Bariatric Acronyms

Within the field of bariatric surgery, you’re taken on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Throughout your journey you will be backed by a tremendous online community with a strong sense of support.

Through online support arises long-lasting friendships, and the natural flow of information related to weight loss among bariatric surgery champions. Online communities such as WLS Afterlife exemplify exactly what I am talking about.

Organizations made for people seeking additional information regarding life after weight loss surgery, such as WLS Afterlife, have an array of abbreviations and specific terminology that has interchanged communication between bariatric patients.

Being able to easily communicate without confusion across bariatric friendly social pages is important and understanding the topics that are being discussed is vital for passing information along.

If you’re just starting your weight loss journey, it’s safe to assume that you might be scratching your head over a few weight loss acronyms and terms that you come across online.

For that reason, we have compiled a list of the most frequently used acronyms and abbreviations adopted by the bariatric community.

The journey to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle is no easy trip, but at WLS Afterlife we want to be your number one resource that helps pull it all together.

Use this guide as a learning tool to better understand the meanings behind the bariatric jargon you see online.

As always we hope our resources will help you maneuver through all of the lifestyle changes that come after weight loss surgery with ease.

ASMBS – American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
BBL – Brazilian Butt Lift
BCP – Birth Control Pills
BM – Bowel Movement
BMI – Body Mass Index
BPD – Biliopancreatic Diversion
BP – Blood Pressure
CW – Current Weight
DS – Duodenal Switch
EWL – Excess Weight Loss (how much weight you want to lose)
F – Following
FBL – Full Body Lift
GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Acid Reflux)
GF – Gluten-Free
GW – Goal Weight
HW – Highest Weight
IF – Intermittent Fast
IMO/IMHO – In My (Honest) Opinion
LF/FF – Low-Fat/Fat-Free
LW – Lowest Weight
MOM – Milk of Magnesia
NSV – Non-Scale Victory
Nut – Nutritionist
PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCP – Primary Care Physician
RNY – Roux-en Y (gastric bypass)
SF – Sugar-Free
SW – Surgery/Starting Weight
TL – Thigh Lift
TT – Tummy Tuck
VSG – Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (“the sleeve”/”gastric sleeve”)
WLS – Weight Loss Surgery

WLS Afterlife is a resource for individuals living life after weight loss surgery.
If you’re looking for more information about products or solutions that help with the new lifestyle change whether its motivational content, peer-to-peer support, or dieting tips, WLS Afterlife’s resources will help you have a better chance at success.

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