Thursday, November 29, 2012

Surviving the Weight Loss Downs and Ups

The phrase "ups and downs" is bit confusing when we're talking about the lifelong battle to keep our weight under control. That's because, well, when you're weight is down that's more likely to feel like what we'd usually call an "up" and when it's up, you're quite likely to feel pretty down! Still, those of us who've had weight loss surgery should understand that fluctuations both in our behavior and our actual weight is normal.

There are a great many adjustments to deal with in the wake of a weight loss surgery, whether it's a lap band, a gastric sleeve, or something else. The fact of the matter is that while modern day obesity surgery is a genuine medical miracle, it isn't quite on the level of being a magic wand. The battle to watch our diet and keep up an overall healthy lifestyle will continue. The important thing is not to panic every time we experience a minor weight gain or "fall off the wagon" when it comes to what we should be eating.

The other important thing is to try to view the struggle not as a never-ending slog or struggle, but almost as a kind of game in which you will win by gradually improving your habits. The prize, of course, is a better life but the important thing -- and this might sound a little strange -- is to have fun while your doing it.

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