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1 to 2 years after surgery

At about 1 to 2 years, you will likely enter a maintenance phase when you will be focusing on staying healthy and maintaining weight loss.

Some people report struggling with issues, including:

  • Adjusting to a new body image
  • Regaining some weight
  • Feeling anxious about eating
  • Experimenting with caution foods, such as alcohol or caffeine (while it may initially feel OK, it’s important to be aware of these behaviors because they can cause complications down the road)

During this time, it is also important to make sure you have set realistic expectations when it comes to weight loss. People often have a goal weight that may or may not be realistic.  Expected weight loss after surgery depends on many factors, including nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and mental health and wellness. A successful surgery gets you to a weight you can maintain with realistic lifestyle changes.

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If you are struggling with any issues like weight regain, depression, medication issues, or unexpected side effects, reach out to your care team as soon as possible

Behavior change is a lifelong journey and your care team is here to support you. If you notice old habits creeping in, try tracking for a few days to identify patterns and get back on track. Use the Lifestyle Log designed for post-surgery patients.

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Go to all your follow-up appointments to help your care team monitor your recovery

Contact your health care team if you aren’t sure when your follow-up appointments are scheduled.

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Follow the post-surgery meal plan designed to support your recovery

During this phase, you will be in stage 8 (healthy meal plan for life). Check out stage-specific recipes.

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Make sure to take your vitamin and mineral supplements as recommended

Follow the Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Guide. If you are struggling with your vitamins and minerals, reach out to your care team. We can work with you to find alternatives.

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Find a movement routine that you enjoy and can keep up

Explore some simple exercise videos.

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Consider attending a Kaiser Permanente support group to continue building skills, learning from peers, and getting the support you need

Check out the support groups to find one that works for you.

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