Adjusting to Your New Weight Loss Surgery Lifestyle

Posted by Jason Radecke on Tue, Jul 16, 2013

Weight loss surgery is certainly a lifechanger, not just a quick fix. Adjustments will be made and work will have to be put in to make the most out of your procedure. To make your decision as effective and positive as possible, making adjustments prior to surgery can help immensely.

Weight loss surgery will be your individual procedure but you don’t have to journey through it alone. Start gathering support from friends and family as soon as possible. Let them understand that your lifestyle or social norms may not be much of the same. Invite them to try new things with you that will help adjusting to your new weight loss surgery lifestyle. Making a healthy and active lifestyle less arduous and more pleasant with support from loved ones will enable you to never have to regress after weight loss surgery. The sooner you and everyone else around you makes this adjustment, the quicker your goals to a positive lifestyle change will be.

The formula to healthy weight loss stays the same even after surgery. Simply put, diet and exercise. Easier said than done, your new diet and eating habits will carry a fairly specific approach that your doctor or dietitian will provide for you. Your best advice possible when it comes to your diet is to listen to the doctors orders.

Try eating small frequent meals:

  • Your new stomach can only hold so much, if you overdo it serious problems can arise. Many people with obesity are overeaters and adapting to smaller portions can be difficult. Begin making adjustments just before surgery to develop a routine that will carry on after surgery. Eating small frequent meals will be good for your new stomach and allow for less time in between meals so you don’t get a feeling of being hungry constantly between meals.

Take recommended multivitamin and mineral supplements:

  • Due to what weight loss procedure you decide, your body won’t be able to absorb the necessary nutrients from food that you need. That’s where your doctors recommendation and your choice of what supplement to use takes place. You’ll need to take the proper supplement(s) everyday for the rest of your life so determine what is best for you and if you need more than just one supplement.

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  • Focus on high protein foods

  • Avoid foods that are high in fat or sugar

  • Even several weeks after surgery, be nice to your stomach and avoid:

    • Nuts and seeds

    • Popcorn

    • Dried Fruit

    • Sodas and carbonated beverages

    • Breads

    • Tough meats

    • Stringy, fibrous vegetables like celery, cabbage, broccoli

Be persistent and cautious:

  • Several months after surgery your stomach may be able to handle normal foods again as recommended by your doctor but try new things slowly and one at a time. Just be cautious as your new stomach is more sensitive than before.

  • Don’t steer away from your diet, keep exercising. If you persevere with healthy eating habits and exercise your weight loss results can add up to lose half, or even more, of your excess weight within two years. Getting too comfortable after the initial weight loss and returning to old lifestyle habits is the biggest leader and cause of not losing all your excess weight and perhaps gaining weight eventually as well.

With the right commitment, you’ll be well on your way to the dramatic transformation you’ve been waiting for. Every weight loss surgery has slightly different dietary guidelines, so you should follow the guidelines your bariatric surgeon and nutritionist set for your specific needs. If you need more information about what to eat after weight loss surgery, contact us at Riverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center today!

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