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How to Lose Weight After Gaining From a Gastric Bypass

By Maura Shenker ; Updated July 18, 2017

Gastric bypass surgery involves separating the stomach into two compartments. The lower intestine is then reattached to the new, smaller stomach, severely restricting the amount of food you can consume. It can be an effective treatment for obesity: Most people lose 80 percent of their excess weight within the first two years after surgery. It's common to regain a small percentage of weight, although up to 20 percent of people regain most of the weight.

Treat the underlying reasons that you overeat. ABC News suggests seeking psychological support and behavioral therapy to understand the emotional reasons you overeat. Many people turn to food for comfort, as a replacement for something lacking in their life or as a coping mechanism for stress. You must understand what triggers the desire to overeat and learn new patterns of behavior for long-term weight loss.

Develop a regular exercise program. Physical activity is a crucial component of weight loss. Exercise increases your metabolism, decreases your stress level and strengthens your bones, lungs and heart. Start slowly, taking a 20-minute walk a few times a day. Gradually build your stamina and increase your activity level. Maintain lean muscle mass by strength training using weight machines or free weights. Consider joining a health club or investing in some fitness DVDs so you can work out at home.

Get back in touch with your doctor. It's not uncommon to regain some weight following gastric bypass surgery. Your doctor, nurse and dietitian are available to help and encourage you. If you don't get the level of support your need from your health care team, consider joining a support group specifically for people who have had gastric bypass surgery. Don't be embarrassed that you are struggling: Ask for help.

Follow your original diet plan. Many people gain weight after gastric bypass because they stop paying close attention to what and how much they eat. Keep a food journal and record your meals and snacks -- you might be eating more than you realize. Take your time eating and chew your food thoroughly. Avoid calorie-dense foods full of sugar and fat, which might cause your stomach to stretch.

Tips

Eat only when sitting at the table. Don't eat in front of the television, which might distract you. Avoid caffeine, which stimulates appetite.

Warnings

Always eat breakfast within 90 minutes of waking up and don't skip meals. Skipping meals can lead to extreme hunger and overeating at the next meal.

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