One of the downsides and risks that needs to be…
Never in my lifetime did I ever think I would reach a point where I was worried about losing too much weight and not being able to stop it. Before I had my gastric bypass I worried that I would be the one person in the world who has bariatric surgery and then doesn’t lose any weight at all. Obviously this wasn’t the case.
I set myself a goal weight of 65 kilos and my starting weight was 132 kilos. This meant I had 67 kilos in total to lose and I wasn’t sure that even with bariatric surgery I would ever meet my goal. To take my focus off just the number on the scale I also set myself a size goal and I really recommend you do this if you have an upcoming bariatric surgery.
I lost 15 kilos before my surgery and then it took me nine months after my gastric bypass to reach my goal weight. I was so stoked to have reached it because, in my mind, I was never guaranteed that this was going to happen. When I met it I decided to let my weight go down a couple more kilos so I had a bit of a buffer if I had some regain.
I lost a couple more kilos and was happy with that but my body just kept losing weight. There wasn’t really anything I could do to stop it and I started getting comments from family and other people close to be that I was looking quite small. I had a dietcian appointment around this time and my dietician assured me that my weight loss would slow down and it wouldn’t keep up forever.
It was honestly the strangest feeling in the world for me not wanting to lose any more weight. I had spent my entire life wanting to lose weight and to have the opposite worry was really weird. I got down down to 62 kilos, which is the point I’ve decided is too small for me, and said to my husband if I got to 60 I was going to go back to my team and get them to help me stop losing weight.
It turned out that just as I reached this height of worrying my weight loss slowed down and it started to balance out. If you have had bariatric surgery and have dropped enough weight that you’re worrying about this you have my sympathy. If you are really concerned about it and think that you really can’t or shouldn’t lose any more weight then please get in touch with your team and they will be able to advise you on how to deal with it in a healthy way.
While bariatric surgery is a fantastic tool the initial effects it has in terms of how quickly and seemingly easy it is to lose weight don’t last forever. You may go past your goal and get to a point where you think you have lost too much weight but I think for me it was good to get to that point and see where my lower limit is weight wise. It worried me so much at the time but it did even out and now I’m glad I had that buffer because I’m sitting a couple of kilos above my goal weight and I’m starting to wonder if this is where my body is happy and has settled.
Did you reach the goal weight you set yourself after you had bariatric surgery? Did you worry that you wouldn’t be able to stop losing and maintain your weight at a point where you were happy with it? Comment below and let me know I’d love to know how you found it.