After getting bariatric surgery, I lost 70 pounds during my ‘Stage 1’ weight loss, which was an amazing feeling.
But then I was stuck there for FOUR whole years before I discovered how to unlock the full potential of my surgery to reach my ultimate goal weight.
I know that I’m not alone.
There are a number of things that bariatric surgery patients learn too late, which leave them struggling for years.
Read on in this article to learn what these three lessons are and how you can start making some small changes in your life to see dramatic results!
Lesson #1: Processed Carbs Are The Culprit For Obesity
Lesson number one is that processed carbohydrates are the primary cause of obesity in the American diet.
How do we know this? We can easily see this by looking at the most successful diet plans out there.
One of the most acclaimed diets is called the Ornish diet. It’s essentially a whole foods vegan diet that recommends avoiding nearly all fats. This is one of the only diets that has been proven to reduce heart disease.
Another diet that has proven to produce incredible results is the Ketogenic diet, which recommends mostly natural fats and meats. This diet has a stunning track record of enabling people to lose dramatic amounts of fat without requiring exercise or feeling hungry between meals.
These diets are completely different, but both produce significant, long-term weight loss. How is that possible? What’s the verdict — should we eat fat or not?
Well, if you look at both of these diets you’ll find that they have some key things in common. They both completely eliminate processed carbohydrates.
Do that and what happens? People lose weight successfully on both of these diets. It’s pretty amazing.
We also know that processed carbohydrates are the real culprit in obesity because that’s the one thing that has changed most in the Standard American Diet over the last 50 years. More and more processed carbohydrates.
Over the last few decades, the world has been on a low fat craze, because we used to be under the impression that fat was the cause of heart disease.
The problem is, when people took fat out of their diets, they had to put something else in. And so they loaded up their diets with ‘low calorie, low fat’ processed carbohydrates.
Today, the average American eats more than a pound of processed sugars and carbohydrates every single day. That’s just way too much. And it’s programming us to be obese.
Most bariatric surgery patients don’t know this. They’re not taught that. And so after surgery, they continue to include processed carbohydrates in their diet and then they wonder why they’re not getting the results that they want.
Lesson #2: Snacks Sabotage Your Weight Loss
Most people are told after bariatric surgery that they should eat lots of small meals a day, five or six meals.
This is some of the worst advice you could give someone dealing with obesity. That has a really deleterious effect on your hormones.
Especially insulin, which is the hormone responsible for regulating your metabolism.
When you eat carbohydrates or proteins, your pancreas responds by pumping out insulin to help process this food into glucose. So when you eat, the level of insulin in your blood goes up. And that’s a healthy response to food.
But here’s the problem. If you are constantly provoking your pancreas to secrete insulin, you have your fat cells under the constant influence of insulin.
Well, what does insulin do? It tells the fat cell to grow and it tells the fat cell not to release fat to burn for energy, so you impair your ability to lose weight.
So frequent snacking is a very, very dangerous habit. But unfortunately, it’s reinforced by most of the nutritional establishment.
And the fact that it’s reinforced by most of the nutritional establishment means that bariatric surgery patients are having a really hard time grasping this idea that snacking is no good.
Lesson #3: You Can’t Burn Off That Cookie On The Treadmill
A lot of people think that if they eat a cheat meal that they can just go to the gym, run on the treadmill and they can just burn off the extra calories.
Now, I’m not going to tell you that going to the gym is bad. No, going to the gym is good. Exercising is good, but it’s not going to help much with weight loss.
It’s going to have a very, very minor effect and certainly it’s not gonna have any effect on your ability to make up for dietary indiscretions.
Because if you eat a pack of cookies, those cookies have done long term harm to your metabolism. Okay, now you want to go to the gym and run to burn those off. But what happens? Well, when you exercise, that increases your appetite and encourages you to consume more food later. It’s a self-defeating cycle.
If you’re going to the gym solely to lose weight, then I’m sorry to say that you cannot run on the treadmill and burn off the fat that way.
Six pack abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. And the reality is the bariatric success is also made in the kitchen, not in the gym.
These three lessons are essential for every bariatric surgery patient to know. In the world today, we’re fed a lot of wrong information on how to lose weight. The diet and weight loss industry pumps out myth after myth, and it drives me crazy.
That’s why I made it my mission to educate as many bariatric surgery patients as I can about the real cause of obesity and the effective strategies for being successful after bariatric surgery.