Choosing the Right Weight Loss Surgery: Your Journey Begins

Hey there, explorers of a healthier you! When it comes to taking charge of your health and feeling amazing, weight loss surgery is like a treasure chest of possibilities. But wait, how do you even begin to figure out which surgery suits you best? Fear not, because in this guide, we’re here to make it super easy for you to pick the perfect path to your goals.

Exploring Different Weight Loss Surgeries:

Think of weight loss surgeries as different superheroes, each with a unique power to help you. We’ve got the stars of the show: gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and gastric banding. They’re all awesome in their own way, so let’s dive in and see which one suits you.

Gastric Bypass Surgery: How It Works and Who It’s For:

Imagine a magical route that helps you eat less and absorb fewer calories. That’s gastric bypass for you! It’s like the superhero of rapid weight loss. If you’re dealing with obesity and health issues like diabetes, this might just be your ultimate sidekick.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery: What to Expect and Why It’s Cool:

Meet the surgery that’s all about balance. Gastric sleeve surgery trims down your stomach, making it a pro at controlling your hunger. If you’re looking for steady progress and dealing with a lower BMI, this hero might be your perfect fit.

Things to Keep in Mind:

Okay, hold up! Before you dive into surgery, let’s chat about a few important things. Your health history, your dreams, and your expectations—they’re all part of the superhero squad that guides your decision.

Health and History: Which Surgery Is Safe for You?:

Picture this: a superhero team of doctors who want to know everything about you. Your medical history and previous surgeries are like clues they need to recommend the best superhero surgery for you. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Expectations: What’s the Deal with Weight Loss?:

Here’s the scoop: different surgeries bring different weight loss results. Some give you speedy changes, like a superhero dash. Others offer a steady, reliable transformation. It’s all about what suits your style and pace.

Perks and Considerations:

Let’s talk benefits and things to keep an eye on. Just like every superhero has strengths and weaknesses, these surgeries have their own superpowers and challenges.

Fast vs. Steady: Comparing Surgery Results:

Imagine losing weight super fast or taking it slow and steady. Gastric bypass is like a speedy rollercoaster, while gastric sleeve is your trusty turtle—consistent and sure. It’s your call: zoom ahead or stroll towards your goals.

Possible Hiccups: Understanding Risks and Healing:

Hey, even superheroes have their moments, right? Surgery comes with potential risks like infections or bleeding. But with your healthcare team watching over you and following their advice, you’ve got this!

Getting Personal:

Let’s talk about having a friendly chat with a bariologist. They’re your sidekick—your expert on this weight loss journey. They’ll make sure you have all the info you need to choose your superhero surgery wisely.

Bariologist: Your Trusty Guide to Super Surgery:

Meet the bariologist, your partner in crime-fighting weight loss. With their help, you’ll figure out which superhero surgery suits you. They’ll guide you through the maze and help you pick the path to your goals.

Getting Ready for Surgery: It’s Not Just About Your Body:

So, you’ve chosen your superhero surgery. High-five! But before the big day, let’s get your mind and heart in on the action too.

FAQs: Your Curious Questions, Answered:

  1. Q: Can anyone get weight loss surgery?
    • A: Almost! Your health history and individual situation matter. Talk to a doctor to find out if it’s the right fit for you.
  2. Q: How much weight will I lose after surgery?
    • A: It varies! Some surgeries bring quick results, while others take their time. It’s about finding what clicks with you.
  3. Q: Are there risks with surgery?
    • A: Like any adventure, surgery comes with risks. But with experts by your side, you’ll face them like a superhero!
  4. Q: How do I get ready for surgery mentally?
    • A: Get in the superhero mindset! Believe in yourself, surround yourself with support, and get excited about the positive changes ahead.

Ready to Fly: Benefits of Super Surgery:

  1. Health Boost: These surgeries can tackle health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure—getting you closer to your healthiest self.
  2. Feeling Awesome: Imagine having more energy and moving with ease. That’s the magic of shedding weight!
  3. Long-Term Success: Superhero surgeries teach you new habits that last. You’re not just losing weight; you’re gaining healthy habits for life.
  4. Experts Have Your Back: With a bariologist on your team, you’re not alone. Their expertise helps you make the best choices for your journey.
  5. A Supportive Community: Join a squad of fellow superheroes on similar journeys. They’ll cheer you on and share their wisdom.
  6. Transformation Inside and Out: It’s not just about the outside. These surgeries can boost your confidence and mental well-being too.

Conclusion: Your Super Journey Awaits:

Choosing a superhero surgery is a big deal, and you’ve got all the tools to make the best choice for you. Trust your medical team, lean on your bariologist, and remember—it’s your superhero journey, and the best part? You’re the hero of your own story. So, what are you waiting for? Let the adventure begin!

To Tell or Not to Tell



To Tell or Not to Tell – do I tell them or don’t I?  I’ve just made one of the most important decisions in my life.  I’ve done the research, looked at the pros and cons, and made the commitment emotionally and financially.   I feel great, it’s the right decision for me.  Weight loss surgery is going to help change my life in so many ways.  I deserve this.

