Just about everyone has heard of a relative or friend of a friend who had weight loss surgery and “gained it all back.” The truth is, studies show that roughly half of bariatric patients regain weight, but not as much weight as you might think. Only approximately 5% of excess weight was regained after two or more years following surgery. When a patient has lost weight in the range of 100 pounds, or more, a regain of 5 pounds over time is perfectly normal. At some point, active weight loss will slow and your body will find a new normal. Portion sizes will grow from what you were able to eat in the early months after your procedure, and your body will enter a maintenance phase. This will be different for each patient, as every journey is unique.
Taking on a new vitamin regimen after weight loss surgery may seem daunting, but the benefits far outweigh the minor hassle. The changes in the stomach and bypass of the small intestine make it more difficult for your body to receive vitamins naturally from food. Compound that with the decrease in portion size, and it is easy to see why it is more difficult to get the recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals as a post-op bariatric patient.