Bariatric surgery, also called Weight loss, or metabolic surgery, helps with not just obesity but many other health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. When exercise and diet are not able to help with your obesity which is leading you to the path of chronic diseases, bariatric surgery could be your savior. Bariatric surgery not only helps with these diseases but also prevents health problems in future. This surgery gives obese patients a chance to live a longer and better life.
Today’s bariatric operations are safe, minimally invasive, and less painful, with fewer complications, fast recovery, and shorter hospital stay too. Your surgeon might choose any procedure from Sleeve Gastrectomy, Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileal Bypass with Sleeve Gastrectomy, Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, Adjustable Gastric Band or Sleeve Gastrectomy. These operations are done to make modifications to your stomach by making it smaller and to the intestines by bypassing a portion. These modifications lead to decreased hunger pangs and a longer feeling of fullness even with small portions. All this helps you achieve a healthy weight. But for Bariatric surgery to be successful, you need to follow a new strategy when it comes to your lifestyle and eating habits. The right kind of habits needs to be adopted if you want to continue losing weight post surgery.
Here are some tips to make your bariatric surgery successful.
Do right by your diet
The right diets, both pre and post-surgery, are very crucial for the success of your surgery. Meal planning post surgery is a must if you aim to make your bariatric surgery successful. You can do that by
- Choosing the right food- Make sure you do not fill that limited space in your stomach with empty calories. Choose whole, fresh, and nutritious options like whole foods, fresh fruits, and vegetables, etc. Even read the label of your food so that you are aware of the nutrient it is offering and to avoid intake of excess salt, sugar, or fat.
- Do mindful eating- Slow down your food eating process by chewing properly, feeling the food and its taste in your mouth. Also, becoming aware of your triggers and impulses will help you in only eating when hungry and in preventing emotional eating. This will help you keep control of unnecessary snacking and intake of junk and sugary food, which will aid in weight loss.
- Ensure portion size- Three meals in a day is only what the body needs. Also, measuring your food helps with portion control and prevents excess consumption, which in turn leads to weight loss.
Increase protein intake
As compared to carbohydrates, protein is more complex and takes a longer time to break down and get absorbed. This is why protein keeps you feeling full for longer and will lead to lesser consumption of food. It also helps fulfill the nutritional requirements of the body, maintain muscle mass, heal, and maintain energy levels. So make sure protein is a part of every meal and snack you take as it will help in weight loss too.
Drinking water is not only required for proper body functioning, but it also helps in curbing unnecessary hunger pangs, which could be because of dehydration too. At Least 64 oz or even more fluid should be your goal. But you should avoid fluids loaded with sugar and calories like soda, tea, or coffee. Make plain water your best friend and boost your weight loss.
Exercise your way to weight loss
Once you get your all clear from your physician, you should get moving. You can start exercising gradually by starting it with walking and build stamina before moving on to more rigorous exercises like aggressive strength training, high-Intensity aerobics, etc. Exercise not only releases feel-good hormones in the body but also curbs hunger. It also helps in maintaining lean muscles, preventing many chronic diseases, and also in losing weight post surgery when followed with the right diet.
Intake of vitamins and supplements is essential
As post bariatric surgery, the food consumption, as well as nutrition absorption, decreases, so taking vitamins and supplements becomes essential to prevent any deficiency. It is important for long-term wellness and good health.
Stay determined and positive
You will have to become determined when it comes to finding comfort in food. You will have to replace it with other things and activities that make you happy, feel good and helps in diverting you from thinking about food. You can come out of this habit of overeating by maintaining personal accountability. Rest staying positive is the key as there might be disappointments and obstacles both pre and post surgery, but everything can be worked out with dedication and efforts.
Follow these tips, and remember it is you who can make your bariatric surgery successful. Just follow post-surgery advice, and with the right planning, willpower, strict compliance, and hard work, and you will be able to achieve your goal and success.