These are FALSE. I’m living proof of that! I followed the rules of my surgery to a “t” for the first two years post-op. I exercised like a demon (there is documentation of this), I ate the proper number of calories, I was a protein champ. I never, ever saw this so-called “normal” rating according to the BMI. In fact, most of you will get an average of 20-40 lbs. smaller than I was at my smallest!
Now you can choose to interpret this information as discouraging. You may feel hopeless. I personally don’t see that as the point. To me, the point is that, on some level, we have to continue to work at our health for our entire lives. This should not be discouraging to any of you because even healthy non-ops have to work at their health for their entire lives. It’s a fact of life. The body takes maintenance. For us, that maintenance includes being aware of what we eat, how much we move, taking vitamins, drinking water.
That is FALSE. The thinking is at least. You could very well not have many adverse consequences to relaxing your personal rules (although I can say with confidence that eventually not taking your vitamins usually catches up with you!). BUT you should always make those decisions based on factors related to you, not anybody else. Jane is Jane and you are you. Just because Jane can eat cookies every day and maintain her weight does not mean that’s what you should (or even want) to do. Am I making sense here?