Happy New Year. According to Statista’s annual survey of America’s Top New Year’s Resolutions for 2023, 40% of Americans have made weight loss their New Year’s resolution, 50% want to eat healthier, and 52% want to exercise more. These are good resolutions, but customizing them isn’t always easy.
The good news is that you don’t have to bite off more than you can chew when trying to reach your health goals. Instead, set small, achievable, short-term goals, or as the old saying goes, “What’s the best way to eat an elephant?” One bite at a time.” What is the best way to lose weight? Make incremental changes to consume fewer calories than you burn.
Bariatric surgery is an option that people often consider as a last resort. But for many, it can be one of the most effective and safest ways to lose weight and improve overall health. However, long-term success depends on long-term changes in eating habits and exercise.
Bariatric surgery is just a tool to help a person, but another very necessary tool is support. Studies have shown that when a person participates in a support group, they achieve better results on their weight loss journey. One of the most common comments from support group participants is that there can certainly be weight gain and “shame” after surgery. This is where the support group comes in. We all fall and sometimes need a little help from those who were “there” to get us back up.
Rutland Regional created a bariatric support group in 2018 to meet the needs of a growing number of people who have undergone bariatric surgery. During COVID we met virtually but are now back to face-to-face meetings where we can come together and support each other. We meet on the first Monday of every month at the Rutland Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, 8 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland. If you have had bariatric surgery or know someone who has, please join us to share and learn, and together we will help each other succeed in our weight loss journey. Call 802-775-7844 if you have any questions or would like to be added to our email list.
This week’s article was written by Donna Hunt, Diabetes Educator at the Rutland Region Diabetes and Endocrinology Center.