Weight loss surgery can be an effective tool to help you lose the extra weight that you’ve been struggling with or if you want a speedier route to weight loss than diet and exercise can provide. But as you probably know, weight loss surgery is not a miracle when it comes to weight loss and, especially, long-term weight loss.
While weight management can be a lifelong struggle, the hard work is worth the effort. Those who have maintained weight loss after surgery go on to live healthy, fulfilling lives, often doing activities they couldn’t do prior to surgery. At I & R Medical Services, P.C., in Forest Hills, New York, Dr. Roza Israel put this list of helpful tips together to help you lose weight and keep it off after weight loss surgery.
Staying hydrated is always important for your health, but it’s especially important after weight loss surgery. Dehydration is the most common reason people are readmitted to the hospital after weight loss surgery.
Sipping water between meals can help keep you hydrated as well as keep your mouth busy, so you’re not tempted to snack. Stay away from carbonated beverages, though, because they can upset your stomach and cause gas pains.
With your smaller stomach, you need to be selective about the foods you fill it with. You don’t want to eat smaller portions without enjoying them. Eat slowly. Practice mindful eating habits so you enjoy your food and pay attention to your satiety.
Don’t watch TV while you dine. If you pay attention while you eat rather than mindlessly shovel the food in, you’ll be more attuned to when you’re full.
With the smaller portions that you’ll need to eat with your smaller stomach, you must make sure they’re as nutritious as possible. Protein offers a double whammy when it comes to weight loss and nutrition. Protein helps you feel full after eating, and it’s also an integral part of maintaining muscle mass, growing healthy hair, and promoting glowing skin.
While it’s essential to stay hydrated, it’s also smart not to fill up on sugary, empty-calorie liquids such as sodas and sports drinks. Also, your alcohol tolerance won’t be what it used to be, so avoid the empty calories of alcohol that can also lower your willpower and increase your risk for stomach ulcers.
Regular exercise is essential for weight loss, weight maintenance, and your overall physical and mental health. In fact, lack of exercise and resuming unhealthy eating patterns are the most common reasons people gain weight after weight loss surgery. After your surgery, start slowly and build up as your stamina increases.
Know that you are not alone in your struggles and efforts to keep the weight off after weight loss surgery. Support groups can offer you emotional support, tips for maintaining your weight loss, and advice for lifestyle changes and challenges.
For more tips and support in your weight loss and maintenance journey after weight loss surgery, call us at I & R Medical Services, P.C. or make an appointment using our online tool.