This is a very common question in our Facebook Groups, so donít feel bad if youíve wondered this too!
However, 9 times out of 10 the person asking this is either barely starting the Inspire Diet or about 15-20 pounds away from goal. It's natural to want to know what the future holds. But we want you to approach this new Bariatric Lifestyle a little differently.
It's Not the Weight You Lose but the Life You Gain.
Whether you are losing weight for the first time, with your surgery so recent you are still marking time by the week or if you are jump-starting weight loss after a stall. Or maybe getting back on track to lose your Regain with The Inspire Diet you need the same lesson. But it's not one we can sum up for you in "directions" or a "Maintenance" plan. That's something you have to do for yourself or it doesn't quite stick. That's why Regain is so prevalent in the Bariatric world, it's hard to learn the right habits when you need to learn them the most.
If You Aren't Willing to Learn, No One Can Help You.
Another trend we have spotted is that when people are about 5 pounds away from goal weight they get laser focused and really dial in the effort.
WHY? Because those last 5? Will be the hardest you ever lose.
I'm not joking when I say it's not uncommon for a Post-Op to rocket to WITHIN 20 pounds of goal in a year, and then take a SECOND year to lose those last 20 pounds. Itís not because they are suddenly making different food choices, but because the body changes significantly throughout weight loss. At a minimum your calorie needs and exercise needs are usually much smaller at 180 pounds, then they were at 280 pounds. So this is where your habits, what you have learned so far become key practice.
Motivation is What Gets You Started, Habits Keep You Going
This is why the Inspire Diet works to do more than just get you to Goal. While you follow the plan, if you follow it the way it's written that is (click here for the plan in case you missed it!). You practice the "New To You" skill of pairing lean proteins, with healthy fats & wholesome low carb veggies. Every. Single. Day.
Plus we've got a ton of amazing family-friendly recipes. We even created 5 Weeks of Planned Suppers for you to follow along with.
Pssst! Hereís the Secret to ALL of this
By the time you are at Goal, you've changed the way you create your daily suppers. So swapping out 2 or 3 of your Inspire Meals, with small meals built using those same principles you used daily is seamless and second nature. You'll also notice if you keep this up that the scale won't start climbing up, and that you won't waste away either.
This is what you should also be doing in your first year after surgery. Our Surgeons give us a Gift called "The Honeymoon Phase" where our body goes into overdrive thanks to the Metabolic changes we see during Weight Loss Surgery. Whether you care to admit it or not, this is the easiest time you will have to lose weight. It gets HARDER the further out from surgery you are, so that's why forming new habits are key.
Stick to the plan, and if you haven't got one try ours. It's more than just meals to get you to Goal. Itís a New Lifestyle.
Love Yourself Enough to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
When you get to Goal you'll have these habits, these new tools to fall back onto. You'll find that not much changes about your daily menu though. So if you were hoping that being at Goal meant that you could sneak in a couple of Cheat Days a week, you're wrong. Hate to burst that bubble. There will also be no returning to those foods you fought hard to give up when you were 50 pounds away from goal and realized you needed to reel it in a bit. Things like full sugar coffee creamer, sweet tea from fast food places as you run errands on Saturdays are gone. Those 400 'Sugar-Free' protein milkshakes from Smoothie King & Subway? Need to stay in your past unless you'd like another Regain badge on your shirt.
Strength and Growth Come Only Through Effort & Struggle
Staying at Goal won't be much different than how you lived when you were working on the last 5 pounds. You'll be able to add in an extra slice or two of avocado to your salad once in a while. Or maybe some nice Walnuts while watching TV on Tuesday night. You won't have to watch so closely, and maybe not sweat quite so hard at the gym but you will have to watch what you eat forever if you donít want to deal with buying all new pants again. Staying active will be key to keeping your joints and heart healthy. So that won't go away either.
Losing weight is easy. Keeping it off? That's where the Struggle gets real.