I just couldn’t believe it when I went shopping this week and bought a size 10 pair of trousers.

When I think back to 9 years ago – I was wearing a size 26, and I am now literally half the person I used to be. In just 7 months since my Gastric Bypass, I have lost an incredible 5 stone and overall, I am over 9 stone down since the start of my weight loss journey.

There are always low points after surgery, but of you can minimise these with some of these recommendations:

Negatives/Problems

How You Can Help Yourself

Feeling tired for the first 4 weeks post-opAllow yourself time to recover and don't rush back to work
Regular dizzy spells during the first 2-3 monthsEat little and often and drink plenty of water
DumpingConsider your food choices - look at the fat and sugar content. Eat little and often
Hair LossTake your daily multi viamins. Up your Zinc intake and invest in some good hair products
Loose SkinAccept that this can be an issue if you lose more than 8 stone. Buy some decent lycra underwear!

Without doubt, the positives of weight loss, far outweigh the negatives.

  • Completely off medication
  • I no longer have “crunchy” and sore knees
  • I can ride a bike, go into a jog and bounce on a trampoline – effortlessly
  • Higher levels of energy – no longer lethargic
  • Eating a more healthy and balanced diet
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Stopped snoring
  • Shopping is enjoyable again – plus I can buy clothes…anywhere!
  • Flying is more comfortable
  • I can cross my legs, tie up my shoes and put my socks on
  • Feel sexier
  • Anxiety and depression reduced

The list of benefits to losing weight is individual – but is endless.

At The Bariatric Group, we ask patients to write down some personal goals IE: Start horse-riding, do a parachute jump, visit Machu Picchu etc. My goals were: ride a bike, visit a waterpark and to be able to shop in normal high street stores. I have achieved my 3 goals now and I feel great.

The only question, I always have in the back of my head is WHY DIDN’T I DO THIS SOONER? I had battled with obesity since I was in my early 20’s and didn’t face the problem until I was 38 – what a waste. However, every day, when I chat to others about their consideration of bariatric surgery, I hear myself saying “you will know when the time is right for you!” I stand by that – it is only you who can decide.

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Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.