eat at any given moment has everything to do with how hungry you are AND what foods are around. Structuring your eating (#2 above) will help curb hunger. Shopping regularly will assure you always have the right bariatric friendly foods around.

Schedule a regular, planned grocery shopping day each week to stock up on the right foods. Do it on the same day and time each week.

Schedule it on your calendar like it’s an important appointment. Because it is! 

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