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Are You Ready to Find Peace with Food, Your Body, and the Scale?

Do you wish it was easier to have long-term WLS success?

NAWLS member Ory Brown put it beautifully when she said, "I was well informed when I had my weight loss surgery. I just didn't think I would be one of those people who would struggle. I didn't know it would be this hard for this long!"

Whether you've had gastric bypass, duodenal switch, gastric band, gastric sleeve, or some other type of bariatric surgery, you've found the best source available to show you how to make your surgery a success long term.

Are you ready to get control of your eating and your life?

It's time to find peace and empowerment with food, your body, and the scale. And this is the place to do it. Welcome to NAWLS, a safe and non-judgmental community of bariatric surgery patients who want to succeed as badly as you do, and who will support you every step of the way, so you can finally live the life you've always wanted to live -- free from obesity and the obesity mindset.

NAWLS is like no other weight loss surgery support group. Member Michele T. said, "When I first saw this website I was so surprised at the content and what was being said on some of the posts. I have been here for more than a year and I just love it."

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Now You Can Maintain Your Weight Loss and Be at Peace with Your Life
Looking at your problems as opportunities is a way to practice a "can-do" attitude. It's a concrete way to begin to change the way you think. . . . keep reading

13 Strategies to Avoid "Bad Luck" with Holiday Eating
Sally Myers, RD, CPT
If you struggle to avoid high-calorie holiday fare, these tips are for you. . . . keep reading

Just for Today
Sibyl Partridge
The writer and author Sibyl Partridge wrote a wonderful piece that inspires motivation around the world. Read this poem every morning and spend one or two minutes imagining and planning how yo . . . keep reading

Bowel Obstruction: Common yet Dangerous
Tonya Luiz
The digestive track of a gastric-bypass patient will never be normal, and post-ops need to be aware of complications that can arise. The most common complication for Roux-En-Y patients is a bowel obstruction. . . . keep reading

How to Say NO to Yourself without Feeling Deprived
Katie Jay
I didn't want this little girl in me to hurt anymore, but until recently the only way I knew to soothe her sadness and rage was to feed her whatever she wanted. . . . keep reading

How to Fill the Food Void
Katie Jay
The deep longing has lessened, but it is not gone. And after weight loss surgery, I have lost my most reliable tool for filling the void -- overeating. Here is how I have worked on this issue in my life. . . . keep reading

What You Need to Know About Transfer Addiction
Katie Jay
The tragedy of addiction is that the substance (or behavior) that soothes you also harms you. If you don't want that substance or behavior to "own" your life, you have to let go. Here's where to start. . . . keep reading

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What professionals are saying about NAWLS:

"NAWLS offers unique information and services in the WLS field. I endorse Katie Jay as one of the most accomplished professionals I have known. Her continuing contributions and those of this organization will benefit deserving individuals around the world. I also highly recommend Katie's book, Dying to Change: My Really Heavy Life Story, which is brilliant and groundbreaking." -- David Krueger, MD

"The National Association for Weight Loss Surgery will help WLS patients achieve long-term success. There is no other national organization like it. Not only does it draw expertise from surgeons, nutritionists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, life coaches, and personal trainers; NAWLS offers critical information, support, and resources to WLS patients. I encourage others to support this incredibly valuable organization." -- Osvaldo Anez, MD, FACS

"NAWLS understands the critical role nutrition plays in WLS success and keeps up to date on the latest information about nutrition and WLS." -- Sally Myers, RD, CPT