2. Friends By Your Side
Having friends as part of your support system or even a partner to go through the process is also extremely helpful for past patients. Friends can be a great addition to your support as they will help keep you on track and accountable. Weight loss surgery is not something you need to hide or be embarrassed about. You would be surprised how much support you can find the right friends!
3. Online Support Group
If you still want to seek out additional support and you desire to have a community you can go to at times of need, a support group can be a great option as well. Here at Mexico Bariatric Center, we have a closed group on Facebook for those who undergo bariatric surgery with our company. Support groups such as this can serve as a great place to make new friends, get answers to questions you may have, as well as share your progress after surgery through before and after photos.
How to Interact With Your Support System
When having a support system involved in your weight loss surgery journey, it can be wise to specify just how you’d like them to help. Having your support system hold you accountable for cheating on your pre-op or post-op diet, provide motivation to be active, or to help you vent about emotional struggles you have over time can make a tremendous difference.
You can even get certain family members to join in on some healthy lifestyle habits. Perhaps you have a cousin who goes to the gym and could use a workout partner. Maybe you have a sister who loves to make healthy substitutes for meals.
When you specify ways in which your family members can help you, the guesswork is removed and it creates new ways in which you can bond.
Former Bariatric Patients, Share Your Experience
Weight loss surgery forums are also a great way to interact with members of the community. If you underwent bariatric surgery and want to share about the support you received from your family and overall lifestyle change you made together, please do so in the comments below!
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