Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Self-Sabotage Snacking After Gastric Bypass Surgery: Why Do We Do It? > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Self-Sabotage Snacking After Gastric Bypass Surgery: Why Do We Do It?

LivingAfterWLS reader feedback indicates snacking is the single biggest problem for people after having gastric bypass ? the problem being we snack on unhealthy items, we sabotage our weight loss or weight maintenance and we spiral back into the self-loathing that is so much an emotional part of morbid obesity.

None of us goes into surgery expecting to be the one "who lost all that weight and put it back on." None of us goes into surgery expecting to become sneak eaters. We all believe we can beat obesity with our "tool" and we all expect to become healthier, more active, and yes dare I say more attractive and happier after WLS and massive weight loss.

Then why do we work so hard to defeat the system? To abuse the tool?

I spent time perusing the personal journal I've kept since weight loss surgery and I discovered some interesting things about myself and my snacking habits. See if these sound familiar to you:

- Five PM is a trigger snack time for me because I grew up having an after school snack (hungry or not) and when I walk in the door at night from my grown-up job I become a school kid and I want/need/crave my "after school snack."

- When I opt for healthy high protein, low fat, low carbohydrate snacks I am remarkably satisfied and pleased with myself. These snacks include cottage cheese, a hard-cooked egg, deli turkey, sugar-free gelatin, beef jerky, almonds.

- Most often I opt for soft food snacks: crackers, trail mix RitzBitz, wheat toast with peanut butter, and worst of all, Nutter-Butter cookies. When I indulge in these snacks I am not satisfied, I feel sluggish and I become self-loathing. I risk dumping.

- Most of my snacking is done covertly ? I purchase a single serve pack from the convenience store and eat it in private; never at my work desk, never in front of my family. This covert behavior is reminiscent of pre-WLS days and causes me to be disgusted with myself. "Who in the hell are you hiding from?" I asked myself in one entry.

- It never occurs to me to snack on carrots or apple slices or berries, oh no! I've convinced myself that roughage stuff will just tear up my tiny tummy. "Can't have that", I say shaking my head with much willpower and determination.

- Consistently my entries about snacking or self-loathing and remorseful filled with negative self talk like "ate mindlessly, AGAIN", "nervous snacking today," "carelessly ate a box of animal crackers, never tasted a bite and then got sick: I'm an idiot", "I was shoving food in my face like a junkyard dog ? how ugly that must have looked", "I made stupid food choices today and then ate chocolate cake with frosting and dumped; it was like I was trying to punish myself and I did."

- Consistently my entries about exercising are positive filled with words like "felt great" "could have ran another mile" "feel so strong" "tons of energy" "fantastic workout" "strong lungs feel phenomenal". Yet I more consistently reach for the snack bag than I do my running shoes. Why can't I get it through my thick head what a remarkable thing exercise is for me and that I really do enjoy it and I like myself when I move my body? Why is that such a hard concept to grasp? Why do I prefer to snack and engage in self-loathing?

- If I see the scale going up I panic and then I snack ? almost as if I'm sending the message "This (weight loss) was too good to be true; better hurry-up and defeat myself."

- Sometimes I snack just because it's there ? just like before surgery.

- I could not find a single entry that read "I was actually hungry today so I had a snack." That tells me I never snack because I'm hungry. Honestly, I seldom feel hungry so why am I snacking?

Do these behaviors sound familiar to you? Are they some of the demons you are fighting these days? Snacking truly is bariatric purgatory because it derails weight loss and causes self-loathing. And worst of all, we do it to ourselves.

For ongoing dialog about snacking and strategies to beat the habit after gastric bypass click on www.livingafterwls.blogspot.com.

Kaye Bailey is a weight loss surgery success story having maintained her health and goal weight for 5+ years. An award winning journalist, she is the author and webmaster of http://www.livingafterwls.com and http://www.livingafterwls.blogspot.com

Livin gAfterWLS is a no-nonsense resource for people Living After Weight Loss Surgery. Our community is growing in numbers even as we are shrinking in pounds. Together we support one another in this lifestyle, that it turns out, is NOT the easy way out.

Fresh & insightful content is added daily, check in often. To subscribe to the LivingAfterWLS monthly newsletter "You Have Arrived" click on http://www.livingafterwls.com and enter your details in the subscription box.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Does daily fasting help with weight loss? About the 16:8 diet
Atlanta Journal Constitution
They found that daily fasting proved effective in weight loss and lowering blood pressure in obese adults with an average age of 45 and average body mass index of 35. For the study, which was published in the journal Nutrition and Healthy Aging on June ...
16:8 Fasting Diet Linked to Weight Loss and Health Benefits in StudyNewsweek
Does daily fasting like the 16:8 diet help with weight loss?WFTV Orlando
Early study into 16:8 intermittent fasting suggests weight loss benefitsNew Atlas
UIC Today - University of Illinois at Chicago -The New England Journal of Medicine -IOS Press
all 38 news articles »

Women's Health

What Is Noom—And Can It Help You Lose Weight?
Women's Health
For mere mortals, however, weight loss isn't quite so easy. (Actually, that's generous—losing weight is hard AF.) That's where Noom comes into play—a fitness and weight-loss app touted as "Weight Watchers for Millennials." But uh, what does that even ...


