In difficult or trying times, the thing we often need most is support. We look to our friends and family to show solidarity, maybe offer advice and insight if they can or just simply to be there, keeping us company as we get through tough moments. If you know someone who’s about to or just went through a bariatric procedure / weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass, Lap band or the sleeve, here’s how you can best help them by offering constructive moral support.
Understanding the Bariatric Procedure
The first most helpful thing you can do is to understand what just happened to your friend or loved one’s body. If you want to help but make uninformed comments or suggestions, you can either mislead your friend or annoy them. Below are images showing exactly what happens in each type of surgery:
The changes in diet and lifestyle your friend or loved one has to make in order to lose include:
- A new, strict, enriched diet program with specialized bariatric supporting foods
- Controlled portions
- Addition of exercise to their routines
Here are a series of ways you can show your friend or loved one that you are there for them:
- Accompany them to appointments and support meetings
- Read up on the procedure
- Read up on advice and nutrition info
- Share and discuss your findings with them regularly
- Let them vent about their struggles to you
- Help them think of new ways to overcome their struggles
- Make informed suggestions and recommendations
- Get on a healthy diet with them
- Respect their diet while eating around them; don’t indulge in foods you know they yearn for but can’t have
- Find new ways to celebrate and spend time with them the don’t involve food
- When making comments, stay positive and avoid judgement or criticism
There’s plenty of positivity and motivation you can bring your friend or loved one during this time. Make sure you’re informed and read up on what he or she can and can’t do.
With the right moral support, your friend or loved one will have a much more pleasant journey and possibly better, faster outcomes thanks to the difference you made.