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Doing These Three Things after Weight Loss Surgery Results in Greatest Weight Lost

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Behavior changes after surgery yield more weight loss success

Would you like to lose 14% more weight than the average person after weight loss surgery? Here are the three things after weight loss surgery that results in the greatest amount of weight lost.


According to a news release from the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, adopting 3 specific behaviors after weight loss surgery can lead up to 14% more weight lost than that seen in weight loss surgery peers who do not adopt the specific behaviors.

This recommendation comes in light of a study published in JAMA Surgery where researchers sought to identify predictive variables that influence how much weight some weight loss surgery patients lose in comparison to their weight loss surgery peers.

Three Important Things to Do after Weight Loss Surgery

To identify the variables, researchers examined postoperative eating behaviors and weight control measures with respect to their effects on change in weight among adults undergoing first-time bariatric surgical procedures. By examining the post-operative behaviors of a total of 2,022 participants with an average body mass index (BMI) of 46 who had undergone either Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), the researchers determined that those who:

1. postoperatively started to self-weigh

2. stopped eating when feeling full

3. stopped eating continuously during the day after surgery

would be predicted to lose an average of about 14 percent more weight in comparison with study participants who made no positive changes in these variables.

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According to the news release, the researchers believe that their data shows that not only is weight loss due to the surgery, but can actually be augmented by patient behavior that is easy to implement.

“The results of this study suggest that certain behaviors, many of which are modifiable, are associated with weight loss differences of significant impact in patients undergoing RYGB or LAGB. The magnitude of this difference is large and clinically meaningful. In particular, the data suggest that developing positive changes in behavior, including ceasing negative behaviors or increasing positive behaviors, can affect the amount of weight loss,” the authors write.

“This suggests that structured programs to modify problematic eating behaviors and eating patterns following bariatric surgery should be evaluated as a method to improve weight outcomes among patients undergoing bariatric surgery. The results also underscore the need for health care professionals to target these behaviors in the postoperative period.”

For more about how weight is lost following bariatric surgery, here is an informative article about the reason why gastric bypass surgery really works.


JAMA Network “The Importance of Assessing Weight Control Practices, Eating Behaviors, After Bariatric Surgery

Postoperative Behavioral Variables and Weight Change 3 Years After Bariatric SurgeryJAMA Surgery, Published online April 20, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.0395; James E. Mitchell et al.

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