Prior to my gastric bypass, I read, The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients by Colleen Cook, which educated on how to maintain long-term weight loss following bariatric surgery. My experience with my bariatric surgeon’s support group is that it was useful in preparing me pre-surgery and useful in managing my new anatomy in the short-term post-op. Though it did little to educate me on how to maintain permanent weight loss. My bariatric surgeon told me, “I do the surgery. The rest is up to you.”
Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients
Back in 2002 when I was researching weight loss surgery for morbid obesity, I read the book The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients by Colleen Cook. Colleen Cook has successfully maintained long-term weight-loss following gastric bypass surgery. She took the real life success stories of weight loss surgery patients and condensed them into the principals in her book.
Although The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients is a book that I bought when I was considering weight loss surgery, I found myself turning to it even 8-yrs after my gastric bypass. I was able to find the basic information about the different bariatric surgeries on the Internet and by talking to my surgeon. But Colleen’s book goes beyond the basics and offers insights that no other book covers so deeply. One example is goal-setting techniques that I had never considered.
Colleen Cook writes that weight loss surgery is a tool that will serve you for a lifetime if you learn to use it properly. I completely agree with her. My personal experience has been a mix of successes and a few failures. When I follow the success habits I maintain my weight loss. When I slip up and stop using the habits I gain weight fairly quickly. I take off that weight when I begin to follow The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients again. I think of this book as an “owner’s manual” for weight-loss surgery.
I have read Colleen Cook’s Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients several times. Now she has the audio CD set that is fantastic for busy people who don’t have time to read. Just pop a CD in your player during your commute to and from work! It gets even better — the CD set costs considerably less than the book set!
The Big Reveal: What are the Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients?
Each chapter in The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients focuses on one of the success habits principals:
*Success principal #1: Personal accountability (this is fundamental – you must “get” this principal before you can work the other principals into your new life)
*Success principal #2: Portion control
*Success principal #3: Nutrition
*Success principal #4: Fluid intake
*Success principal #5: Regular exercise
*Success principal #6: Vitamins and supplements
I find the chapter “Back on Track” particularly helpful. It’s for weight loss surgery patients who have had regained weight and need to get back on track. Colleen Cook shares an approach that has helped many patients turn it around, get back on track, lose significant amounts of weight, and keep it off by adopting these same principals.
My advice to those readers who are considering weight loss surgery, or to those whom have had surgery and want to make THIS the time to reach and maintain a desired weight for a lifetime, is to learn and live the success habits principals. If you do, you will better achieve permanent weight loss.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life