5 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight
By Troy Glembot, MD
It’s no secret that Americans are heavier than ever. It’s also no secret that eating less and exercising more is the only effective way to maintain your weight loss.
But even with the most dedicated efforts, the weight loss will stop. However, it is important to remember a couple of important facts. First of all, some degree of weight re-gain is to be expected even with all bariatric surgical procedures. The amount and onset of the weight regain will depend to some extent on the type of procedure you had. Secondly, when your weight loss stops or you even start to gain some weight, it is a good time to carefully assess things that you can improve. Here are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Beware of grazing. It is very easy to adopt an eating style of “picking” all day with a variety of foods. This unhealthy behavior can limit your ability to lose weight.
- Avoid nighttime eating. Many people struggled with this problem. Unfortunately, it is very easy to fall back into this weight-gaining habit again.
- Steer clear of liquid calories. Everyone should heed this advice. Common calorie-filled culprits include sodas, alcohol, fruit juices and even some energy drinks.
- Avoid long periods of inactivity. Been to the gym lately? While gym memberships are easy to purchase, the hard part is actually going. But, the good news is that almost any regular physical activity works just fine. Walking the dog, regular gardening or getting a group of friends together to walk at the mall are all very effective and less expensive than joining a gym.
- Keep in touch with your scale. Regular weigh-ins keep you accountable and on track.
And remember, your bariatric program is here to support you so contact us if you hit a plateau or start regaining weight.