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  • Writer's pictureMaria S Panitsidis

Therapy for Bariatric Patients

Bariatric surgery is a hard but necessary decision for some people in order to achieve their weight, health, and wellness goals. I know this because I had to make that decision.

Before surgery, you may have questions or concerns that aren’t specifically addressed by your doctor or surgeon. You may experience self-doubt, depression, or anxiety.

After surgery, you may be physically unable to eat, but that will not stop you from wanting to. You may have a hard time abiding by restrictions or dealing with your new relationship with food.

I work with bariatric surgery clients to assist them in this life-altering decision.

It is necessary to begin implementing small, manageable changes to diet, exercise, and behaviors and create achievable goals that will not only make progress more rewarding but will lead to long-lasting benefits.

Making goals is SMART!

SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Together we can create goals that you can smash on the way to living your best life. This technique allows for small achievements to make a big impact on not only your overall success but your motivation through your progress. No more overwhelming generalizations and not knowing where to begin. We will start at the beginning.

Common topics discussed with bariatric surgery patients include:

  • Sticking to the recommended diet

  • Learning to make small changes and stick to them

  • Lifestyle activity and exercise

  • Your mood and food - Getting to know the strong relationship between your feelings and eating.

  • Binge eating

  • Restaurant eating and how to still have fun

  • Meal planning

  • Managing cravings

  • Mindful eating – How to slow down

  • Triggers for eating

  • Body changes and image

  • Discussing surgery with friends and family – Pre and post-op

  • Rapid weight loss and social situations

  • Goal setting

  • Time management to exercise

  • Weight maintenance for long term success

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