The decision to tell or not to tell now overwhelms me.  I feel like a thunderbolt struck right in the middle of my chest. Those euphoric moments of a new slimmer life are replaced with fear, dread, shame, and guilt.


To Tell or Not to Tell

If I tell, who do I tell and why?

What do I expect their response to be?

What if it’s not what I wanted or expected

Can I cope with negative responses to WLS?

Do I have to tell?

If I don’t tell and they find out, how will I cope with that.

Won’t they suspect anyway, I can’t hide a massive weight loss?

If it was them, would they tell.

And on and on and on….


We can never pre-empt what another’s response will be.  The very people you thought would support and encourage you through this journey can often be the very people who shoot you down.  Comments like:


To Tell or Not to Tell
I’m confused – do I tell or don’t I?

Just stop eating so much

Get off your backside and exercise.

Surgery is taking the easy way out

You’ve always been big that’s who you are

You will just put it back on like you always do

It’s the lazy persons way of cheating

Just diet and exercise that’s all you need to do

 Confiding in someone you thought would have your back and getting an adverse response is devastating


Take the time before disclosing to really think about why you are disclosing.  Do you want support and encouragement or are you just telling because you feel obligated to?  Maybe it’s because you are excited about a new slimmer future and just want to share that.  We want those we love to feel our excitement, to be happy for us like they would an upcoming wedding or birth.

Reflect on Your Intentions

Understanding your motivation for disclosing is important. The need for emotional support, encouragement and accountability from loved ones cannot be underestimated. Having an understanding and compassionate support and/or a support network can make an enormous difference to your journey after weight loss surgery.

Evaluate Your Support System

Sharing your decision for weight loss surgery you may encounter judgement, unsolicited advice, opinions, and privacy concerns.  Revealing personal health information might challenge your sense of privacy, especially with acquaintances or colleagues.  Many are quick to announce that your weight loss is due to surgery rather than your hard committed work.

Set Boundaries

Establish clear boundaries with individuals who might not be supportive or understanding, focusing on your well-being.  Knowing you have had Weight Loss Surgery some people take on their role in the Food Policing Squad with even more vigour.   Scrutinising and issuing “warnings” about how much and what you are eating.  Contemplate the extent to which you are comfortable with vulnerability and openness.

Anticipate Potential Reactions

Sharing your story might impact your emotional health.  Consider the potential reactions you might receive upon disclosing your weight loss surgery. While some may offer support and encouragement, others might not fully understand the complexities of your decision. Be prepared for a range of responses, both positive and negative. Negative reactions or judgment from others could potentially affect your self-esteem and progress.

Weight Loss Surgery is a recognised medical procedure.  You do not need to justify your decision to anyone.   Unfortunately, there will always be some who seek to undermine your choice.

Seek Professional Guidance

To Tell or Not to Tell
Talking with a professional can help with your decision to tell or not to tell


If you’re unsure about whether to disclose your weight loss surgery, consider seeking guidance from a mental health professional. A therapist can help you navigate your feelings, provide coping strategies, and assist in making an informed decision.


To Tell or Not to Tell – It’s not an easy decision.  But whatever you decide, be comfortable and happy with it.  Decide, commit, and focus on your weight loss journey with pride and confidence.  It’s your life, your decision and you deserve a slimmer healthier body.


If you have any queries or would like to know how we can help you on this amazing life changing journey, please contact us or book a free strategy call via our  website

Stay Savvy



Eating Out After Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery


Eating Out After Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery


Are you fearful of eating out after bariatric weight loss surgery?  You are not alone.  The thought of It can fill you with anxiety and dread. The good news is that with a few new strategies you can eat out and do it with confidence.  Whether you are attending a social function such as a wedding or going to a restaurant, you can master the art of eating out and enjoy the experience.

Helpful Tips for Eating Out after WLS


  1. With so many people having special dietary requirements, social functions are much easier to attend after bariatric weight loss surgery. You can now use this option to stay on track without feeling different.
  2. Several days prior to the attending a Restaurant, I always view the menu online. This allows you to plan your meal ahead of time so you can order with confidence.  Sometimes there may be nothing suitable, in this case I would generally ask if we could move the venue, or I would eat at home before hand and arrive a little later for coffee and maybe a little dessert.
  3. Some functions will offer only finger foods. I find that if you always have a plate in your hand with a couple of nibblies on it then people don’t keep pressuring you to eat more. It works!
  4. Remember to hydrate at least 30 minutes before your meal to avoid any confusion between thirst and hunger
  5. Eat slowly, chew your food, really saviour the flavour of what you are eating, enjoy every mouthful. There is no rush to finish your meal.
  6. Stop eating when you feel that first sign of satiety. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you have had enough to eat.
  7. Enjoy the company you are with. Talking and interacting will help slow down your eating process.
  8. If there is food left on your plate, ask the waiter for a take-out container, and take it home for later.
  9. Avoid Alcohol. Apart from the hidden calories, alcohol is metabolised differently after bariatric weight loss surgery.  You can get quite tipsy very quickly and lose control of your eating and alcohol consumption.

