Weight Loss Surgery Isn't Just About Weight Loss: The Importance of Therapy and Self-Care

Therapy can help with your Weight Loss Journey


We know that weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision. It can lead to significant weight loss, increased energy, and improved health. However, weight loss surgery isn't just about weight loss. It's about dealing with the emotional and psychological issues that led to overeating in the first place. That's why therapy and counselling are valuable tools to achieving long-term success after weight loss surgery.

Many people who struggle with their weight have underlying emotional issues that cause them to turn to food for comfort. These issues may include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, or abuse. While weight loss surgery can help to address the physical aspects of weight loss, it's essential to address the emotional and psychological aspects as well.

Therapy and counselling can provide the tools and support needed to deal with these underlying issues. It can help people develop healthy coping mechanisms, improve self-esteem and confidence, and address any past traumas or issues that may be holding them back. Therapy can also help people learn to love and care for themselves, which is essential for long-term success.

Self-love and self-care are critical components of weight loss success. Many people who struggle with their weight have a negative self-image and may engage in self-destructive behaviours such as emotional eating, self-sabotage, or self-neglect. Learning to love and care for oneself is a vital part of the weight loss journey.

Self-love involves accepting and embracing oneself, flaws and all. It means treating oneself with kindness, compassion, and respect. Self-care involves taking care of oneself physically, emotionally, and mentally. This may include activities such as exercise, healthy eating, meditation, or engaging in hobbies and activities that bring joy.

By incorporating therapy, counselling, self-love, and self-care into the weight loss journey, people can achieve long-term success and improve their overall quality of life. It's essential to recognise that weight loss isn't just about weight loss. It's about addressing the underlying emotional and psychological issues and learning to love and care for oneself.

It's important to note that weight loss surgery patients may experience transfer addiction, where they substitute one addiction (such as food) for another (such as alcohol, drugs, or shopping). Therapy can help patients navigate this potential risk and develop healthy coping mechanisms. A therapist can work with patients to identify triggers and stressors that may lead to transfer addiction and provide strategies to manage them. Additionally, therapy can help patients build self-awareness and self-esteem, which can reduce the likelihood of turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms. 

Remember, the new lease on life that weight loss surgery can provide is truly awesome, and I am here to support you on your journey towards a healthier, happier life.

On a personal note, Vanessa Warren from The Wellness Clinic, has been instrumental in untangling my own unhelpful patterns. Providing bariatric coaching and counselling, as well as several online programmes that provide you with the tools and knowledge to transform and empower your weight loss journey. 

Vanessa has generously agreed to offer My New Tum customers (and anyone reading this blog) a free 30 minute coaching session when you sign up to any of her Bari programmes

*Free sessions are held over zoom and must be used within 1 year of beginning a programme.

To find out which programme is right for you, ping Vanessa an email on vanessa@thewellnessclinic.co.nz

 *Not an ad - I paid for my sessions. 


Wishing you all the success in the world! Emma x 


Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. The Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions). Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat.

Some doctors can access free or subsidised counselling for their patients. This can depend on which Primary Health Organisation (PHO) your GP is registered with. Give your GP's office a call and check with the practice nurse.

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