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Identifying Non-Hungry Eating and Overeating Habits

Identifying Non-Hungry Eating and Overeating Habits Are you finding it difficult to navigate non-hungry eating cues and overeating habits? If so, you’re not alone. This is in fact very normal after bariatric surgery, and even in everyday life, however there are some strategies you can apply to assist with this. Non-hungry eating occurs when you find yourself eating for reasons other than hunger. This can happen when you’re dehydrated, bored, stressed, anxious or even watching television and relaxing. It is especially important after bariatric surgery to identify these behaviours early so that alternative strategies are discussed to ensure it doesn’t impact your long-term outcomes. Overeating occurs when you eat more than you need and you pass that point of ‘satisfaction’, it can quite literally be that one mouthful too much. Identifying the source of these habits and putting healthy processes in place to overcome them is a great step to ensure you are listening to your body and taking care of your nutrition. When beginning your weight-loss journey, whether that involves surgery or other interventions, it is important to identify these eating behaviours. How do I know whether I am ‘non-hungry eating’ or ‘overeating’? Many people struggle with non-hungry eating…

What you need to know about the psychological impact of weight loss surgery

Your guide to the psychological impact of weight loss surgery Are you looking for more information about the potential psychological impact of weight loss surgery? The health benefits of bariatric & metabolic surgery are well established; however, the psychological impact of weight loss surgery can be significant and should not be underestimated. Quite often these challenges don’t present themselves until after surgery, either early in the post operative phase or well down the track. Our psychology is the control centre of our mind, behaviours and thoughts and can be one of the factors that leads patients to undergo bariatric surgery. This is why our team includes a psychological assessment for any patient undergoing bariatric surgery. Considering the psychological impact of weight loss surgery before making a decision The 2020 study on ‘Patient perspectives in psychological care after bariatric surgery,’ discusses setting realistic  weight loss expectations for the changes and challenges patients may experience. Lifestyle changes are not always easy, which is why preparing for these changes and the psychological impact of weight loss surgery pre bariatric surgery is key. Let’s face it, the behaviours individuals have around diet and lifestyle have likely been in place for years and years. The…

How to manage Christmas post bariatric surgery | Dr Scott Whiting

How to manage Christmas after bariatric surgery It can be challenging to manage your weight, motivation, and behaviours during the leadup to, and over, Christmas after bariatric surgery. This can be due to many factors including that the numerous gatherings and parties might mean there’s an abundance of food, sweets, and alcohol on offer. Plus, if you’re travelling or on holidays, you may have limited cooking facilities or food supplies. To top it off, many people get into the “it’s Christmas… why not? I’ll start my diet in the new year” mindset. Read on to learn how you can manage the Christmas period or download Christmas guide.     How do you manage these temptations and maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the Christmas period?   Preparation Having a game plan for how you’ll manage over the holiday’s is the key to success. If you’re eating out or eating at a party, look up the menu prior to prepare. Otherwise, eating a small meal before you go out is a great way to ensure you’re eating healthy and nutritious foods, and not overindulge. Additionally, don’t try new foods on Christmas day or at a party. It’s not uncommon after bariatric surgery…

Your ultimate packing for surgery checklist

Your ultimate packing for surgery checklist Packing for surgery is an important step in ensuring your hospital stay is as comfortable as possible. Using a checklist is a great way to ensure you don’t miss those must-not-forget items. Our checklist covers the items you may have remembered (and a few you may have forgotten) to ensure you have the most comfortable stay in hospital post bariatric surgery.   The must-not-forget items These items are non-negotiable when you’re packing for surgery. Included are the basic items you need to ensure our team and other hospital staff can confirm your identity. It also includes items that you may need to assist you throughout your stay. Any required consent forms, filled out and signed Form of identification Medicare card Health fund card or details EFTPOS card or cash Any current medications (in original packaging) Any relevant doctor’s paperwork, x-rays, and scans Mobile phone or tablet Phone or tablet charger with a long charging cord Water bottle Glasses Hearing aid Walking stick or walking aids Ear plugs   Personal items Personal items are those which you may not necessarily need to bring but will make your stay in hospital a little more comfortable. We…

Implementing healthy eating and lifestyle changes post weight loss surgery

Implementing healthy eating and lifestyle changes post weight loss surgery After undertaking bariatric surgery, there are several lifestyle changes post weight loss surgery that you should consider. In the following days, months and even years after your surgery, it is paramount that you take care of your body – especially when it comes to your eating habits. It is important to note that each patient is different which means that lifestyle changes post-surgery may vary. Always consult with your surgeon or dietitian for post-operation care that is tailored to your specific health needs.   Lifestyle changes leading up to surgery To ensure patients have the best chance of recovery from surgery, it is important to follow all instructions from your dietitian and surgeon. These instructions include, but are not limited to: Implementation and adherence to your Very Low Energy Diet (VLED) prior to your surgery Reduce your alcohol consumption Smoking and Vaping cessation Implement an exercise plan, this can be as simple as a 10–15-minute walk to get you started Increase your water intake Reduced carbonated fluid intake if you find yourself reliant in this daily Be mindful when you’re eating – Eat slowly 20-30 minutes to eat your meal…

Have you considered non-surgical weight loss options?

Have you considered non-surgical weight loss options? Before undertaking bariatric surgery, it may be worthwhile considering non-surgical weight loss options. These may include more traditional weight loss methods such as dietary changes, exercise prescription/regimes, and pharmacotherapy (medications). As medical practitioners learn more about the treatment of obesity, they have discovered that this disease is chronic and progressive, and not one single intervention will work in isolation. Thus, it is important for long-term weight loss success that a multifactorial approach is developed. Read on to find out how our team can provide weight loss support without the surgery.   Intra gastric balloons Intra gastric balloons work to promote weight loss by increasing satisfaction after eating a small amount of food. Dr Whiting offers the Allurion intra gastric balloon, the world’s first non-surgical procedure. The Allurion device is swallowed (under the guidance of a medical professional) and then filled with saline once it reaches the stomach. The balloon will stay in the patient’s stomach for approximately 16 weeks before naturally degrading and leaving the body. The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and does not require anaesthesia or endoscopy. The Allurion program used by Dr Whiting includes support from his dietitian for six…

Do you know your options for weight loss surgery?

Do you know your options for weight loss surgery? Are you considering your options for weight loss surgery? Surgery may be an option if you’ve found traditional weight loss methods have been unsuccessful and unsustainable. Surgical weight loss is referred to as bariatric surgery. This area of surgery is growing rapidly around the world, with over 25,000 surgeries performed in Australia each year alone. Bariatric surgery can help you lose weight in a sustainable way in combination with dietary, lifestyle and behaviour changes. In addition to weight loss, bariatric surgery induces a significant metabolic response. Patients with obesity-related co-morbidities can see improvements, and in some cases remission, of conditions such as: Obstructive sleep apnoea Type 2 diabetes mellitus Hypertension Dyslipidaemia Your journey into bariatric surgery can be overwhelming initially with many different surgical options available, therefore choosing the right one for you can be difficult. This decision is best made with your surgeon as they will assess your personal history, treatment goals, and will recommend a procedure that’s appropriate for your individual circumstances. What options do you have when it comes to bariatric surgery? Dr Scott Whiting is a general surgeon with sub-specialty training in Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery. This…

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