My #1 WLS rule

My #1 WLS rule

Do you set specific rules for yourself when it comes to your weight loss surgery journey? This week I went in for my yearly bariatric checkup and told my doctor that I stick to one specific rule that helps me maintain: if I see the scale hit anywhere above 165ish, I consider that an emergency. Sirens go off and I do everything I can to make a change.

The doctor’s response was unexpected: “That’s probably not good idea.” I get it. I really do. It may be a sign of control issues or an early indicator of an eating disorder. But let’s be perfectly honest… people who struggle with obesity basically are struggling with an eating disorder, more or less.

I get it. I really do. It probably makes me look like I have control issues or comes up as an early indicator of an eating disorder on some checklist. But let’s be perfectly honest… most people who struggle with obesity are likely struggling with an eating disorder, more or less.

I’ve seen too many people regain weight due to many factors and there’s one thing I know for sure: I’m not immune to regain. Every new day is a day that I could start backsliding and allowing myself to make poor choices. So for me, strict guidelines work. I can’t be an “eat everything in moderation” person. God knows I’ve tried. I can’t be a “gain a few pounds and I’ll lose it later” person. There are certain things I know about myself after nine years of doing this. We all need to figure out what works for us.

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