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You can never read and learn enough when it comes to a life-changing procedure like weight loss surgery. People that succesfully keep the weight off know that weight loss surgery is only the tool to help you lose weight. It will not keep the weight off and weight loss surgery is not the easy way out. Its only the beginning of a new healthier, happier, and slimmer you!

I have found that these books prepare people for this major change before surgery and then continue to encourage and motivate them after surgery. Start changing your mindset today with the books below.

Before Surgery Must Reads

Weight loss surgery is a big decision. A lot of time, effort, and emotions are put into making the decision to have surgery. Its easy to decide that you’re ready for surgery and then not invest any more time or effort. Weight loss surgery does not end after the surgery. These books prepare you for what happens before, during, and get your ready for everything after surgery.

The Emotional First + Aid Kit: A Practical Guide to Life After Bariatric Surgery, Second Edition

By Cyynthia Alexander

The Emotional first aid kit

The Emotional first aid kit


Why I like this book: The author isn’t trying to sell you on getting surgery, she’s trying to prepare you for the emotional ups and downs that you’ll definitely experience – especially some of the low moments after the excitement of the surgery wears off.

What it will do for you: This is one book that I cannot stress the importance of enough. It will get you thinking of a gameplan for after surgery. But for this to work, you have to read and plan before you go under the scalpel.

Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies

By Marina S Kurian

Weight loss surgery for dummies

Weight loss surgery for dummies


You are probably thinking, “Why would I want such a basic book when there is so much information available online for free?” I agree that almost everything you need is online, somewhere. However, I have yet to find one single online resource that has everything you need. This book comes pretty darn close. Its the Bible of weight loss surgery.

Why I like this book: This book has everything. It discusses the different surgical options, from gastric bypass to gastric sleeve surgery to procedures you probably haven’t heard of before. Its got after surgery exercise and diet tips along with what to look out for after surgery. Its honest, to the point, and well written. I’m normally not a ‘Dummie’ book reader, but this one is too good not to recommend.

What it will do for you: This is the book that you can hi-light. You can fold the pages and reference and re-reference whenever you have a concern or question. Basically, its nice to have something that you can trust, is easy to navigate and you will probably read and reference multiple times throughout your journey. This is the book that will sit on your nightstand for months before and after your surgery.

After Surgery Must Reads

These are the books that will keep you on the path to success after surgery. As I mentioned, weight loss surgery is just a tool. Its up to you to use that tool properly. The books below are motivators. They will remind you why you chose this path and keep you focused on achieving your goal. These are hand selected and should be handy for those days when you start to question if you made the right choice.

Recipes for Life After Weight-Loss Surgery

By Margaret Furtado

Recipes for life

Recipes for life after weight-loss surgery

Eating is not going to be like it used to be. Eating is now about getting the nutrients your body needs without overfilling your smaller gastric pouch, or pushing your lap band to its limits. The good news is that this can be done while you actually enjoy the food.

Why I like it: The Broccoli Rab recipe is excellent and so are many others. I like this book because it shows you what your pantry should look like. You can have a pantry full of foods that taste good and are good for you. And its written by a registered and licensed nutritionist and dietitian so she knows what she’s talking about.

What it will do for you: Your diet has to change after surgery. Regardless of the type of surgery, there are recipes in here for you. Changing your diet is not as easy as it seems. Its not just about buying healthier foods and eating less. Because frankly healthier foods don’t always taste that good. And food that doesn’t taste good is just another reason for failure. So, get rid of the possibility of failure by buying this book and eating healthy but delicious food. Success starts with what you put in your mouth every morning, noon and night after surgery.

The Weight Loss Surgery Coping Companion: A Practical Guide for Coping with Post-Surgery Emotions

By Dr. Tanie Miller Kabala



This part of the process surprises everyone. Weight loss surgery is almost always an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes the actual losing of weight can push you into a major depression. Most of us only know the adult versions of ourselves as being the big overweight guy or girl. And when the weight comes off we don’t know who we are. And what do we do with ourselves once we’ve won our biggest battle?

Why I like it: I don’t think that your local psychiatrist or psychologist can help you battle your very unique experience of rapid weight loss and the emotions that will definitely surface. Dr. Kabala has the experience and knowledge that not many others have. And her book is clear, well written and helpful.

What it will do for you: It will help you understand why you feel like you do. Losing the weight is only half of the battle. Losing your old self is the other battle. Learning who you really are and living in a new body will cause anxiety, depression, excitement, self-hate, and many other emotions that were hidden behind food over the years. This book will prepare you for those emotions and it will speak to your soul.


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