You have invested in surgery to lose weight , and your recovery period is ending. With the help of your doctors, and a doable plan to make some changes, you can maintain your new weight goals.
Areas to consider as you embark on your new life are meals and snacks, vitamin and mineral supplements, exercise, and rest. Stress reduction is also key to maintaining your weight.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) suggests that with good care following the procedure, and moderate lifestyle changes in the future, wonderful results can be achieved.
Fuel Your Body
As you move forward from recovery, your meal focus should be on high-protein, low-carbohydrate dietary choices. Snacking on too many starchy foods (breads, pastas, cereals, crackers) or sweets (cakes, cookies, pies), feeds the old cravings. Instead, your medical team can assist you in making some new protein-rich food choices as you decrease your carb intake.
Supplementing with vitamins and minerals will also be encouraged, as you work to achieve a healthy new lifestyle. The need for these supplements will be lifelong. Always seek the advice of your medical team. They are here for your success!
Focus on Hydration
Because dehydration can occur after sleeve surgery, water consumption will be stressed. Making a plan to have water with you at all times will contribute to your overall health. As with food choices, there are many ways to make it easy to take in your daily needs for hydration. Ask your team for their suggestions on beverages.
Rest, stress reduction, and exercise—these three elements, when balanced out, can help you achieve your new goals. It is quite possible that your medical team has already discussed with you your needs in these areas. Each one has an effect on the other. Exercise can be a fun addition to your new lifestyle. With proper information, and customized goals, you can and should incorporate this into your day. As you go about this lifestyle change, your stress level should improve. Your sleep may also be more restful. Where inadequate sleep and emotional stress can take a toll on your food choices, exercise can help burn the calories and improve your mood.
Your medical team will not leave you without the resources and instructions you need for success. You may want to enlist the aid of dietitians, fitness professionals, and behavioral health counselors recommended by the post-op team.
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Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, post, or video. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.