Post-Bariatric Surgery: Thinking Outside the Scale

by Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery | April 4, 2014 10:00 am


Before and after bariatric surgery, patients are confronted with a lot of numbers: their blood pressure and cholesterol readings, body mass index (BMI), calories in and out, and of course, the all-important number on the scale. While it can be exciting to watch that number dip, especially shortly after surgery, when weight loss tends to be the most drastic, that digital readout is far from the only measure of slim-down success.

There are a number of milestones on the journey to a smaller size that have nothing to do with the scale, which can help ward off discouragement and frustration when it seems like that needle is glued in place. Here are a few:

When a patient’s progress seems slow, it can help them to remember that weight loss is a journey, and there are plenty of pit-stops along the way. They will surely have their own “non-scale” victories to add to the list above.  Learn more about the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program by signing up for a free weight-loss surgery information session today.

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