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Life After Bariatric Surgery: The Skinny on Achieving Success

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Jan 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-22 14:14:37-05

If you and your doctor have decided that bariatric surgery is the right treatment option for you, it is important to understand how your life may change after surgery. Bariatric surgery, like any other surgical procedure, comes with risks, but preparing yourself and your loved ones for what may come is extremely beneficial. It is important to remember that bariatric surgery isn't a quick fix, but certain lifestyle changes are key to maintaining a healthy weight loss process.

Diet once you have recovered from bariatric surgery

  • Eat three small meals per day (approx. 4–6 oz. by weight) focusing on protein and produce
  • Avoid sugar, carbonated beverages, foods high in carbohydrates, red meat
  • Avoid drinking liquids with meals
  • Drink water between meals, but remember to consume slowly
  • Commit to good nutrition
  • Change your relationship with food

It is important to remember that these small lifestyle changes are meant for a lifetime. Weight loss and weight loss maintenance after surgery take a full commitment from the patient.

Exercise after bariatric surgery

  • Talk to your doctor before you start a new exercise routine
  • Begin any exercise routine gradually and work your way up
  • For weight loss and weight loss maintenance, it is recommended to work up to 60 minutes of exercise six times per week
  • Incorporate interval training exercises every week
  • Keep track of your exercise plan and develop reasonable goals

Finding support

  • Support groups allow patients to discuss personal struggles and emotional difficulties, relate to others' situations, and share diet and exercise plans
  • Patients are surrounded by others who support all weight loss goals, which directly increases changes of long-term success