What Causes Weight Gain After Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgical procedures including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and gastric sleeve are proven in adults for the treatment of morbid obesity and obesity associated diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and obstructive sleep apnea.

However, the primary purpose of a weight loss surgery is to help obese persons achieve weight loss when they have been unable to lose that stubborn flab through other methods.

According to the bariatric experts, the obese patients lose an average of 80 percent of their excess weight following bariatric operations. Yet some patients notice that they have actually regained 15 percent of the lost weight 18-24 months after the surgery.

Imagine the sense of despair, frustration, disappointment, and hopelessness after the weight loss surgery failure. Why do people regain weight (relapse) after weight loss surgery? Bariatric experts have identified some reasons why some people who undergo weight loss surgery relapse to their former weight.

Why Weight Regain Happens?

The prime reason behind the weight regain after bariatric surgery is overeating. Bariatric patients begin to pile on the pounds again if they continually overeat. Eating haphazardly after the surgery may stretch out your surgically altered stomach. An enlarged stomach pouch will permit larger meals, which will result in weight gain.

In order to ensure the effectiveness of your weight loss surgery, make sure that you stick to the strict diet regimen.

Eating Too Many Calories
Even if you consume food in less quantity at a time, if you consume high-calorie foods, it is possible you will end up losing your weight loss goal. So it is extremely important that you learn about good food nutrition and make good food combinations to keep your weight off after the surgery.

Negative Eating Habits
An individual's eating habits will significantly affect how well he/she will lose weight after the bariatric surgery as well as how long he/she can keep the weight off. Anyone who has undergone bariatric surgery fails to keep his weight-loss goals on track, if he doesn't comply with the recommended dietary and lifestyle changes.

Following are the proper eating behaviors one should embrace for maximum weight loss success:

• Eat slowly and stop eating when you feel full.
• Eat in small quantities and chew your food thoroughly before you swallow it. Larger pieces of food can lead to blockage in the new small opening of your stomach pouch.
• Avoid drinking liquids with meals. How it can lead to weight regain? Consuming fluid with meal will wash food out of the stomach, which will empty the stomach sooner, and you feel hungry again. So avoid drinking 30 minutes before and 30 to 60 minutes after the meal.
• Drink enough fluid throughout the day to prevent dehydration (not with meals). A bariatric patient must gulp down six to eight cups of fluid per day to keep himself well hydrated.
• Your tolerance for certain foods will change over the course of your recovery from the weight loss surgery. For instance, high sugar food and beverages can cause "dumping

syndrome" in bariatric patients.
• Limit your intake of foods that are high in fat and sugar. These foods may cause nausea, pain and vomiting. These foods are also high in calories and will not be tolerated by your digestive system after the surgery.

These are just a few of the common reasons some bariatric surgery patients pile on more pounds again, and for some regain can be significant. The bottom line is that the success of weight loss result depends on an individual's willingness to adopt changed, healthy eating habits and regular physical activity. To learn about the food nutrition, proper eating style and physical exercise post bariatric surgery, you should speak with your bariatric surgeon and dietician.


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