Bariatric surgery is only part of your weight loss journey. After your procedure, you have to adopt a new lifestyle to achieve the result you want and reap the benefits of better health. Both before and after your procedure, your surgeon will help you understand the changes you will need to make and help you cope with the inevitable changes caused by massive weight loss. Here is a look at how you can expect your life to change after your weight loss procedure.
After weight loss surgery, the size of your stomach will be reduced, so you will feel full from eating less. Although that change is the foundation for your weight loss, consuming fewer calories means that the calories you do eat have to give you the nutrition you need. Eating a diet high in lean protein will help you lose weight while protecting your muscle. High-sugar and high-fat foods do not give you an adequate amount of nutrients and may also cause gastrointestinal distress, so generally should be avoided. Your surgeon can review your specific needs for carbohydrates, water intake, and other information about your diet based on your medical needs and your type of weight loss surgery.
It is normal to experience a range of emotions as you undergo a major medical procedure and see your body change so drastically. Some people experience increased confidence, others become depressed, and many people have changes in their relationships. Be proactive about seeking help if you think you need it, and involve your partner and family if necessary if you are having trouble finding your new normal.
After weight loss surgery, many people are able to exercise in a way that they haven’t in the past. Physical activity is an important part of losing weight and maintaining your weight loss, but go slowly to avoid injury. Talk to your surgeon about when it is safe to start exercising after surgery.
Bariatric Care Centers is committed to your weight loss success before and after your surgery. We provide comprehensive support as you adapt to a bariatric diet and healthy living post-surgery.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.