How to Manage Emotional Eating After Weight Loss Surgery

Posted: 8/21/21Updated: 7/15/23By Jason Richardson, MD

After having weight loss surgery, it can be hard to stop emotional eating. This is when you eat because of your feelings instead of hunger. It's common for people who have had bariatric surgery to struggle with this after the procedure. Here are some tips to help manage emotional eating:

1. Identify your triggers

Think about what makes you want to eat when you're not hungry. Is it stress, sadness, or boredom? Once you know your triggers, you can work on finding healthier ways to cope with them.

2. Practice mindful eating

When you eat, try to focus on the taste and texture of the food instead of watching TV or doing something else at the same time. This can help you enjoy your meals more and feel full faster.

3. Find healthy ways to cope with emotions

Instead of reaching for food when you're feeling down, try some other activities that make you feel better. Go for a walk, read a book, or call a friend.

4. Keep healthy snacks on hand

Having something healthy to eat can help you avoid emotional eating. Keep vegetables and low-fat yogurt in the house so you have something good to munch on when you're feeling hungry.

5. Get support from others

Talking to someone about your feelings can help you feel better. Join a support group or talk to a therapist who specializes in weight loss patients. They can help you work through any emotional issues that come up after your procedure.