Weight Loss After a Bariatric Surgery
Maintaining good weight after bariatric surgery takes a dedicated commitment to a number of significant lifestyle changes. The following is a review of common, recommended practices for successful weight loss and maintenance of healthy weight. Following these guidelines, approach your bariatric surgery as the beginning point of a new, healthy life, with special emphasis on maintaining a healthy weight, eating only the foods you need, and staying active at all times.
One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of maintaining a healthy diet is the determination to eat good healthy food. If you are not able to eat nutritious foods at the right time, the result can be poor quality and unhealthy foods, which will lead to additional weight gain or even nutritional deficiencies.
Healthy food choices can range from avoiding refined sugar and other high-calorie foods to eating foods that have low amounts of carbohydrates and calories. You should avoid junk food or fast food as well as foods that are high in sodium, salt, and saturated fats. Some examples of these foods include candy bars, chocolates, ice cream, doughnuts, cookies, and baked goods. Instead, eat foods like vegetables, fruits, grains, and lean meat. To improve your choice of healthy foods, consider purchasing and preparing fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets instead of from grocery stores and restaurants.
In addition to making healthy food choices, it is also important to make other lifestyle changes. The majority of people who have had bariatric surgery and are not in good health or who do not have a regular exercise program continue to gain weight. You must have a long-term goal to lose as much weight as possible and you must be willing to do whatever it takes to reach that goal. If you have strong will power, the only way to succeed is to set short term goals and work towards them. Short term goals should be followed up with long term goals and if you lose weight, you should aim to keep it off.
It is important to be realistic about the amount of weight you will lose when undergoing bariatric surgery. Your doctor will determine the proper weight loss plan for your specific condition. It may take several months to a year for your body to become used to the changes after your bariatric surgery. Therefore, while your doctor gives you a realistic time frame for achieving your weight loss goals, you must be realistic about what it will take to lose weight and keep it off. Once you have reached the weight loss goal set by your doctor, be realistic about your ability to maintain it.
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight after bariatric surgery is to eat healthy food regularly, get plenty of physical activity, maintain a healthy exercise program and engage in a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Make sure you listen to your doctor’s advice on what foods you should eat and the proper portion size of each food type.
Healthy eating habits can also include eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep. If you are taking medications or you are breastfeeding, you may want to discuss this with your doctor to determine if any changes need to be made in your diet or lifestyle.
It is important to find ways to make healthy choices and stick with them to help you achieve and maintain your goal of a healthy weight. Keeping a healthy lifestyle after having bariatric surgery is an important part of weight loss, but it is not the only step.