PEOPLE.com

Khloé Kardashian Slams Claims She's on a 'Ridiculous' Post-Baby Diet After Showing Off Weight Loss
PEOPLE.com
For Khloé Kardashian, fitness is a way of life. The 33-year-old reality star — who welcomed her first child, daughter True, on April 12 — shot down speculation that she's turned to “ridiculous diets” to drop weight. “I truly dislike when people ...
Khloé Kardashian Is Pissed About Speculation Over Her "Tremendous Amount" of Weight LossCosmopolitan.com
Khloe Kardashian Slams Critics of Her Speedy Post-Baby Weight LossThe Hollywood Unlocked (blog)
Khloe Kardashian blasts speculation about post-baby weight lossFilm News
TMZ -Twitter
all 238 news articles »

PEOPLE.com

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Shares His Weight Loss Plan | PEOPLE ...
PEOPLE.com
The Cake Boss is on a diet. On Monday, Buddy Valastro, the Food Network star and owner of New Jersey's Carlos' Bakery, shared a photo on Instagram with his ...
'Cake Boss' Star Buddy Valastro Shows Off Dramatic Weight Loss -- See the Pics!Entertainment Tonight
"Cake Boss" Buddy Valasco Credits His Major Weight Loss to This DietBravo (blog)

all 10 news articles »

menshealth.com

This Guy Was 500 Pounds. Then He Cut Calories and Lost Half His Body Weight.
menshealth.com
There were a few delicious items that helped him stay on track with his weight loss. Cauliflower rice “was a godsend,” he said. He also likes to indulge in Shirataki noodles, a zero-calorie noodle that help bulk up his meals. He adds in some Rao's ...


Science Daily

Daily fasting works for weight loss, finds report on 16:8 diet ...
Science Daily
Daily fasting is an effective tool to reduce weight and lower blood pressure, according to a new study that examines the effect of time-restricted eating on weight ...
Daily fasting works for weight lossEurekAlert (press release)
Daily Fasting Works for Weight Loss - NewswiseNewswise (press release)

all 2 news articles »

Weight loss influences bone parameters in older adults
Healio
Older adults experiencing long-term or recent weight loss of at least 5% showed deterioration in both cortical and trabecular bone density and microarchitecture, especially at the weight-bearing skeleton, according to findings published in the Journal ...


KING5.com

Boost your overall health and energy while achieving your weight loss goals - New Day NW
KING5.com
If you're struggling to lose weight, do you know why that's happening? Understanding how your body uniquely processes food is critical to successful weight loss. Published: 12:09 PM PDT June 19, 2018 ...


PEOPLE.com

Get Inspired by These Incredible Weight Loss Transformations
PEOPLE.com
Roy told PEOPLE she “could easily down a pitcher of margaritas and 20 buffalo wings at happy hour,” and smoked a pack-and-a-half to two packs of cigarettes every day for 14 years. While she quit smoking after getting pregnant with her first child in ...

Google News

Are You Confused By All The Different Diets? Heres A Quick Diet Comparison

It would not be surprising to hear your answer is... Read More

Exercise: Essential

The only absolute truth in the area of exercise and... Read More

Secrets of Gastric Bypass Surgery: Lose Weight Without Surgery

There's more to gastric bypass than surgery and rapid massive... Read More

Dieting Mistakes - 5 Easy Tips to Avoid Disaster

Looking to avoid the dieting mistakes many of our weight... Read More

The Culprit of Obesity in Children - Inactivity

It was bad enough hearing almost daily that obesity in... Read More

Weight Control Tool: A Food Journal

All the weight control experts recommend keeping a record of... Read More

Weight Loss Surgery: Successful Patients Embrace Four Stages of Growth

Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) is often viewed as a quick... Read More

The Miracle of a Cheat Meal

One of the greatest tricks that I use to stick... Read More

Dropping The Carbs - The Pros and Cons of Ketogenic Dieting

We must all now be familiar with the Atkins Diet.... Read More

Are Weight Loss Supplements Right For You?

The debate about whether supplements for weight loss are healthy... Read More

The Low Carb Diet F.A.Q.

When most people think of low carb diets they automatically... Read More

Is Pain Stopping You From Losing Weight?

If you are overweight and suffer from pain in your... Read More

Weight Training for Weight Loss

Weight training combines building muscle tone and working the cardiovascular... Read More

Weight Loss Workout Routine Benefits

Is a weight loss workout routine right for you? Answer... Read More

Weight Loss and Disease ? It?s Not the Food that?s Killing Us!

Whether coming from a close friend, the nightly news or... Read More

Say Goodbye to the Dreaded Weight Loss Plateau

Dieters dread the plateau. You're on a roll, losing weight... Read More

Tips For Successful Weight Loss

Throughout my childhood and teenage years I watched as my... Read More

Weight Loss Myths Exposed

As a weight loss coach I speak will people regularly... Read More

Low Carb Diets - Are They For You?

The revolution is here. Weight Loss as we know it... Read More

The Atkins Diet - Separating Fact From Fiction

Have you ever wished for a diet where you ate... Read More

Weight Loss Program: Do Your Expectations Sabotage Your Success?

When women talk about their biggest obstacles to successful weight... Read More

Weight Loss the Easy Way!

With weight loss comes a lot of dedication and change... Read More

Dieting Strategy -- Stop Diet Drop Out

Diet drop out, a significant problem for all types of... Read More

Avoid Commont Fitness Pitfalls

While exercising isn't complicated, it's very easy to make mistakes.... Read More

On A Diet? Ensure You Get Enough Nutritional Supplements For Your Good Health

There is never any absolute certainty about what the nutritional... Read More