At the moment there is a lot of talk about living mindfully but what does it mean? And can it help after weight loss surgery?
Being mindful means being in the moment this means that you enjoy the experience that you are having at that time. This leads to a better connection with what you are doing and tends to lead to a more positive experience. In terms of eating …..yes it can help after bariatric surgery. We often talk about the 20:20:20 rule and this really is just a form of mindful eating. After a gastric band it is especially important to eat slowly and chew really well, in order to ensure that the band doesn’t malfunction mechanically or cause uncomfortable symptoms. The technique is also invaluable after a gastric bypass and gastric sleeve as you relearn how to listen to your body knowing when to stop eating really listening to the signals from your stomach.
If we eat mindfully we are more aware of the food that we have it can mean that we snack less as we limit the amount that we eat and just eat the foods that are enjoyable. So next time you are eating make sure that is all that you are doing , turn off distractions, smell the food then take a bite chew it properly and savour the taste and texture.
*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.