Planning prior to your social engagement

will diminish stress and worry of eating out allowing you to enjoy a normal social life after weight loss surgery.  You just won’t eat as much as you used to and you will be surprised how easy it is to maintain a social life after weight loss surgery.


Bon Appetit!




Because, Because I Can

Because, Because I Can

I’m sitting here on a wonderful sunny day with a pot of freshly brewed tea in a regal looking cup and saucer fit for a queen.  Peaceful, warm. Feeling a slight breeze and very content with my lot.  Then I realise I’m eating this delicious long pastry with cream, jam, and fabulous pink icing on top.  It looks spectacular.


I bite into this artwork of pastry in anticipation it will taste amazing. My reality is, I can’t even taste it.  If there is a taste, it’s one of those overly sweet sugary types. You know the ones, they have you wondering just how many teaspoons of sugar you are consuming in that one piece of deliciousness.


There is no enjoyment in eating this.  I am somewhat disappointed.  So, I ask myself WHY?  Why are you eating this?  Because I can.  Because no one can tell me not to.  Because it’s there.  Because it just looks so damn good.


Because, Because, Because,  Because, Because.


For me, the epitome of being slimmer, was being able to sit down in a café enjoying a coffee and a sweet treat without being judged by anyone for doing so.  Just being there, being normal, feeling normal.  Feeling confident. Because slim people could do that.  I wanted to do that.


So much of my life what I ate was scrutinised by my father.  He meant well.  He really did.  However, his actions and over concern for my weight initiated a myriad of issues including, secret eating habits and buying of “forbidden” food.  Thus began the installation of a relationship with food that was totally toxic and secretive. They were hard years.  They were sad years.


As I look back at this pastry thingy, I wonder if I am eating it out of rebellion?  Just to reinforce that no one is the boss of me, and I can eat whatever I want?  Maybe, maybe not.  WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT I HAVE A CHOICE.   DO I need it?  NO.  Do I want it?  NO. Am I hungry?  NO. What will I get from eating it?  NOTHING.


So Why did I order this artistic masterpiece of pastry?  Habit.

It’s what I used to do in My Fat Life. I ate unconsciously.  What triggered this hiccup?  Feeling somewhat flat and isolated due to a health issue and it had been some time since I was able to frequent a cafe.  It’s very normal to revert to what made us feel safe or secure in the past.  It cocoons us.  The question is do we stay in the cocoon because it feels familiar and safe in the moment?  For me, luckily, my years of training and working with bariatric weight loss clients kicked in exactly as it was supposed to.  Having control over the seductiveness of that pastry is a major triumph.


You want to know if I continued to eat it don’t you? 

I didn’t.  I had no want to.


Soaking up the glorious sun I continued to enjoy the flavour and aroma of my freshly brewed tea in my regal style crockery.  Content knowing that I can choose to eat what I want without guilt, shame, or judgement. Because, Because I Can.


Living and eating consciously is what I do now.  I moved out of that cocoon.


Stay Savvy


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Mondaydietitis after Weight Loss Surgery

Are you still suffering from “Mondaydietitis” after Weight Loss Surgery?

That endless cycle of Monday dieting that ends Monday afternoon or Tuesday when you perceive you have “ruined the day” and the Monday diet goes out the window again. Its demoralising isn’t it.

Most recipients of Baritric Weight Loss Surgery expect that they will never have to do Mondaydietitis again. Yet we fall back into old patterns. This is learned behaviour that becomes a habit and repeatedly those feelings of defeat, overwhelm and helplessness are being reinforced. Exactly what we do not want.

So, what if we just stop doing the Monday Diet thing and learn to eat mindfully instead? Some of you will feel panic at that idea. The truth is that diets equate to deprivation and as you know diets and deprivation just do not work. They never have and they never will. What does work however is a mind change, an attitude change. Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery has given you a great tool but unless the missing link in making over your Mindset and relationship with food is undertaken, you are setting yourself up for more struggle.

If you find yourself eating something YOU believe you shouldn’t, ask yourself these questions – before you eat! Write down the answers to these questions. It is a very powerful tool.

  • Why shouldn’t I be eating this?
  • Who said I can’t eat it?
  • Why do I think I want it?
  • What will it give me once I have eaten it?
  • Am I eating because I am hungry?
  • What am I really hungry for?

These are just a few of the questions you can ask yourself to begin to take back control and create a new relationship with food.

Overeating and Binge Eating are natural responses to the restriction and deprivation that happens on a diet.

The minute we know we “can’t” have something, we want it. It’s human nature. You may not have had a cream cake for 6 months. Your brain hears that word “diet” what happens? You start craving what you think you can never ever eat again in your whole life. That’s what diets mean to our minds. It’s a concept you are never going to win.

I am here to tell you, it’s not your fault. You have been programmed to think like this.

You have learned to be restricted and obsessive about food and all it does is reinforce bad habits and behaviours of the dieting yo-yo and Mondaydietitis.

For more information about how we can help you take control once and for all and never diet or feel deprived again, contact us at our website