Weight Regain after Bariatric Surgery
If, after all your hard work and weight loss efforts, you notice that all of a sudden the scale is going up instead of down, don’t panic. There are dozens of possible reasons why. The best thing to do is relax and take a look at what’s going on in your life. First, assess the situation and see if you can see an immediate and obvious cause. Browse the following list of common reasons:
- Are your eating habits exactly the same as before? If not, how have they changed?
- Have you been in one exercise routine for a long time?
- Has your exercise routine slowed down?
- Have you had an excess of salty foods recently?
- Has your stress level changed recently?
A change in eating habits, increasing or even decreasing calorie intake, can affect your weight loss or maintenance. Too much food can cause weight gain, but not enough food can trigger our bodies’ starvation mode and cause us to hold on to extra weight and water. A quick chat with your nutritionist can figure out any issues.
Slowing down your exercise routine or even simply staying at one difficulty level can also cause us to hit plateaus or put on weight. It may be time to change it up or even step up the intensity level just a bit. Talk to your exercise physiologist or your personal trainer for advice on how to take your workout to the next level.
Avoid salty foods and be sure to drink plenty of water. You’ve probably heard that a hundred times, but it’s true. Just a little excess salt can cause some powerful water retention and not consuming enough H20 can cause “head hunger,” water retention and low energy.
Stress and hormone levels can often affect our weight and ability to lose weight. Assess your current lifestyle. Have there been recent stress level changes or is high stress the norm in your life? If you said yes to either, stress relief exercises may help lower your levels, which will help bring those weight gaining stress hormones back in check.
If you’ve assessed the situation and still can’t find the answer to the mystery weight gain see your doctor for a thorough check up.