When do we really get it?
This is an amazing question asked often on both our support group pages and one member summed it up perfectly!
"I think the light bulb finally came on when I was reading all of this discussion about bread and realized where I probably went wrong. I had the Sleeve 5 years ago and never had any problems eating anything. I sometimes would get a 6 inch sub and make 3 meals out of it. I thought it was okay because I was still losing weight, but after reading posts here for a few days, NOW I understand it was the honeymoon part of the surgery in control. I set myself up for failure. I reached my goal and had a tummy tuck and had an open wound complication that sidelined me for months. I have regained half of what I lost but having found this site I now have HOPE again. It is time I stop playing the game of how much can I get away with." - Deborah Frunk-Addis
That's the thing a lot of people miss right after weight loss surgery. We forget that the goal wasn't to lose it as fast as possible, it was to change our lives so the weight stayed off. Smaller portions of our old favorite foods aren't part of that new lifestyle and it always backfires once life hits us in the rear.
We encourage new post-ops to work on making changes that promote rapid weight loss for the first year or so, then turn those new habits into a lifestyle that supports long term weight maintenance once the Honeymoon phase closes.
For the veterans who missed that memo, we have created the incredibly popular Inspire Diet, which will retrain you towards weight loss AND a collection of new habits so you keep the weight off for good.