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Oct

After Weight Loss Surgery, Manage Stress

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Of all the things that you may think of interfering with your weight loss progress—the sweets, the treats, the lack of motivation to get up and exercise–perhaps the last thing that you think about is actually one of the biggest threats out there: stress. That’s right! One of the biggest threats to your weight loss progress lives right inside your own head, and the worst thing is that if you start stressing out about it, you’ll just make the problem worse.

Stress impacts the body in a lot of ways. When you start experiencing feelings of stress, your emotions trigger a physiological response. Hormones begin actually flushing through your blood stream, which in turn leads to those physical symptoms of a stomach ache or head ache. The more you focus on the things that are stressing you out, the more your body builds up a reaction to help you get through the stressful experience. It is a survival tactic, and it is one that can have major issues on your weight loss progress if you let your stress level get out of control.

Here are a few healthy ways to manage your stress level as you lose weight:

  • Exercise every day. The best way to manage chronic stress is to get ahead of it by being proactive every day. Exercising is a great way to combat your stress level and keep your stress at an appropriate level that won’t interfere with your weight loss goals. Plus, exercise helps you lose weight, too.
  • Communicate your feelings with friends and family. Sharing your thoughts and emotions with friends and family members can help you gain perspective and overcome especially stressful feelings.
  • Journal your thoughts and think it through. Sometimes things are especially stressful because you haven’t taken the time to think everything through. Journaling can help with this process and may help you feel better, much like communicating your needs.
  • Try to avoid binge eating and other destructive behaviors. One of the worst things you can do is give in to your stress and overeat. Stress eating can definitely contribute to weight gain and may even lead to discomfort following weight loss surgery.

Sometimes, the day to day stress of figuring out your new normal after weight loss surgery can be incredibly stressful. Talk to your weight loss surgeon to find out if there are any support groups in your area that may help you cope with these new stressors in your life.

Being healthy means taking care of your mind and body. Do your best to manage your stress as effectively as possible as you lose weight after weight loss surgery.