We have said it before and we will say it again weight loss surgery is not an easy option. Your surgery is a tool to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle, which requires hard work and commitment.
Understandably, there is a huge amount of temptation to step on the scales to see if your hard work is paying off. It is important to be aware of the impact this can have on you mentally and whether the scales give the whole picture of your journey to the new healthier you. These readings can have a huge impact on your mood and, sometimes, even your commitment to your new lifestyle.
Do you find yourself hopping on and off the scales too often? Don’t worry you are not alone – it is time to break the habit.
Have you recently jumped on the scales and the dial has gone up rather than down? Or stayed the same? Firstly don’t beat yourself up over it. There are a number of reasons for the results on the scales. It could be that you are retaining water due to salt intake, even weighing yourself at different times of the day or under different conditions – these could all have an impact.
It is time to STEP AWAY from the scales between your clinic appointments. This doesn’t mean you can’t keep track of your progress at home. Why not try some of the following?
- Keep a photo diary – This is a great way to physically see how your body is changing shape.
- Take body measurements – record your chest, waist, hip, neck, leg and arm dimensions every month to see the difference.
- Medical numbers- such as change in blood pressure, blood sugar levels. Have you been able to reduce or stop medication (with the agreement of your doctor)?
Don’t forget that weight loss surgery is more than just weight loss – it is a tool to help you achieve a brighter, healthier future.