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Weight-loss surgery is a life-changing experience that can impact every part of your life — including your relationships, your family life, and even your career. The journey to becoming healthier and happier can sometimes become difficult to navigate. Learn how to make the most out of your weight-loss journey with our articles on body image, emotional health, family life, and more.

How to cope with emotional eating

How to cope with emotional eating

Many individuals who are overweight suffer from emotional eating, or eating in response to boredom, stress, anger, loneliness, or other emotions. After your LAP-BAND® surgery, learning how to distinguish genuine hunger from an emotional desire for food will be crucial to your long-term success.

Emotional eating is often a lifelong practice that takes time to correct. But by being mindful of your habits and proactive about your behavior, you can learn to change your attitude towards food.

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How to feel better about your body in dressing rooms

How to feel better about your body in dressing rooms

Going clothes shopping is usually fun and can be a great way to boost your mood — especially if you’re losing weight and want to buy new clothes that show off your progress.

But sometimes the excitement behind clothes-shopping can fall flat when you go into the dressing room and either feel unflattered by the poor lighting and mirrors, or you realize that the new sizes you’ve picked out still fail to fit your body properly. Moments like these can really bring you down if you let them, and can even inhibit your weight-loss progress from both a physical and mental standpoint.

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How to take before-and-after pictures for weight loss

How to take before-and-after pictures for weight loss

Taking photos of yourself throughout your weight-loss journey is one of the best ways to track your progress. In most cases, it’ll be hard for you to determine just how well you’re doing unless you have before and after photos of yourself to compare against each other.

Standing on the scale may be a great way to track weight loss, but that’s only just one facet. As you exercise, eat healthy, and become more slim, photos can help you see just how far you’ve come with replacing pounds of fat with pounds of lean muscle.

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Making New Year's resolutions stick

Making New Year's resolutions stick

Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, especially in the United States, where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of all adults are obese.

The New Year is the perfect time to set new goals and get excited about losing weight. The holiday season is finally over, and you can get back to eating healthy foods without being tempted by all those sinfully delightful holiday treats and snacks. You may also feel excited and eager to put a new gym membership to good use. However, your New Year’s resolutions can fall flat shortly after January 1 if you fail to set realistic weight-loss goals for yourself.

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Non-scale victories

Non-scale victories

Spend any amount of time on weight-loss surgery forums, and you will likely see people talking about NSVs, or "non-scale victories." These little moments often happen when you least expect them, but they can make your day when you are feeling down about your weight-loss goals.

While the numbers on the scale are a great indicator of your progress, in many cases, NSVs can be even more meaningful and encouraging to WLS patients. Have you experienced any of these moments of triumph?

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