"Bariatric Honeymoon Phase" : This is the time period for Bariatric patients where the weight seems to just fall off and you could cough and lose 3 lbs ! Lots of times, the eating very little and not feeling the hunger in the beginning after surgery can be a jubilant experience !
Then it happens... about 12 to 16 months after weight loss surgery - you gain a pound... or three!
WTF ?!?! Your mind starts to spin out of control... What did I eat yesterday? Did I 'poop' today? OMG... Have I stretched my pouch too far ? Damn ... I knew I shouldn't have gone out drinking with the girls two weeks ago ?!?!
Take a breath. Sigh. Inhale and Exhale. You are okay and It is okay. It happens. It happened to me too. All of sudden, I was a fantastic 161 lbs and BOOM... A mere 15 months out from surgery, I stepped on the scale at the gym one Saturday morning and there it was 165 lbs ! Why ? I almost cried standing in my local gym after an intense regular workout. I couldn't understand what was happening.
For some people, 4 lbs is nothing. However for a bariatric patient, it is a daunting and often one of the scariest things to experience - WEIGHT GAIN
I had to reevaluate what my lifestyle behaviors were.
- Am I eating and drinking together?
- Maybe I slipped up one too many times with breads, sweets, and other starchy carbs?
- Am I logging ALL the foods I eat?
- Drinking enough Water?
- Exercising or Moving enough ?
So I went back to basics for an entire 10 days. Only consuming High Protein and very little Carbs all the while I made sure to move and exercise daily. No weighing myself for ten whole days - (GULP..... almost died!) But after diligence and hard work - It paid off ! I'm back to my comfortable 161 lbs. and feeling elated that I now have the tools to regain control.