Weight loss surgery can have dramatic results. Not only can it cause significant weight loss, but it can also greatly decrease the risk of weight-related health issues. Yet a recent study conducted by researchers from the Leicester Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom shows that it may also change your appetite and tastes.
According to Graham, their day-to-day experience with patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery suggested these changes but surprisingly, little has yet been written about it in scientific literature.
During the study, 42 per cent of respondents said their sense of smell changed. Seventy-three per cent of patients noted change in the way food tasted and especially in their sweet and sour palate.
Interestingly, patients who experienced food aversions enjoyed significantly more post-operative weight loss and reduction in their body mass index (BMI) compared to their counterparts without such dislikes.
Graham believes the sensory changes are due to a combination of gut hormone and central nervous system effects.