Did you know that one of the biggest mistakes made when making healthy eating a habit is to be weighed every day? Those who are weighed every day with the curiosity and excitement they experience both while dieting and after bariatric surgery are mistaken in the number they see on the scale and experience disappointment from time to time. Although people experience rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery, the most accurate measurement is the healthiest. Accurate weighing of individuals, especially those who have undergone bariatric surgery, is very important for the healthy continuation of their processes.
We recommend at least 1-2 weeks between weighings, because for each 1 kilogram of fat mass to differ, there must be a 7000 calorie reduction with daily energy intake and expenditure. Such a reduction is not possible with any nutrition program or process. Since we have a metabolism that is affected from edema in the body to the hormonal balance, this change should not be thought of as just weight. One of the signs that makes you feel thinning is the decrease in fat mass and excess edema, but it is not always possible to follow this measurement accurately and reliably with home-type measuring devices, and it also causes mistakes. In order to prevent this, we generally recommend that your measurements be made under the follow-up of a dietitian.
In the clinical evaluation and follow-up of obesity, measurements such as the ratio of your height to your weight, that is, body mass index, as well as waist circumference and hip circumference, are widely used. Waist circumference is the easiest and most effective indicator used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to determine adiposity and regional fat in population-based studies. If you want to follow your weight loss process at home after bariatric surgery, our advice for you is to measure your waist circumference on a weekly or monthly basis. This method is both more practical for you and will help you encounter more realistic results. The results in tape measurements are quite satisfactory for individuals who have had bariatric surgery.
So, how should the correct measurement be made?
If you are taking measurements under the control of your dietitian, the things you should do are to consume healthy foods, not to consume liquids such as water and coffee, and not to wear heavy clothes before the measurement. For accurate measurement, your dietitian should measure with calibrated devices. Thanks to these devices, a detailed analysis of the fat-muscle-water balance in your body is made. In order for the measurements to be interpreted correctly by your dietitian, they must be repeated and compared at certain intervals. In particular, with the routine controls made after bariatric surgery, a comparison of the weight lost with your initial weight is made in the 3rd month, 6th month and 1st year from the first month. In all of these controls, the body fat-muscle-water balance and all analyzes are observed again.
In addition, your dietitian can shape the frequency of weight monitoring according to you. Your dietitian plans the frequency of the number of observations.
With tape measurement, which is another measurement method, you can make your own follow-up. The tape measure is the oldest and safest measuring method. It is possible to easily observe how thin you are with the tape measure. Since it can be a little difficult to measure yourself, you can ask someone to measure you, or you can tell your dietitian that you want to follow the tape measure. Thus, your dietitian can record your waist-arm-hip measurements in addition to body fat-muscle-water mass .
Accurate Tape Measure
Accurate measuring with a tape measure involves measuring the widest part of the arm, 2 fingers above the belly button , and the widest part of the hip. Try to make sure you measure the correct area with each measurement . Do not forget that you will get the most accurate result when you measure yourself with the same clothes once a week, in the morning and on an eat nothing as if possible.
Finally, with the lifestyle change after bariatric surgery, you should trust your body during the weight loss process and remind yourself that your priority is investing in your health with each new day rather than the number on the scale. After the rapid weight loss at first, you should maintain your self-confidence until you complete your weight loss journey, especially after completing 15 days of liquid and 15 days of puree period. At the same time, do not forget that your clothes will be the biggest witnesses of your weight loss process. You can use your old clothes as a unit of measurement for yourself. You will be happy that your clothes are abundant and that you will need new clothes. Do not rush to renew your wardrobe, as it will take about 1 year to lose weight. When you complete your process, we will be looking forward to seeing you with the clothes that suit you.