Regaining weight after weight loss surgery is the most frustrating and feared phenomenon out there. And it’s more common than you might think.
Weight loss surgery is an amazing tool, but even with the help of surgery, there are several common reasons why people may experience weight regain after losing it.
Here’s a list of common causes of weight regain, and ideas for what you can do about it.
Metabolic Adaptation - When you lose weight, your body may adjust over time to burn fewer calories each day.
- Track your progress carefully. Look for trends in your weight and measurements so can make small adjustments as needed. If you are unsure about how many total calories your body needs each day, reach out to your bariatric dietitian for advice.
- Remember, high quality protein supports muscle and metabolism. If you want to burn more calories each day, do light strength training and get 20-30 grams of protein when you exercise.
Old Habits Creep In – Some lifestyle changes are not realistic or sustainable which allows room for old habits to creep back in.
- Focus on sustainable lifestyle changes. Make small, easy changes that are enjoyable, accessible and realistic for your life.
- Try stacking new healthy habits with things that you do naturally. Add protein powder to your morning coffee or tea.
Reduced Protein Intake – Subtle changes to your diet are common. Getting fewer calories from protein and more calories from processed carbohydrates can lead to weight regain.
- Focus on protein and fiber: Eating protein and fiber-rich foods can help you feel fuller for longer, reducing the likelihood of overeating and weight regain.
- Try 30-30-30. Get 30 grams of high-quality protein, 3 times each day to maintain muscle and a healthy metabolism. UNJURY® Protein is ideal for lean muscle because it’s rich in Leucine.
High Levels of Emotion and Stress - Stress, anxiety, and depression don’t go away with weight loss. Food is often used as a coping mechanism.
- Learn new healthy ways to manage stress and emotions. Try meditation, take up a new hobby, or get support from a therapist or counselor.
- Exercise, stretching, and getting out into nature are all great stress reducers.
Lack of Support – Managing a chronic disease like obesity is challenging. When someone doesn’t have the support they need, it may lead to regain over time.
- Attend support groups like UNJURY® Cares, and stay engaged with your medical team. They can help with accountability, advice and motivation.
- Remember, you are on a journey and there may be bumps along the way. Be kind to yourself, stay committed to your goals, and seek help if you need it.