If someone told you that you could decrease your weight as well as the stress levels you may feel while losing weight just by doing one simple thing, would you do it? Many studies, including one by Agricultural Research Service, have shown that people who utilize support groups while building new health habits have higher rates of satisfaction, resolve, and success compared to peers who opt to diet alone.
At Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi, we believe in offering comprehensive care before, during, and after weight loss surgery; support groups can be a valuable resource for those who are just beginning their weight loss journey as well as a reinforcement for those who are further along in their progress. Here are a few advantages you can gain from attending a weight loss support group:
Our support groups are staffed by experts who have first hand experience with bariatric weight loss, and are abreast of the most recent medical and nutritional findings. Our experts can offer insightful tips for overcoming plateaus as well as understanding emotions as you grow closer to your goal of a healthy weight.
In a group setting you will meet others who are experiencing similar successes, trials, and lifestyle adjustments. We understand the importance of meeting with other weight loss surgery patients who can offer support and understanding in a comfortable environment.
The old saying “two heads are better than one” is frequently quoted for a reason! At one of our support groups, members are encouraged to share their insights, experiences, and knowledge. From finding new recipes, to managing the holiday festivities, to overcoming weight loss bumps, problem solving with your peers can offer valuable feedback.
Positive Peer Reinforcement
A pat on the back or praise from someone who has traveled the same road as you can reinforce positive emotions and solidify new habits. Also, peers can help encourage good choices and continued perseverance.
Less Stress and Mental Strain Than Dieting on Your Own
While it seems that everyone you know is enjoying an extra slice of pie or a second helping of mashed potatoes this holiday season, knowing that other members of your group are focused on their goals will help you to stay driven when temptations are high. It’s much easier to follow a post-gastric band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve diet when you are part of a group than when you are alone.
Long-Term Weight Loss
Support groups can offer valuable insights and tips for overcoming previously ingrained dietary behaviors- a key factor in not only loosing, but maintaining weight loss.
The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi offers top quality support groups for all laparoscopic weight loss procedures. We want our patients to succeed in their weight loss goals and live happier, healthier lives. To learn more about our bariatric services in Louisiana and Mississippi watch a free informational weight-loss seminar, call us at 877-681-3001 or visit www.whyweight.com.