Hunger is one of the most difficult hurdles you, as a post bariatric surgery patient, will have to face. Bariatric surgery can help reduce the number of calories that you can consume at any given sitting as well as the number of calories that are absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestine. That said, bariatric surgery does not generally affect hunger in a significant way. The exception is about half of gastric sleeve patients that will feel fewer hunger pangs after surgery – this is as a result of removing the fundus of the stomach, the main source of ghrelin, a hunger hormone.
As a result of this post bariatric surgery reality, patients have to be attuned to their hunger signals – their causes and how to effectively manage them. Doing so is a skill that is learned and perfected over the course of several months after surgery. Some tips to help manage hunger after a bariatric procedure include:
Using the tips above and the experiences that you have learned over the months or years will guide you in managing hunger. Further, make sure that you follow your post bariatric surgery guidelines as outlined in the packet you receive from our office and you’ll be well on your way to sustained weight loss.