Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in their ability to succeed in a particular situation. When it comes to keeping weight off following bariatric surgery, many post-op patients struggle mightily to believe deep down in their heart of hearts that they will succeed in keeping their weight off for the long haul. They may or may not verbalize this sense of doubt. For every patient who does admit to having this unwanted fear related to potential weight regain, there is likely a very good reason for their apprehension. It’s their lack of self-efficacy, their belief in their ability to maintain a healthy weight. This self-doubt is very reasonable and is a result of having lost and regained weight - a number of times in the past. As you are well aware, bariatric surgery will help you lose weight, but it’s no guarantee for keeping it off. Developing a sense of self-efficacy, a genuine belief that you can and will keep the weight off after surgery is essential to actually doing so. Listen in and learn how you can improve your belief in yourself… that sense of self-efficacy is necessary to keep your body at a healthy weight for the rest of your life. Here’s to improving your self-efficacy.
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Bandura A. Self-Efficacy in Changing Societies. Cambridge University Press.