Bariatric surgery is a tool to help you lose weight, not a magical fix. Many people will continue to struggle with feeling hungry after their surgery. Below are some tips to help you manage your hunger.
Although you have a tool (the restrictive portion of the surgery) to assist with managing hunger after bariatric surgery, it may still be difficult to do. There is a honeymoon phase in the first 6-18 months following surgery that a person may not feel hunger. During this time, it is important to change habits so that your brain and eyes feel full.
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Try using smaller plates, use contrasting colors between dinnerware and food and use smaller utensils.
Follow-up with the bariatric practice can be critical to understanding and adjusting habits for success. Lastly, support is essential. At Roper St. Francis Bariatric Services we offer two support group meetings a month. We also have a Bariatric Behavioral Health Specialist that is available for appointments.