Top 5 Best Ways to Build Muscle After Weight Loss Surgery

Posted by Jason Radecke on Fri, May 15, 2015

If you’ve just undergone weight loss surgery, you may be starting to think about how you’re going to start building muscle. We’re here to help! In this blog, we’ve outlined the top 5 best ways to build muscle after weight loss surgery.

top-build-muscle-after-weight-loss-surgery-1Start Slow.

It’s important to know where your limits are when you start a new exercise routine. You don’t want to push yourself too hard and then cause more harm than good to your body. Starting with about 30 minutes of light exercise per day is a great start once your doctor gives the OK to begin working out after surgery. Once you become used to exercising every day, you can add more time to your exercise routine slowly. This will train your body, so you don’t shock it with sudden pressure.

Add Weights.

Cardio is a great form of exercise to keep your body in shape after weight loss surgery. If you want to build muscle though, you should consider adding light weight lifting into your exercise routine. You shouldn’t be trying to lift a hundred pounds on your first day of weight lifting, but you can start with 5 pounds and work your way up depending on what your doctor recommends. Lifting weights is one of the most effective methods to building muscle. However, you have to be patient because muscles don’t just grow overnight!   

Stretching is Key.

Before you even start your workout, it’s essential you stretch your body out. There are multiple reasons why stretching is a vital part of working out. First, it prevents muscle cramps which will allow you to exercise more without as much pain. If you injure one of your muscles, you’re likely to be sore for a few days. This will hinder you from being able to work out as much, which will prevent your body from building muscle. Also, stretching keeps your muscles loose enough where you can work out more. Preparing your muscles for a workout will help make you more flexible and more able to have a great workout.


Eat Low-Fat Proteins.

Exercise isn’t the only important part of building muscle after weight loss surgery. Incorporating high-quality, low-fat proteins into your diet will also help you build new muscle. You can start taking in low-fat proteins during your recovery phase by drinking protein shakes. Ask your nutritionist or doctor about all the great low-fat proteins you can consume that will be effective in your recovery process and that will also help you build up your body’s muscle mass.

Drink Enough Water.

Working out can be extremely strenuous on your muscles. It’s important to stay hydrated to help your muscles stay healthy. If you become dehydrated, you’re not going to be able to have a good workout. Your body, especially your muscles, need a lot of fluid intake while exercising because you sweat a lot out while working out.

If you want to build muscle after your weight loss surgery, follow these important tips! And make sure to consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activity. Contact Riverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center today with any questions or concerns about your exercise regimen post surgery.

Tags: Bariatric Surgery Exercises

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