Successful Habits after Weight Loss Surgery

I followed these for three years, then slowly started failing. They work, if you work them. Update: January 2018: They work for people with low susceptibility to addictive foods. I believe now that adding in natural and artificial sweeteners and “healthy” bread was the beginning of the end. Sticking to no sugar of any kind, no flour of any kind is my new goal. Day 42 – feeling good!


This research study  Success Habits of Long-term Gastric Bypass Patients” by Colleen M. Cook and Charles Edwards, MD, Published in Obesity Surgery September 1999 was my starting point for the work on finding my Melting Point.

EATING: Successful patients ate three small, well-balanced meals and two – three snacks per day. Included 3 servings each of protein, vegetables, one serving fruit, two servings bread/starches and two servings sweets.

Update: I now eat 3 meals a day. About 1200 calories. No more snacking. 

DRINKING: Successful patients drank water and did not drink carbonated beverages. On the average, patients drank 40-64 oz of water per day, 74% do not drink alcoholic beverages, 55% do not drink juices or sweetened beverages.

Update: Still true. One coffee a day, one caffeinated tea and mostly water and herbal tea. 

VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS: Successful patients took daily multiple vitamins, calcium and iron if needed. 39% continued to take supplemental iron.’

Update: taking the b12 and not much else. Eating a ton of vegetables and fruit and don’t feel like I need it anymore. Hope I’m right! 

SLEEPING: Successful patients slept 7 hours per night on the average. 76% rated their personal energy as being average or high.

Update: still getting 7-8 hours a night. 

EXERCISING: Successful patients exercised regularly to maintain their weight.  Average was 4 x a week for at least 40 mins. Patients reported exercise as a key factor in their ability to maintain their weight.

Update: slacked off big time on this, but even with extreme exercise I started to gain it back. I’m now focusing on what I eat and when I get closer to goal, will think about the exercise again.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Successful patients took personal responsibility for staying in control. 69% weighed themselves at least weekly. General feeling that maintaining their weight was up to them, and surgery was only a tool they used to reach and maintain a healthy weight. By weighing often and allowing themselves only a few kilograms of leeway, patients stayed in control.

NOT SUCCESSFUL: In those patients surveyed who were not classified as successful, an absence of at least one or more of the six successful habits was found. The most common was lack of exercise, poorly balanced meals, constant grazing and snacking, and drinking carbonated beverages. In the entire number of patients surveyed, including those who have gained back part of their weight, 97% of patients viewed their gastric bypass as a success. The first postoperative year is a critical time that MUST be dedicated to changing old behavior and forming new lifelong habits. By identifying these six common habits of the most successful long-term gastric bypass patients, the doctors established specific guidelines for new patients to implement.

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