Weight-loss Surgery Success: Jill and Paul

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Enlisting a significant other in your weight-loss plans could be a great way to help ensure your success – if the partner is just as committed as you are. When both people are equally dedicated to embracing a healthier lifestyle, they can create a more supportive bond that inspires progress and resilience during their weight-loss journey.

Research from the American Psychological Association (APA) finds that couples lose more body weight together than when they tackle it alone.

When one spouse is fully committed, though, while the other struggles to find motivation, real relationship issues can crop up.

Couples Who Lose Weight Together

People who embark on weight-loss journeys together often see transformations not only in their physical appearance but also in their relationship and intimacy. Sharing the experience of dropping weight can deepen emotional bonds and strengthen mutual respect.

Co-inspiration plays a role in the success of couples striving to lose weight together. Whether it’s fat-blasting workouts, meal planning or celebrating milestones, the sense of solidarity can strengthen most romantic relationships – whether you diet for two or not.

Even during moments of setbacks or weight plateaus, couples can draw strength from each other’s determination. Couples may even communicate better and discover more resilience as they continue their co-journey towards longevity and well-being.

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Losing weight can change the relationship dynamics

Bariatric surgery is a major event associated with psychological and physical changes such as improvements in self-esteem and self-confidence. You not only look differently after losing 100 pounds or so, but you might also act and feel differently too.

Post-surgery patients face so many positive changes! While you have been supported by a bariatric care team and prepared for the rigors and challenges of life after surgery, it can still prove an emotional rollercoaster. Personality shifts can potentially be surprising and frightening for the people in your life.

Post-surgery patients may suddenly be more sociable and upbeat. The sudden feelings may be very confusing for romantic partners and friends.

On the other hand, the APA says troubles may arise when only one partner is fully committed to the surgery and a healthy life transformation – while the other person struggles to find understanding.

The post-surgery partner may suddenly have much more energy, active hobbies, new flattering clothes and a strict fitness routine. Any partner might feel some sense of loss or stress when faced with such big relationship switchovers.

Losing weight “before” and “after”

For patients or couples living with obesity, your healthcare providers during bariatric treatment may include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychotherapists, and dieticians. By working with understanding providers, couples can learn to enjoy healthy activities together, such as cooking light, riding bikes or signing up for a walking club together.

Research finds that health-conscious couples may drop more pounds when they do it together. In addition to the benefits of supporting each other’s more active lifestyle choices, weight-loss for two may provide extra motivation, self-confidence and intimacy that all couples crave.

Another benefit for couples: Those bariatric patients with supportive partners tends to start the surgery procedures at a lighter body weight than single patients undergoing the procedures, finds the APA.

Changes in relationship status after bariatric surgery

Obesity research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) compared studies of single bariatric patients, as well as those in relationships where one or both people shed large amounts of weight. Within the surgery groups, changes in relationship status were more common in couples who experienced the most substantial weight loss.

One couple’s dramatic relationship makeover after surgery

Read Jill and Paul’s weight-loss story

Losing weight together has been an amazing experience for Jill and Paul. They have been able to coach and support each other along the way.

Compassionate providers can also help you decide which weight-loss procedure is right for you.

Manatee Weight Loss Center’s team of weight-loss professionals has the resources to answer any questions you have about bariatric surgery. They will patiently walk you through the next steps. Members of your bariatric care team may include a doctor, nurse, therapist, nutritionist, pharmacist and others.


Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.

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