Overcoming Food Addiction after Bariatric Surgery

November 13, 2018 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Bariatric Surgery

Tableful of healthy food for a well-balanced dietWeight loss surgery is an excellent way for individuals to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. We offer several types of bariatric surgery at LIMARP, serving San Diego, CA and Tijuana, MX.

As you probably know, however, bariatric surgery alone is not a solution to weight loss. Patients must also change their dietary and lifestyle habits to maintain their results and prevent future weight gain.

Today, our team talks about overcoming food addiction after bariatric surgery and offers a few tips to help you reach your goals.

About Food Addiction

In simple terms, food addiction is an unhealthy relationship with food. This type of addiction may also be referred to as an eating disorder. Unfortunately, both terms hold somewhat of a negative connotation.

But it is important to understand that millions of individuals suffer from this condition. If you are one of them, you are certainly not alone.

A food addiction is a condition that develops over time, and can be caused by many different factors, including genetics, environment, and brain chemistry.

Signs of Food Addiction

Food addiction can manifest in many different ways. However, some of the most common warning signs include:

  • Compulsive eating
  • Secretive eating
  • Obsession with food
  • Frequent overeating
  • Using food to numb emotions
  • Eating even when you are not hungry
  • Continuing to eat after you are full
  • Feeling out of control when you are eating

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? If so, there are millions of others just like you. Our team at LIMARP can help you change your habits and behaviors for lifelong success.

Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food

Now that we have explored the signs of food addiction, let’s explore what a healthy relationship with food looks like. Individuals with healthy food habits:

  • Eat when they are hungry
  • Stop eating when they are full
  • Do not obsess about food
  • Do not feel guilty about eating
  • Do not eat secretively

How to Overcome Food Addiction after Bariatric Surgery

If you are considering bariatric surgery or have already undergone the procedure, it is important to keep your dietary habits in check. The sooner you do this, the sooner you will develop healthy lifelong habits.

Here are a few recommendations that will help you move in the right direction:

  • Seek help: Admitting you need help is an important first step. Doing so will help you understand you are not alone, and it will give you the power to make positive changes.
  • Talk to a nutritionist: It is important to stay in contact with a nutritionist during your entire weight loss process. We have nutritionists on-staff who can guide you in the right direction.
  • Consider talking to a life coach: A life coach is an excellent asset, no matter what your needs. These professionals can encourage you to perform at your highest level. Find a life coach who specializes in eating disorders, including food addiction.
  • Attend support groups: Find a support group for those with food addiction. This can offer unparalleled emotional support and give you the strength necessary to succeed.

Contact LIMARP for More Information

If you would like to learn about overcoming food addiction, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. Contact us online anytime or call us at (866) 585-3298.

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